"They never met. They never talked."
LeBron James and Kyrie Irving reportedly met up in Florida last weekend, which offered a ray of hope for Cavs fans who haven't had too much to be happy about this offseason.
In an appearance on "The Really Big Show," ESPN's Tony Rizzo described the meeting (via Jackson Flickinger of King James Gospel)
"From very reliable sources. Plural. Kyrie and LeBron were in the same room over the weekend in Florida…Apparently these guys were in the same room and here’s the deal. I don’t know if there’s a thawing out process. All I do know is LeBron didn’t punch Kyrie the way Stephen A thought he would. I can report that. As for what they talked about or discussed…it was very cool. They didn’t get into any heated discussions."
However, ESPN's Stephen A. Smith, who previously reported that LeBron would be tempted to "beat Kyrie's ass" if they were in the same room together, is saying that any reports of a meeting between Kyrie and LeBron are false.
During today's taping of "First Take," Stephen A. Smith refuted claims that Kyrie and LeBron had a meeting, citing a phone call with someone from LeBron’s camp who told him the meeting never took place.
“I just got off the phone with folks about an hour ago,” Smith said. “They said LeBron James and Kyrie Irving never met at all. They were both in the city of Miami, but I was told that it is quite possible to be in the same city and not see each other. They never met. They never talked. LeBron James’ mentality, and according to his camp they want people to know this, LeBron James is fine with whoever comes into camp. Come September when training camp opens, LeBron James will be ready to ball. It does not matter who it is. It does not matter who’s on his team.”
Stephen A. also tripled-down on his statement about LeBron being tempted to beat Kyrie's ass, despite the fact that LeBron publicly shot down that rumor last month.
Back in July, the Washington Post, quoted Stephen A. as saying,
“I’ve had sources in LeBron James’s camp literally tell me, and I’m quoting, … if Kyrie Irving was in front of LeBron James right now, LeBron James would be tempted, quote, to beat his ass, end quote.”
You can check out the footage from "First Take" below.