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Across the NBA landscape, perhaps the greatest tag team that ever existed, only to part ways, never to be reunited was Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant.
That dynamic duo won NBA titles together in Los Angeles as members of the Lakers, then went on to win titles while on their own.
But they never played together again.
So, Kyrie Irving, any chance you and LeBron James, who combined to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to the NBA championship in 2016 only to go their separate ways when Irving requested and was granted a trade last summer, that you and LeBron could play together again, besides in All-Star Games?
“In professional sports, anything can happen,” Irving said during an appearance on the Jimmy Kimmel Live! television show. “So you never know.”
Speaking of the All-Star Game, James selected Irving to be part of Team LeBron in the new-formatted game Sunday night on TNT. Kimmel asked Irving if he was surprised LeBron chose him.
“I feel like it was a great choice,” Irving said, laughing as Kimmel asked the question and then after he gave his answer.
Kimmel asked Irving if he thought he was the first overall selection for the All-Star Game, as Kevin Durant of Golden State believes he was?
“Probably in my mind, I want to say I got picked No. 1,” Irving said, nodding and laughing. “In actuality, probably no. I’m fine with that.”
During the interview, Kimmel touched on Irving’s upcoming “Uncle Drew” movie (to be released June 29), his appreciation for Broadway musicals and had him show off a tattoo from the “Friends” television show on his left forearm.
Of course, no wide-ranging sitdown interview with Irving would be complete without him being asked about his much-talked about “flat earth” comments, made during a podcast with former Cavalier teammates Richard Jefferson and Channing Frye and Allie Clifton of FOX Sports Ohio last season.
Irving explained he became caught up discussing current events, the state of the country and conspiracy theories, but didn’t really mean to say the earth was flat.
“[It was] an accident it got out,” he explained.
James and the Cavs have won two of three games against Irving and the Celtics. The teams do not meet again in the regular season.