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Kyrie Irving has a long history of not exactly being tight with teammates. It turns out his first professional grudge with a teammate was with Dion Waiters.
Irving and Waiters, who were once considered the two budding building blocks of the Cleveland Cavaliers, “always disliked each other, no matter how much the organization tried covering it,” per Joe Vardon, Bill Oram and Jason Lloyd of The Athletic.
Irving was the No. 1 pick in the 2011 NBA draft, and Waiters followed a year later at No. 4 overall. Waiters and Irving were always an oil-water mix on the court, with both preferring to have the ball in their hands and controlling the offense, leading to a battle over who was the next true “star” of the organization.
Answer: Irving. It was always Irving. The rift only became more apparent once LeBron James rejoined the team in