Weeks after going against the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals, Kyrie Irving has to now teamed up with Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes as part of the 2016 USA Olympic basketball team. While Irving will likely be handing out assists to the three Warriors on the court, but while off it, he is planning on reminding them that the Cavaliers defeated them in the finals.
From Irving's appearance on ESPN's Mike and Mike on Tuesday (via SB Nation):
"There's a connection that we all share that's bonded for life of USA Basketball that allows us to be comfortable and being with one another. But, you know, there will be a few jabs thrown ... because there are three Warriors on this team, and I am the current champion, so I will be throwing it in their faces."
Helping the Cavs come back from a 3-1 deficit to defeat the best regular season team of all-time has definitely earned Irving bragging rights. However since they are all on the same time, it wouldn't be smart of Irving to be antagonistic. If he did that, it would likely add fuel to Golden State's and Cleveland's burgeoning rivalry.
But perhaps more importantly, Irving should watch what he says around Green. If he says the wrong thing, one of Green's errant kicks could, you know, "accidentally" end up connecting with Irving during a Team USA practice.