Kyrie Irving is adding fuel to the fire.
On Monday morning, the Celtics point guard was a guest on ESPN's First Take.
Stephen A. Smith: "Did you speak to LeBron James or talk to LeBron James before you and your representatives met with ownership and let them know that you wanted out?"
Smith: "Why not?"
Kyrie: "Why would I have to?"
Smith: "If you don't speak to somebody about it, they might take it personally."
Smith: "Do you care about that at all?"
On July 7, Irving met with Cavs' management and requested a trade.
This news did not surface until July 21.
Why did Kyrie want out? One of the reasons -- he did not want to play with LeBron James anymore, according to multiple reports.
On Friday night, LeBron tweeted:
Man this the coldest trailer I've ever seen for a sports game in history! Got me hype to not only play the game but actually hoop real life! https://t.co/Yzf1AnVklG— LeBron James (@KingJames) September 16, 2017
If you watch the video, you will see that Kyrie is prominently featured.
LeBron and Kyrie face off on Opening Night, Oct. 17...
Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller