Kyrie Irving is one of the most talented basketball players in the world. Has been for a long time. But he's never been able to find the same level of success away from LeBron James that he enjoyed when the two were paired together in Cleveland, where they went to three NBA Finals and won a championship in 2016. 

That Cavs team was loaded, led by James, Irving and Kevin Love. When Irving requested a trade in the summer of 2017, it didn't, on the surface, make a whole lot of sense from a team standpoint. Why would he want to leave a perennial championship contender to go out on his own? 

It was painted as Irving not wanting to play in the shadow of LeBron anymore, but on the most recent episode of the "I am Athlete" podcast, Irving said it was more about his own issues at the time, personally more than basketball, and now knowing exactly how to deal with what he was feeling.