Kyrie Irving is still trying to learn how to be the Cleveland Cavaliers' leader, and he has looked forced and unnatural in that role at times.
Teammates believe Irving is still learning the boundaries of leadership, including how to be critical of teammates without showing them up and offending them.
“He’s trying to figure it out,” one Cavaliers teammate said Saturday. “He’s trying to figure out where that line is.”
The key, one teammate said, is for Irving to be able to take criticism in return.
Irving scored 41 points in the Cavaliers' win over the Washington Wizards on the road Saturday.