Cavs' Irving unhappy with media treatment

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 5, 2014 at 9:32 pm •  Published: April 5, 2014
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CLEVELAND (AP) — Kyrie Irving says he's had enough.

Frustrated with media reports he says have unfairly portrayed him this season, the Cavaliers All-Star guard said Saturday that he's happy in Cleveland and only focused on winning.

"The barrage and little bit of attack that I saw, I've been getting it all season and I feel I definitely don't deserve it," Irving said before the Cavs were beaten 96-94 in overtime by the Charlotte Bobcats, doing further damage to Cleveland's slim playoff hopes. "It's one of those things where I can deal with it, but at a certain point, it's gotten too much. It's been like that the whole entire season."

Following a disappointing loss in Atlanta on Friday, Irving went on Twitter to defend himself against a report that said he wants out of Cleveland. The Cavs can offer him a maximum contract extension this summer.

"Sick to my stomach with all these rumors and accusations," Irving wrote in one of four tweets posted on his account. "Can I play without media guessing at my life."

Before scoring a career-high 44 points with eight assists and seven rebounds in Saturday's game, Irving, who recently missed eight games with a strained left biceps, said he's tired of the negative publicity and speculation about his future.

"They're writing reports, 'Is he staying or is he going?'" Irving said. "I mean that's the last of my worries right now. It's portraying me in a light and it's bringing negativity to the team that I don't want. Our focus right now and my focus right now is winning and trying to finish out the season strong. That's where my focus has been and where it's going to stay."

A former No. 1 overall pick, Irving has not made the postseason yet during his pro career. He has missed nearly 49 games with an assortment of injuries, and Irving has been criticized for not making his teammates better.

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