"For a third-year player, it's been frustrating," Irving said. "No other third-year player is probably going through what I'm going through right now, which has been the most frustrating part. It's just gotten to a point where I needed to say something."
The Cavs trail Atlanta for the final playoff spot by three games with five left. Once the season ends, the team must decide whether to keep interim general manager David Griffin, and then the club's attention will turn to Irving, who was named MVP of the All-Star game this season and has emerged as one of the league's rising young stars.
The 22-year-old understands he's going to have his critics, but he feels he's too often been singled out by the media.
"It's all nonsense to me," said Irving, who sat in front of his locker for most of the interview. "That's part of the business. I get it. It's part of the job. To go out and frame my character to something it's not. ... I'm not an attention seeker. I don't go out trying to put all these rumors out. For people that feel that it's a good thing to continue to put my name in the headlines to get reads, that's your job, but at a certain point it's got to stop."