“I haven’t been a leader – not at all,” Irving told RealGM.
Irving signed a five-year rookie extension, worth an estimated $90 million this offseason.
“Everybody asks me if this is my year to be a leader … I haven’t been so far though, not at all,” Irving said. “I’ve just been a kid trying to figure it out. There’s no perfect way to be a leader, and coming in as a 19-year-old kid and having everything bearing on your shoulders, there are a lot of ups and downs."
Irving, who was the 2012 NBA Rookie of the Year, has been named an All-Star each of the last two seasons and was the All-Star Game’s Most Valuable Player this year.
He averaged 20.8 points, 6.1 assists and 3.6 rebounds last season.
- Scooby Axson