Irving fractured his left kneecap during Game 1 of the Finals against the Golden State Warriors and had previously missed two games during the Eastern Conference finals after being diagnosed with left knee tendonitis.
Cleveland took a 2–1 lead in the Finals before the Warriors won three in a row to win the title in six games.
“I’m more or less the voice of reason,” Irving said. “I’m always going to be a straight shooter with everyone and give them my honest opinion. Obviously, we have a great thing in Cleveland, and we dealt with everything together.
“I feel like we definitely would have won an NBA championship if we had everyone healthy,” he said. “But almost doesn’t count.”
Last week, Love announced that he will return to the Cavaliers next season after opting out of his 2015–16 contract. He will reportedly sign a five-year, $110 million extension.
The Cavaliers finished 53–29 in the regular season in LeBron James' first year back in Cleveland.
- Molly Geary