Originally posted on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 2/17/12

Though the history between LeBron James and Cavaliers rookie Kyrie Irving is well-documented with the former Cavalier mentoring the new one through his high school days, James’ fascination for Irving’s skill set and overall demeanor took a strange turn on Friday afternoon when the two-time MVP said that Cleveland has a great point guard, “which they haven’t had in a long time.”

James would go on to reference former point guards Andre Miller, Terrell Brandon and Mark Price. Notably missing was former Cavs guard Mo Williams, who was James’ teammate during the Cavaliers’ last two postseason runs. Williams was thought to have been a crucial upgrade at a position which was occupied by players like Eric Snow, Jeff McInnis and Damon Jones.

Williams was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers in a deal that would ultimately net the Cavaliers the pick to select Irving, but the veteran guard was also one of the players to take James’ departure the worst. Despite having an above-average career within regular seasons, Williams’ career playoff totals left a lot to be desired, shooting 40.8 percent from the floor between the 2008-09 and 2009-10 postseasons.

[Related: LeBron James thinks he and Dan Gilbert could get along again]

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