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  • Kyrie Irving caused a stir after he appeared to throw shade at James on Kevin Durant's podcast
  • James said he and Anthony Davis are not jealous of each other 
  • The Finals MVP award could be a dilemma for the Los Angeles Lakers if they win the NBA title against the Miami Heat

LeBron James raved about his relationship with Anthony Davis after Kyrie Irving said some controversial comments that seemed to have been aimed at the four-time NBA MVP and his ability to take over in the clutch.

James admitted Thursday that he is aware of Irving’s statements. But the 35-year-old opted to stay mum on the issue as he simply turned the spotlight over to his connection with Davis, especially now that the Lakers are just three wins away from the championship.

"(Davis and I are) not jealous of each other. I think that's the best thing," James said as the Lakers prepare for Game 2 against the Miami Heat on Friday, per ESPN’s Dave McMenamin.

"In professional sports, you have guys that join forces -- you can call them alpha males. That's what they call them," he continued. "Two guys that have been dominant in a specific sport on their own respective teams, and they get together and they talk about how dominant they can be and they talk about this is going to be this and that. I believe jealousy creeps in a lot. And that is the absolute contrary of what we are."

James' statement comes a few days after Irving, who was his ex-teammate in Cleveland, appeared to take a shot at the current Los Angeles Lakers superstar when he said he finally has a teammate he trusts in Brooklyn Nets co-star Kevin Durant.

"One thing I've always been comfortable with is I felt like I was the best option on every team I played for down the stretch," Irving said during a chat with Durant on the debut episode of "The ETCs with Kevin Durant" podcast.

He continued, "This is the first time in my career where I could look down and be like, 'That motherf----r can make that shot too, and he'd probably do it a lot easier.'"

Irving has since clarified his comments, saying on Thursday that he was not taking a swipe at James.

"Why must it always be brother against brother... why?" Irving said in a video posted on Twitter. "If I'm addressing anyone, I'll say their name. Come on, y'all. Don't listen to the false narratives. Let people live their lives! It's just a game.

"You talk openly. You talk freely. But because we live in a clickbait society, it becomes something bigger," he continued. "You don't have to defend it. That's just what media is. ... It's entertainment. I'm not going to let it put me against anybody anymore, at any point. Because that's not what it's about. ... Don't have to put me against anyone else! It's never been about that. It's about the love. Peace."

James and Irving spent three years together in Cleveland and won the NBA title as a superstar duo in 2016.

Now in his 10th NBA Finals trip, James could seize another championship, this time with Davis on his side. In true fashion, the Lakers combo took turns during Wednesday’s lopsided victory as they connived for 59 points and 22 rebounds.

The dominant display of brilliance in Game 1 was enough for analysts to believe that the title is just for L.A. to lose. And should they finish the job, one interesting dilemma is expected to emerge: the choice for the Finals MVP.

But just like James, the individual award may not cause a lot of concern for Davis.

"I'm not jealous of him, he's not jealous of me. I think it shows on the court," Davis said. "Obviously, that can always creep in when you've got, like you said, two alpha males on the same team."

"But I think when you've got two guys who are very selfless and want to win as bad as both of us want to, the rest of it goes away and just takes care of itself," he continued. "Jealousy has never been a thing on our team from anyone."

LeBron James' partnership with Anthony Davis propelled the Lakers back into the NBA Finals LeBron James' partnership with Anthony Davis propelled the Lakers back into the NBA Finals Photo: GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Kevin C. Cox