Nick Wright has been busy predicting the downfall of the New England Patriots’s dynasty, but he took a second Thursday to praise one Boston player.

Kyrie Irving admitted he called LeBron James after the Celtics’ ugly loss to the Orlando Magic and apologized to his former teammate, admitting it’s tough to be the leader of a team. The 26-year-old had publicly called out his young teammates, saying they don’t know what’s needed to be a championship-caliber team.

While it probably wasn’t an easy task for Irving to call James considering how his exit from the Cleveland Cavaliers came to be, Wright praised the guard’s decision to do so during FOX Sports 1’s “First Things First,” noting this is a big step in his “evolution as a leader.”

The conversation with James certainly seemed to spark something inside of Irving, considering he dropped 27 points and a career-high 18 assists in Boston’s convincing 117-108 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday.

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