ESPN NBA analyst Amin Elhassan said last year Kyrie Irving would never fit in Boston. It looks like he could not have been more wrong.
The star point guard is in the midst of an apparent love affair with the city, and the season hasn’t even started yet. Last month, Irving praised locals who offered him help while his car broke down in the rain near the Celtics’ practice facility in Waltham.
The kind words continued in interview Wednesday, when Irving talked about how much he loves the vibe around Boston. “Boston, I’m driving in and (thinking), ‘I’m really playing in a real, live sports city?,” Irving said, via the Charlotte Observer. “A lot of different cultures, food and people. You get it all, especially in Boston. You would go to Cleveland and it would be at nighttime and things would be going on, but you just see a vast difference.”
It’s apparent Irving experienced a falling out with James, even if he won’t explicitly say it. Irving says he didn’t consult James about leaving Cleveland and hasn’t spoken to him since the trade. In his debut Celtics press conference last month, Irving insinuated he needed to leave Cleveland in order to grow into the player he wants to become.
But this is the first time Irving has taken a swipe towards Cleveland. Unsurprisingly, he left out those shots in his farewell note on Instagram.
The Celtics and Cavaliers open up the season in Cleveland on Tuesday.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog