Kyrie Irving Opens Up to Smith, Kellerman on ESPN First Take
It would be an understatement to say that the summer has been nothing short of a whirlwind for both Kyrie Irving and the Cleveland Cavaliers organization.
Finally, after much drama and speculations surrounding Irving’s desire to leave the team which drafted him, Irving was traded to the Boston Celtics in a blockbuster trade, which sent Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder the other way, along with an international prospect in Ante Zizic and a 2018 Brooklyn Nets first overall pick.
That’s all fine and dandy, and while the rumours revolving Irving’s and LeBron James’ deteriorating relationships was pushed to the forefront, not a single person has yet to have heard anything from the horse’s mouth.
That is until today.
The Celtics’ new star point guard made his first media appearance since his official welcome to Boston on Monday morning when he came on ESPN First Take with the controversial and highly vocal Stephen A. Smith. Of course, Smith did not mince any words and went right after Irving, looking to get the answers the entire basketball world has been craving over the past two months.
In terms of his relationship with James himself, Irving said he believed it was time to move on and welcome a new chapter in his career. Irving respectfully gave credit where credit is due, stating that it has been a great learning experience for him to play alongside James,
“When I looked at myself in the mirror, this is something that I absolutely want,” said Irving, responding to a question asked by Smith’s co-host Max Kellerman. “And to do and it didn’t have anything to do with not wanting to play with the best player on the planet. It didn’t have anything to do with not wanting to be the second fiddle, not wanting to be ‘son-ed’…but I know that I am very solidified with who I am as a person and it will always be that way.”
Irving emphasized that this move was ultimately to do with him being happy and although the media will over-blow the situation each time the Cavaliers and Celtics meet this season, Irving is moving on with his career and it will be exciting to see what he can do in a Boston uniform.