Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving will play the first game of his career with a franchise other than the Cleveland Cavaliers on Oct. 17. He has been getting a taste of his new city since the trade that shook the basketball world in July, going as far to call Boston “a real, live sports city.“
Irving did not mince words when it came to his former city, noting the differences between the two:
“You would go to Cleveland, and it would be at nighttime, and things would be going on, but you just see a vast difference,” Irving said to the Charlotte Observer.
Irving played high school ball in New Jersey before departing for a single season to play collegiately at Duke in North Carolina.
The Cavaliers nabbed him with the first overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft and made him the centerpiece of their organization — until LeBron James came back, that is.
Irving won the NBA’s Rookie of the Year Award with the team in 2012, before becoming a four-time All-Star and one-time NBA champion over six seasons. Last year, he averaged a career-high 25.2 points per game, while shooting 47.3 percent from the field overall.
Now he joins a Celtics team that has made significant adjustments to its roster following an Eastern Conference-leading 53 wins last season. Along with Irving, the Celtics added big-name free agent Gordon Hayward, who is in his first season with a new franchise for the first time in his career as well.