What you were doing when Kyrie Irving was traded to the Boston Celtics? Reggie Miller knows exactly what he was up to because it was he, Chris Webber and Nate Robinson that had the pleasure of telling the superstar point guard that his trade request from the Cleveland Cavaliers had finally been honored.
In a conference call with reporters on Thursday, Miller recalled being on the set of Irving’s upcoming “Uncle Drew” movie when the news of the trade first broke. He, Webber and Robinson all received simultaneous notification on their cell phones. Irving was without his, though, leaving the trio to break the news to him personally.
“We were in this small, hot, cramped van getting ready to shoot a scene and all of our phones ding at the same time, except for Kyrie,” Miller said, per Yahoo! Sports’ Ball Don’t Lie. “And we’re looking at one other like, ‘Should we tell him?’ Obviously, we had to tell him because he was, like, right in front of us, so we all showed him the phone.”
Irving’s response? “Let’s do this,” Miller recalls.
Even the most casual basketball fans recall the circumstances of Irving’s departure from the Cavaliers. After requesting a trade in June, all was quiet on that front until late August when the Cavaliers and Celtics, bitter, longstanding rivals, completed a blockbuster deal involving All-Star point guard that could very well swing the balance of the Eastern Conference.
Irving has excelled for Boston during the preseason, frequently alluding to the sweeping benefits of ball movement that he believes was absent during his time with Cleveland. The new-look Celtics, apparently, already possess the sense of teamwork and camaraderie that had Miller comfortable informing Irving of the biggest event in his career.