Kyrie Irving Rips Cleveland as a Sports City, Already Loves Boston

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"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 requested a trade in early July, citing a desire to be happy and grow as a basketball player away from the Cavaliers.

Former Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star Kyrie Irving has added a little more excitement - and perhaps venom - to an already anticipated Opening Night matchup against his old team on October 17.

Kyrie Irving says that Boston, unlike Cleveland, is a "real, live sports city". And then you move to the East Coast - into Boston - and it's so real [and] alive.

Now he's dissing Cleveland, the city, which.

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The kind words continued in interview Wednesday, when Irving talked about how much he loves the vibe around Boston. Irving would go on to talk about the differences in culture and food and people - obvious facts. Unsurprisingly, he left out those shots in his farewell note on Instagram.

Now that Uncle Drew is out of Cleveland, he no longer has to hide his displeasure of playing for the organization. Thank you From my whole being for being there as I was a 19 year old kid coming into the league, to now where I start another step in the journey as a 25 year old Evolving man.

If he wasn't before, Kyrie Irving is bound to be booed now.

In his six seasons in Cleveland, he earned a Rookie of the Year award, made four All-Star teams and helped James deliver the Cavs to three straight NBA Finals.