For the Celtics, a LeBron absence won't be considered a tragic event, as it opens the window for a much easier victory against the Cavaliers - one that could prove useful in the standings next spring.
"I just moved in to a whole new place, I've been there a month or so".
Irving, the All-Star who had his public breakup with the Cavs made official with an August trade to Boston, took a blatant shot at Cleveland on Wednesday when comparing it to his new city.
Irving, speaking with reporters before the Celtics' preseason matchup with the Charlotte Hornets, said the biggest difference between Boston and Cleveland is that he's in a sports city now.
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No matter Irving's intention with these recent comments, they will surely give fans another reason to heckle him Tuesday night in his first and only scheduled trip to Cleveland - unless the two teams meet in a spicy postseason series. "Getting used to seeing the green and white, getting enriched with the Celtics organization and the culture, getting used to the city - I was an opponent going into Boston".
Irving's father Drederick, was a standout player at Boston University and he has spent considerable time in the city. I was talking to my best friend the other day: It's a really major city. You get it all, especially in Boston. Coming from Cleveland, the Midwest, where the culture is different.
Irving sees a "vast difference" between life in Boston and Cleveland, where he spent the first six years of his National Basketball Association career.