The All-Star point guard is taunting the city of Cleveland.
People have been wondering what kind of reaction Kyrie Irving will get from the Cleveland crowd when the Celtics play the Cavs to open the NBA season on Oct. 17.
Some thought there’d be some boos, others thought there’d be cheers considering he helped bring the city a championship.
It’s clear now what the crowd will do: boo.
Irving took a pretty big shot at the city of Cleveland, saying it’s nice to now play in a “real, live sports city.”
From the Charlotte Observer:
“It’s exciting to be back on the East Coast,” said Irving, who grew up in New Jersey. “It’s fast-paced. A lot of different cultures, food and people. You get it all, especially in Boston.
“You would go to Cleveland, and it would be at nighttime, and things would be going on, but you just see a vast difference.”
A difference, too, Irving said between Boston and Cleveland as sports cities: “Boston, I’m driving in and (thinking), ‘I’m really playing in a real, live sports city?’ ”
Cleveland and Boston are set to tip off at 8 p.m. E.T. on TNT.