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Kyrie Irving Comments On The Cavs Giving His Number To Collin Sexton

The Cleveland Cavaliers have a new point guard. The franchise drafted former Alabama star Collin Sexton at No. 8 overall. He will be wearing No. 2.

The No. 2 jersey, of course, was previously worn by Kyrie Irving, who last summer demanded a trade out of Cleveland. They shipped him to Boston.

Many had a problem with the Cavs giving No. 2 to a rookie. Irving left the franchise in controversy, but he did help lead Cleveland to a championship.

Irving has since commented on what the Cavs did. He has no problem with it.


"Go ahead, do what you do. He wanted to wear the number, let him wear the number. It doesn't matter," Irving said during a Q&A with reporters in Manhattan to promote his upcoming movie, "Uncle Drew."

"The story is probably going to be the number. But I'm more excited about who [Sexton] is as a player in the league," Irving said. "The number thing is like, just chalk that up to the game. It's cool. It's no hard feelings from my end. He just has to start at the chopping block just like everyone else did. So I'm excited for him."


"The history, it's already captured, man. I was on one of the best teams in NBA history, in my opinion, just accomplishing something that was that much bigger than ourselves," Irving said in reference to the 2016 NBA champion Cavaliers. "A feat that's -- we're one of no other teams. We're one of one, in history [to rebound from a 3-1 NBA Finals deficit]. So for me, I think the biggest thing is giving that jersey [he wore in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals] to my dad. If that's where the No. 2 legacy ends, then cool. Then I'm starting up a new one. No pressure for anyone else."

Good for Kyrie. He's got better things to worry about moving forward than what number the Cavs' new rookie point guard is wearing.