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Kyrie Irving Says Boston Feels More Like a ‘Real Live Sports City’ Than Cleveland
If upsetting Cavs fans wasn’t in the plans for Kyrie Irving, he sure has a funny way of going about it.
After spending his first six years in the city of Cleveland after just one year at Duke, Irving is feeling rejuvenated in the city of Boston as he gets ready to start his first campaign with the Celtics.
Prior to a preseason game against the Charlotte Hornets, Irving spoke with reporters and detailed the differences between the cities of Cleveland and Boston, all while taking a few subtle shots at the city that raised him during his first six years in the league.
“It’s a really major city. Coming from Cleveland, the Midwest, where the culture is different. And then you move to the East Coast — into Boston — and it’s so real [and] alive. An ongoing, thriving city. Consistently. No matter what hour throughout the night.
“You would go to Cleveland, and it would be at nighttime, and things would be going on, but you just see a vast difference in terms of what the Midwest is — Cleveland — and what Boston is. Boston, I’m driving in and [thinking], ‘I’m really playing in a real, live sports city?’ And a great city.”
Boston is a city that is rich with sports history. The Celtics have a slew of Banners in the rafters, the Patriots also have a ridiculous amount of championship banners, and the Red Sox have won three World Series titles since breaking the curse of the Bambino.
Even with LeBron James by their side, the Cleveland sports scene just can’t compare—or, at least Kyrie seems to think so.