The timeline makes it look like Kyrie Irving and the city of Cleveland would never get along again, but Irving is doing whatever he can to make sure he still has fans in Ohio.
On July 21st, Irving devastated LeBron James by requesting a trade. On July 27th, the Cavaliers couldn’t get in touch with the star. Finally on August 30th after the trade nearly fell apart, Irving was sent as part of a blockbuster deal to the rival Boston Celtics.
But Kyrie still wants the Cleveland fans to know how much they mean to him, and he’s working towards proving that to them through a heartfelt video posted on social media.
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) August 31, 2017
Here’s a portion of what Irving said to Cavs’ fans in the video:
“Hey everyone, what’s going on? Man, it’s hard to make videos like this because you understand the magnitude of the decisions that you make in your life can affect a lot of people all at once,” Irving said. “When you get to that point and you understand that the best intentions for you, and ultimately to be in your truth and find out what you really want to do in your life and how you want to accomplish it. That moment comes and you take full advantage of it…”
“There are no other ulterior reasons other than being happy and wanting to be somewhere where you feel like it’s an environment conducive for you maximizing your potential as a human being and as a player perfecting your craft,” Irving said. “I put a lot of hours in and a lot of work into just trying to accomplish things that I have dreamt of as a kid, and it started with — not only going to Duke but getting drafted number one by Dan Gilbert and his ownership group, Nate Forbes, and also the ‘bald guy,’ as he likes to be called. Then their families, and Nick Gilbert actually put in the draft call which was awesome, because I ended up meeting him at the draft lottery. They took a chance on a 19-year-old kid who was coming off of a stubbed right toe, of being in a very, very immature place at the time because what 19-year-old doesn’t take their time in making decisions.”
For all the headaches Irving has caused the city of Cleveland, Cavaliers fans, and the NBA as a whole, the All-Star guard is really doing whatever he can to make sure he doesn’t have any enemies on the court or in the stands.
Based on some of the replies to the video, it looks like Irving’s plea may have worked on some.
This is why I can respect this man. He put his heart and soul on that court and gets to define his legacy not be dude who won a ship with LB
— Nick Fury (@AFuryofTh0ughts) August 31, 2017
A man that went to Duke, a player that was coached by K, structure is a component of winning, sometimes you need to carve your own path!!
— MattRome (@Fordham7512) August 31, 2017
Good 4 him. He helped Cleveland get a 🏆 but LeBrons pursuit of the 🐐until he dumps them is no longer his future. Kyrie can pursue his own.
— Lewis Autrey (@StillStanding35) September 1, 2017
Being a Cavs fan since '97 I thank Kyrie for the memories. Unique talent. But when it comes down to, I can't wait to go to war. #Competition
— Wayne Jorgensen (@Meticode) August 31, 2017
Unsurprisingly it didn’t work on everyone.
— Jeremy Dolin (@jeremy_dolin) August 31, 2017
I feel like he's pointing the camera directly up his nose.
— Wes Davis (@Jazzfan27) August 31, 2017
" All love " …except you Lebron. pic.twitter.com/VsEcl5xliZ
— Christopher Haller (@Crawdaddy26250) August 31, 2017