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 sees a "vast difference" between life in Boston and Cleveland, where he spent the first six years of his National Basketball Association career. As a result, the Cavaliers don't know if he'll be ready to go on Tuesday night when Kyrie Irving and the Celtics roll into town. But he seemed to be anticipating a greater sports culture when he said, "Boston, I'm driving in and (thinking), 'I'm really playing in a real, live sports city".
The jab doesn't really inspire a forgive-and-forget attitude from a Cleveland fan base still reeling from the Indians' stinging defeat to the Yankees in the ALDS.
Irving, of course, cemented Cleveland's first professional sports title in 52 years by hitting a game-winning 3-pointer with 53 seconds left in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals. Irving would go on to talk about the differences in culture and food and people - obvious facts. "You get it all, especially in Boston", Irving told reporters.
"Understanding the fans and the connection I had there, and moving into Boston, there's a lot of newness", said Irving. "Being the head of pushing the pace and having a steady pace, I'm getting excited getting these guys open looks and being able to push in transition, do the things that I'm able to do at a very high level". That has been there for awhile.
"I just moved in to a whole new place, I've been there a month or so".