Kyrie Irving spoke candidly during his introductory press conference with the Boston Celtics.
“I can’t wait to get on the floor to maximize my potential,” Irving said at his introductory news conference in Boston on Friday. “I just want to be around those incredible coaches, those incredible minds, those incredible individuals and I felt like in doing that Boston came at the right exact time and it was meant to be that way. I trust in that, and I’m glad to be here.”
Irving tried to avoid talking about his reasons for leaving Cleveland.
“I just knew that I wasn’t going to come up here to specifically point at individuals, specifically point at issues because that’s not important to me at all,” Irving said.
Irving admitted he hasn’t talked to LeBron James since the trade machinations began.
“I’d be telling you guys a lie if I didn't tell you I learned so much from that guy,” Irving said. “The perfection of the craft comes in a variety of forms, and you watch and you ask a lot of the great players, ‘What does it take to be great?’ And I’ve had the unique opportunity to play with one of the greats, and it was awesome.
“At times it was all over, just like it is in any other team, and when you look back and you're eternally grateful for the moments that you had and you shared, you’re able to put peace with that journey and start anew.”