“It’s exciting to be back on the East Coast,” said Irving, who grew up in New Jersey. “It’s fast-paced. A lot of different cultures, food and people. You get it all, especially in Boston.
“You would go to Cleveland, and it would be at nighttime, and things would be going on, but you just see a vast difference.”
A difference, too, Irving said between Boston and Cleveland as sports cities: “Boston, I’m driving in and (thinking), ‘I’m really playing in a real, live sports city?’ ”
Boston fans, obsessed with the idea that they’re the nation’s best fans, will eat this up. No matter how Irving intended it, this will go over terribly in Cleveland.
And the rest of us will shrug and let those two cities, each fine in their own right, slug whine it out.