“You would go to Cleveland, and it would be at nighttime, and things would be going on, but you just see a vast difference…. Boston, I’m driving in and (thinking), ‘I’m really playing in a real, live sports city?’ ”
Those were Kyrie Irving‘s comments this week, and they have played about as well in Cleveland as you might imagine. He is going to hear it loud and clear next Tuesday night from Cleveland fans when Boston comes to town for the season opener.
Dwyane Wade came in and, not so much defended Cleveland (although he did, and he chose to go there as a free agent) but wondered why Irving would be so immature as to say that in the first place. Via Dave McMenamin at ESPN.
“My thing has always been — even in Miami — first of all, you never know where you’re going to be, what’s going to happen, where you’re going to end up, who you’re going to be teammates with,” Wade said. “You just never know those things, so I never want to leave a place and talk s— about a place. Because when you were there, it was great, and then you leave, it’s terrible? It’s just like players. Fans celebrate players when they’re there, and then they leave, and it’s the worst thing. That’s not me. “
Cavs coach Tyronn Lue just tried to brush off Irving’s comments with a joke.
“Oh, I thought he was talking about Cleveland,” Lue said.
Tuesday night is going to be a lot of fun. And Cavaliers fans are practiced at booing players they feel betrayed them. Very practiced.