Cleveland's Kyrie Irving admitted having dinner with Charlotte's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist here Thursday night felt a little weird.

"I told him, 'This is surreal for me,' " Irving said before his Cavaliers faced Kidd-Gilchrist's Bobcats on Friday night at Time Warner Cable Arena. "About two years ago, we were in high school. Now we're both in the NBA."

The two met and became friends when they played together at St. Pat's in Elizabeth, N.J. Irving graduated in 2010, spent the next season at Duke, was the No. 1 pick in the 2011 NBA Draft and then became the NBA Rookie of the Year. Kidd-Gilchrist graduated in 2011, spent the next season at Kentucky and was the No. 2 pick in 2012.

The two have remained close.

"I love Mike," Irving said. "He's my little brother."

Earlier this season, when the Bobcats went through an 18-game losing streak, Irving called Kidd-Gilchrist to try to keep his spirits up.

"I know it's tough," Irving told him. "You've just got to get through it and continue to work hard."