Reporters have asked Kyrie Irving direct and indirect questions about why he wanted out of Cleveland. No matter how reporters try to pry an answer from Irving, the seventh-year guard – who now plays for the Boston Celtics after requesting a trade in the summer – won’t divulge a straightforward answer. “I kind of want to put that to rest in terms of everyone figuring out or trying to continue to dive into a narrative they have no idea about and probably will never, ever be divulged because it’s not important,” Irving said at Tuesday morning’s shootaround at Quicken Loans Arena. “This was literally just a decision I wanted to make solely based on my happiness and pushing my career forward. I don’t want to pinpoint anything. I will never pinpoint anything because that’s not what real grown-ups do. They continue to move on with their life and continue to progress and that’s what I’m going to continue to do.” Irving – wearing a new pair of Nike shamrock basketball shoes – is in Cleveland for the first time as a visitor for tonight’s NBA season-opener between the Celtics and Cavaliers, and maintains he wanted to play for a team where he could be happy and maximize his potential.
Kyrie Irving: Explaining trade request 'not what real grown-ups do'
USA Today | Oct 17