Kyrie Irving happy to be playing in a “real, live sports city”


Kyrie Irving already seems pleased with the transition from Cleveland to Boston.

Prior to Wednesday's preseason finale vs the Hornets, Irving raved about Boston's liveliness compared to Cleveland's.

"It’s a really major city. Coming from Cleveland, the Midwest, where the culture is different. And then you move to the East Coast — into Boston — and it’s so real [and] alive. An ongoing, thriving city. Consistently. No matter what hour throughout the night.

"You would go to Cleveland, and it would be at nighttime, and things would be going on, but you just see a vast difference in terms of what the Midwest is — Cleveland — and what Boston is. Boston, I’m driving in and [thinking], ‘I’m really playing in a real, live sports city?’ And a great city."

If it wasn't already clear that Irving is ecstatic to be a Boston Celtic, it sure is now.

Needless to say, the Celtics' regular-season opener vs the Cavaliers in Cleveland next Tuesday just got even more interesting.

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