Kyrie Irving reveals ‘reason’ why Knicks were on his trade wish list
Kyrie Irving and the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night hosted the New York Knicks at TD Garden, winning by a score of 110-89. Naturally, the New York media asked Irving why the Knicks — not considered an ideal NBA destination in recent years — was among the team’s on his reported wish list when he made his trade demand this past offsesaon.
Irving, who has exhibited extreme reluctance to discuss such matters — gave reporters something of a nugget on why he would have enjoyed joining the Knicks. Irving did, however, stop short of revealing too much on the topic.
“Where is this gonna go?,’’ Irving said, via the New York Post. “It’s pretty easy man. They were on my list for a reason, I think you guys know that. Close to home, that’s about it. I’m not going to go into detail about all that extra stuff because I know where this is going to lead.’’
As Irving noticed cameras making their way toward the scene, he said, “Cameras all here, I know exactly where this is going to go,’’ before beating a hasty retreat.
Irving is native of the region, growing up in West Orange, N.J. Irving became a prep basketball sensastion while attending Montclair Kimberley Academy in Montclair, N.J., as a freshman and sophomore before transferring to St. Patrick High School in Elizabeth, N.J., for his junior and senior years.
It makes sense that the Knicks and New York would be a preferred destination for Irving, which Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek found flattering.
“Any time a great player in this league has you on their list, you got to be happy about it,’’ Hornacek said. “He ended up here in Boston. He’s going to really help those guys.”
Irving’s time in Boston conceivably could be short-lived. The 25-year-old can opt out of his contract in 2019 and become a free agent. Perhaps the perpetually dysfunctional Knicks can get their house in order by then and again make themselves an attractive option for Irving.