Kyrie Irving on forcing trade to Celtics: ‘I’m glad I took a chance’ (vid)
Kyrie Irving has no regrets whatsoever with orchestrating a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Boston Celtics this past offseason, saying, “I’m glad I took a chance.”
The details — not to mention drama — surrounding Irving’s trade demand are of course well-known by now, although intriguing details surface from time to time regarding the behind-the-scenes machinations that ultimately led to his departure from Cleveland.
Irving sat down for an interview with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols over the All-Star break. With Irving now firmly settled and succeeding in Boston, the superstar point guard said he’s really happy with how things worked out.
“It was a big chance,” Irving told Nichols. “Babe Ruth said it — he swings big, may not miss big, may hit a home run. I don’t know.
“But seriously, I’m glad I took a chance on what I wanted to do within my career.”
Irving did mention, however, that an adjustment period was needed.
“Well it’s been a lot of newness, honestly,” Irving said. “Being with a totally different group of guys, it’s an adjustment in itself — individually and then trying to bridge that gap with our group and be my best self with our group. It’s been awesome. Trying at times, but well worth it.”
There has been widespread speculation examining exactly why Irving wanted out of Cleveland. All things considered, though, Irving’s initial months in Boston have been an overall success. Averaging 24.7 points, 5.0 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game, Irving has led the Celtics to a 40-19 record and the second seed in the Eastern Conference.