CLEVELAND — Editor’s observe: the video within the participant above is from Jan. 19, 2021.
A second greater than three years within the making passed off on Wednesday when the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrated Kyrie Irving with a tribute video at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.
The video, which featured Irving’s game-winning 3-point shot in Recreation 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals and highlights from the following parade, was performed previous to the Cavs’ tip-off in opposition to Irving’s present workforce, the Brooklyn Nets. The 6-time All-Star proceeded to acknowledge the tribute, waving to followers and pointing to his ring finger.
In a Zoom name with reporters following Wednesday’s sport, Irving mirrored on the six seasons he spent in Cleveland to begin his profession.
“I used to be drafted right here and we had just a few good items, you may say, and that is being beneficiant,” mentioned Irving, who the Cavs chosen with the No. 1 decide of the 2011 NBA Draft. “We had been on the backside and we needed to begin and work our manner up. When [LeBron James] got here again in my fourth 12 months after killing it in Miami and doing what he was doing and he got here after which [Kevin Love] got here and simply the ball obtained rolling actually actually rapidly.”