Kyrie Irving intends to re-sign with Boston next summer, and there isn’t a better place for him to play basketball.
For most of the summer, it wasn’t clear exactly how long Kyrie Irving would be suiting up in Boston Celtics green.
Irving has always been somewhat of an interesting character (with his flat earth beliefs and all), and it was no secret that he didn’t come to Boston by choice, having been traded from the Cleveland Cavaliers in the infamous Isaiah Thomas deal before last season.
But what we didn’t know all along was that Irving and the Celtics are actually perfect for each other. Boston needed a bona fide superstar to be the centerpiece of a championship team, and Irving needed to get out of Cleveland and away from LeBron James.
He didn’t admit it until recently, but Irving has bought into the Celtics 100 percent, and he wants to stay in Boston for a long time.
When he spoke the words “If you guys will have me back, I plan on re-signing here” to thousands of Celtics fans at the TD Garden, it was a monumental moment for him and for the organization. As expected, the Garden erupted in cheers.
“I’m happy here,” Irving said, via ESPN.com. “Every single day is at an all-time competitive high. What more can you ask for from an organization than taking a chance as far as getting me out of Cleveland? Really taking a chance regardless of whether I signed back or not.
“They had the same attitude. They just wanted to show me what being a Celtic is about, and that I was going to come around, and I absolutely did. I believe in it. I believe in the franchise.”
The best part about it is that Irving is only 26 years old. There is still plenty of basketball to be played in his career, and there couldn’t be a better place for him to play it than in Boston. He wants to be great, and many basketball legends have been made on the parquet floor of the Boston Garden.
“Obviously, a lot of great players have come before me,” Irving said, “but to grow my name in Boston Celtics tradition and history is something I’m glad I can do, and I plan on.”
All that’s left to be done is winning a championship. Or several.