Kyrie Irving started his Boston Celtics career off with a bang last night, as he helped lead his side to a 94-82 win over the Charlotte Hornets at TD Garden in Boston.
Irving was traded to the Celtics by the Cleveland Cavaliers back in the summer in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, and the rights to the Brooklyn Nets' 2018 first-round draft pick, as well as a 2020 second-round draft pick via the Miami Heat.
The point guard got his Celtics career off to a great start with a win against the Hornets, and he contributed to that early on when he performed a slam dunk to get the fans inside the TD Garden excited inside the first quarter.
Alongside the newly-acquired Gordon Hayward, Boston looked like a side that could potentially challenge the Cavaliers for the Eastern Conference title once more and win a spot in the NBA Finals for the first time since 2010.
The main story everybody wants to know however is the relationship between Irving and his former teammate LeBron James, as many believe he was the catalyst for Irving's breakup with Cleveland, leading to his request to be traded.
Neither Irving or James have talked much about their relationship and their reaction to the trade, but the Celtics star may have taken a subtle jab at his former teammate with his choice of attire as seen in his postgame interview with reporters.
Irving wore a cap that read “Popularity contests are not truth contests” in the postgame presser following the Celtics’ 92-84 preseason game win over the Hornets, and this can be seen in a video posted to YouTube by the Boston Globe’s national NBA writer Gary Washburn.
Of course, this might not be a jab at his former teammate at all, but we may never know the truth considering how quiet both parties are being on the matter. It will be interesting to see how they react to one another when they meet on the court for the first time on October 18 when the Cavaliers visit the Celtics in the NBA season opener at TD Garden.