Kyrie Irving seems to be settling in well into life with the Boston Celtics after an NBA offseason where he was part of a super trade between the Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Although it was Jaylen Brown and Jayson Brown that shined on the night, Irving did score 20 points, three rebounds, and seven assists, helping Boston achieve a 110-89 win over the New York Knicks, moving to a 2-2 record on the season after losing their first two games.
It's funny how, if things had gone differently over the summer, the point guard could have been lining up for the Knicks last night instead of the Celtics, as they were one of the four teams listed on his desired destinations when he handed in his trade request to the Cavaliers.
When news broke that Irving wanted to be traded away from Cleveland, he listed the Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, Minnesota Timberwolves, and the New York Knicks as his preferred destinations.
However, in the end, the 25-year-old was traded to none of these teams, and was instead part of a super trade between the Celtics and the Cavaliers which saw 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 go the other way in exchange for him.
After Boston had defeated New York on Tuesday night, Irving spoke about how interested he was in moving to their opponents, and how much of a desire he had to play for the team, but he didn't want to talk much about it.
Irving said according to Marc Berman of 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.’’
Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek, on the other hand, was at least flattered that Irving had his team on his radar because he is a very talented player.
"Any time a great player in this league has you on their list, you got to be happy about it," he said.
Irving will look to continue helping out his new team when they play against the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night.