The entire NBA world was taken aback when All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving was abruptly traded from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Boston Celtics last summer, a move which changed the entire outlook of the NBA landscape for the following season.
No one expected Irving to a request a trade out of Cleveland, let alone the request being granted and the point guard being shipped off to one of the Cavs' biggest Eastern Conference rivals. It was such a surprising move in fact, that Irving himself wasn't expecting it, hearing the news at the same time as the rest of us.
Former NBA player and multiple Dunk Contest winner Nate Robinson was alongside Irving when the trade went down, filming on set for the 'Uncle Drew' movie which released in cinemas last month, and spoke with NBC Sports about the moment Irving found out he was a member of the Celtics.
“[Irving] was screaming like, ‘Yeah, it’s official! Let’s get it going!' He was really hyped and excited to get everything rolling.”
As you can see, the All-Star point guard was looking forward to be heading to Boston. Robinson, who played for the Celtics in 2010-11, even gave Irving some advice on playing in Boston.
“I just told him, ‘Enjoy the fans, man. They’re gonna love you forever.”
That last statement is still up in the air however, as recent rumors have been suggesting Kyrie may be looking to move to New York alongside friend and fellow free agent Jimmy Butler when the pair hit free agency at the end of next season.