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Kyrie: Flat Earth comments an experiment, 'exploitation tactic'

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Kyrie: Flat Earth comments an experiment, 'exploitation tactic'

Remember when Kyrie Irving said the Earth is flat?

Well, at Celtics Media Day on Monday, Kyrie spoke with Toucher and Rich of 98.5 The Sports Hub about his comments.

Was Kyrie trolling everybody?

“Look, look. Look. Look. Here it is. All I want to do is be able to have that open conversation," Kyrie started, but was stopped by laughter. "Listen to me. What it did was -- it was all an exploitation tactic. It literally (spun) the world -- your guys' world -- (spun) the world into a frenzy and it proved exactly what I thought it would do in terms of how all this works.

"It created a division -- stand up there and let all these people throw tomatoes at me -- or have somebody think that I’m somehow this different intellectual person because I believe that the world is flat and you think the world is round. It created exactly that.

“It did exactly that to where it became -- because I think different, does that ever knock my intellectual capacity or the fact that I can think different things than you can?"

So it was just an experiment?

"Absolutely," Kyrie said. "That was the intent behind it. Do your own research. Don’t come to me and ask me ... at the end of the day, you’re gonna feel and believe what you want to feel. But don’t knock my life over here.

“Whenever I'm doing something, I know my intent behind it. And it exactly proved what I thought it would."

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Klay Thompson makes his triumphant return to China

Klay Thompson makes his triumphant return to China

The sequel is rarely as good as its predecessor, but convention goes out the window when China Klay is involved.

That's right, Klay Thompson is back in China this summer. He made his first stop in Beijing on Saturday, and will spend the next seven days in the country. Here's his itinerary:

June 23 -- Beijing
June 25 -- Jinan
June 26 -- Zhengzhou
June 27 -- Taiyuan
June 28 -- Guiyang
June 30 -- Guangzhou

How many shots will he air ball? Will he only eat smoky foods? Two countries await those answers with baited breath. 

During the draft, the Warriors tried to trade up to select Jacob Evans

During the draft, the Warriors tried to trade up to select Jacob Evans

With the 28th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, the Warriors selected Jacob Evans.

"When our pick was up, it was clear it was him," Bob Myers told reporters on Thursday night. "There was no debate as far as who we were taking. When it got to us, he was the guy without hesitation."

You could say that the Warriors are lucky to have ended up with Evans.

[LISTEN: Warriors Outsiders Podcast: What does the Jacob Evans selection mean for Pat McCaw?]

The front office nearly executed a trade to ensure they got the Cincinnati product.

"We had a number of guys who we were really interested in, but I think as the draft started to continue to go on, it became pretty apparent to us that a bunch of the other guys that we liked were not going to be there," assistant GM Kirk Lacob said on 95.7 The Game on Friday morning. "We actually at one point tried to trade up to get Jacob -- we were getting a little worried that he wasn't gonna get there -- but we were really happy that he ended up with us."

Golden State also tried to buy a pick early in the second round, but couldn't strike a deal.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller