Kyrie Irving broached a number of topics during his interview with Jimmy Kimmel on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on Thursday night. The Boston Celtics guard discussed the All-Star Game, LeBron James, his upcoming "Uncle Drew" movie, his love for musicals and his level of belief of the flat earth theory.
You can watch the interview HERE. Here are three things we learned from Irving's eight-minute interview.
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1. He won't rule out reuniting with LeBron James
During the All-Star Game, Irving will team up with LeBron, his former teammate turned division rival. Irving's departure from the Cleveland Cavaliers came with some drama along with reports that Irving no longer wanted to play with LeBron. A trade landed Irving in Boston.
Kimmel asked the guard if he'd ever consider playing with LeBron again.
"In professional sports, anything can happen," Irving said. "You never know."
Irving said he and LeBron "have talked" as Irving was one LeBron's draft picks for the All-Star Game. For those unfamiliar with the new All-Star process, the NBA switched to a draft to determine teams instead of separating players by conference. So Steph Curry and LeBron picked their teams, but the draft was not televised and the order of picks was not disclosed. Many imagine Kevin Durant was the top pick of the draft, including Durant.
"In my mind, I want to say that I got picked No. 1," Irving said. "But in reality, probably not. I'm fine with that."
2. He takes the NBA All-Star Game fairly seriously
No one in their right mind takes the All-Star seriously, right? Well, Irving said he takes the game "somewhat" seriously.
"I have a deep-rooted competitive spirit, so when I go out there, I have matchups you want to specifically go at," Irving told Kimmel. "You want to be prepared as best you can, so it's best to get your sleep the night before."
He added: "Having some fun, but at the same time having that I-want-to-destroy-you attitude. You don't want to get embarrassed out there."
It sounds like he takes the game more than "somewhat" seriously, if he's in full destruction mode.
3. His love for the musical "Rent" is not shared by his Celtics teammates
Irving is a huge fan of musicals. In particular, he loves "Rent."
"I've tried [to play Rent in the locker room]," Irving said. "I get the same, usual stares, like 'What are you listening to?' They're not into it."
Kimmel joked that his teammates probably weren't into the song, "eight-thousand, 250-hundred, 600-hundred minutes."
Irving cracked up and corrected him: "525,600 minutes." It's one of the musical's most famous songs.
"I'm not a stats guy," Kimmel quipped.
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