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Kyrie Irving touts Boston as ‘real, live sports city’

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BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 2: Kyrie Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics gives a thumbs up during the first half against the Charlotte Hornets at TD Garden on October 2, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

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Kyrie Irving wanted to leave Cleveland – whether that was because of LeBron James, the Cavaliers’ direction or whatever other reason – and the Cavs traded him to Boston.

Irving, via Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer:

“It’s exciting to be back on the East Coast,” said Irving, who grew up in New Jersey. “It’s fast-paced. A lot of different cultures, food and people. You get it all, especially in Boston.

“You would go to Cleveland, and it would be at nighttime, and things would be going on, but you just see a vast difference.”

A difference, too, Irving said between Boston and Cleveland as sports cities: “Boston, I’m driving in and (thinking), ‘I’m really playing in a real, live sports city?’ ”

Boston fans, obsessed with the idea that they’re the nation’s best fans, will eat this up. No matter how Irving intended it, this will go over terribly in Cleveland.

And the rest of us will shrug and let those two cities, each fine in their own right, slug whine it out.