Kyrie Irving Opens Up on Successful Cleveland Cavaliers Stint

Kyrie Irving Opens Up on Successful Cleveland Cavaliers Stint

  • Kyrie Irving has said his time with Cleveland Cavaliers will forever live with him'
  • The Brooklyn Nets guard had a successful spell in Cleveland helping them win their only NBA title in 2016
  • Although he left acrimoniously, he feels they did something special

Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving has opened up on his time at Cleveland Cavaliers, a team he left in 2017 for the Boston Celtics.

Together with LeBron James, Irvin helped bring the NBA championship to Cleveland, the lone title in their history.

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Kyrie Irving won the 2016 NBA championship with Cleveland. Photos by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE and A.J. Mast/NBAE.
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The 30-year-old spent six seasons in Cleveland and although he greatly contributed to their lone NBA title, he left behind a complex legacy.

After they lost to Golden State Warriors in the 2017 NBA Finals, he joined the Boston Celtics after requesting a trade from the Cavaliers. He had $60 million left in his contract, per ESPN.

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Irving on his time in Cleveland

According to SI, Irving said the team that won the 2016 NBA championship after coming back from 3-1 down against the Warriors remains one of the greatest achievements in NBA history.

"We had a heck of a team here that did something special that's forever sketched in NBA history. No matter what they say about me or anybody else, you have to talk about that team."

Irving's spell with the Celtics was forgettable as he failed to raise to the occasion as the No. 1 option for a young Eastern Conference team.

Years after leaving the organization, Irving says the team will always be part of him.

"Cleveland is never in the rearview, but it's definitely something I look back on to remember what it takes to be a champion."

The seven times NBA All-Star is looking to bring the first championship to Brooklyn. They produced a massive statement win over the Cavaliers on Monday night to take their winning streak to nine games.

Irving chats with Ibrahimovic

Sports Brief earlier reported on Irving linking up with AC Milan footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic after the Nets beat Milwaukee Bucks 118-100.

Ibrahimovic was seated courtside during the griping Nets vs Bucks game and later caught up with Kyrie after the end of the game.

Kyrie appeared to give Zlatan his game-won jersey as they had a quick chat with many fans watching on.