Kyrie Irving says Boston is 'a real, live sports city'

Posted: Updated:
(AP Photo/Winslow Townson, File). FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, file photo, Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving leaves a news conference in Boston. When Irving approached Cavs owner Dan Gilbert and asked to be traded so he could get out of James’ shad... (AP Photo/Winslow Townson, File). FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, file photo, Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving leaves a news conference in Boston. When Irving approached Cavs owner Dan Gilbert and asked to be traded so he could get out of James’ shad...

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Boston star Kyrie Irving has added more spice to the Celtics-Cleveland season opener.

Irving, who asked to be traded out of Cleveland and wound up with the Celtics this summer after three straight NBA Finals trips with LeBron James and the Cavaliers, says he sees "a vast difference" between the cities.

"Boston, I'm driving in and (thinking), 'I'm really playing in a real, live sports city?'" Irving told reporters Wednesday, in comments published by The Charlotte Observer.

"A lot of different cultures, food and people. You get it all, especially in Boston," Irving also said. "You would go to Cleveland, and it would be at nighttime, and things would be going on, but you just see a vast difference."

Remember, Irving and the Celtics open in Cleveland on Tuesday night.

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 5 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login, create an account or subscribe to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."