First, Irving shocked the Cavs this past summer, requesting a trade away from LeBron James.
1 pick spent six years in Cleveland before getting traded this offseason, and it appears he is a fan of the change in location.
But the 25-year-old, who grew up in West Orange, N.J., said he's glad to be back on the East Coast and somewhere that's not as mundane as his old stomping ground. "Coming from Cleveland, the Midwest, where the culture is different", Irving said Wednesday, via the Boston Globe. "You get it all, especially in Boston", Irving told reporters. And then you move to the East Coast - into Boston - and it's so real [and] alive.
But you have to believe the Irving snipes will hurt more considering he actually played for the team, lived in the city and had time to get to know it. An ongoing, thriving city. "Boston, I'm driving in and [thinking], 'I'm really playing in a real, live sports city?' And a great city".
No matter Irving's intention with these recent comments, they will surely give fans another reason to heckle him Tuesday night in his first and only scheduled trip to Cleveland - unless the two teams meet in a spicy postseason series.
Irving sees a "vast difference" between life in Boston and Cleveland, where he spent the first six years of his National Basketball Association career.
The Cleveland sports scene can't compare, but LeBron's excellence with the Cavs can't be dismissed, and the Indians are one of the top teams in Major League Baseball.