Dwyane Wade offers reasonable, smart response to Kyrie Irving's jab at Cleveland

Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving during warm ups prior to an NBA preseason basketball game in Boston Monday Oct. 2 2017

Dwyane Wade offers reasonable, smart response to Kyrie Irving's jab at Cleveland

"You would go to Cleveland, and it would be at nighttime and things would be going on, but you just see a vast difference in terms of what the Midwest is - Cleveland - and what Boston is", Irving said. Irving would go on to talk about the differences in culture and food and people - obvious facts.

The NBA's least-well-kept secret of the summer of 2017 was how much Kyrie Irving wanted off the Cleveland Cavaliers.

While Cleveland has not had the success Boston has had across all major sports, it still has three major sports teams, and the only one of the major leagues not represented is the NHL. The one from which he demanded a trade and then ended up in a place he calls "a real, live sports city".

Lue was asked if he felt like Irving's comments were fanning the flames between the Cavs and Celtics leading up to their highly anticipated matchup on opening night next week.

Cavs guard Dwayne Wade, who, like Irving, played for only one National Basketball Association franchise before leaving the Miami Heat for the Chicago Bulls, knows the transition all too well.

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. You get it all, especially in Boston. "Because you just don't know". It has the history there. That's not me. That's not how I do things.

Danny realizes that he treated Isaiah terribly after everything he had done for the Celtics, and understands why the pair may never speak, but also notes that breaking relationships with players, no matter how strong, just comes with the job of being an NBA General Manager. "The points will come for me, but being able to create for my teammates, being able to control the pace is something I'm looking forward to".

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