NEW YORK — Celtics guard Kyrie Irving has openly professed his love for the city of Boston and the Celtics organization and made it plainly clear he plans to stay here long term ‘if the Celtics will have him.’
But before making up his mind Irving was certain he would at least give the New York Knicks a long hard look in free agency this summer before making his final decision.
“I mean, every team was under consideration, but obviously New York held a special place for me,” Irving said after the Celtics’ 103-101 win over the Knicks on Saturday night. “Just being from Jersey and, obviously, envisioning myself as a free agent and ultimately taking a meeting [with the Knicks.]”
Irving said he admires the Knicks young core of players led by Kristaps Porzingis as well as coach David Fizdale but ultimately Boston is where he wanted to be.
“That was a big thing before I made my decision just to,” Irving hesitate” plan on re-signing back, I don’t want to get myself in any trouble here….plan on re-signing back with Boston. But yeah of course New York was a strong consideration.”
“I think if you were in my position, I think it would be an easy decision,” Irving said “Thinking about who we have and the future and what we’re set up for. For me, it was where I am in age and how I envision my career going. And kind of the lineage of guys that have come before me in the Boston Celtics is something I wanted to be a part of. Obviously, my dad and my mom met in Boston, so I had a lot of history there, as well. Obviously, being from New Jersey, there’s history there. But Boston, there’s nothing like it.”
Irving announced his intention to return to the Celtics during a fan-fest event at the TD Garden last month.
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