And the star point guard got his wish in August, getting traded to the Boston Celtics for a package of players and picks.
Before the Celtics took on the Hornets on Wednesday to close out their preseason schedule, Kyrie Irving spoke to reports about what it's been like being in Boston. As one of America's top sports cities, Boston is one of the best places in the world to play, and the atmosphere there can often be electric.
"It's exciting to be back on the East Coast", Irving said to the Globe.
Though he and the rest of his Cleveland Cavaliers teammates helped bring the city its first championship in any major professional sports league in 52 years, Kyrie Irving apparently doesn't consider Cleveland to be a "real, love sports city". "It's fast-paced. A lot of different cultures, food, and people". "And then you move to the East Coast - into Boston - and it's so real [and] alive". Consistently. No matter what hour throughout the night.
Irving sees a "vast difference" between life in Boston and Cleveland, where he spent the first six years of his National Basketball Association career.
This is a bit of a 180 from his previous words on the subject.