Boston Celtics

Sep 27, 2019; Brooklyn, NY; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving poses for a portrait at HSS Training Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)

By Ty Anderson,

Remember when Kyrie Irving told a building full of Boston fans that he planned on staying if they’d have him back?

That, as we’ve all come to find out, turned out to be a complete lie.

And Irving seems to have finally embraced that lie.

“For me I just wanted to be in a place, especially being back home, where I could really commit to that for years to come,” Irving ahead of Brooklyn’s opener. “It was an easy decision. I was coming here regardless.”

Ah, so that whole committing to a long-term future in Boston and being the last player to wear No. 11 with the Celtics thing turned out to be more nonsense. Cool! Of course, this isn’t new. Irving reportedly “soured” on Danny Ainge and the Celtics early in the 2018-19 season, and it seemed like the entire league knew he was setting up to ditch Boston for Brooklyn.

But it was just last month that Irving seemed to finally take ownership of his Boston shortcomings, saying that he didn’t give his Celtic teammates everything he had last season, and that he failed as a leader. Irving made almost no mention of how he was coming to Brooklyn all along, which surely would have bothered the teammates he disappointed by not giving it his all.

It’s just funny to watch these lies just pile up, and before he even knows what he has with the Nets.

Oh, and Irving of course made a lovely pregame speech, at one appearing overcome with “emotion,” about his move to NYC.

Truth be told, Celtics fans should probably take comfort in knowing their team is no longer led by this fake-deep conman who can build up and destroy a team with the same effort given his hot-and-cold, erratic persona.

Irving is scheduled to come to Boston on Nov. 27 when Brooklyn visits the Celtics the night before Thanksgiving.

Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter: @_TyAnderson.