Kyrie Irving says trade from Cleveland to Boston has him in ‘a real, live sports city’

Kyrie Irving may have burned a bridge or three. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

It’s not like Tuesday’s Celtics-Cavaliers game, which kicks off the NBA’s regular season, needed anything to increase the emotion of the event. But we can thank Kyrie Irving, anyway, for adding to the ill will he was already a lock to experience in Cleveland, in his first game after the Cavs acquiesced to his trade request.

That’s because Irving saw fit Wednesday to insult Cleveland sports fans for, of all things, their degree of interest in sports. He probably intended it as more of a compliment to his new home in Boston, but people in the city where he had played since becoming the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2011 would be forgiven for not seeing it that way.

According to the Charlotte Observer, Irving was speaking to reporters Wednesday about his early impressions of being a Celtic when he said, “Boston, I’m driving in and [thinking], ‘I’m really playing in a real, live sports city?’ ”

Alrighty, then. Of course, there’s no doubt that Boston loves its sports, and has done so long before the massive recent success of its professional teams, most notably the Patriots and Red Sox.

But Clevelanders are somehow deficient in that regard? The

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