Kyrie Irving Posts Goodbye Video: “There are no other ulterior reasons other than being happy”

Kyrie Irving released a video to his fans on Tout, a video platform, saying goodbye to Cleveland and explaining his feelings.

“It’s hard to make videos like this because you understand the magnitude of decisions that you make in your life can affect a lot of people all at once,” he said. “And when you get to that point and you understand that the best intentions for you and to be in your truth and find out what you really want to do in your life and how you accomplish it.

“That moment comes and you take full advantage of it and there are no other ulterior reasons other than being happy and wanting to be somewhere where you feel like it’s an environment that’s conducive for you maximizing your potential as a human being.”

The video was posted the day after Irving’s trade to the Celtics was finalized. He thanked the Cavaliers for taking “a chance on a 19-year-old kid that was coming off a stubbed right toe.”

“I spent part of my life and my years in the NBA in such a great environment in Cleveland,” he said. “… I still can’t believe just the feats that we reached in a 6-year span and I’m truly grateful and I’m thankful.”

He also posted a thank-you note to Instagram:

“My special thank you to Cleveland” *Link in Bio. My love extends way beyond the court I have for Cleveland and it will always be a place thats special because of the great people and experiences. The Ups and downs, we stand and fight no matter what the circumstances are, and that’s what being in Cleveland embodies, it is all Love and a whole lotta pride. To the incredible individuals I’ve met who support the Cleveland organization and help allow us as Players to feel a special bond to the State/City and shared countless moments with, keep being YOU and know that my appreciation is eternal. Thank you From my whole being for being there as I was a 19 year old kid coming into the league, to now where I start another step in the journey as a 25 year old Evolving man. It will Always be Love and respect Cleveland. “The journey is always the Reward” #KyrieWick

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