The Cleveland Cavaliers will honor former point guard Kyrie Irving with a tribute video Tuesday during the team’s season opener against the Boston Celtics, according to a report by Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com.
The Cavaliers and Celtics tip off at 8 p.m. from Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena. The game airs on TNT.
Irving requested a trade from the Cavaliers in July and was traded to the Celtics in August for point guard Isaiah Thomas, small forward Jae Crowder, center Ante Zizic , the Brooklyn Nets’ 2018 first-round pick and a second-round 2020 pick.
The news of honoring Irving comes after the former Duke guard angered Cavaliers fans when he said what he loved about Boston was that it was a “really major city.”
“[Boston’s] a really major city,” Irving said according to the Boston Globe. “Coming from Cleveland, the Midwest, where the culture is different. And then you move to the East Coast—into Boston—and it’s so real [and] alive. An ongoing, thriving city. Consistently. No matter what hour throughout the night.”