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All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving has little reason, maybe zero reason, to leave the Boston Celtics.
But the New York Knicks are allowed to dream.
Irving lit up New York to the tune of 31 points, nine rebounds and eight assists as the Celtics rolled to a 121-112 win at Madison Square Garden on Saturday.
When Irving requested a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers over the summer, he reportedly had the Knicks as one of his preferred destinations. He becomes a free agent in 2019, and the Knicks may have thoughts of the West Orange, N.J., product wanting to move closer to home.
Then again, even Irving will tell you that New York isn’t the place closest to his heart.
“I’m not from there, I’m from Jersey,” Irving told the media. “Let’s get that straight. I love New York, but I’m from Jersey.”
As for playing in the Garden, well, what NBA player doesn’t love to showcase his talents in the league’s largest media market?
“Playing in the Mecca is always fun — it has a way of bringing out the best in people,” Irving said. “It’s a hard matchup because a lot of people come to see the Knicks play. You just want to play well on a floor like this.”
Beyond that, though, all the Knicks can really do is hope. With top scorer Kristaps Porzingis out for the year, and another season of no postseason, the Knicks d0n’t have much left but to think about the future.
Could Irving be part of that future? It’s too early to say, but it’s never too early to dream.