It's safe to say that Cleveland Cavaliers fans at Quicken Loans Arena will be booing very loudly when Kyrie Irving's name is announced in the starting lineup for the Boston Celtics in the season opener on October 17.
We were all reminded however that the National Basketball Association is primarily a business, and when the opportunity arised, Ainge grasped it with both hands, not even giving a second thought about trading away a player who had given so much to the team. The one from which he demanded a trade and then ended up in a place he calls "a real, live sports city".
"You would go to Cleveland, and it would be at nighttime, and things would be going on, but you just see a vast difference".
Irving's father Drederick, was a standout player at Boston University and he has spent considerable time in the city. Boston is a big sports town. "If you're Cleveland and the way they were left, you read it one way".
Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue played it with humor and new Clevelander Dwyane Wade played it down the middle - at first - when asked Friday about former Cav Kyrie Irving's perceived slight of the 216. Based on these comments, the decibels of boos might increase.