Unlike Kyrie Irving, Dwyane Wade says he’ll still think Cleveland Rocks even if he eventually leaves.
The now-Celtic who asked to be shipped out of Cleveland has rubbed a few people the wrong way after recently dissing the 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 in terms of what the Midwest is — Cleveland — and what Boston is,” Irving said. “Boston, I’m driving in and [thinking], ‘I’m really playing in a real, live sports city?’ And a great city.”
Dwyane Wade, the newest addition to the Cavs who has teammed up with LeBron James once again, didn’t take the statement well.
“I never want to leave a place and talk s–t about a place,” he told ESPN. “Because when you were there, it was great, and then you leave, it’s terrible? It’s just like players. Fans celebrate players when they’re there, and then they leave, and it’s the worst thing.”
“That’s not how I do things,” Wade added. “I’m appreciative of what people have done for me, what organizations have done for me, and I hope they’re appreciative of whatever I can bring or whatever I’ve done — on and off the court. So, it doesn’t always go that way, but that’s the way I try to make it when I can control it.”
The war of words will continue as Boston and Cleveland look to battle for the top seed in the Eastern Conference.
The two teams open the season against each other Tuesday, when Irving likely won’t be received well by the fans in Cleveland.