In the aftermath of winning the NBA Finals with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday, Kyrie Irving has admitted to living out the most emotional year of his life in the past 12 months.
During Game One of the 2015 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, Irving injured his left knee and was ruled out of the rest of the series.
In Irving’s absence, the Cavaliers went on to lose 4-2. Not being able to influence the outcome hurt Irving in the days that followed.
On Sunday, the Point Guard made it all right though as his 26 points helped his team to a historic 4-3 triumph over the same opposition as what they faced in 2015.
Speaking after a tense Game Seven, Irving explained how the pain of the Finals in 2015 had scarred him but that he was now ready to move on having nailed the game-winning shot.
“I tried to downplay it the whole entire season of the emotional kind of stress that I was putting on myself from getting hurt, not being here with my teammates,” Irving began.
“I’m just really thankful to be a part of history like this and it to be done with the group that I have in that locker room and us making history and etching our names forever in NBA history.”
Irving could be excused for wondering if his presence for the entirety of last year’s Finals would’ve made the Cavaliers back-to-back champions at the moment.
When pressed on the matter though, he was reluctant to emphasise his own importance over the rest of the group.
“Let’s not move too fast,” Irving cautioned.