The Cavaliers decided not to show a planned ‘thank you’ video for Kyrie Irving

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 17:  Kyrie Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics reacts to his teammate Gordon Hayward #20 being injured while playing the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena on October 17, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Kyrie Irving reacts to teammate Gordon Hayward's injury in the first quarter of Tuesday's season opener. –Gregory Shamus / Getty Images

The Clevland Cavaliers apparently decided not to show a planned tribute video for Kyrie Irving during Tuesday’s season-opener against the Boston Celtics.’s Joe Vardon reported Monday that the Cavs had prepared a “thank you” video for their recently departed point guard’s return to Cleveland. But during Tuesday’s game, team officials reversed course.

According to Vardon, Cavs spokesman Tad Carper told reporters that the decision to pass on the video was made by several team officials, including owner Dan Gilbert, and was not “directly” tied to Gordon Hayward’s gruesome ankle injury in the first quarter.


“A source with direct knowledge of Cavs’ players thinking” also told Vardon that several Cleveland players were upset with the team’s plans to show a tribute video for Irving, who requested to be traded this summer, irking many within the locker room.

Carper  told Vardon the team’s decision to pass on the tribute video was not made as a result of any player objections and that none had been voiced to him.

It’s unclear how the video would’ve have received by the hometown fans, who lightly booed Irving when he was introduced.

After the game, Cleveland’s players appeared far more receptive of their former teammate.


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