‘I’m excited’: Kyrie speaks for first time on LeBron’s decision to return

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INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — For the first time since LeBron James announced he was coming back to Cleveland, the Cavaliers’ other star spoke out.

Kyrie Iring spoke at Independence High School Saturday morning where he was leading a basketball camp of 250 boys and girls in grades 1 through 12.

Irving said he found out James was going to be his new teammate the same way everyone else did: when the news broke on Twitter with a link to James’ essay on SportsIllustrated.com.

Irving said he never had any conversations with James about him coming back to Cleveland to play for the Cavaliers. After James’ essay went public, Irving said he sent his new teammate a congratulatory text message, but hasn’t spoken to him since, letting him enjoy the time with his family.

Irving said exciting times are ahead.

“It’s an exciting time for downtown Cleveland,” said Irving. “I’m excited. Everything happened so fast, but now that we have a chance to process it, I know that I’m happy he’s back. I can actually play with him instead of playing with him in the All-Star game. It’s going to be a pleasure to learn from him and grow with him in these next few years.”

Irving wouldn’t make any predictions on what  kind of team or record the Cavs will have this year.

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