In a video posted on Tout, Irving said goodbye to the city, the organization and his teammates.
“To share those moments with everyone in Cleveland, and everyone in Ohio and do something that was an unbelievable experience for all of us,” he said. “I still can’t believe the peaks we reached in a six year span and I'm truly grateful and I'm thankful.”
Irving also specifically thanked Dan Gilbert, Nate Forbes, David Griffin (who he referred to as “the bald guy”) and Nick Gilbert, Dan’s son before saying he was grateful for the organization taking a chance on him.
"They took a chance on a 19-year-old kid that was coming off a stubbed right toe, of being in a very, very immature place at the time because, I mean, what 19-year-old does take their time and make decisions?” he said. “I spent part of my life and my years in the NBA in such a great environment in Cleveland and being there form the start in 2011 and it now coming to an end in 2017 - which is still crazy in my mind.”
Irving lastly thanked his teammates. He did not signal out any specific player, be it LeBron James or 2011 draft mate Tristan Thompson.
“And to my teammates: crazy stories, crazy experiences and just unbelievable human beings. Ya'll know how this brotherhood goes. All love,” Irving said.
He also took to Instagram to say farewell:
"My special thank you to Cleveland" *Link in Bio. My love extends way beyond the court I have for Cleveland and it will always be a place thats special because of the great people and experiences. The Ups and downs, we stand and fight no matter what the circumstances are, and that's what being in Cleveland embodies, it is all Love and a whole lotta pride. To the incredible individuals I've met who support the Cleveland organization and help allow us as Players to feel a special bond to the State/City and shared countless moments with, keep being YOU and know that my appreciation is eternal. Thank you From my whole being for being there as I was a 19 year old kid coming into the league, to now where I start another step in the journey as a 25 year old Evolving man. It will Always be Love and respect Cleveland. "The journey is always the Reward" #KyrieWick
All the best, Kyrie. Except for the three times minimum the Cavs play the Celtics.