Kyrie Irving calls chants from Knicks fans a 'distraction'

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KYRIE Irving totalled 23 points, 10 rebounds and six assists before a Madison Square Garden crowd eager to start the free agent wooing five months early as the Boston Celtics beat NY 113-99 in the Knicks' first game since trading Kristaps Porzingis.

The Knicks believe that's less of a problem now under President Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry, who have focused on cleaning up the culture that has been so toxic under Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan. Savvy Knicks fans are hip to that reality, of course, so they wasted no time in starting their courtship Friday night when, at one point, they started chanting "We Want Kyrie" at the All-Star point guard in the second half.

"Ask me July 1", he said.

Beyond the Knicks' trade of Porzingis, a potential deal involving New Orleans star Anthony Davis - who can't be dealt to Boston before July 1 unless Irving is traded - also has muddied the National Basketball Association landscape.

Thomas was traded by the Celtics to Cleveland in 2017 as part of the deal that brought Irving to Boston.

"People know me. I know myself", Gobert said.

Those feelings only intensified Thursday, when the Knicks pulled off a blockbuster Kristaps Porzingis trade that opened up room for two max-contract free agents to sign here this summer. Marcus Morris was next in line after Irving with 18 points, Gordon Hayward had 14 points and Al Horford played terrifically in all facets of the game with 14 points, nine rebounds, four assists and a block. "I'm just going to do what's best for me". We a love him, we all want him here.

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It could certainly happen if this season doesn't end on an ideal note for Boston, and it's a possibility that is very much on the radar of NY fans.

Further, Irving said of his potential change of heart about staying in Boston: "I don't owe anybody [expletive]".

Torrey Craig scored a career-high 22 points off the bench for Denver, which ended a nine-game losing streak against the Rockets.

Kyrie Irving says winning a championship for Boston is still his main goal.

Irving was also asked Friday about the Knicks' decision to trade Porzingis.

"I'm appreciative of the fan support I get in any arena", he said. "Me and Kyrie are in a good place right now".

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