"This is a special video just strictly to Cleveland," a strikingly beardless Irving says to the camera.
Throughout his four-minute thank you speech, Irving never mentions his trade to fellow Eastern Conference team the Boston Celtics, a dislike for LeBron James/Dan Gilbert, or even his wish to start his own self-sustaining community. Instead, he speaks only of love for the people who supported him these past seasons in Cleveland.
"I care, I love the world, and I love people and I love being around people," Irving says.
Watch the entire heartfelt video here, and check out the "Evolving man's" Instagram post below:
"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