Cleveland fans have had their fair share of goodbyes this week from athlete superstars like Joe Haden and most recently, Kyrie Irving.
The deal between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics was reportedly finalized on Wednesday so Irving took to social media to express his love for the city of Cleveland and more importantly, thanking the city's die-hard fans.
The Cavaliers acquired Irving at the age of 19 when he was drafted with the first overall pick in the 2011 draft. Since then, fans and the NBA league have seen Irving develop his skills alongside LeBron James.
"My love extends way beyond the court I have for Cleveland and it will always be a place that's special because of the great people and experiences," he wrote on Instagram.
"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
“I spent part of my life and my years in the NBA in such a great environment in Cleveland,” he said. I still can’t believe just the feats that we reached in a 6-year span and I’m truly grateful and I’m thankful.”