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Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward are ready to play ball

On Friday morning, the CLNS/CelticsBlog reporters gathered at the Garden to witness a “historic” announcement.

Boston Celtics Introduce Kyrie Irving Photo by Omar Rawlings/Getty Images

Even though the NBA media attempted to focus on all the trade drama over the last ten days, the overwhelming theme from Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving was the potential of this team and Banner 18.

On Friday morning, in an over-packed media room, the Boston Celtics announced the official acquisition of Kyrie Irving. Flanked on the dais by Gordon Hayward in also his first public appearance and team owner Wyc Grousbeck, all participants spoke in tempered language about the opportunity this squad has been given to carve out their place in Boston Celtics’ lore.

Just to say on behalf of the Celtics since 1946 we’ve been a championship-driven organization and we’ve added two players here who are championship quality players on the court and championship quality people off the court. - Wyc Grousbeck

As expected, Irving and Hayward said all the right things in the 30-minute press conference (full video here).

Here’s a complete breakdown of the day from CLNS Media’s Mike Petraglia and yours truly.

Click here for part 2 of Friday’s Garden Report.

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