What we've seen in the past from guys like Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder is that "college vibe" seems to bring the best out of players, along with a passion for more than just the franchise, but the city of Boston as well.
On that, Kyrie already got a taste of Boston on just his second day. It happened when his Jeep broke down on his way to a meeting with Brad Stevens. Via Jay King of MassLive:
"I had about four people get out of their cars and ask me if I needed a lift somewhere," Irving explained. "Just to have that type of support anywhere, you know, at any given moment. They had no idea who I was, which makes it even sweeter. Being part of the Boston culture, man, I'm just enthused. And now I can't wait to get started."
“We’re almost complete strangers. We’re very big fans of each other’s games, but in terms of how we’ll collectively mesh as a group, that’s a ways away. So when we’re talking it’s just literally, when we’re on the court, just getting as best acclimated to one another and our personalities as best you can."
As training camp tips off less than a week from now, we'll get a glimpse at how meshed the team is, but the preseason will be the best indicator of that. For now, we'll have to rely on the hope that it won't take long.
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