NEW YORK — Boston Celtics star Kyrie Irving has no problem with Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Collin Sexton wearing his No. 2 jersey with Cleveland.

“Go ahead, do what you do. He wanted to wear the number, let him wear the number. It doesn’t matter,” Irving said during a Q&A with reporters in Manhattan to promote his upcoming movie, “Uncle Drew.”

“The story is probably going to be the number. But I’m more excited about who [Sexton] is as a player in the league,” Irving said. “The number thing is like, just chalk that up to the game. It’s cool. It’s no hard feelings from my end. He just has to start at the chopping block just like everyone else did. So I’m excited for him.”

The Cavs selected Sexton in the draft last week with the No. 8 pick that they acquired in the Irving trade with the Boston Celtics last summer. Sexton has said that he doesn’t feel like he’ll have to live up to expectations created by Irving. Irving, who hit the biggest shot in Cavs franchise history with a go-ahead 3-pointer in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals, agrees with that idea. He also said on Monday that he appreciated the sentiment from some Cavs supporters that Irving’s No. 2 should be off limits.

“The history, it’s already captured, man. I was on one of the best teams in NBA history, in my opinion, just accomplishing something that was that much bigger than ourselves,” Irving said in reference to the 2016 NBA champion Cavaliers. “A feat that’s — we’re one of no other teams. We’re one of one, in history [to rebound from a 3-1 NBA Finals deficit]. So for me, I think the biggest thing is giving that jersey [he wore in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals] to my dad. If that’s where the No. 2 legacy ends, then cool. Then I’m starting up a new one. No pressure for anyone else.”

Irving is currently rehabbing from knee surgery that sidelined him for the Celtics’ surprising playoff run to the Eastern Conference finals. He said on Monday that he’s progressing well and expects to be able to get on the court again in about two weeks.


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