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Here's Kyrie Irving's rambling farewell to Cleveland

You know that feeling, when you're just a 25-year-old flat-Earther who has a fresh shave, a new address, and a front-facing camera at your disposal?

Kyrie Irving does, and as the newest member of the Boston Celtics, Irving recorded a farewell video to his spurned team, the Cleveland Cavaliers. Reports that Irving had requested a trade out of Ohio broke earlier this summer, and the deal between the Cavaliers and Celtics had been stuck in limbo for the last week, consuming the NBA.

But late Wednesday, the terms were finalized: Irving was dealt east in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, Boston's sweetheart undersized point guard; three-and-D forward Jae Crowder; young prospect Ante Zizic; a 2020 second-round pick; and one of those mythical Brooklyn Nets picks Boston had acquired, this one a first-rounder in 2018. It prompted the young guard to record a four-and-a-half minute video, in which he ruminated on "the magnitude of decisions that you make in your life" and how they "can affect a lot of people all at once."

"I care, I love the world, I love people, and I love being around people," Irving said. Watch his open-hearted soliloquy below. Kimberly Alters