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The 2017-18 NBA season kicks off Tuesday and as the 17th approaches, you’d think that some wounds have had enough time to heal.

It seemed like Kyrie Irving still had a bone to pick with Cleveland after telling Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer: “Boston, I’m driving in and (thinking), ‘I’m really playing in a real, live sports city?'” Which is weird for a number of reasons (which we won’t get into right now) but mainly because five days prior to this quote, he did this:

“Boston, I’m driving in and (thinking), ‘I’m really playing in a real, live sports city?'” Which is weird for a number of reasons (which we won’t get into right now) but mainly because five days prior to this quote, he did this:

Which is weird for a number of reasons (which we won’t get into right now) but mainly because five days prior to this quote, he did this:

Who knows. We digress…

Cleveland, for their part, has pretty much steered clear of initiating any conversation or answering any questions about Irving. And they shouldn’t. He wanted a trade, he got a trade, and now he can play in a real, live sports city.

Other teams are avoiding mentioning former players who left or were traded in one of the craziest offseasons in recent memory.

So are the beat reporters from reputable outlets that cover these teams.

The Knicks have stayed away from talking about Carmelo Anthony, the Pacers haven’t really mentioned Paul George at all, the Clippers are keeping it classy with Chris Paul, and the Bulls are staying away from Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler.

Beat writers and columnists have also avoided bringing up the former athletes they covered. Most of them anyway.

Except for one of the writers for a Salt Lake City newspaper who used to be the Jazz beat reporter until about a month ago, just can’t let Gordon Hayward go.

Any time a player leaves a team they were drafted by in free agency, fans get a little upset (*cough* Kevin Durant *cough*) but a newspaper guy getting salty? You don’t see that too often.

Flip to Page 2 to see how a Utah writer is living up to the name of his city…

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