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Celtics news — Kyrie Irving: ‘If you’re very much woke, there is no such thing as distractions’

After answering and dodging a myriad of questions from the First Take duo of Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman, Kyrie Irving dropped some knowledge on the former, letting him know he’s learned to block outside noise.

Smith argued that there had been multiple reports about the repercussions of his trade request to the Cleveland Cavaliers’ front office, some of which could come to haunt him during his stint with his new team, the Boston Celtics.

Irving, while very much aware there is still talk about his situation, noted he’s gotten rid of the distractions, instead choosing to focus on his future with the Celtics and putting together a team that only has one remaining starter from last season.

“If you’re very much woke, there is no such thing as distractions,” Irving told Smith, who admitted to taking this advice for himself in the future.

Chatter will exist, regardless of how controversial his exit was from the city of Cleveland, but the facts remain the same — Irving is now a Celtic and gains nothing by mending fences or clarifying parts of this saga that have been kept in the dark.

At the end of the day, his play on the court will ultimately define what the rest of his career will be, not his track record among teammates and front offices.

Irving has learned to zone out those distractions, choosing rather to keep his eyes on the prize and move forward, rather to dwell on his decisions.