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If there was any remaining doubt that Kyrie Irving was happy to be traded to the Boston Celtics last summer, actor and comedian Lil Rel Howery has just put it to rest. Howery, one of the stars of the hit movie Get Out, is co-starring with Irving in the upcoming film Uncle Drew and was on set with the star when he got the call about his future.
The team at SportsCenter caught up with Howery on the Academy Awards Red Carpet to talk about that moment:
“Imagine this. Imagine you’re going through a table read with somebody. You’re watching SportsCenter as you always do. Like, ‘Man, he wanna leave Cleveland?’ You see him the next day, you don’t say nothing because you don’t know him yet like that. But you’re just looking awkwardly at him, like ‘I wanna ask so bad, man. What’s going on?’
“But then we got to know each other a little bit and I talked to him about it. He was telling me everything. But then the dopest moment was when the trade actually went through. He was so happy man. We were in the middle of a scene. We were shooting a scene. His homeboy comes in, whispers in his ear, and he just runs off the set. We’re filming! He just runs out. We were in the club shooting a scene. He just runs out, so happy. He comes back, everybody’s applauding. And it was a dancing scene. So when you see the movie and he’s like really getting it, that’s him in real life. He was really happy.”
There were many Bostonians dancing when they too got the news that Irving was coming to town.