Irving, who said leaving Cleveland had nothing to do with basketball, wants to show the hoops world that he’s much more than merely a one-on-one dynamo.
The 25-year-old All-Star doesn’t feel like he was able to reach his full potential playing alongside LeBron James.
“I’m just looking forward to playing my position. I’m looking forward to becoming something that I’ve always envisioned myself being, and that’s being a complete point guard on a great team.
“I want to be able to come off pick and rolls, be able to dissect the defense, and be able to have guys – this is not a knock on anybody I was playing with, but my role was completely different.
“And you have other individuals saying – and he’s own this show now, his ‘humble opinion’ is always that he’s a ‘one-dimensional man’ and ‘he’s not making his teammates better.
“… I’m not just this one-on-one individual that wants to go one-on-one every time down. That’s not how I appreciate the game.”