Tuesday, Kyrie Irving made his first return to the Barclays Center since being traded from the Brooklyn Nets to the Dallas Mavericks at last year's deadline.
A four-year tenure that was marred with off-court controversies and resulted in a reshaped public image, fans of the franchise are likely not to forget the time that the All-Star spent in the borough any time soon.
However, Irving admitted in his post-game press conference that it's a time of his life where he tries not to look back on all that often... not anymore, anyway.
Kyrie Irving admits he doesn't think about Nets 'too often'
"I don't think about [my Nets career] too often now. I'm pretty much at peace with what happened and spending time here, I wish a lot of the guys well, a lot of the people I've gotten a chance to get to know. We have relationships that extend off the basketball court and that's all I can ask for. "- Kyrie Irving
Irving would continue on to veer farther from the initial question of what he thinks about when he looks back on his time with the Nets, focusing his comments on the onlookers and those in attendance by saying "I got to see a lot of smiles, got to make some kids really happy, and that's what this job is about."
As was the case during fellow former teammate, Kevin Durant's recent return game, Irving put on an absolute show against the Nets during his 39 minutes of action.
Leading all players on the night with 36 points, the veteran tacked on 5 assists, 2 rebounds, and 2 steals while shooting a highly efficient 62.5 percent from the floor and 60.0 percent from distance. He even pulled out an incredibly rare one-handed slam dunk off a lob pass from Josh Green right out of halftime.
In the end, the Nets were downed by a commanding final score of 119-107, giving Irving an undefeated 2-0 record when squaring off against his former employers. As for the ex-dynamic dup of him and Durant, they boast a 3-1 record in such outings since last year'.