As Kyrie Irving’s 3-pointer fell through the Oracle Arena net with 53 seconds left — all but guaranteeing Sunday’s Game 7 win over the Warriors and delivering Cleveland’s first NBA title — a crowd of the Cavaliers point guard’s ex-teammates erupted inside the home of an assistant coach on Irving’s prep basketball team.
“It was awesome to watch the kids go crazy chanting defense like we were playing a game and needed a stop,” St. Patrick’s (Elizabeth, N.J.) principal and head basketball coach Chris Chavannes, who served as an assistant under former coach Kevin Boyle when Irving starred for the Celtics, told SportsNet New York. “Then after Kyrie would make a play they would go bananas.
“You can’t imagine the atmosphere when Kyrie hit the three. Pandemonium to say the least.”
On Sunday night, Chavannes hosted 35 of Irving’s former teammates from his tenure at St. Patrick’s, according to SportsNet New York. The principal/coach phoned Irving during the three-time All-Star’s early-series struggles, the report said. Over the final five games of the NBA Finals, Irving averaged 30.8 points on 50.9 percent shooting to go along with 4.4 assists,…