Bezhanishvili said they played five games at the school on Monday, and he was on Irving’s team for three of them. “Oh, that was something different,” he said. “My first 10 minutes I couldn’t believe it. I was just looking at Kyrie. But afterwards you see he’s just a player. He’s on another level but he’s still a basketball player, so you get used to it. But he’s unbelievable, he on another level. He was making shots, talking to everybody, picking guys up on defense, he was unbelievable.” Atiba Taylor, who just transferred into The Patrick School from Hackensack High School, had the pleasure of guarding Irving for much of the open gym. “It was a good experience playing against a top guard in the NBA,” he said. “I was guarding him but yeah he was scoring.” Asked what was the hardest move to defend, Taylor said, “Probably the in-and-out-stepback, I fell for that.” Bezhanishvili said Irving emphasized teamwork to the players, many of whom are new to the program, or will have expanded roles after last year’s Celtics team won the Tournament of Champions title with six Division 1-bound seniors, including Kentucky freshman Nick Richards and Seton Hall’s Jordan Walker.
Kyrie Irving, just back from a promotional tour in Asia, played pickup at his former high school in NJ on Thursday.(via njhooprecruit /IG) pic.twitter.com/ZZdHekbWDO — Tommy Beer (@TommyBeer) July 28, 2017