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LeBron calls Irving 'special talent' in goodbye tweet

LeBron James labelled Kyrie Irving a "special talent" after the guard's Cleveland Cavaliers departure was confirmed.

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LeBron James

When Kyrie Irving was traded to the Boston Celtics on Tuesday, many wondered how LeBron James would react to the news.

Irving had asked for a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers this offseason, citing a chance to play out of James' shadow.

As an experienced member of the chose-to-play-outside-of-Cleveland club, James made sure Irving enjoyed a graceful switch.

A Twitter user posted a video initially implying Cavs fans should burn Irving's jersey – like they did James' when he left for the Miami Heat – but instead, a piece of paper appeared with a message thanking Irving for his services.

James was a fan of the initiative, calling Irving a "special talent".

The former team-mates will not have to wait long to face off, considering the Cavs and Celtics will play each other in the first game of the NBA season.

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