Kyrie Irving made his Brooklyn Nets regular-season debut Wednesday night, but before hitting the floor against the Minnesota Timberwolves, he addressed the Barclays Center crowd.

Irving got rather emotional while speaking to the fans, having to pause and collect himself at one point.

“I’m eternally grateful to be here. To be back home in front of you guys with my teammates,” Irving said. “On behalf of us… oh man it’s just hitting me right now.”

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We’re sure Celtics fans will have something to say about this one.

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