Boston might be a "real, live Sports City," according to Kyrie Irving, but Dwyane Wade believes he shouldn't gush about it as though he didn't enjoy his stay in Cleveland. Prior to the Celtics' shootaround in Charlotte N.C., Irving told reporters that it's quite different in the new city, and in a good way. Irving said Boston has a totally different culture, food, people, and is fast-paced.

Kyrie Irving talks about Boston

In his interview, Irving said: "It’s a really major city. Coming from Cleveland, the Midwest, where the culture is different.

And then you move to the East Coast — into Boston — and it’s so real [and] alive."

His statement didn't sit well with the Cleveland fans and the members of the Cavs team. Dwyane Wade said it's not appropriate to diss a city you once loved.Talking to ESPN, Wade said: "You just never know those things, so I never want to leave a place and talk s— about a place." Once you enjoyed the place, you only have good memories and nothing less.

According to Wade, being appreciative to the people and the management is always the best thing to deal with the separation. He takes into consideration the things that will keep everything on the positive side. "I hope they’re appreciative of whatever I can bring or whatever I’ve done -- on and off the court."

Wade's comment came amid issues between him and J.R.

Smith contending for the starting spot on the Cavs roster. While he has yet to comment on Smith's statement, the latter has been vocal about being frustrated that Wade got the position.

Tyronn Lue reacts to Kyrie Irving's statement

Coach Tyronn Lue, on the hand, said that Irving could do whatever he wants, but Lue knows Cleveland is a great city.

The place also takes pride in its great sports town and the incredible fans who supported the team. Apparently, Irving is amazed by Boston's sleepless city. Irving calls Boston as a thriving city that seems to entertain 24 hours a day.

Kyrie Irving has been the target of criticism after he subtly compared Cleveland to Boston calling the latter a "real sports city." Some fans did not appreciate his statement saying, he shouldn't be too disappointed after millions of fans went to his parade when the Cavaliers won the 2015-2016 NBA championship.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are set to face the Boston Celtics on Tuesday, October 17, 2017, in their first regular season game. LeBron James, on the other hand, recently aggravated a left ankle injury and is expected to miss the team's first game against the Celtics.