(AP) Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving says spending part of his summer in Seattle at Jamal Crawford's annual summer league is exactly what he needed to get acclimated to playing basketball again.
Irving joined Crawford and several NBA players including John Wall, Chris Paul and Kevin Durant at the event, which Crawford has helped organize since 2005. In all Irving spent about three weeks in the Pacific Northwest, participating in pickup games that drew spectators like Seattle-area resident and Celtics legend Bill Russell.
Irving said Monday at Boston's media day that "it was just great to be up there getting some quality runs in."
The Boston guard is coming off rehab from multiple left knee surgeries that prematurely ended his season last April. He was left to be a spectator while his Celtics teammates made a run to the Eastern Conference finals before falling in seven games to the Cavaliers.
He says his knee "feels great," though he says only after playing in NBA games will help him fully feel like himself again.