The NBA rolled into town last week as two Eastern powerhouses battled at London’s O2 Arena. The Boston Celtics, led by All-Star MVP guard Kyrie Irving treated the sell-out crowd crowd to arguably the greatest NBA London game to date. The Sixers jumped out to an early 20pt lead, led by hot shooting from TJ (McConell) and JJ (Redick), but were eventually ground down by the young Celtics, currently sitting above Lebron James’ Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference.

Just the day before, we held an audience with Kyrie Irving in the centre of London at Royal Festival Hall. To launch the Kyrie 4, his latest signature sneaker with Nike – he held court on stage and shed a light into his current thoughts.

Appearing confident and philosophical at times, Kyrie’s self-awareness and drive, easily points towards his decision to become his own man out in Boston. Here are the major takeaways.