And not a day goes by that Irving doesn’t do something that makes everyone stop and say, “Wow.” “In open gym, it was literally him against three people,” Horford says, describing one mind-blowing sequence.
“There was a defender that was coming. [Irving] was running full speed, stopped, put the ball [behind] his back. There was a guy right here, so I don’t know how he got the ball across it, but the ball split the two guys, he took a step, the other defender—the third defender—came up, he took another step, he grabbed it, whipped it behind his back and laid it up. But it was like a fading floater with the left hand. It’s stuff that you can’t make up.” “And it went in,” Horford adds, in case there was any doubt. “That’s one of those plays that I’ll never forget.