Kyrie: Bond with LeBron, K-Love 'forever'

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Though he couldn't wait to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers, even reportedly threatening to have knee surgery if he was not traded, KyrieIrving said reuniting with former teammates LeBronJames and KevinLove will be "fun" at All-Star Weekend.

Irving was selected as a starter by James, one of two captains for the All-Star Game with StephenCurry of Golden State, and Love was chosen as a reserve.

It will result in a reunion of The Big Three that led Cavaliers to the NBA championship in 2016, rallying from a 3-1 deficit in The Finals to beat Golden State.

Irving broke up The Big Three by requesting a trade last summer, which was granted by Cleveland on Aug. 22 with Irving being sent to Boston.

"I think you've heard it if you've talked to championship winners before, but when you're on a championship team, it's just a bond that can't be broken forever," Irving said. "Just going through that, the way we created history -- we're the only team in history to come back from 3-1. And that's something that will be etched in NBA history for life."

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"And that's always a connection, something that we can always reminisce about no matter what. It's an incredible bond that we built as a team, individually being tested at the highest level, and doing something that you can remember for the rest of your life and tell your kids about."

Irving, an All-Star for the fifth time in his career, doubled down that he is indeed looking forward to reuniting with his former Cavalier teammates.

"It will be fun [to play with James and Love]," Irving said. "All-Star Weekend's just an enjoyable experience. It's a time for us as competitors to get together when we're not necessarily with our teams and going against one another.

"It's great to see the two captains choose who they felt were the best fit for their team, and I'm glad that I'm playing with a bunch of great players."

The NBA's 57th All-Star Game will be played Feb. 18 in Los Angeles at Staples Center.