Exclusive: Co-owner Steve Pagliuca dishes on Kyrie Irving, challenge of moving on from Isaiah Thomas

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Celtics co-owners Steve Pagliuca, left, and Wyc Grousbeck (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)

ALLSTON — Celtics ownership was out in full force Wednesday morning to witness the topping off of the Red Auerbach Center, the Celtics new practice facility that will be opening up in Allston next year. BostonSportsJournal.com was on the scene and caught up with Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca in an exclusive interview to discuss the team's acquisition of Kyrie Irving, how the trade came together, the challenge of moving on from Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder, and whether there were any concerns about Irving behind the scenes after the way things ended in Cleveland.

Robb: You're a Duke guy and Kyrie Irving is coming in. How exciting is that for you?

Steve Pagliuca: It's very exciting. He's a great player. We lost a couple of great players as well. As Danny (Ainge) said, it was an emotional day for us yesterday because Isaiah is a great player and Crowder is a great player. We love those guys, but Kyrie is a very special athlete and a great person. I know him personally from Duke.