Kyrie Irving is tired of hearing about himself and the Knicks.
Two weeks ago, the Celtics point guard shot down the speculation that he would head to New York as a free agent next year, but he and the Celtics will step foot in Madison Square Garden on Saturday night and the 26-year-old is likely to hear more about it -- whether it is from the media or the fans.
Irving, however, does not care and does not understand why anyone would.
"Who cares, man? Who cares?" he told reporters on Friday. "Honestly, who cares?"
Irving, whose five-year, $94 million contract expires this season, has not signed an extension with the Celtics and the Knicks reportedly have significant interest in signing Irving as a free agent.
Yet the five-time All-Star has has spent the last few weeks doing everything he can to dismiss the free agency speculation and indicate he is happy in Boston.
Last month on Boston radio show "Toucher and Rich," Irving said the Knicks stuff was just rumors.
"It's easy to follow. I'm from New Jersey," Irving said. "But it's rumors, rumors, rumors. … It's easy to draw that connection - New York City - but why would I want to leave here?"
In an interview with ESPN alongside teammate Gordon Hayward, Irving spoke highly of Boston.
"Who wouldn't want to be part of (Boston's future), honestly?" he said. "The future is very, very bright in Boston. Even if I ever think about that thought of going elsewhere, it's like, what are you thinking? We're pretty f'in good here. We're pretty f'in good no just for this year but for years to come."
And at an event for season-ticket holders at TD Garden just two weeks ago, Irving suggested he plans to re-sign with the Celtics.
"I've shared it with some of my teammates as well as the organization as well as everyone else in Boston. If you guys will have me back, I plan on re-signing here next year," he told the audience.
Iriving joined the Celtics before the start of last season in a trade with the Cavaliers that sent Jae Crowder, Isaiah Thomas, Ante Zizic and a A 2018 first-round pick and 2020 second-round pick to Cleveland.
He played in 60 games, averaging 24.4 points, 5.1 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game before a knee injury resulted in him having season-ending surgery.