Irving wrote this in December 2008, upon transferring to St. Patrick High in Elizabeth, N.J.: The lights are on, baby. Time to show the world what you’re really about and who the best is in the country. This was from June 2009, amid a pivotal AAU summer: I’m going to make it, even if I have to run through a ton of walls … F– being friends. I’m going to destroy these dudes. More recently, in November 2012: Unleash everything you have and never look back. You are the best point guard in this league, so act like it. Let’s go.
“It is,” Irving admits, scrolling through the notes, “kind of funny to read these now.”