BOSTON (CBS) — Last October, Kyrie Irving told a TD Garden full of Boston fans that he planned to sign long-term with the Celtics at the end of the season. We now know that was never really the plan for Irving.

From elevator pitches to Kevin Durant during All-Star weekend, to “Ask me July 1” comments to media shortly thereafter, Irving’s escape plan went into action much sooner than anybody anticipated.

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But as it turns out, the 27-year-old superstar has had his heart set on joining the Nets for a long time. A very long time.

“It was fourth grade. I had just gotten done watching the Nets in the Finals,” Irving said in his latest Instagram video. “And when I knew that this is a dream that I want to fulfill, I had to manifest it. I had to go get it. I had to put in my time, I had to put in my hours. I had to relentlessly work on a craft, and do it with a passion and a love that nobody cold take away from me.”

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The video served as a sort of homecoming for Irving, who grew up in West Orange, New Jersey — not far from New York City. In it, Irving explained that playing at home was always his dream and his goal.

“In my heart, I knew I always wanted to play at home. Home is where my heart is, and it’s always been there, simply because of such a great love that I have for my family and the way I grew up,” Irving said.

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As for regrets with his messy tenure in Boston? Irving isn’t sharing any at this moment.

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“I wouldn’t change anything about this journey at all. It’s brought me back here, and that’s home,” Irving stated. “And home is where my family is, home is where I want my legacy to continue. And I’m happy to be in Brooklyn.”