Kyrie Irving Is TRULY One Of A Kind…
Kyrie Irving, one of the most popular basketball players nowadays both for his on-court dominance and his questionable thoughts off of it. Even though it seems like he always says what is on his mind, there is a lot we don’t quite know yet about Kyrie as a person. In today’s video, we will be looking at ten of the most interesting facts regarding arguably the greatest point guard in the history of the Cleveland Cavaliers franchise. Make sure you guys stick around until the end of the video to find out about the comment he made that had him in headlines for weeks!
Number ten. Kyrie Irving hopes to become a journalist one day. Every single time he gets asked about a potential career in the future he always points towards journalism. His father has been a lot of help in this dream as well, as he talked about Kyrie becoming a sports analyst, journalist or even a coach about 20 years into the future. He is also one to always keep a journal. He writes in it frequently to put down any helpful quotes or mottos to push him through rough patches. An example of one of those quotes would be the Hungry and Humble tag that he threw onto his Kyrie 1’s a couple of years ago after signing with Nike in 2011.
Number nine. Continuing with Kyrie’s former passions, he also used to be a terrific baseball player and skateboarder when he was younger. Irving decided to try his hand at baseball when he was around eight or nine years old and, being the athlete that he was, ended up being very good at it. He played the shortstop position with an older team because he was so talented and was more than capable of holding his own despite the age difference. After that, he found himself falling in love with the art of skateboarding. He used to practice it all the time and ended up being incredibly good at it, though he doesn’t do it anymore because of the injury risk. Which is quite understandable considering his NBA career that he has to take care of.
Number eight. This one is definitely going to surprise some people. Kyrie Irving reportedly first began dribbling a basketball at the age of 13 months!! Yes, you heard that correctly. He showed above average ball control just as a toddler and dribbled at 13 months. Fast forward a small bit and he was making a basket with ease at the age of four, then at age six he was knocking down left-handed layups. This insane amount of talent just happened to be instilled within him because of his father’s basketball background. The coaching tips that he was receiving even at an early age were incredibly beneficial to him as a player. I just can’t even imagine doing anything at 13 months old and yet here is Kyrie dribbling a basketball!
Number seven. Many are probably already aware of this fact, but Kyrie Irving was actually born in Australia and not the United States. There are probably a lot of people out there that just assumed Kyrie was born in the USA because of his play in the Olympics with them, but that actually isn’t true. He was born in Melbourne, Australia and stayed there until he was two years old. That was when he moved to the United States and became a US citizen. He has frequently talked about how badly he wants to return to his birthplace but doesn’t get much time too nowadays. His father is one of the biggest reason Kyrie wants to travel and see more of the world so much, which I could imagine is why he wants to go back and witness all of there incredible sights again like the Great Barrier Reef. Side fact for you here, despite playing for Team USA he actually didn’t want too at first. He originally wanted to play for Australia which makes sense but ended up getting talked out of it with the promise that he would play for them in the next Olympics. Then he went on to win the Gold Medal alongside Team USA later that year.
Number six. Kyrie’s godfather was a former NBA player himself, Rod Strickland. Strickland played in the NBA for 17 long years and put up over 14,000 points and 8,000 assists but isn’t as known in today’s generation. When Strickland was at his peak though, he was passing the ball arguably better than the majority of the best point guards throughout the 1990s. He led the league in assists during the 1997-98 season and was rewarded by being named to the All-NBA second team, beating John Stockton for the spot. He was great friends with Kyrie’s father Drederick, and the two men were constantly instilling great wisdom about the game of basketball to Kyrie. Having two successful basketball players to be your mentor growing up had to have impacted his career in a great way.
Number five. Kyrie Irving simply loves the spotlight. Did you know that he decided to appear in his high schools musical version of High School Musical? Well, we didn’t either. Throughout his younger days he got a background in theater and always loved to sing and dance. Appearing in his schools version of the high Disney movie had to have been one of the biggest reasons that he featured on other popular shows. The most notable being Kickin’ It, the Disney XD show. His role in the show wasn’t tremendous but he has said in the past that he just wanted to inspire and motivate the younger generation to work to achieve their goals just like he did. His appearance definitely helped him win over the younger fans and was amazing for his popularity. Unlike the number one fact on our list, that had fans and media all over the world scratching their heads. Stick around until the end of the video to find out what he said that got so much publicity.
Number four. For any young and hopeful basketball players out there, this fact might be incredibly helpful to you. When Irving was growing up, his father had given him a weird drill to practice. He used to wrap the ball in a plastic bag while Kyrie was dribbling the basketball, making it harder to bounce and do any type of dribble moves. As the days passed by Kyrie slowly started to get used to the bag and because of that had an improved sense of control and feel with the basketball. This hard work can be seen every time Kyrie has the basketball in his hands on an NBA court. It seems like the man is holding the ball on a string and just whipping it around everywhere. His crossovers have become one of the best in league history, with his name being thrown around in the best handles in league history conversation. I recommend you take some time out of your day to watch some of his dribble highlights. Believe me, there are some moves he makes that will have you rewatching it time and time again.
Number three. Kyrie was able to dominate the high school level during his time there. To make that even more impressive, he dominated at two different schools. When he was a freshman and sophomore, he attended Michael Kimberley Academy. Throughout those two years he averaged 26.5 points, 10.3 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 3.6 steals per game. He also became the second student to ever cross 1,000 points in the schools history. However, Kyrie explained that he just wanted a new challenge and chose to transfer over to St. Patrick High School. With much better competition than what he was facing off before, he still put up great numbers. During his junior year, Kyrie averaged 17 points, five rebounds and seven assists per game before upping his scoring total to 24 points in his senior year. That senior year also happened to be a country championship run for St. Patrick’s Union with Kyrie being the best player on the team throughout the journey. It truly didn’t matter who he faced during his four years of high school, it seemed like he was always adapting and improving no matter the competition.
Number two. Kyrie was selected with the number one overall selection in the NBA Draft despite only playing in 11 college games. He chose to announce his decision to attend Duke at the beginning of his senior year of high school and didn’t look back. It was a great situation for him, as he was able to pick up some more skills from the Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski. He appeared in eight games to start off his Duke career, starting in seven of them and putting up 17.4 points, 5.1 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game. His year then got thrown completely off course in a game against Butler University. Who, ironically enough, had Brad Stevens as their head coach at the time of this matchup. Kyrie was in the middle of a play when he went down with a big toe injury. He was pretty much forced to sit out for the rest of the season and only returned for three more games with the team in the NCAA tournament, when the school eventually lose to the Arizona Wildcats. However, despite not having much playing time in his college days, the Cleveland Cavaliers looked past that and felt he had enough skills to truly be a stellar volume scorer in the NBA. That was when they chose to select him with the top pick where he eventually became one of the best players in franchise history.
Number one. Probably the best-known fact about Kyrie Irving, is that he truly believes the Earth is flat. Some have called this situation, the worst PR blunder of his entire life. He chose to appear on the Road Trippin’ podcast in February of the year 2017 and chose to talk about how he felt the world we live in was flat. Obviously, the media and community were stunned by the seriousness of his comments and couldn’t even believe what they were hearing. Here is one of his quotes, “I think people should do their own research. I’ve seen a lot of things that my educational system has said was real that turned out to be completely fake. I don’t mind going against the grain in terms of my own thoughts.” His response blew up so much that the NBA commissioner Adam Silver had to come out with a response to the media. He said, “As he made clear today, he was trying to be provocative, and I think it was effective. A larger commentary on the so-called fake news debate in our society right now in terms of what’s reported, and it led to an interesting conversation. But personally, I believe the Earth is round.” Fast forward a couple of years and he was invited to appear on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show back in February. Irving eventually did admit that he simply just tangled his words and regretted what he chose to say on the podcast. Then he was handed a basketball with the world map painted around it to further prove the Earth is in fact flat. This was arguably his most wild and random controversy throughout his entire career, and it is definitely something that won’t be going away anytime soon even though he admitted he was wrong. Almost every time I hear news about Irving nowadays, I read something about his Earth comments. You’re not going to live this one down anytime soon Kyrie.
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