Kyrie Irving is one of the most popular and talented basketball players in the world. He is a six-time NBA All-Star, two-time NBA champion, and was named the MVP of the 2016 NBA Finals. With so much success over his career, here are 15 secrets about Kyrie Irving that you may not know:
1. Before becoming a professional basketball player, Kyrie played football in high school where he was an all-state quarterback for two years.
2. In 2012, Kyrie helped Team USA win gold at the London Olympics – making him one of just four active players to do so.
3. Kyrie has starred in multiple films since 2013 including Uncle Drew and Spiderman: Into The Spider Verse.
4. Kyrie loves to read and has stated that reading is his favourite hobby away from basketball.
5. Kyrie is a big fan of comic books, as evidenced by the various characters he’s dressed up as for Halloween over the years.
6. In 2016, Irving became only the tenth active player to reach 5,000 points in his career at just 24-years old.
7. He was one of four players ever to score 10+ points in six consecutive NBA Finals games before turning 25 years old in 2017.
8. Kyrie won the ‘JBL Three-Point Contest’ in 2013 and again in 2019 – making him the first back-to-back winner since Jason Kapono in 2007-2008.
9. Kyrie was the first player since LeBron James to be drafted 1st overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
10. He was the second NBA player ever to appear on a Wheaties box – with the other being Shaquille O’Neal.
11. In 2016, he became the youngest point guard in NBA history to lead his team to an NBA Championship and was named Finals MVP for doing so.
12. Kyrie is an avid sneakerhead who has his own signature shoe collection with Nike called “Kyrie”.
13. While at Duke University, Irving played 11 games before being shut down due to injury and still managed to set a freshman record for points per game with 17.5.
14. He has a younger sister, Asia, who is also an athlete and plays basketball in the WNBA.
15. Kyrie is the owner of his own production company called ‘Uncle Drew Productions’ which was named after his alter ego character from the film of the same name.
Kyrie Irving is a one-of-a-kind talent, and his success over the years shows that. With these 15 secrets about Kyrie, you can now gain an even deeper appreciation for who he is both on and off the court.
There’s no telling what else Kyrie has in store for us in the future – but one thing is certain – it will be exciting to watch!