Kyrie Andrew Irving is a professional Basketball player who comes from Melbourne, Australia. Kyrie Irving who now plays for the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets made his first professional appearance in 2011 and established himself as a key player for the Cleveland cavaliers. We review his rise to the summit of the most prestigious league in basketball in our Kyrie Irving biography facts, childhood, net worth and personal life.
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Kyrie Irving Biography Facts, Age, Nicknames, Family, Girlfriend, Zodiac
- Full Name: Kyrie Andrew Irving
- Nicknames: Mr. 4th Quarter; Uncle Drew; Kyriediculous; Kyrazzle-Dazzle; Ankletaker; Mr Overtime; Flat-Earth
- Date of Birth: March 23, 1992 (age 28 years)
- Place of Birth: Melbourne, Australia
- Nationality: Australian, American
- Occupation: Basketball Player
- League: NBA
- Current Team: Brooklyn Nets
- Position: Point guard
- NBA Draft: 2011 (Round 1; Pick 1) by Cleveland Cavaliers
- Playing Career: 2011–date
- Net Worth: $70 million
- Education: St Patrick High School, Duke University
- Parents: Drederick Irving. (Father), Elizabeth Irving (Mother)
- Siblings: Asia Irving. (Sister), London Irving (Sister)
- Marital Status: Single
- Partner: Golden (girlfriend)
- Children: Azure Elizabeth Irving (daughter)
- Zodiac sign: Aries
Kyrie Irving Childhood Story and Early life
Kyrie Andrew Irving is one of three children born on March 23, 1992, to American parents Mr Drederick Irving and Mrs Elizabeth Irving. At age two, he moved to the United States where he was raised by his father and aunts after the death of his mother. Since he had a father who played basketball during his college years and also played games in the Adult-league, he began to grow interested in playing basketball; but in the NBA. After his scholarship to Boston University, he played in the Amateur Athletic Union for Road Runner.
Kyrie Irving High School Career
Before achieving his dream of playing in the NBA, Irving had played several games for some high school and college teams. He played first for Montclair Kimberley Academy in his novice years in high school where he won the New Jersey Prep ‘B’ state title. Soon after, he moved to St. Patrick High School since he felt the need for more challenge.
In 2009, he was included in the Nike Global Challenge where he guided the United States east to claim the tourney and was named the tourney’s Most Valuable Player. In 2010, Irving was listed in the 2010 Junior National Select Team at the 2010 Nike Hoop Summit as well as the 2010 McDonald’s All-American Game and Jordan Brand Classic, a tournament where he was announced co-MVP. In June, Irving was among the U.S side who won the gold medal during the FIBA Americas Under-18 Championship.
Kyrie Irving College Career
In 2009 Irving signed to play for Duke, where he played for the duration of the 2010–11 basketball season. That year’s prospective success came crashing after suffering an injury just nine games into the season. Duke moved up to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament of that year but lost to Arizona which denotes the end of Kyrie Irving’s last game for the Dukes.
Kyrie Irving Professional NBA Career and Highlights
Cleveland Cavaliers (2011–2017)
Irving decided publicly to enter the 2011 NBA draft whilst he forewent his three remaining years of eligibility and was picked as the first overall selection by the Cleveland Cavaliers. That season during the 2012 Rising Stars Challenge, Irving was announced the MVP and won the 2012 National Basketball Association Rookie of the Year Award. Prestigiously he was the only undisputed choice to the NBA All-Rookie First Team.
Few games into the 2012–13 NBA season, Irving sustained an injury and thereafter missed games for three weeks, after a premature return to the next game following the injury. On coming back, he marked his presence by becoming the youngest player in the history of the NBA to net 40 points. That season, he was selected to play in his first All-Star game and also took part in the Rising Stars Challenge once more. Irving also took part in the NBA Three-Point Shootout and triumphed.
In 2014, Kyrie Irving was chosen by fans and supporters to be the one starting in the point guard position for the Eastern Conference in the NBA All-Star game and was named the All-Star game MVP. That same year, he marked his first career triple-double with 21 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds.
In July 2014, Irving extended his contract for an additional five years with a fee worth $90 million with Cleveland Cavaliers. Along with his extension, LeBron James returned to the team as well as a transfer move for Kevin Love. At this, a new era began as they were forged the ‘Big Three’. Their era during the first part of the season was a mixture of success and failure, although the team recorded some success during the second half of the season. His presence in the ‘Big Three’ helped the team to get to the NBA Finals which they lost. Due to an injury which he sustained during the NBA Finals, he was on the sidelines for the opening matches of the 2015-16 season. Upon his return, his quality and excellent performances helped the team to conclude the season with some notable success by winning the NBA Finals completing a 3-1 comeback to end 4-3.
Successfully starting the 2016–2017 season, Irving helped Cleveland Cavaliers win a lot of games while making several individual records, among which were setting new career records, season records and fixture records. In March 2017, he assisted Cleveland Cavaliers to set a season hallmark of having three-pointers on 25 occasions.
That season he asked Cleveland to sell him for the reason that he preferred being the centre of attraction of wherever team he’ll be rather than being overshadowed by another star, LeBron James who was at the time already regarded as the face of Basketball and one of the greatest players to play the game. Following his request, he was sold to Boston Celtics.
Boston Celtics (2017–2019)
He made his debut for Boston Celtics against his former team Cleveland Cavaliers, the first fixture of the season in which Celtics lost. As the season progressed, he helped his new team to win several games as he topped with points on a franchise level before suffering another break at the sidelines due to injury. In January 2019, against Golden State Warriors, Irving scored his eleventh double-double with points and assists, being the first for Boston Celtics since 1986–87. During the NBA playoffs, Irving made another career hallmark by having 11 assists in a play-off match. In July 2019, Irving decided to sign for Brooklyn Nets as a free agent, noting that he signed on a free transfer.
Brooklyn Nets (2019–present)
In October 2019, Irving made his debut for Brooklyn Nets and netted 50 points setting a record as the first NBA player to net 50 points at an initial appearance for a team and the 7th to score 50 points or more in just one match.
Kyrie Irving National Team Career
Kyrie Irving was amidst a controversial issue as to representing his country of birth by playing for the Australian national team in the London 2012 Olympics. Nevertheless, he chose to focus on playing for the United States national team at the 2016 Olympic Games. During the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup, Kyrie Irving represented the United States national team and helped to win the tournament. Thereafter, he was announced as the MVP of the tournament and the 2014 USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year. At the long-awaited 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, he also helped the team win the tournament. At that, he became the 4th United States Basketball player to win the NBA Finals and the Olympics in the same year.
Kyrie Irving Net worth, Salary, Endorsements, Sponsorship
Kyle Irving net worth is valued at $70 million. His salary is estimated at $20.3 million annually. Kyle Irving has a very lucrative shoe deal with Nike which is valued at $11 million. The shoe was the second top-selling NBA shoe in the 2017/18 season. He also has endorsement and sponsorship deals with Pepsi, Panini and 2K Sports.
Kyrie Irving Personal Life, Relationship
Kyrie Irving shares his family with two sisters, both of which bears names of a continent and country respectively, Asia being the first and his older sister and London his younger sister.
He has a father who played basketball in the Adult league for the Bulleen Boomers; frequent attendance for his father’s games was a source of inspiration to play more professional basketball in the NBA.
Irving’s mothers were his aunts since his biological mother died when he was still very young.
Apart from a professional basketball career, Kyrie enjoys off-court time with reading, singing, and dancing.
Irving is known to have been in a relationship with Kehlani, an American singer and they separated in 2017. He also dated Breanna Barksdale, a volleyball player and Chantel Jeffries. Irving already has one daughter from an ex-girlfriend, Andrea Wilson. As at September 2019, he was reportedly dating and has engaged his YouTuber girlfriend Golden.
Interesting Facts about Kyrie Irving
His daughter’s name is Azure Elizabeth Irving, a namesake with his mother. At the birth of his daughter, he gave her his mother’s name as an honorary tribute to his mother who he doesn’t have many memories with.
Kyrie Irving’s cousin is the very much respected Isaiah Briscoe who played college basketball for the University of Kentucky afore his NBA draft which was held in 2017.
Irving still has some interest in secular education after once announcing that he would conclude his bachelor’s degree. Although still without conclusion the American–Australian alleges his purpose as regards his degree is something to think of after his retirement from basketball.
Kyrie Irving in 2017 said that the Earth is flat in an interview, later he contradicted his former belief stating that it was a joke, whereas persuading people to study more as regards the subject.
Irving was featured in a series movie Kickin’ It in 2012 by Disney XD. Whilst in 2016 he acted a role of himself in the Movie ‘We are bears’.
The popular Basketball portrayed movie ‘Uncle Drew’ released in 2018 which featured ex-basketball players as well featured Kyrie Irving. In that same year, his voice was used in an episode in season 17 of the American series ‘Family Guy’.
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