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Kyrie Irving
Irving in 2016
No. 11 – Brooklyn Nets
Point guard
Personal information
Born March 23, 1992 (1992-03-23) (age 27)
Melbourne, Australia
High school
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight 193 lb (88 kg)
Career information
College Duke (2010–2011)
NBA Draft 2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
Selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers
Pro career 2011–present
League NBA
Career history
2011–2017 Cleveland Cavaliers
2017–2019 Boston Celtics
2019–present Brooklyn Nets
Stats at

Kyrie Andrew Irving (born March 23, 1992) is an professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was named NBA Rookie of the Year after being selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the first overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft.

A six-time NBA All-Star, Irving was selected to the All-NBA Third Team in 2015. He won an NBA championship with the Cavaliers in 2016.

Irving played college basketball for the Duke Blue Devils before joining the Cavaliers in 2011.

He was named the NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 2014. In the 2016 NBA Finals, he made a three-point field goal with 53 seconds remaining in a tied Game 7 to help lead the Cavaliers to a championship over the Golden State Warriors.

After losing a rematch against the Warriors in the 2017 Finals, Irving requested a trade and was traded to the Boston Celtics. After two years with the Celtics, he signed with the Brooklyn Nets as a free agent in 2019.

He has also played for the United States national team, with which he won gold at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics. In 2018, he starred in the film Uncle Drew.

Early life

Kyrie Irving
Irving during his tenure with St. Patrick High School

Irving was born in Melbourne, Australia, to American parents. Irving lived in the Melbourne suburb of Kew before relocating to the United States when he was two years old.

He holds dual American and Australian citizenship.

Irving grew up in West Orange, New Jersey. His inspiration to play in the NBA came after playing at Continental Airlines Arena during a school trip in fourth grade, when he declared, "I will play in the NBA, I promise." Due to his father's connection to Boston University, Irving spent a lot of time in Boston, including at BU's basketball skills camp.

In fifth grade, he was offered a scholarship to Boston University by then-head coach Dennis Wolff. As a teenager, Irving played for the Road Runners of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU).

Business ventures

Kyrie Irving billboard in Cleveland, Ohio (2016)
Kyrie Irving billboard in Cleveland, Ohio 2016

Irving's shoe deal with Nike is worth US$11 million, as of 2019. His signature sneakers were the second best-selling line of 2017, behind LeBron James's. Irving's themed sneaker collaborations include that of the television shows Friends and SpongeBob SquarePants. The latter collection sold out immediately.

In 2015, he launched his PSD Underwear collection.

Personal life

Irving enjoys reading and has a journal. He also likes to sing, dance, and play the baritone sax. His godfather is former NBA player Rod Strickland. His cousin, Isaiah Briscoe, was a highly rated basketball player who played at the University of Kentucky before declaring for the 2017 NBA draft.

Irving and his ex-girlfriend have a daughter together, born in 2015.

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