We have all heard the story a number of times with regards to Cleveland Cavalier Kyrie Irving’s dual citizenship. The 21-year old budding NBA star was born in Australia but moved to the US when he was only two years of age. Well, Irving has recently returned to his place of birth, making the trip Down Under to hold clinics, make appearances and spread the good word of the NBA and hoops in general.
During his stay, Kyrie and his father Drederick caught up with Beth Davis of the Australian SEABL to talk about their time in Australia.
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As you can see from not only this clip but also from any information online regarding his visit, Kyrie Irving is a humble, down-to-earth and community-oriented guy. Even when faced with the prospect of a “quickie”, he is able to handle himself with class. His love for the game definitely shows and his passion for reaching out to fans of all ages is great to see.
While in town, Kyrie also took time to support the Helping Hoops 24 Hour Charity Shootout. Connecting on an impressive 108 from 118 free throws in just five minutes, Irving put smiles on faces and helped raise awareness for a great charity that provides disadvantaged kids support through basketball.
Irving is hugely popular in Australia and this was evidenced by his appearance at Melbourne’s premiere hoops store Kickz101. Fans were lining up from as early as 2.30am to catch a glimpse and perhaps snag an autograph from their favorite Cleveland Cavalier.
Irving also took in a SEABL game between the Frankston Blues and the Knox Raiders. The city of Frankston welcomed Kyrie and his father Drederick with open arms, packing out the stadium. Drederick was once signed by the Blues but never played for them, instead playing for rival club the Bulleen Boomers. He said he was happy that his son got to see the level at which he competed over 20 years ago.
While there’s no chance Irving will wear the green and gold for Australia at the Olympic Games, it sure is great to have him visit and we look forward to seeing him again next year, as his comments suggest.