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NBA Rookie Star Kyrie Irving Impresses Father With Play At Madison Square Garden
March 1, 2012
The relationship between Cleveland Cavalier rookie standout Kyrie Irving and his father Drederick has been well documented. Kyrie’s father was a former basketball star in college and a legend on the streets of New York City where he dazzled in street ball leagues. Now watching his son explode onto the scene after a promising but injury-filled year at Duke University, the elder Irving can rest comfortably knowing he has passed on a wealth of knowledge to his son.
Taking on the streaking New York Knicks in the famous Madison Square Gardens sporting arena, Kyrie and his Cavs squad gamely tested the Jeremy Lin-led Knicks early on. Kyrie, who gained the BBVA Rising Star MVP award this past All-Star weekend, scored 22 points in a loss to the Knicks.
But before the game, the Knicks performed a classy move by honoring Drederick before the game. As he made his way to take his seat, Garden officials lowered the lights as the elder Irving removed his suit jacket. Underneath his coat was shirt emblazoned with his son’s name and number.
“I’m just so proud,” said the former Boston University star and current bond analyst to the New York Daily News. “I just wanted to make sure I didn’t lose it.”
Although the Cavs lost to the Knicks 120-103, Kyrie was still looking to his father for guidance. “My dad taught me everything that I know,” said Kyrie after the game before turning to his father saying, “Onto the next one.” His father’s patience and support was unyielding as reported previously. “Hopefully it’s all part of the learning process to a greater end,” he said.
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