Kyrie Irving’s defining NBA moment was the clutch three-pointer he hit over Stephen Curry in game seven of last season’s NBA Finals. Next week’s banner raising and ring ceremony figures to be another huge moment for the Cavaliers’ starting point guard.
The 24-year-old has something big planned for that championship ring. He is going to give that piece of history to his father. Dredrick Irving, his dad, is a huge influence for the young ballhandler.
Uncle Drew told Cleveland media about what motivated the decision: “I give my dad almost everything. So every accomplishment, every MVP award, every trophy that I’ve had since I was probably about 13 or 12, I’ve given to my dad.”
The former Blue Devil’s father played professional basketball in Australia, his birthplace, and the common interest has formed a strong connection between the two.
Also, due to his mother’s passing at a young age, the three-time All-Star has been reliant on his father for a long time.
The ring will be a reminder of what will arguably be the greatest day in Cleveland sports history. The Cavs will kick off the regular season against the New York Knicks and 30 minutes later, the Indians will take on the Chicago Cubs in the World Series mere yards away.
The occasion marks the first professional sports championship on the shores of Lake Erie since 1964. So, his father will have a keepsake that few will have claim to. Irving will be excited to be back in front of the home fans and even more charged up to defend his title.