Kyrie Irving FaceTimed Kobe Bryant after NBA Finals success

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Kyrie Irving and the Cleveland Cavaliers won their first championship ring at the expense of the Golden State Warriors last month after they came back from 3-1 down to beat the then-defending champions.

After almost two years of toil and media scrutiny, the on-court understanding between LeBron James and the point guard finally clicked, and it helped them produce the greatest comeback the association has ever seen.

After winning a title, especially a first, players often wants to share it with their friends and family - the people closest them. For Irving, he went straight to his phone to enjoy the special occasion with someone who has helped him massively throughout his career; Kobe Bryant.

The Australian-born star revealed in an interview with ThePostGame that he headed straight to the locker room to contact the Black Mamba following the game seven victory.

"I actually FaceTimed Kobe after the game as soon as I got in the locker room," he said. "Other than seeing my dad and my sister right after we won, FaceTiming him was just a great thing, knowing how he has won five and I just won my first.

"Then realising how hard it is just to win one, my respect for him is already high, but it went to another level knowing that he's got five of them. I'm trying to get a second one."

A friendship has blossomed between the two guards since Irving entered the NBA. Much of that was due to their time together in London for the 2012 Olympics, and the Cavaliers man said the 20-year legend was a constant point of call throughout the year.

"[Bryant] was telling me congrats. I had been speaking to him throughout the entire playoffs and during the season. During the Finals, we didn't really talk as much, because, for me, I wanted to experience it full on, and if I needed his help, I would reach out to him. He would send me some texts here and there, but mainly he kind of let me be, and let me grow into my own space."

Kyrie Irving
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Kobe Bryant
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