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NBA Star Kyrie Irving Sparks Controversy Partying W/ Drake While On Sabbatical

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NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving is taking time away from the Brooklyn Nets for “personal reasons,” which apparently includes hitting the club in Toronto and partying with rap superstar Drake. A leaked video of Kyrie allegedly kicking it with the 6 God now has the ballplayer under league investigation. Kyrie Irving + Drake Turn Up In […]

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Kyrie Irving Pledges $1.5 Million for WNBA Players to Skip Season

Kyrie Irving Pledges $1.5 Million for WNBA Players to Skip Season

Kyrie Irving is putting his money where his mouth is.

The Brooklyn Nets star pledged $1.5 million to supplement the income of WNBA players who decided to sit this season out due to the coronavirus outbreak or the fight for social justice.

Irving launched the KAI Empowerment Initiative, which will cover the generous donation and provide a financial literacy program to players.

Kyrie joined forces with Natasha Cloud, Jewell Loyd, and several other WNBA players who discussed the challenges they faced while deciding on whether to play or not. The season began Saturday and will be played entirely at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.

“Whether a person decided to fight for social justice, play basketball, focus on physical or mental health, or simply connect with their families, this initiative can hopefully support their priorities and decisions,” Irving said in a statement.

Players’ eligibility depends on their decision to opt-out of the season, and they can’t be receiving compensation from another entity. If a player is out for medical reasons, it has to be related to the coronavirus to be eligible for the program.

Players have until August 11th to apply and will be notified if they were accepted by August 24th.

Kyrie Irving is currently recovering from a shoulder injury and didn’t return with the Nets for the restart of the NBA season. He has been very vocal about recent social justice issues and produced a TV special calling for justice for Breonna Taylor.

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Kyrie Irving Pledges $1.5 Million for WNBA Players to Skip Season

Kyrie Irving Pledges $1.5 Million for WNBA Players to Skip Season

Kyrie Irving is putting his money where his mouth is.

The Brooklyn Nets star pledged $1.5 million to supplement the income of WNBA players who decided to sit this season out due to the coronavirus outbreak or the fight for social justice.

Irving launched the KAI Empowerment Initiative, which will cover the generous donation and provide a financial literacy program to players.

Kyrie joined forces with Natasha Cloud, Jewell Loyd, and several other WNBA players who discussed the challenges they faced while deciding on whether to play or not. The season began Saturday and will be played entirely at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.

“Whether a person decided to fight for social justice, play basketball, focus on physical or mental health, or simply connect with their families, this initiative can hopefully support their priorities and decisions,” Irving said in a statement.

Players’ eligibility depends on their decision to opt-out of the season, and they can’t be receiving compensation from another entity. If a player is out for medical reasons, it has to be related to the coronavirus to be eligible for the program.

Players have until August 11th to apply and will be notified if they were accepted by August 24th.

Kyrie Irving is currently recovering from a shoulder injury and didn’t return with the Nets for the restart of the NBA season. He has been very vocal about recent social justice issues and produced a TV special calling for justice for Breonna Taylor.

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Kyrie Irving Gets Emotional While Talking About The Passing of His Mentor Kobe Bryant

Kyrie Irving Speaks On The Tragic Passing of His Mentor Kobe Bryant

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Kobe Bryant revealed that he considered Brooklyn Nets’ crafty point guard one of the players he is closest to in the league, so it made sense why Irving found it difficult to play following the news of his passing. Yesterday, he broke his silence on the unexpected loss of his mentor.

Irving returned back to NBA action on Wednesday (Jan. 29), leading his Brooklyn Nets to a 125 -115 victory over the Detroit Pistons. It was an emotional night for Irving who took the night off on the day Bryant, 41, his daughter Gianna, 13, and 7 other passengers died in a helicopter crash.

During the post-game interview immediately following the game, Irving broke his silence while letting the tears flow talking about the man he considered as someone he could always rely on for some sound advice.

In another interview with the press, Irving spoke his close relationship with the Black Mamba.

Per ESPN:

“When the student is ready, the teacher will appear,” 

“I had that mentorship relationship with him, where I was able to ask him almost anything. You know no matter how nervous I was or how fearful I was, he was just easy to approach with those type of questions about what goes on in the day-in and day-out basis of chasing something that’s bigger than yourself and when you’re trying to leave a legacy or something of a mark on a game.”

He further added, “I’m glad that he’s getting his just due in his legacy now more than ever.” Irving’s comments followed LeBron James and Bryant’s wife Vanessa who understandably both needed some time before speaking.

#MambaMentalityForever, you can watch Kyre reflect on Kobe in the videos above and below.

Photo: Al Bello / Getty

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Nike To Drop Kyrie Irving x SpongeBob SquarePants Collection [Photos]

Nike Kyrie/SpongeBob SquarePants

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SpongeBob SquarePants is still a thing?! We guess it must be as Nike is dropping a new Kyrie Irving collection inspired by the yellow dish sponge that lives at the bottom of the sea (damn polluters).

In celebration of 20 years of the Nickelodeon cartoon series, the Nike/SpongeBob SquarePants collection will feature five colorways dedicated to the Nickelodeon cartoon’s five main characters, SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick Star, Squidward Tentacles, Sandy Cheeks and Mr. Krabs.

The three high-top sneakers in the collection showcase the signature Kyrie 5 silhouette in bright yellow for SpongeBob, pink and green tones for Patrick and turquoise accents for Squidward. The low-cut silhouette of the Kyrie Low 2 pays homage to the currency-crazy crustacean, Mr. Krabs, as well as a Sandy Cheeks version with colors inspired by her iconic space suit.

While we’re not entirely familiar with the show like that we’re sure it’s hardcore fan base will truly appreciate the route that Nike went with the colorways.

Check out pictures of the collection below and let us know if you’ll be checking for these when they drop on August 10.

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Kyrie Irving Announces His Brooklyn Nets Tenure With JAY-Z’s “PSA”

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Kyrie Irving sent shockwaves throughout the NBA when he announced alongside Kevin Durant and DeAndre Jordan he would playing for the Nets. He declared his arrival to the best borough (debate your Uncle) most BK way possible, with a video on Instagram with JAY-Z’s signature track “Public Service Announcement” as the soundtrack.

Fresh out the free agent fryin’ pan into the Brooklyn fire, Irving is set to be the Nets number one assist and buckets supplier outside of Durant, of course. In the video, the flat-earther takes a stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge and speaks on coming back to the Tri-State area. The Nets new starting point guard grew up in West Orange, New Jersey and playing high school basketball at St.Patrick Highschool so this is definitely a homecoming for him.

“Home is where my heart is. And it’s always been there.”

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Irving wasn’t alone using the music of Brooklyn’s favorite Hip-Hop artists. Kevin Durant used the late Notorious B.I.G record “N*ggas Bleed” to announce his decision and his brother, Tony Durant sharing a video using Hov’s “Feelin’ It” off his classic first album Reasonable Doubt.

While JAY-Z is no longer a minority owner in the team, his influence is still present. Irving fired his original agent joining Hov’s Roc Nation Sports — which already had Kevin Durant on its roster— as well.

Who would have thought the Nets would have been the team to make all of the right moves this summer? Knicks fans you have every reason to be side-eyeing James Dolan and the Knickerbocker front office.

Photo: Maddie Meyer / Getty

Source: HipHopWired.com

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KD & Kyrie Signing With Brooklyn Nets, NBA Twitter Clowns The Knicks #NBAFreeAgency2019

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Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are heading to Brooklyn. At least that’s what reputable sources are saying—so naturally, the New York Knicks and its fans are catching all the jokes.

This off-season, the ideal Knicks plans was to get Zion Williamson in the NBA Draft, and Kyrie and KD in free agency. Well, that sure didn’t happen.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Durant will be inking a four year, $164M deal with the Nets. This goes along with the reports that Irving is also prepping to sign for four years for $141M.

Also, DeAndre Jordan is taking his services across the river, too. What a time.

Also 2X, now this makes sense

Peep the jokes and best NBA Twitter reactions below.

 

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Anthony Davis To The Knicks? Kyrie & LeBron Back Together? All A Possibility, Reportedly

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Pelicans fans are still recovering from the gut punch that was Anthony Davis’ trade request, but if you’re a Knicks or Lakers fan, this is the news you were hoping for.

With the NBA trade deadline quickly coming teams that specifically have Davis on their radar are putting together possible trade packages. The Lakers have long been considered the favorites to land the unibrow rocking all-star, but the tanking for Zion Williamson Knicks could also be in play for Davis’ services according to Bleacher Report. With a first-round draft pick, the possibility of luring Kevin Durant away from the Golden State Warriors and Kristaps Porzingis as trade bait the laughing stock of NYC can turn into contenders once again.

Per Bleacher Report:

“The Knicks, on the other hand, haven’t been a preferred destination for years—but there are indications of that potentially changing. League sources believe they have “a strong chance” of luring Durant should he leave the Golden State Warriors this summer and that Davis is “open” to New York as a landing place as well. Throw in a pick in this year’s NBA draft that could potentially add Duke’s Zion Williamson or RJ Barrett or Murray State’s Ja Morant, and there’s finally a reason for optimism in Manhattan.”

“To get Davis, a deal would likely have to involve Porzingis. The hitch, there is that any deal involving Porzingis, the soon-to-be restricted free agent, would have to be consummated before next week’s trade deadline as he couldn’t be dealt after the season prior to hitting free agency.”

As for the Lakers, the report not only talks about the team having a good shot at luring Davis based on the fact LeBron James sharing an agent in Rich Paul, there is also rumblings of Kyrie Irving wanting to reunite with his former Cavaliers teammate. Fresh off the phone call where Irving revealed he apologized to Bron for his past behavior Bleacher Report source close to the Celtics is saying “that is for real,” about Kyrie’s genuine interest in an Uncle Drew and Bron reunion.

Kyrie, Lebron and Anthony Davis on the same team? That sounds scary as hell. All of this because of one trade request, we can’t wait to see how this pans out in the Association.

Photo: Kevork Djansezian / Getty

 

 

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Because, Growth: Kyrie Irving Reveals He Called LeBron To Apologize

Kyrie Irving Called LeBron James To Apologize After Tough Loss

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Kyrie Irving is learning that being a leader of a bunch of overachieving young stars is tough as hell in the NBA. It’s such a daunting task in fact that Irving had to call his former teammate LeBron James and apologize for being the same way during their time together on the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Look at the growth.

The epiphany and phone call happened after a very tough loss to the Orlando Magic last Saturday Irving revealed Wednesday night. Fresh off a fantastic performance helping his Celtics who have looked shaky at times this season seal the victory against Kawhi Leonard led Toronto Raptors, the crafty PG revealed the details of the call between the two stars.

“I had to call ‘Bron and tell him I apologize for being that young player that wanted everything at his fingertips. I wanted to be the guy that led us to a championship. I wanted to be the leader. I wanted to be all that.”

“He’s been in this situation, been there with me, where I’ve been the young guy, been the 22-year-old kid, wanting everything, wanting everything right now.”

“The responsibility of being the best player in the world and leading a team is something that’s not meant for many people. And ‘Bron was one of those guys that came to Cleveland and tried to really show us what it’s like to win a championship. And it was hard for him. Sometimes getting the most out of the group is not the easiest thing in the world. Fewer are meant for it or chosen for it. And I felt like the best person to call was him.”

Irving also pointed out that he should have kept his criticism of his young teammates “in house” after the loss to the Magic.

“I did a poor job of setting an example for these young guys what it’s like to get something out of your teammates,” he said. “Going forward, I want to test these young guys, but I can’t do it publicly. That was a learning experience for me, realizing the magnitude of my voice and what I mean to these guys.”

Maybe this will help put the Celtics who were pegged as favorites to dominate to the Eastern Conference and possibly dethrone the Warriors live up to those expectations.

Photo: Gregory Shamus / Getty

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Nike & Concepts Link For KYRIE 5 Ikhet Sneaker [Photos]

 

Concepts x KYRIE 5 Ikhet

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Kyrie Irving‘s signature sneaker has been quietly becoming a favorite among sneaker enthusiasts thanks in large part to its price, design and fire colorways. The KYRIE 5 is continuing that trend with Nike announcing a collaborative effort with Concepts to bring a very unique version of all-star PG’s shoe to life.

The KYRIE 5 is getting a sleek colorway based on Ancient Egyptian lore thanks to Nike and Boston streetwear staple Concepts linking up. The sneaker draws inspiration from the all-seeing-eye located inside Irving’s Hamsa tattoo. Intricate details like the tongue being red in reference to what the Ancient Spinx’s nose looked like before degradation, Hieroglyphics on the heel and the purple sole to recreate the color of the sunset against the Ancient Pyramids.

Concepts Creative Director Deon Point had this to say about Kyrie making time to work on the shoe, his excitement being involved and his love for the Boston Celtics:

“With Kyrie being such an amazing basketball player, you’d really think he has no time to do anything else. But to see him sit down with the Nike Basketball guys and hash out these details — things I know are painstaking and probably tough to even bring to fruition — is nuts, man.”

“To us, nothing is more exciting than the Boston Celtics. I used to sit outside the Garden listening to games on the radio, just wishing I could score a ticket to get in when they were dominating throughout the ’80s. Being able to work with someone as talented as Kyrie is not only a dream come true, but to have him be in a Celtics uniform while we’re doing it — it’s mind-blowing.”

Irving adds:

“These guys are unbelievable creatives. What I love is that Concepts has always identified specific cultural touchpoints and pushed things that make them their own.”

This isn’t the first time a Kyrie’s signature shoe has embraced Nike SB, his previous shoe, the KYRIE 4 was blessed in Concepts famed “Lobster” colorway. Looks like we can keep looking forward to these collaborations going forward. The Concepts x KYRIE 5 Ikhet launches on December 26 mark your calendars accordingly.

Photos: Nike x Concepts

Source: HipHopWired.com

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