The secret origins of Kyrie Irving started at LeBron James’ camp
Irving is an excellent shooter with range beyond the three-point line and a versatile shot that holds up well off the dribble and under duress. His handles give him access to anywhere he wants on the court and he has a variety of finishes he can turn to in traffic.
What makes him special is the way he strings his entire repertoire together in ways the NBA hasn’t seen before. It was a natural gift apparent at an early age according to his godfather, former NBA point guard Rod Strickland, from a recent interview with Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson of Scoop B Radio:
“My first eyes on Kyrie as a hooper, I saw him play in Springfield, Massachusetts — I mean in a competitive setting — he was at St. Pats, and then I saw him at the LeBron James camp. And once I saw him at the LeBron James camp, I mean he was ridiculous. I saw the right hand, the left hand, all the layups, and how he maneuvered.”
Irving played for Kevin Boyle at St. Patrick in Elizabeth, New Jersey along with the Charlotte Hornets’ Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who is one year younger. St Patrick is in the cauldron of high school basketball and Irving played against some excellent competition while he was there. His success led to an offer from Duke where, after one injury-shortened season with the Blue Devils, Irving left school to enter the draft.
After being selected with the first overall pick of the 2011 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers, Irving’s talent drew the attention of LeBron James, who returned home to win a championship alongside Irving, bringing everything full circle.