Kyrie Irving is a young but legendary American basketball player who was born in Melbourne, Australia. At a tender age of two, he left the country and moved to America despite all the challenges associated with adjusting to a different atmosphere as a child. At age four, his biological mother died, and so he had to be raised by relatives since his father, who was also a professional basketball player, could not spare the required time to do so himself. Although his foster parents did their best to give him the best care available, it was tough for him to grow up without direct care from his biological parents.
However, after going on a school trip in his fourth grade and having a rare opportunity to play at the Meadowlands Arena, a well-respected sports complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey, Kyrie made up his mind to play in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Today, the 2011 NBA Rookie of the Year and 2014 FIBA World Cup MVP, has more than proven that he made the right decision. And as his fame continues to soar, it piques the interest of many to know about his early life and rise to fame.
Kyrie Irving’s Early Life And How He Became Famous
It was on March 23, 1992, that the athlete was born as Kyrie Andrew Irving in Kew, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia. However, as you will learn below where the details of his parental background are discussed in the next section, he grew up in New Jersey, United States.
Kyrie Irving attended Montclair Kimberly Academy (MKA) in Montclair, New Jersey, where he received his basic education and high school up to his sophomore year. He then went on to St. Patrick’s High School in Elizabeth, New Jersey, to complete his high school education. Although he played his favorite game at MKA, leading the school to its first-ever New Jersey Prep ‘B’ State title, it was at St. Patrick’s that he proved his mettle beyond all doubt.
While he garnered many accolades at St. Patrick’s, which are beyond the scope of this piece, his highest point was leading the USA East to the Nike Global Challenge in 2009, where he turned out to be the MVP. After high school, Kyrie proceeded to Duke University, where he was a part of the Duke Blue Devils men’s basketball team (the team that reps the university in the NCAA Division 1 game). In his freshman year, he was a strong contender for the NCAA Freshman of the Year. But sadly, he suffered a ligament injury that sent him out of the game.
After only one season with Duke, Kyrie Irving decided to abandon college game and go professional, entering for the 2011 NBA Draft, where he was selected by Cleveland Cavaliers with the first overall pick. He was with the Cavaliers until 2017, winning countless laurels. Then, he transferred to Bolton Celtics, where he played until 2019 when he joined the Brooklyn Nets.
When Kyrie had to represent a nation at FIBA Worldcup and Olympics, he was torn between going with his birth country Australia, or to pitch his tent with the USA. Eventually, he decided to play for the USA. In his first FIBA Worldcup tournament with Team USA in 2014, Kyrie Irving was named the tourney’s MVP, and later on, USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year. Two years down the line, during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil, Kyrie helped the US team to win the gold medal.
Facts You Should Know About His Family
Kyrie’s father Drederick Irving once played college basketball at Boston University. Although an American citizen, he moved with his family to reside in Australia, where he played in the South East Australia Basketball League (SEABL). However, as already mentioned, the family returned to the US when Kyrie Irving was two years old.
Not minding that Kyrie Irving has an older and a younger sister, respectively named Asia and London, he did not quite grow up together with them. This was because they lost their mother, Elizabeth Irving, to an illness when Kyrie was 4, which saw him being raised by relatives. Kyrie was, therefore, raised by an aunt named Shetellia Irving in West Orange, New Jersey.
Kyrie Doesn’t Know Much About His Mother
It is said that the basketball player doesn’t know much about his mother. From what we gathered, before the woman died when Kyrie Irving was only four years old, she had parted ways with his father. A woman of Sioux heritage, Elizabeth Irving was reportedly from a family of Lutheran ministers named George and Norman Larson; they live in Seattle.
Even though he doesn’t know much about the woman that gave birth to him, Kyrie Irving has always honored her memory. For instance, his first Nike signature shoe had the woman’s name and her date of death stitched to it. He believes the woman has always been with him. When he met her family, he expressed his joy at finding them, saying he never imagined he would belong to several families: his father’s family, his mother’s original family, and the one she was adopted into.
It is known that Kyrie Irving’s father played a big role in his son becoming an NBA star, and Kyrie thinks highly of him. There was a time he expressed that he is very close to the older Irving. According to him, Drederick Irving is not only his father but his big brother. Kyrie’s parents met each other at Boston University and got married immediately after college. His mother was also a sportsperson as she played volleyball at college and was also a pianist.
Kyrie Irving Is Probably Engaged to Marlene Wilkerson
Known as Golden on social media platforms, Marlene Wilkerson is believed to have been in a relationship with the NBA star since December 2018. Although both of them are yet to open up on what they share, there are reasons to believe they are lovers, judging from the hints culled from their social media pages.
An Instagram and YouTube model, it is believed that Golden and Kyrie are engaged. This claim circulated when the former was seen wearing a diamond rock on her left ring finger. Despite pleasure from fans to reveal what has been going on, Kyrie and Golden have remained mum on the matter.
Kyrie Irving's Girlfriend Flaunts Massive Diamond Ring Amid Engagement Buzz https://t.co/6CUqDC3gZQ
— TMZ Sports (@TMZ_Sports) September 16, 2019
Thus far, Kyrie Irving has never been married but has dated several women such as Gabrielle Lexa, Kehlani Parrish, Chantel Jeffries, Natalia Garibotto, Callie Rivers, Ashley Bishop, and Andrea Wilson. The latter, a beauty queen from Texas, gave birth to a baby girl for Kyrie on November 23, 2015. The basketball star named the baby Azurie Elizabeth Irving as a tribute to his late mom Elizabeth Irving.
Kyrie Irving and Andrea broke up after having some turbulent times dealing with irreconcilable differences between them. But they still have the joint responsibility for raising their daughter while Kyrie is said to pay Andrea a certain sum of money regularly for child support.