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 growing up without direct care from his 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 Irving 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.
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 favourite game at MKA, leading the school to its first-ever New Jersey Prep ‘B’ State title, it was at St. Patrick’s that he really proved his mettle beyond all doubt. While he garnered many accolades at St. Patrick’s which are beyond the scope of this post, 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 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 Cavaliers until 2017, winning countless laurels. Then, he transferred to Bolton Celtics where he has been till date.
When Kyrie had to represent a nation at FIBA Worldcup and Olympics, he was torn between going with his nation of birth Australia or to pitch his tent with the USA. Eventually, he decided 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.
Meet Kyrie Irving’s Dad and Mom
Although an American citizen, Kyrie’s father Drederick Irving – who once played college basketball at Boston University – had taken the 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 was two years old.
Not minding that Kyrie Irving has an elder 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 been raised by relatives. Kyrie was therefore raised by an aunt named Shetellia Irving in West Orange, New Jersey.
Kyrie’s parents Drederick and Elizabeth met each other at Boston University and got married immediately after college. She too was a sportsperson: she played volleyball at college and was also a pianist.
Wife, Girlfriend, Daughter
Kyrie Irving has never been married but he has dated several girlfriends such as Gabrielle Lexa, Kehlani Parrish, Chantel Jeffries, Natalia Garibotto, Callie Rivers, Ashley Bishop, and Andrea Wilson.
Andrea Wilson, a beauty queen from Texas, gave birth to a baby girl for Kyrie on November 23, 2015. Kyrie named the baby girl Azurie Elizabeth Irving as a tribute to his late mom Elizabeth Irving.
Kyrie Irving and Andrea have now broken up after having some turbulent times dealing with irreconcilable differences between them. But, they still have the joint responsibility for raising their daughter where Kyrie is said to pay Andrea a certain sum of money regularly for child support.
As of 2019, Kyrie Irving is worth an approximate sum of $8 million. He has gathered his net worth from his salaries as a basketball player all these years. He also earns money from endorsements and winning bonuses. We hope that, as his career continues to progress, his net worth also increases alongside it.
What is Kyrie Irving’s Height?
Kyrie Irving is a giant who stands at a height of 6 feet 3 inches (equivalent to 191cm or 1.91m). As for his weight, it is listed as 193 lb (equivalent to 83 kg). He has a muscular build, black hair, and iris, and has tattoos penned on his pectorals, biceps and other body parts.