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When Nike debuted Irving’s first signature shoe, the Kyrie 1, this month, it revealed small glimpses into his personal world — the acronym for his motto “Just Be You,” a pattern inspired by his native country of Australia and, most telling, his late mother’s name with her dates of birth and death scrolled on the sole. Irving is known for his job of leading the Cleveland Cavaliers on the court. The point guard has another team he also plays for in those sneakers. Kyrie’s mother, Elizabeth, passed away from organ failure when he was four years old. His father, Drederick, was suddenly a single parent of two. Kyrie’s sister, Asia, is 14 months his senior. “It’s something that my dad had to move past quicker than me and my sister because he had to raise [us], which is why I love him so much because of the sacrifices that he made for us,” Irving told Basketball Insiders in a sit-down interview. Basketball Insiders

Eighteen years after her passing, Kyrie prays to his mother every day. He has spent time talking to children who have lost parents, sharing his story and how his family coped. He delivers the message to move on as a unit, stick together and appreciate the parent that is still there. “Family means the world because they put everything into perspective for me, that there’s life outside of these four lines,” Kyrie said, pointing to the parquet in front of him. “I’m truly appreciative of [that] because when I step on the court, it’s living in the moment, being here. But outside I have such a happy life that I thank God for every day because I have the most awesome family and they support me in everything I do. They understand that I have a long way to go in terms of my person because I still have to live life and figure things out. I have this and all this so-called pressure. It’s just a basketball and a hoop. That’s all it is.” Basketball Insiders

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Hanging on the windows at Quicken Loans Arena were posters of Kyrie Irving's new logo, which is on the tongue of his signature Nike shoe. It was similar inside the arena. Posters were handed out and there were stations all around for Cavs fans to pre-order Irving's colorful sneakers before they can be purchased on Dec. 23. It was a special promotion, a celebration for Irving, the Cavs two-time All-Star, who has been through a lot in his four seasons. That's why even after misfiring on 12 of his 18 shots, continuing his slump, Irving had a good night. "It's truly a dream come true," Irving said after the game. Cleveland Plain Dealer

December 18, 2014 Updates

Irving is frustrated that his shot isn’t falling, but he admitted to losing track of Mack a couple of times on Wednesday. (It was more than a couple). Irving’s defense is improved over past seasons, but now comes the next important step when he has to learn how to do it every single night. That goes for all the players, not just Irving. Akron Beacon Journal

December 12, 2014 Updates

Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving was helped off the court Thursday after injuring his left knee during a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Irving returned for warmups before the second half and opened the third quarter with a floater layup, appearing to be fine. Irving leaped to contest a jump shot from Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook but landed awkwardly on the side of his left foot. He crumpled to the court grabbing his knee immediately. USA Today Sports

December 9, 2014 Updates

When asked what message the T-shirt sent out to the country, James responded: “I don’t know. It’s not for us to figure out. It’s just for us to understand what we’re going through as a society. I’ve been forwarded over and over about what’s been going on. This is more of a notion to the family more than anything. As a society we have to do better. We have to be better for one another no matter what race you are. But it’s more of a shoutout to the family more than anything because they’re the ones who should be getting the energy and effort.” For The Win

December 8, 2014 Updates

Kyrie Irving and LeBron James are wearing black “I CAN’T BREATHE” t-shirts prior to tonight’s game against the Brooklyn Nets in support of Eric Garner. Garner died in a Staten Island neighborhood as the result of a chokehold from a New York policeman last summer. Protests have broken out across New York the last few days after a grand jury chose not to indict the officer on murder charges. Garner's final words, uttered over and over and caught on video, were "I can't breathe." Akron Beacon Journal

The start of Christmas season in New York is debatable, of course, but the tree lighting at Rockefeller Center was Wednesday. The Cavaliers visited Madison Square Garden Thursday, when James dropped 12 assists in a 90-87 win over the Knicks. "He's trying to get everybody involved," Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving told me. "He's just trying to make plays out there. How many games in a row has he had double-digit assists? And it's not like 10 (assists), it's 12, 13. He's doing it in amazing fashion. He's taking away some of mine (assists), but I personally enjoy it." Cleveland Plain Dealer

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David Blatt, the 1st year head coach (in name only?) of the Cavs, called a timeout late in the 4th quarter Thursday night to set up a final play for Cleveland against the Knicks. Cleveland was up one and had the ball, and as point guard Kyrie Irving dribbled around near midcourt, wondering who he might take off the dribble, Blatt called timeout. Check out Irving’s reaction. He might as well have asked “WTF are you doing?” I wonder if that’s LeBron rubbing off on Irving. LeBron, frequently this season, has been seen taking command in the huddle, with the rookie coach silent, and the players listening. The Big Lead

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