Family First: A Look At The Inspiration Behind The Kyrie 3

Family First: A Look At The Inspiration Behind The Kyrie 3

At first glance, you might miss the personal touches that make the new Nike Kyrie 3 so special to the superstar point guard. It’s a clean look with the Kyrie logo on the tongue and a speckled midsole, but it’s so much more than that.

If you dig deeper, you’ll find subtle references to Irving’s late mother, Elizabeth, such as the roman numerals VIII and XIII on each sockliner. Irving also has the Roman numerals tattooed on his wrists. They represent his mother’s August 13 birthday, and he sees them each and every time he laces up the shoe.

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The shoe also pays tribute to his daughter, Azurie, with her name being written on a small frame around the visible Zoom Air unit in the heel. For Irving, it’s always been family first.

There are also design elements that reference Irving’s own personality. The letters “JBY” and “H+H” are written on the tongue with his logo sandwiched in between. JBY stands for Irving’s personal motto: just be you. It’s an idea that celebrates individuality and embraces the things that make him unique. H+H stands for hungry and humble, something his dad passed on to him and something he hopes to one day pass down to his daughter.

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The design subtleties are focused on his family, but the technology behind the shoe is geared specifically for Kyrie Irving’s game. He needs a shoe that can match his speed and agility, so the Kyrie 3 focuses on court response and traction specifically tailored to Irving’s deadly crossover.

The shoe is lightweight and comfortable while still providing a locked-down feel. Traction pods on the forefoot enhance his traction during hard cuts, allowing him to stop on a dime and quickly head the opposite direction.  It was hard to stay in front of Irving’s crossover before, but with the Kyrie 3, it just might be impossible. It drops 12/26 at eastbay.com.

How Basketball’s Biggest Stars Faired In Their Debut

How Basketball’s Biggest Stars Faired In Their Debut

The beginning of a new season brings another crop of rookies eager to prove they belong amongst the world’s best players. Brandon Ingram, Kris Dunn, Buddy Hield, and the rest of the 2016 rookie class will step onto the court and play against today’s biggest superstars.

Everybody starts somewhere. The biggest names in basketball were rookies once upon a time, too. Check out how LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, and the rest of basketball’s stars faired in their first career games. Who impressed, and who struggled?

LeBron James

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Perhaps nobody faced greater expectations in their first game that LeBron James. He was just a few months out of high school, where he was dubbed ‘The Chosen One.’ James delivered in his first career game, scoring 25 points and adding nine assists and four steals, but it was a losing effort against Sacramento. James’ stat line is even more remarkable considering the media circus that was on hand for his highly anticipated debut.

Stephen Curry

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Stephen Curry was solid in his opening game, scoring 14 points and dishing out seven assists, but his team ultimately suffered a one-point loss. Interestingly, the sharpshooter only took one 3-pointer in the game, and missed it. In fact, it wasn’t until his 10th game that he took more than three 3-pointers in a game. He finished the season with 17.5 points per game, while making an average of 2.1 3-pointers per game. Last season, he made over five per game while averaging a career-high 30.1 points per game.

Kevin Durant

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After dominating the college ranks for a year at Texas, the 19-year-old Durant seamlessly transitioned to the league with an 18 point outing in his first game. He pulled in five rebounds, as well, but his team struggled and went on to lose by 17 points. In fact, wins were tough to come by for a while, as Durant’s team lost the first eight games of the season despite Durant reaching double-figures in each contest.

Kyrie Irving

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Despite being sidelined for most of his only collegiate season, Kyrie Irving was still taken with the No. 1 pick in the draft. Irving would go on to have a successful rookie season, but he struggled in his first game. He scored just six points on 2-of-12 shooting from the field, while adding seven assists. He went on to average 18.5 points and 5.4 assists per game for the season, proving that the first game isn’t always an indication of how a season will go.

Paul George

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Paul George also struggled in his debut, scoring only four points while missing four of his five shot attempts. George was largely a role player for most of the season, before being inserted into the starting lineup late in the year and into the playoffs. He finished the season with nearly eight points per game.

Kobe Bryant

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It’s hard to imagine now, but Kobe Bryant’s spectacular career got off to a rough start. The 18-year-old only played six minutes in his debut and missed the only shot he took. He finished the game with zero points, one rebound, one block, and a turnover. He averaged just 7.6 points per game in his rookie season, a far cry from the Kobe we would see just a few years later.

Dwyane Wade

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The Flash burst onto the scene in his first career game with an impressive stat line that included 18 points, four rebounds, and four assists. He was also a workhorse, racking up 41 minutes of playing time in his debut. Like his future teammate LeBron James, Wade also failed to come away with the win in his introduction to the league.

Dwight Howard

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As an 18-year-old, Dwight Howard gave everyone a preview of what was to come by posting a double-double in his first game. He scored 12 points and pulled down 10 rebounds while also recording four blocks in a winning effort. Interestingly, the big man also grabbed three steals and two assists to round out a solid debut.

Derrick Rose

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A 20-year-old Derrick Rose showed his versatile skill set and ability to run an offense in his career debut, scoring 11 points and dropping nine assists to just miss out on a double-double. He struggled with his shooting percentage, but his command of the offense helped Chicago score a double-digit victory in the season opener.

 

Summer Hoops Styles

Summer Hoops Styles

The NBA season may be over now, but basketball never really stops. True hoopers live and breathe basketball, no matter what time of year it is. The grind continues on the court year round and the basketball lifestyle keeps rolling off the court, too.

Whether you are on or off the court, stay cool with the hottest looks of the summer.

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On-Court Look of the Season – Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving has long been considered a top point guard in the NBA, but he’s flown somewhat under the radar due to playing alongside LeBron James, a megastar who can grab headlines based on who he follows or unfollows on Instagram. With a teammate who so often demands the spotlight, Irving was often left in the shadow, considered a star player but not quite a superstar…yet. After being a huge part of an NBA Championship team, Irving has seemingly made the jump to superstar status.

The former No. 1 pick and 3-time NBA All-Star capped off his rise by averaging 27 points per game in the NBA finals. He hit a step-back 3-pointer over Stephen Curry with 53 seconds to go in Game 7, giving his team the lead for good and providing a signature moment for the budding superstar.

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The days of Irving being underappreciated seem to be fading fast. His accomplishments on the court are adding up, and he is on the rise off the court, too. Irving is one of Nike’s hottest new signature athletes, with his Kyrie 2 shoes grabbing the attention of sneaker heads all season. His kicks also grabbed the attention of his fellow NBA colleagues, with many athletes sporting his signature shoes throughout the season.

Eastbay has several Kyrie 2 colorways available, including the popular Kyrie 2 ‘Kyrache’ colorway that was inspired by the original 1992 Nike Air Flight Huarache. Nike has also released clothing to match Kyrie Irving’s new shoes, including everything from hats to shirts to shorts and even a Kyrie backpack.

Irving is climbing the ladder and well on his way to superstar status on the court. He’s also making a push to join the ranks of Nike heavyweights like LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Kobe Bryant, allowing fans to rock the same looks as their favorite stars.

Off-Court Look of the Season – Bloodline Colors and Jordan Reveal

While the Kyrie Irving brand is just beginning to gain steam for Nike, the Jordan brand has been an established powerhouse for decades. Air Jordan has released shoes and clothing in nearly every imaginable color, but the bloodline colors continue to be a staple of the brand.

Michael Jordan repped the black and red while building his legendary career in Chicago, and Air Jordan continues to pay homage to the brand’s beginnings by emphasizing these colors in clothes and sneakers.

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Regardless of your team’s colors on the court, black and red will always be a classic look off the court. To enhance your look, add a pair of Jordan Reveals, a modern comfort shoe that utilizes a minimalist design and is a perfect accent to your red and black apparel.

Jordan Style

The Jordan Reveal is meant to elevate your off-court style with lasting comfort and subtle details that build on the Jordan legacy. The minimalist style makes it easy to match these kicks with your favorite shirts and shorts, and completes the sleek, smooth, and comfortable look.

Cover Athlete Interview // Kyrie Irving & the Nike Zoom HyperRev

Cover Athlete Interview // Kyrie Irving & the Nike Zoom HyperRev

words // Brandon Richard

When designing the Zoom HyperRev, Nike has the speed and quickness of emerging basketball star Kyrie Irving in mind. The shoe is engineered around the less-is-more design principle, maximizing the foot’s natural motion where it’s needed most.

The upper features a mesh and dynamic Flywire system made of strong, lightweight cables for lockdown support. Feel and responsiveness are enhanced with the combination of full-length Zoom cushioning and a lightweight Phylite midsole. The foam comfort of the collar and heel provide a proprioceptive feel combined with stability and support during quick lateral cuts.

HyperRev doesn’t officially launch until January 1, 2014, but you’ll be able to pre-order a pair of these unique new Nike basketball shoes here this weekend.

Marking the launch of the HyperRev, Kyrie Irving covers the newest Eastbay catalog hitting mailboxes next week. We also caught up with the phenom to discuss how the HyperRev maximizes his game and style, drills he uses to sharpen his famous ball handling skills and how playing with his dad helped him learn the game.

You can see the interview in the video above and the new Eastbay cover below.

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Eastbay December 2013 // Kyrie Irving & the Nike Zoom HyperRev

adidas Kyrie Irving Rookie of the Year T-Shirt

adidas Kyrie Irving Rookie of the Year T-Shirt

words // Brandon Richard

The doom and gloom era of Cleveland Cavaliers basketball after the departure of LeBron James didn’t last long. With the first overall pick in last June’s NBA Draft, the Cavs selected Duke guard Kyrie Irving and hoped that he would be the guy to steer the ship back in the right direction. Record wise, Cleveland still has a lot of work to do; however, the franchise has found their point guard of the future and possible franchise player in Irving. After posting 18.5 points, 5.4 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game, Kyrie was almost a unanimous choice for the NBA’s Rookie of the Year Award.

In celebration of Irving’s achievement, adidas has released this special Rookie of the Year edition of their NBA Award T-Shirts. The shirt features a navy blue cotton build with screenprinted graphics of Kyrie and the logos for the Cavs and adidas on the front.

Be a part of Kyrie’s Rookie of the Year celebration by picking up one of these adidas T-Shirts over at Eastbay today.

Available: adidas Kyrie Irving Rookie of the Year T-Shirt

adidas Kyrie Irving Rookie of the Year T-Shirt