Kyrie Irving is an Australian-born pro basketball player who plays for the National Basketball Association (NBA) franchise, Boston Celtics as a point guard after six seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He was selected by the Cavaliers in the 2011 NBA draft as the first overall pick. Irving followed in the footsteps of his father, Drederick Irving who also played basketball in his prime. His father became his mentor and inspiration and encouraged him all the way from his high school days till he ended up a basketball star.
Kyrie Irving’s Biography
Irving was born on March 23, 1992, as Kyrie Andrew Irving in Melbourne, Australia. Even though he was born in Melbourne, his parents were Americans which meant he did not stay in Australia for long as his family which consisted at the time of his father, Drederick Irving, his mother, Elizabeth Irving, and his older sister, Asia Irving moved back to the United States from the suburbs of Kew in Melbourne when he was just two years old. Their initial stay in Australia was because his father, Drederick played basketball for the Bulleen Boomers in Australia during his playing career. We will have more on Irving’s fathers’ basketball career much later.
Not long after the family relocated to the United States, Irving’s mother, Elizabeth Irving got ill and never recovered from the illness. She died when Irving was four years old. Upon the death of his mother, his aunties played a great role in his upbringing. Being born in Australia, Irving holds an Australian nationality and also that of the United States as his parents originate from the US. So Kyrie Irving holds the dual nationality of both Australia and the United States of America. His ethnicity is African American. His mother originally descends from the Great Sioux Nation.
Irving watched his father as he participated in basketball adult-league games in New Jersey and his love for and interest in the game grew. After taking part in the games which held in school during his fourth grade, he mind was made up about playing professional basketball in the NBA. He wrote it out on the door of his closet that he was going to be selected for the NBA and added the words “I promise” which he underlined three times. He started honing his skills at the Boston University basketball skills camp and by the time he was in fifth grade, he got a scholarship offer by the then-coach of the college’s basketball team, Dennis Wolff, to study at the Boston University.
Family – Mom, Dad
Kyrie Irving’s family is made up of his father, Drederick, his stepmother, Shetellia, his older sister, Asia and his younger half-sister, London. His mother passed away while he was just four years old and he was mostly raised by his father with the help of his aunties. Dred, as his father is fondly called also grew up in a difficult family situation. He was raised by his single mother who had to work two jobs to sustain the family. He also had a good basketball career despite not playing professionally with the NBA. He represented Boston University while in college and finished as the all-time highest scorer of BU in 1988 and also graduated with a degree in Economics.
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Drederick met Elizabeth Larson, who was the daughter of a Lutheran clergyman, a trained pianist (classical) and a member of BU’s female volleyball team. They started dating and got married as soon as they were out of college. Dred got a job with a finance company where he worked as a credit manager until he got an offer to play basketball with the Bulleen Boomers in the South East Australian Basketball League (SEABL) in Melbourne, Australia. The couple relocated to Australia where Dred played until he retired. They gave birth to their two children – Asia and Kyrie Irving- in Australia before moving back to the US in 1994, before Elizabeth met her untimely death after contracting sepsis in 1996. She died at the age of 29 while Irving was four. Irving’s older sister, Asia is an aspiring model.
Is Kyrie Irving Married? Wife, Daughter, Girlfriend
Kyrie Irving is not married yet and does not have a wife but he has a “catalogue” of ex-girlfriends including a baby mama. He welcomed his daughter, Azurie Elizabeth who he had with Texas beauty queen, Andrea Wilson on November 23, 2015. He named her after his late mother, Elizabeth Irving. He has had other affairs both before and after his relationship with Wilson. Their relationship has not been a smooth one especially after the birth of their daughter, but Irving now pays $4,500 in child support to Wilson and both of them decide the best way the money should be spent.
Other women Irving has dated include Gabrielle Lexa, Kehlani Parrish, Chantel Jeffries, Natalia Garibotto, Callie Rivers, Ashley Bishop, etc.
Quick Facts About Kyrie Irving – Height, Horoscope, Weight
Name: Kyrie Andrew Irving
Nickname: Kyrie Irving
Profession: Basketball player
Birth Date: March 23, 1992
Birth Place: Melbourne, Australia
Nationality: Australian, American
Ethnicity: African American
Marital Status: Single
Children: 1, Azurie Elizabeth Irving
Height: 6ft 3in (191 cm)
Weight: 88kg (193 pounds)
Eye Color: Black
Hair Color: Black
Annual Salary: $7 million
Net Worth: N/A