Playing for the Australian Olympics Team and Other Kyrie Irving Facts That Are Absolutely Mind-boggling

Published 11/02/2021, 12:30 AM EDT
SANTA MONICA, CA – JUNE 16: NBA player Kyrie Irving attends the 2018 MTV Movie And TV Awards at Barker Hangar on June 16, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)


Kyrie Irving is a super interesting entity, to say the least. He projects himself as someone very close to spirituality and certainly cares a lot about his community’s ancestors. If anything, he is like The Da Vinci Code of the NBA. Such is the curiosity surrounding Ky and how he is so different from the crowd.

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So naturally, there are some facts related to his life that are worth reading about. Be it his parents’ early prediction about him or the several records that he held, there’s a lot this man has on offer.

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Top-rated Kyrie Irving facts 

He almost played for Australian Olympics team

Kyrie Andrew Irving surely has US citizenship. However, he took birth in Australia’s Garden City of Melbourne. Well, how much it could’ve been a coincidence, let alone nostalgia, to play for the Celtics at TD ‘Garden’. In fact, his father went down under only to live his basketball dream, but eventually came back to America.

Then, a young Kyrie grew up in New Jersey and still to this day owns a rare dual citizenship. In the London Summer Olympics 2012, the then 20-YO was very close to playing for Team Australia. But that never happened and he later won a Gold medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Ky and the major controversies 

The 6’2″ NBA point guard is not new to controversies. He once argued that the Earth is flat and that led to a zillion social media jokes. In fact, he had to apologise to the school teachers for stating an unproven mythical theory. 

Then, he broke his openly vocal promise to the Celtics fans by joining the Nets. Much later, the 7x All-Star created a stir by announcing that he won’t talk to the media. 

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Most points by a Cavaliers player

Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (6) talks with Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving (2) during media day the day before Game 1 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, June 1, 2016. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) (Photo by MediaNews Group/Bay Area News via Getty Images)

Kyrie Irving, even before LeBron James, was the first Cavalier in franchise history to score 57 points. He clocked the numbers on March 12, 2015, against a championship-contending Spurs and helped the Cavs win 128-125. Earlier in the same season, he even scored 55 points against the Blazers. 

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It took LeBron James 2.5 years to match that record in a Cavalier jersey when he scored his 57 points. By then, Ky had left Cleveland for the C’s. But his numbers still stand atop.

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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