Kyrie Irving, a professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers, is not only talented on the court but also has some pretty awesome rings to show off. The NBA star has been known to wear his championship rings and gold medals while he plays and in interviews. Kyrie’s jewelry collection includes two Olympic Gold Medals from 2012 and 2016, an NBA Championship Ring from 2016, four NCAA National Championships (two with Duke University in 2010 and 2014; one with the USA Basketball team in 2008; one at The Ohio State University in 2007), three FIBA World Championship Rings from 2006-2009) as well as a ring for being named Rookie of the Year in 2011.
Irving was born in Melbourne, Australia, on March 23, 1992; the son of Drederick and Elizabeth Irving, American expats, and the stepson of Shetellia Irving. He has an older sister, Asia, and a younger sister, London. His father, Drederick, played college basketball at Boston University alongside Shawn Teague (father of Jeff and Marquis Teague) and under coach Rick Pitino.
Irving grew up in West Orange, New Jersey, where he frequently attended his father’s adult-league games. His inspiration to play in the NBA came after playing at Continental Airlines Arena during a school trip in fourth grade, when he declared, “I will play in the NBA, I promise.” Due to his father’s connection to Boston University, Irving spent a lot of time in Boston, including at BU’s basketball skills camp. Irving said that in fifth grade, he was offered a scholarship to Boston University by then-head coach Dennis Wolff As a teenager, Irving played for the Road Runners of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU).
Winning with Coach K
As a college basketball player for Duke University, he won the NCAA National Championship and four with the team in 2010 and 2014. He said that playing for Duke was like “chocolate” because it looks tasty but is not as sweet as you would expect.
He also claimed that coach Mike Krzyzewski (Coach K) had made him who he is today.
Coach K has helped him both on and off the court by teaching Kyrie how to lead and manage his time better, as well as how to be a more vocal player.
He learned from Coach K not only how to play for himself but also for his teammates and teammates can involve all five players on the floor at once.
Alongside the King
The Cavaliers finished the regular season as the first seed in the Eastern Conference with a 57–25 record. In the first round of the playoffs, the Cavaliers faced the eighth-seeded Detroit Pistons, and in a Game 1 win on April 17, Irving scored a playoff career-high 31 points. He tied that mark with another 31-point game in Game 4 of the series, helping the Cavaliers sweep the Pistons.
The Cavaliers went on to breeze through the Eastern Conference playoffs with a 12–2 record to reach the 2016 NBA Finals, where they faced Golden State for the second straight year. Irving struggled with his shot in his debut Finals game, going 7-of-22 from the field for 26 points, as the Cavaliers were defeated 104–89 in Game 1. Facing a 3–1 deficit following a Game 4 loss, Irving and LeBron James took over in Game 5, each scoring 41 points to lead the Cavaliers to a 112–97 win, forcing a Game 6.
Irving and James became the first teammates to each score 40 points in an NBA Finals game. In Game 7, Irving hit a three-pointer with 53 seconds left in the game that propelled the Cavaliers to a 92–89 lead and an eventual 93–89 win. The Cavaliers won the series 4–3 and became the first team to rally from a 3–1 Finals deficit, ending a 52-year major sports championship drought in Cleveland.
How many championships does Kyrie Irving have
Kyrie Irving has three college championships, one NBA championship ring, two Olympic gold medals, and one FIBA gold medal.
As written above, Kyrie has already accomplished a lot in his athletic career. More to come though! He still has a lot to play and prove, especially because he is one of does who follow Kobe’s footsteps, and we all know that the ”Mamba Mentality” never stops.