Up until yesterday, it had been well over six months since Kyrie Irving played any type of meaningful basketball. Enduring a tough injury to his kneecap during the 2015 NBA Finals, plenty wondered what the Cavaliers would be if their team was full strength during the aforementioned bout with the eventual champs the Golden State Warriors.
Ultimately, the ideal of a fully loaded Cavaliers team came to fruition yesterday as Mr. Irving made his long-awaited return. Also, debuting his newest signature sneaker, the Nike Kyrie 2, his appearance was the muse for the latest edition of Kicks On Court Classic. Highlighting some of his greatest moments, this list is full of crossover and notable kicks.
To see for yourself, scroll through the pages below to enjoy.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Toronto Raptors (2013)
Model: Nike Lunar Hyperdunk 2012
Stat Line: 32 Points, 4 Rebounds 5 Assists
Although the Cavaliers during the 2012-2013 season were rather lowly in terms of NBA standings, their one proverbial “bright spot” was Kyrie Irving. Having contests in which the former Duke guard would score at frenetic paces, his skill set was at full showcase in a January 2013 contest north of the border. With only seconds remaining, Kyrie would inbound the balls and slowly stalk his way up the court. Sizing up his defender in a meticulous manner, Irving would rise up in a Cavs PE of the Nike Lunar Hyperdunk 2013 and sink the eventual game winner with only seconds remaining.
With performances like that, it’s rather easy to see why LeBron had his eye focused on his hometown team during that season.