It’s gotta be the shoes.
Kyrie Irving officially became one of Nike Basketball’s signature athletes on Wednesday, when the company announced the launch of his first signature shoe at an event in NYC.
Irving didn’t waste his first opportunity to play in the new kicks on a national stage, scoring 37 points on 12-of-18 shooting to lead the Cavaliers to a 90-87 victory over the Knicks, the team’s fifth straight.
And this tough layup he got to go with 10 seconds remaining sealed it.
The Cavaliers needed every bit of Irving’s offense in this one. LeBron James seemed tuned out for the majority of the contest, and sleepwalked his way to 19 points on 7-of-17 shooting, to go along with 12 assists. It remains unclear at this point if he’s trying too hard to get others involved while being excessively passive offensively, or if there’s something else going on where he simply isn’t physically able to go at 100 percent.
Kyrie was able to pick up the slack on this night, and was extremely impressive in doing so.