Kyrie Irving’s quick emergence as one of the faces of Nike Basketball was one of the biggest sneaker storylines of 2014. Signed by Nike to a long-term contract, Kyrie’s first signature sneaker, the “Kyrie 1,” was unveiled back in December to rave reviews. At just 22 years old, Irving earned his signature line before other Nike superstars like Paul George and James Harden, and is in line for a long run with Nike.
For Nike, the decision to make Kyrie a signature athlete was a wise one. In the last 12 months alone, Kyrie has won the 2014 All-Star Game MVP, was named the MVP and won a gold medal at FIBA World Cup Of Basketball, teamed up with LeBron James and Kevin Love in Cleveland, and was named the USA Male Basketball Athlete Of The Year–quite the resume for a player still years away from his true prime. Factor in his charisma, which never seems to disappear, and his otherworldly handle, and you can see why cats could be lining up to cop his kicks.
Following in the footsteps of LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Kevin Durant is never easy, no matter what the task. Fortunately for Kyrie, he has the best sneaker designers in the world in his corner and based on the first installation of his line, Kyrie is set up to have the next great signature sneaker line. Before that can happen, though, the young point guard has a few things on his to-do list. Before his sneaker drops this weekend at Champs Sports, we’re going over what it’ll take for Irving’s line to go next level. Here are 5 Ways That Kyrie Irving’s Nike Line Can Become One of the NBA’s Best.
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