The upcoming Kyrie 3 pushes is as fierce as a black mamba, as fire as a dragon, and as nostalgic as an elephant.
Picture yourself a 17-year-old boy, over six feet in stature, on the brink of major college recruiter attention. The year is 2010, and the place is the Nike Extravaganza basketball series. Anyone in the know of high school basketball knew of St. Patrick High School point guard Kyrie Irving. And as the New Jersey teen stepped onto the California courts, a different household name was in his head and that was Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant. Irving suited up in the “Bruce Lee” special editions of Nike‘s Zoom Kobe 5. “We ended up winning and from that point on, it was hands-down my favorite shoe ever,” he describes his trip down memory lane on a video posted to social media. Seven years later, Irving gets to honor a significant moment in his path towards success in sports s well as the man who later became a mentor and friend, Black Mamba.
Irving is currently sitting in NBA limbo after requesting to leave the team he’s spent his entire professional career on since chosen as first overall draft pick as a Duke University freshmen—the Cleveland Cavaliers. Though he currently remains on the Cavs, fans expected Irving’s next move to a decision on his future whereabouts in the league.
But news of his footwear creation came first. “So it started off as just an idea,” the point guard said. “I’m glad that we [Kobe and I] can push it forward together.” Just like the Nike Zoom Kobe 5 and Kobe’s other Bruce Lee predecessors, the sneakers come in a predominantly yellow upper with patches of black and red scratches. Dragon scales and Chinese symbols fill the embossed sides. And together, the features collect the legacies of Lee, Bryant, and Irving in the Bruce Lee Edition of Kyrie 3.
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