Nothing is ever easy with Kyrie Irving. The often misunderstood Brooklyn Nets point guard still makes everyone work hard to understand his thought process.
Two nights ago, Irving debuted his ninth signature sneaker with Nike during a star-studded scrum in Los Angeles. Presumably, the basketball shoe would be called the Nike Kyrie 9. However, according to Irving, the unreleased model will be called the Nike Kyrie 8.
All this confusion dates back to last July. A leaked image of Irving’s eighth signature sneaker has been leaked to the public. Irving left a scathing comment on Instagram where he disavowed the shoes and accused Nike of excluding him from the design process.
Irving would end up wearing the shoes – rebranded as the Nike Kyrie Infinity in just 29 games during the 2021-22 season.
Two weeks after the Nets were swept out of the Eastern Conference Playoffs by the Boston Celtics, a shocking headline came from ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne and Adrian Wojnarowski. The two veteran reporters said Nike was unlikely to extend Irving’s signature shoe deal beyond next season.
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This news has hit basketball players and sneakerheads hard. Since releasing Irving’s first signature sneaker with Nike in 2014, his line has become one of the most popular collections among active NBA players. Parting ways with Irving could not have been a decision taken lightly by Nike.
The Swoosh has been silent on what could be Irving’s latest signature sneaker. We haven’t seen any official image, technical specification or exact name of the performance model.
To add fuel to the fire, Irving tweeted a cryptic message yesterday. The outspoken All-Star wrote “11-11-22” in a quote tweet about the unreleased sneakers. Irving presumably means November 11, 2022 is the release date. But again, no official word from Nike. Stay locked into FanNationKicks.com for the latest news, updates, and interviews.
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