He won’t be wearing his customary No. 2.
Throughout his NBA career, Kyrie Irving wore the No. 2. During his lone year in college at Duke, he donned No. 1.
You’d have to go back to his days as an All-American at St. Patrick’s High School in New Jersey to find the last time Irving wore No. 11. Until now, that is.
The Boston Celtics revealed on Instagram this morning that Irving will wear No. 11 with the team after his trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers. Ironically, St. Patrick’s High School, where Irving last rocked double-ones, was nicknamed the Celtics, so this change fits.
Kyrie's new number 🍀
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— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) August 23, 2017
If you were wondering why Kyrie had to ditch the No. 2, Boston retired it for legendary head coach Red Auerbach on January 4, 1985.
The Celtics have a ton of retired jerseys, so Kyrie is lucky he’s able to still wear a standard number.