Kyrie Irving is a different guy. We’ve heard enough Flat Earth-truthering to know that.
He’s also an incredible basketball player. Irving and the Celtics are opening up the NBA season as we speak, with a huge game against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Irving’s club is up 30-21 mid-way through the second quarter. He hasn’t scored yet, but Jayson Tatum has been phenomenal, which Celtics fans have to be excited about.
Ahead of the game, Irving had an interesting sartorial choice as he entered the TD Garden.
Kyrie Irving wore a feather in his hair as he entered the arena, after learning about his Native American heritage over the summer.
From NBC Sports Boston:
— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) October 16, 2018
Back in August, Irving went through a Sioux naming ceremony. From ESPN:
The Standing Rock Sioux Reservation stretches across the central Dakotas, a harsh and largely desolate landscape along a wide section of the Missouri River. It is not an easy place to live and not an easy place to get to.
But it is a sacred place for the Sioux, they’ve defended it for hundreds of years. It is the land of Sitting Bull. They defend it to this day, the most recent opponent being intruding and, the Sioux fervently believe, dangerous oil pipelines. And they defend their way of life, their Lakota traditions and language. This is not a place for empty gestures or for public-relations stunts. It is authentic as it gets, in charming and foreboding ways.
Kyrie Irving came to Standing Rock this week for the first time. He did not come for charity — he gave the tribe $100,000 a year ago — and he did not come for photo ops. The main event was sternly off limits to video or photography. He came to honor his mother and he came to understand his heritage.
Irving’s parents separated when he was four. His mother, Elizabeth, was half Sioux, and Irving made the trip to honor her, and learn more about that side of his heritage.
Given that journey, the feather is a pretty cool touch for such a high-profile moment.