Back in 2012, when he won rookie of the year, Kyrie Irving came to the Berrics and showed off his skateboarding skill. He even filmed a Text Yoself and First Try Friday with us. He’s still the only NBA player that we know of that can handle a drop-in on a quarter pipe. Kyrie recently sat down for an interview with Hypebeast in which he breaks down how he got into skating.
Speaking of skating, there’s clips on the internet of you at the Berrics. How did you get into skating?
I’m definitely not into the pro level or anything like that at all. I can drop in and probably do a kick flip if I tried 50 million times. When I was probably around fifth grade, I tried to ollie over a rock and I ended up hitting my knee on the rock. So from that point I stopped skating, but I’ve always had a love for it and the culture, and what it represents. Being able to do all that stuff and balance and utilize your body to perform tricks like that, and going off ramps, and falling over and over again and still getting up and trying. They’re trying to clear 20 steps doing a wild trick and you’re just watching. It’s nothing but respect. They end up getting up because that’s what they love to do. Like genuniely they love to skate and go to different places and you end up meeting different people. Skating can bring you different places just like basketball, so it’s given me an opportunity to meet a lot of great people from that culture.
For more on Kyrie, head over to Hypebeast to read the full interview.
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