Kyrie Irving Opens Up About His Connection With “Mentor” Kobe Bryant

Check out the Kyrie Irving interview after the match where he opens up about his mentor Koby Bryant and about NBA Finals.

Kyrie Irving Opens Up About His Connection With “Mentor” Kobe Bryant
By Mahaksh Chauhan | Jun 10, 2024 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

While Luka Doncic led the Dallas Mavericks to the NBA Finals with his on-court masterclass skills, Kyrie Irving guided them both on and off the court, just like his mentor, the late Kobe Bryant. The Mavs guard disclosed the emotional connection he has with Kobe. But despite the pain of not having him around, he cherishes the Black Mamba’s teachings.

During a press conference, when Irving was asked about the 5-time champion, he said, “I don’t know if anyone here has ever lost a mentor or someone older who meant something to them. Even if you didn’t talk every day, there was still that connection that they would always be there for you. It wasn’t just him; it was his family as well. They supported me unconditionally, and I miss him every single day, just like the rest of the world and all the Kobe supporters.”

The 32-year-old went on to add that Kobe’s impact was not limited to basketball but to all aspects of life. Like the Lakers legend, Irving expressed the desire to inspire the next generation and the surrounding ones.

As the Finals approach, Irving is preparing to face his former team, the Boston Celtics, the Eastern Conference champions. And Kyrie will undoubtedly go beyond anything to win their second title as a team—the first came in 2011—leaving something for the wagerers at Vulkan Bet to ponder.

Kyrie Irving discusses NBA finals

Before heading to the big stage, Kyrie Irving expressed gratitude for his journey in the Mavericks’ colors and the people who supported him. He then spoke about his time with the Boston Celtics (2017-2019 season), including his experience and challenges there.

Irving always had a tough time at the TD Garden after he left the franchise. The Boston fans ridiculed him, and even he didn’t hold back. Now that he has to go back there on Thursday for Game 1 of the series, the guard reflected on his ability to handle intense situations on the court.

“Of course, it’s going to be a hectic environment, but I’m looking forward to it, and I see it as a healthy relationship to have with the fans,” said Irving. He further added that the crowd respects great basketball, and he and his Dallas teammates aim to showcase it.