The Swoosh is unlikely to increase its signature shoe cope with the West Orange native and ex-St. Patrick Excessive Faculty star previous 2022-23, according to an ESPN.com report.
Citing sources, ESPN stated this yr is “anticipated to be the ultimate yr of a profitable signature collection that [Irving] has had with Nike since 2014.” His new signature shoe is ready to drop this fall.
“We don’t touch upon contracts or rumors or hypothesis. Kyrie stays a Nike athlete,” a spokesperson advised ESPN on Thursday.
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ESPN reported Irving lashed out on social media in July concerning the design of the Nike Kyrie 8 version of his shoe, calling it “trash” and insisting that “I’ve nothing to do with the design or advertising” and that “Nike plans to launch it with out my okay.” He later walked again his feedback.
The Nike information comes the identical week that Nets GM Sean Marks announced the team was non-committal on an extension for Irving, who performed simply 29 video games this season as a consequence of being unvaccinated, and in addition missed time final yr as a consequence of his issues about social injustice and the homicide of George Floyd. Marks stated the workforce wanted to make certain the workforce had gamers who need to be right here.
“We’re in search of guys that need to are available right here and be one thing greater than themselves, play selfless, play workforce basketball, and be obtainable,” Marks stated. “And that goes not just for Kyrie however for everyone right here.”
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Adam Zagoria is a contract reporter who covers Seton Corridor and NJ school basketball for NJ Advance Media. You could observe him on Twitter @AdamZagoria and take a look at his Web site at ZAGSBLOG.com.