Everything we know about Drederick Irving, Kyrie Irving's dad

Joshua Rogers February 28, 2022
Everything we know about Drederick Irving, Kyrie Irving's dad
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Here’s everything we know about Drederick Irving, Kyrie Irving’s dad, after the pair shared a touching moment during last night’s Nets vs Bucks game.

It has been a tumultuous season for Kyrie Irving amid his vaccination drama. It looks as though he could become a full-time player for the Nets again as the New York City mayor plans to lift covid-19 mandates. However, it recently came to light a separate ‘private sector mandate’ could still prohibit Irving from playing in home games.

Nevertheless, Kyrie Irving’s father, Drederick Irving, has been there for his son throughout the season. The pair were spotted together after Kyrie put on a show vs the Bucks.

Kyrie Irving shares touching moment with dad

In the absence of Kevin Durant and the newly acquired Ben Simmons, Kyrie Irving had his best game of the season on Sunday.

Against defending champions Milwaukee Bucks, Irving dropped a season-high 38 points as well as five rebounds and five assists. After the game, Kyrie shared a heartwarming moment with his dad Drederick, who was watching from the sidelines.

What we know about Drederick Irving

Kyrie Irving’s dad is Drederick Irving, who was born in 1966 and is a former basketball player. Drederick started his career playing for Boston College, where he claimed the NAC title with the Terriers in 1988 alongside Shawn Teague – father of Jeff and Marquis Teague – and under coach Rick Pitino. Irving became the school’s all-time leading scorer with 1,931 points.

Irving, a shooting guard, joined the Boston Celtics’ training camp briefly after graduating but wasn’t offered a contract. He eventually moved to Australia in 1992 to play in the South East Australian Basketball League with the Bulleen Boomers. In his first year, he averaged 30 points per game.

Drederick met his first wife Elizabeth (Kyrie’s mother) at Boston University, where she played volleyball. Sadly, she died when Kyrie was four and Drederick raised him, along with Kyrie’s sister Asia and Irving’s aunts.

Drederick remarried in 2004, to Shetellia Riley Irving, and had a second daughter, London. On 3 March, Shams Charania of The Athletic reported that Shetellia Riley Irving would be Kyrie’s new agent.

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Drederick was there for Kyrie’s season debut

Kyrie’s father was a huge inspiration to him growing up, and Kyrie would often go to his father’s adult-league games. He even played at Boston University’s basketball skills camp as a youngster thanks to Drederick’s connections with the college.

They remain close to this day, and Drederick was in attendance recently to see Kyrie’s season debut. Kyrie had 22 points, three rebounds and four assists in a 129-121 win over the Indiana Pacers. After the game, Kyrie gave his jersey to his father.

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.