Irving to give NBA ring to his dad

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October 25, 2016
File Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (right) drives past Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Cleveland last season.

CLEVELAND (AP):

Kyrie Irving is prepared to make a most memorable pass. Cleveland's star point guard said he's going to give his diamond NBA championship ring to his father Drederick. Irving, whose 3-pointer in the final two minutes of Game 7 helped the Cavs complete their historic comeback over Golden State in the finals, said following last Saturday's practice that he intends to give the keepsake to his dad.

tight bond

"I give my dad almost everything," he said. "So, every accomplishment, every MVP award, every trophy that I've had since I was probably about 13 or 12, I've given to my dad."

Irving and his father, who was playing professionally in Australia, where the point guard was born, have an exceptionally tight bond. Kyrie's mom died when he was young, pulling him closer to his dad.

The Cavs will receive their rings before tonight's home opener against the New York Knicks.

Earlier last week, superstar LeBron James and Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said they expect the ceremony to be emotional. Irving, too, said it will be great to reflect on the team's accomplishment before beginning a new season.

"There definitely is a special aspect to it," he said. "You don't want to shy away from that, but it also is the start of a new journey. "

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