The making of Kyrie Irving

How a skinny wallflower became the most captivating 20-year-old since LeBron

Originally Published: December 25, 2012
By Pablo S. Torre | ESPN The Magazine

WHENEVER HE HAS a bad game, or misses a defensive assignment, or is hit by the general existentialist dread that tends to befall a 20-year-old, Kyrie Irving writes to himself. It started at Montclair (N.J.) Kimberley Academy, when he would confide to a black-and-white composition notebook that swiftly tattered from daily use. But last spring, the rigors of his inaugural, lockout-compressed pro season forced him to exclusively commit to a more modern platform. "I had to give up ...

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