Kyrie Irving has a history with new Celtics’ jersey number (pic)
The Boston Celtics on Wednesday took to social media to announce that Kyrie Irving will wear No. 11 with the team, a number with which the point guard has some history.
Irving of course was acquired by the Celtics in a blockbuster trade that shipped Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder and a Brooklyn Nets’ first round draft pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Irving, who demanded a trade earlier this offseason, setting off a drama-filled summer, hasn’t yet surfaced in the wake of the stunning deal. But the Celtics have taken the lead by posting an announcement on Instagram about Irving’s new jersey number.
The post, which landed on Boston’s Instagram feed Wednesday morning, features a mock-up of Irving wearing Celtics green holding a basketball over the jersey number over the background of an Irving jersey with the number 11.
ESPN’s Chris Forsberg got a screenshot of the image.
Kyrie has picked his new jersey number: pic.twitter.com/HEVnb5jvQX
— Chris Forsberg (@ESPNForsberg) August 23, 2017
Irving donned the No. 2 jersey during his time with the Cavaliers. But that number has been retired by the Celtics in honor of iconic Red Auerbach.
Irving fortunately has a history with the No. 11 jersey, as he donned that number as a young phenom at St. Patrick High School in Elizabeth, N.J.
Just like old times.
Kyrie Irving will wear #11 in green for the Celtics as he did in High School pic.twitter.com/sm4cwSUIkQ
— Boston Celtics 365 (@Celts365) August 23, 2017
Interestingly, St. Patrick’s team name? The Celtics. Now there’s an interesting and now-fitting coincidence.