Boston Celtics fans are still getting used to the idea of having a mainstream star wearing green. Late Thursday night, Kyrie Irving was a guest on the ABC late-night show Jimmy Kimmel Live.
This is just more validation that Irving is a mega star in the NBA, who crosses the boundaries of sport and is a true celebrity.
Certainly this appearance stems initially from his flat-Earth claims on a podcast about one year ago. Irving was a guest on Richard Jefferson and Channing Frye’s show “Road Trippin’ with R.J. and Channing” while with the Cavaliers and made the statement that he believed the planet was flat. While Irving has since taken steps to further explain his reasoning behind that claim, it immediately catapulted him into the non-NBA public conscious.
Kimmel got to the flat Earth stuff later in the segment, with a special gift, however, Irving was a guest more because of the upcoming All-Star Game and his own upcoming feature film.
Uncle Drew is set for a June 29, 2018 release date and just had an official trailer drop earlier this week.
Irving and Kimmel also touch on Kyrie’s affinity for musicals and the soundtrack from Rent, as well well as a tattoo on his arm of the logo from the television show Friends.
In terms of actual basketball, Irving says he is taking the All-Star Game fairly seriously, but will be having some fun with it. He also claims to have spoken to LeBron James about choosing him in the first All-Star draft, though admits that Kevin Durant was likely the first overall pick instead of himself.