Kyrie Irving was a part of something special on Thursday. The Boston Celtics point guard received a new name that will surely mean a lot to him.
Irving’s mother, Elizabeth Larson is a descendant of the tribe, and Irving has been very vocal about his roots. Irving has a tattoo of the tribe’s logo and has been very outspoken about supporting the tribe’s battle against the Dakota Access Pipeline.
So what name was Irving given? Little Mountain. The name makes sense since Irving’s grandmother’s name is Meredith Marie Mountain. She is a member of the tribe to this day.
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This isn’t something that you usually see. Irving is really embracing roots and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe seems proud to call Irving one of their own.
“To know that he has not forgotten his roots and is taking the time before he starts his basketball season to visit the People, his People, shows that Kyrie has great character and pride in his heritage,” Standing Rock chairman Mike Faith told Christopher Vondracek of the Rapid City Journal last week.
Irving is rebounding after having his season cut short due to injury. He played in 60 games and averaged 24.4 points and 5.1 assists a game.
This season Irving is primed to have an amazing season. The Celtics will have all their weapons back in full force and should dominate the Eastern Conference. With all the weapons that the Celtics have, I expect Irving to have average a few more assists a game.
Irving will have to continue to evolve his game. We all love seeing “Killer Kyrie” make his ridiculous shots, but this season Irving will need to share the ball. Gordon Hayward, Jayson Tatum, and Jaylen Brown all need to get their shots up. If Irving can play an unselfish game the Celtics will be racking up victories.
So don’t be surprised if next season you start to hear “Little Mountain” echoing throughout the TD Garden.