Mavs’ Kyrie Irving credits Kobe Bryant and father for shooting tips amid struggles

Kyrie Irving, who was selected as the first overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft, is one of the craftiest ball handlers in the league. He loves to cook defenders, leaving them with their ankles broken. Kyrie’s dreams and ambitions of becoming a basketball star took shape early in his childhood when he fell in love with the game.

Since joining the NBA, he has delivered several mesmerizing performances and even won an NBA championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016. Kyrie learned a lot about basketball from his dad, who not only provided shooting tips but also received guidance from one of the most famous Lakers legends.

Kyrie Irving found guidance in Kobe Bryant and father

Over the past few games, Mavs star Kyrie Irving has been making more 3-pointers. He attributes this to a shooting technique that his father taught him that Kobe Bryant once shared. Recently, Kyrie has established a pattern in his play. On Friday, the Mavericks defeated the Los Angeles Clippers by144-126, and Irving scored 27 points in the game. Along with Luka Doncic, who set the tone with 44 points, six rebounds, and six assists, he made a significant contribution.

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Recently, Kyrie Irving has exhibited a consistent pattern in his play. On Friday, the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 144-126, with Irving scoring 27 points in the game. Alongside Luka Doncic, who set the tone with 44 points, six rebounds, and six assists, Irving made a significant contribution.

His ability to score from beyond the arc, where he shot 55.6 percent and converted a season-high five threes, played a crucial role in his success. After converting at just a 24.1 percent clip in his first five games, he is now shooting 8-16 from the field.

Irving discussed his shooting technique with his father, Drederick, who reminded him to point his right elbow correctly. Keeping this tip in mind, Kyrie has been able to make several successful shots. Lakers legend Kobe Bryant had given Kyrie the same tip.

“Just get my right elbow pointed. I talked to my dad a few days ago, and he always loves to remind me to keep my right elbow pointed,” Irving said after Friday’s game. “That’s something that Kobe used to tell me as well, just as a reminder. And then just take my time, get my feet underneath me.”

Irving also emphasized the importance of focusing on the subtleties of his shot, details that the typical basketball fan might overlook, such as the necessity of landing with proper balance or placing his guide hand on the ball.

Doncic and Irving lead Mavs to offensive brilliance vs Clippers

In their second-ever NBA In-Season Tournament game, the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 144-126. Consequently, the Mavs’ season record improved to 7-2, while the Clippers’ record fell to 3-5.

The Clippers initially gained momentum with an 8-0 lead. However, by the halfway point of the quarter, the Mavs quickly turned the tide, securing a 15-14 lead, largely thanks to Luka Doncic’s frequent downhill attacks.

“I think it was a great bounce-back game,” Mavs coach Jason Kidd said. “I thought the guys, again, executed the game plan. I thought everybody participated, but I thought Luka [Doncic] set the tone and Kai (Kyrie Irving) — those two set the tone tonight, and the guys followed.”

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