With a championship locked down, there was no doubt in anybody’s mind that Kyrie Irving became a legit superstar. All eyes were on Irving on Christmas Day, when he debuted the Kyrie 3 (in the “Samurai” colorway seen above) and picked up where he left off against the Golden State Warriors.
Like the previous two models, the Nike Kyrie 3 mainly focuses on exceptional traction, which rides up the side walls for control even while side-stepping. Independent traction pods appear as triangles on the forefoot to further enhance court grip during hard cuts. Flywire cables appear at the two lace holes close to the toe, helping lock down that area for a closer fit. A Zoom Air unit appears in the heel for a snappy feeling when landing and running.
In terms of design easter eggs, “JBY” and “H+H” appear at the top of the tongues. JBY means just be you, a motto that Kyrie lives by eery day. H+H stands for hungry and humble, which were qualities Kyrie’s father instilled in him from a young age.