COMMENTARY | Kyrie Irving has developed a reputation for lighting up the silver screen with his infectious personality and sense of humor, and he's at it again.
Teaming up with Foot Locker for a second time after releasing this ad with the company around this same time last year, Irving knocked it out of the park. I'm sure Cavs fans would trade his great commercials for consistent play and some wins, but, for now, they're stuck with this.
In the very least, he's gaining fans and bringing the limelight back to Cleveland after you-know-who packed his throne into a U-Haul and bolted for South Beach.
So, what if I told you that Kyrie Irving had a dream that involved Mike Tyson hand-delivering that infamous part Evander Holyfield's ear back to The Real Deal himself?
Now, thanks to the wonders of technology, you can actually witness it happen in this wonderful Foot Locker commercial.
Also in the ad is Dennis Rodman buying a one-way ticket to North Korea, Brett Favre actually making a decision, and, for the cherry on top, we get the pleasure of hearing Tyson pronounce "formaldehyde."
The true hidden gem of the video is when Craig Sager lights all of his ridiculous suits on fire and says, "Goodbye, old friends."
The purpose of a commercial is to grab the consumer's attention, and Foot Locker definitely achieved success with its latest advertisement. Although, with the Cavs performing as they are, I can already hear the "Kyrie needs to stop trying to be a movie star and get in the gym" smack talk brewing. And it might just be legitimate.
Irving and the Cavaliers have a shot to secure a second consecutive win tonight at home against Washington in what will be a showdown of young point guard sensations. Kyrie dropped 41 on the Wizards last Saturday, and will be looking to dominate once again. It's still early in the season, and although rumors of players only meetings and fist fights have been swirling, Cleveland has until the end of this month to pull it together.
Anyway, let's just try to take a minute out of our day and enjoy this for what it is: a masterpiece.
Alex Marcheschi is a senior at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University who regularly watches the Cavs on FSN Ohio.
- Sports & Recreation
- Kyrie Irving
- Foot Locker
- Mike Tyson