Kyrie Irving to wear No. 11 with Celtics
Kyrie Irving has officially decided on what will probably be the easiest part of his move to Boston, and will wear No. 11 with the Celtics.
Traded to Boston on Tuesday night, Irving’s No. 2 worn during his six-year tenure with the Cavaliers is unavailable in Boston, as it’s retired for Red Auerbach. No. 1, which was Irving’s number during his tenure at Duke, is also retired for original Celtics owner Walter Brown, which has led us to No. 11.
So, why No. 11?
Although Irving himself would have to confirm this as his reasoning, No. 11 was his number at St. Patrick High School in Elizabeth, N.J.
It was also worn by his father, Drederick Irving, during his time at Boston University, and Drederick was at one point the all-time leading scorer at Boston University.
Excluding Jayson Tatum, who wore No. 11 through the Summer League before switching to No. 0, Irving is the first Celtic to wear No. 11 since Evan Turner.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog