Kyrie Irving: NBA Star Hands out $100 Bills to Children Ahead of Bulls-Nets Game
The Brooklyn Nets player who's nursing an injury was caught on video handing out bills to children and endorsing a wad of cash to their leader.
Though Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving wasn’t useful to his team during a recent game against the Chicago Bulls, he found a way to be useful to a few kids in Chicago.
Kyrie Irving warming up before a game against the New Orleans Pelicans on November 4, 2019. | Photo: Getty Images
AN EARLY CHRISTMAS FOR CHICAGO KIDS
Irving has been nursing a shoulder injury that kept him on the sidelines of his team’s match but that didn’t keep him from spreading early Christmas cheer. Ahead of the game in Chicago, he was seen handing out $100 bills to his young fans.
Irving appeared on the injured list of players last week due to right shoulder impingement. His absence crippled his team even further after his teammate Caris LeVert was also advised to rest for 4-6 weeks after undergoing thumb surgery.
TMZ spotted Irving in the midst of his generous deed and took a video of the encounter. Dressed in a blue jacket and a hoodie, Irving hands out the bills to a group of children. He then asks who their leader is. When the leader was identified to him, he hands the person a wad of bills and instructs to take care of the kids with the money.
Aside from his financial donation, Irving obliged the youngsters by signing autographs for them. It was clearly a good day for the kids to be grateful.
WIN SOME, LOSE SOME
It was also a win-win for Irving and his team that day. While Irving won the hearts of his fans on the street, the Nets beat the Bulls with a 117-111 victory.
Irving's struggle with his shoulder has made him incapable of performing well recently. Prior to his last game against the Denver Nuggets, he was already listed as questionable. This prompted his coach, Kenny Atkinson to advise him to sit out the game against the Bulls and two other succeeding games against the Indiana Pacers and the Charlotte Hornets.
Kyrie Irving during a game between the New Orleans Pelicans on November 4, 2019. | Photo: Getty Images
A SERIES OF SETBACKS FOR THE NET
Irving appeared on the injured list of players last week due to right shoulder impingement. His absence crippled his team even further after his teammate Caris LeVert was also advised to rest for 4-6 weeks after undergoing thumb surgery. This is exacerbated by their other teammate, Kevin Durant’s absence the whole season due to a torn Achilles tendon.
Speaking of Durant, just like Irving, the former Golden State Warriors player has been busy being generous while recovering from his injury. In June, he sent dozens of kids from his hometown to college as part of his 10-year "College Track" program.
The initiative which he started last year involves Durant pledging 10 million dollars a year for 10 years to fund the education of underprivileged teens. 68 students have already benefitted from last year's pledge.
In tandem with "College Track," the 31-year-old philanthropist also established "The Durant Center" as a venue for after-school tutorials and instruction. Important life skills are also taught there.