Kyrie Irving is known for a few things at this point: wanting to get the hell off of the Cavs, feuding with LeBron James, and believing that he would fall off the edge of the planet if he sailed far enough. But one other thing that has always gotten him attention is his beard. Until now.
Irving shaved off his beard this week, and it didn't take long for people to notice—and to start clowning him.
Or, failing that, to notice the fact that, while in daylight he looked like a grizzled drug lord, in bad indoor light he looked like an overgrown toddler.
Well, Kyrie heard the chatter and decided to respond. In the video above, the
conspiracy theorist NBA star says he's heard, or soon expects to hear, all your comments. And you know what? If it wasn't him, he'd do it too.
"Get the jokes out now," he says. "If this was anybody else, I would be firing jokes at them."
So what's the reason for the new look? Irving doesn't say directly. But he does mention that it's only for 22 days, and lets slip that he'll soon share pictures of him in "prosthetics." Best guess? He's shooting some kind of commercial that will require makeup or special effects of some sort or another. Maybe we're looking at the return of Uncle Drew—perhaps even in the character's long-promised feature film? Only time will tell.