There’s nothing about Kyrie Irving‘s movements on a basketball court one would describe as normal, which is why Nike continues to push the limits in performance technology with the upcoming release of the Kyrie 2 — the second in his signature series.
We’ve long been fans of his first signature iteration, specifically the tread that curves up from the sole of the shoe almost to the upper itself, allowing the same sort of cutting that will often see Kyrie nearly parallel to the court.
With the Kyrie 2, Nike further explains how his on-court biomechanics relate to the sneaker. Never is this more apparent than with Irving’s crossover dribble.
“With an average ball speed of 21 miles per hour — nearly twice as fast as an average NBA player’s dribble — Kyrie can complete a crossover in less than one-third of a second,” says John Brenkus, creator/host of ESPN Sport Science in the release.
Pushing off the court with 770 pounds of force at a sharp, 40-degree angle, Irving can experience four g’s of acceleration during the crossover. (To put this number in perspective, that’s a g-force greater than the average astronaut experiences during a rocket launch). In other words, he needs footwear that performs under extreme pressure.
This GIF might help.