The partnership between Nike and Kyrie Irving seems to be coming to an end soon. Over the past few months, multiple outlets have reported that the two sides will not be renewing their contract, which expires after the 2022-23 NBA season.
Since signing with Nike in 2014, Irving has become one of the brand’s most popular signature athletes. His sneaker line made history with its fun colorways and standout performance. Now fans could see the first images of his final signature shoe.
An Instagram user posted the photo above with the caption “Kyrie 9?” Neither the user nor FanNation Kicks can confirm if this image is legit or just another internet rumor. However, it is normal for images of upcoming sneakers to appear online long before their official release date.
Irving’s eighth signature sneaker, the Nike Kyrie Infinity, got off to a rocky start. Last July, Irving commented on the image of the hoop shoe saying, “Have nothing to do with designing or marketing the next Kyrie 8, IMO this is rubbish! I have absolutely nothing to do with them! Nike plans to release it without my permission no matter what I say, so I apologize in advance to all my sneaker makers and true KAI11 brand supporters.
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Nonetheless, Irving carried the kicks he called trash when he was available to play during the 2021-22 NBA season. If this is the end for Irving and Nike, both parties will be fine. However, we hate it for sneakerheads and hoopers who are fans of the Nike Kyrie line. Stay locked into FanNationKicks.com for the latest news, updates, and interviews.
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