NEW YORK -- For the first time in six years, Nike basketball has a new signature athlete.
Irving joins his new teammate LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant as Nike's signature athletes. It's the latest achievement for the 23-year-old NBA star, who was named the MVP of the FIBA World Cup and NBA All-Star Game this past year and was named Rookie of the Year in 2012.
"As a kid, imagining that I'd be in the Nike family with my own shoe was something that seemed almost unattainable," Irving said in a release. "Now that I've received the KYRIE 1, I'm honored to represent Nike and its next generation of players."
Irving worked with designer Leo Chang on the shoe, hoping to design a sneaker that fits his hyper-athletic game. The KYRIE 1 incorporates Nike Zoom Air cushioning, 360-degree dynamic traction and hyperfuse construction for better stability.
Kyrie Irving and Nike designer Leo Chang with the Kyrie 1. pic.twitter.com/Wo2d4KYIX5— Matt Dollinger (@matt_dollinger) December 4, 2014
The shoe also incorporates two other personal elements close to Irving. The letters "JBY" -- "Just Be You" -- are inscribed under Irving's logo, a personal motto that Irving hopes inspires kids. The shoe also was designed with the Sydney Opera House in mind, the famous landmark in Irving's home country of Australia, where he was born.
Like all signature shoes, several unique colorways are also in the works. The "Dream" colorway will be available for sale in North America on Dec. 23. The "Deceptive Red" goes global on Jan. 10.