Brooklyn Nets: Inside The Numbers with Kyrie Irving

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Brooklyn Nets, Kyrie Irving
Oct 27, 2019; Memphis, TN, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) in action during the game between the Nets and the Grizzlies at the FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets is not your usual NBA player. He sees the world from a unique perspective. Whether it be his thoughts on the potential shape of that world or maybe how he goes about his day to day routine. Kyrie Irving has always been a black sheep as NBA stars go.

So when it was said that he would when Kyrie Irving said he would be dropping his Pre-Heat on November 11th (11/11), he briefly explained how much the number plays in the NBA.

He was born at 1:11. His father’s favorite number is 11. His jersey number is 11. His name, Kyrie Irving, holds 11 letters. After playing 11 games at Duke due to injury, he would be drafted pick one of round one (1:1) in 2011. He scored his 11,000th point on the 11th of March. After being away from home at age 16, he feels he is now back home at age 27. That’s 11 years between now and then for Kyrie Irving to return home. Even the letter K, which is the first letter of his name, is the 11th letter of the alphabet.

Many would thing this is beyond coincidence. Maybe this is some kind of voodoo or magic? Maybe Kyrie Irving is an alien and there’s more to this flat earth thing than we gave him credit for. Surely a certain point this has the be the universe at work. Kyrie Irving, being the deep thinker he is (deep thinker is also 11 letters), decided to play off such a significant number in his life by releasing 11 shoes that represent 11 cities on the 11th day of the 11th month.

But why does Kyrie Irving mean by:

You know, 11 is a path of mastery. It’s a master number.

Well, Kyrie Irving is making reference to numerology. Numerology, not to be mistaken with its cousin Astrology, is the study of numbers that occur in ones life. Math and numbers are a universal language. No matter what, math and its laws do not change. Reading and observing the numbers in ones life in numerology is supposed to give you insight. It isn’t that different from how astrology uses the stars and what not to give you a personality type. Numerology uses numbers in much the same fashion.

Hans Decoz of says:

Numerology reduces all multi-digit numbers to the single-digit numbers 1 through 9 with the exception of the three Master numbers 11, 22 and 33. These three Master numbers in many cases are not reduced and have a specific set of attributes that sets them apart from all other numbers. Numerology enthusiasts and practitioners have always been especially excited about Master numbers because, as the name implies, they represent something above and beyond the mundane.

As you read, the three master numbers are 11, 22, and 33. If it wasn’t clear with all the things that pointed toward this point, Kyrie Irving is an 11. Michael Jordan also shares this in common with Kyrie Irving, so he is in good company. says this about the number 11 as a path number:

Master number 11 brings higher intuition and spiritual insight, supernatural abilities, increased sensitivity, as well as empathy and natural intelligence. The number eleven is a sign of enormous power – both mental and physical. In addition, this is the first master number from a total of three (11, 22 and 33). This number is the root of all other master numbers.

The holder of this life path number is considered to be an old soul, not only because of their unique abilities, extreme ability to empathize and understand and respect others, but the main reason is very mature thinking. A child with this master number may only be 12 years old, but their way of thinking may be similar to a person who is sixty years old.

The more I read about numerology and the number 11, the more I can’t help, but think that this couldn’t be anyone other than Kyrie Irving. There is even a numerology site where you can check out how numbers relate to your favorite celebrities (see here).

If you still doubt Kyrie and his relation to the number 11, that same celebrity site says this:

All of this amounts to a great capacity for invention. Many inventors, artists, religious leaders, prophets, and leading figures in history have had the 11 prominent in their chart.

Does anything in this snippet look familiar? “Many inventors, artist…”

Did Kevin Durant not call Kyrie Irving an artist the other day? If that doesn’t sell you, then nothing will. I don’t exactly have an degree in witchcraft so I don’t want to speak too much on it, but please feel free to visit the sites I have linked as well as do research of your own. I just thought it would be enjoyable for you to grasp the reasoning behind Kyrie Irving’s shoe roll out decision.