Kyrie Irving and Kobe Bryant to go 1-on-1 for Charity

With Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving turning headsand ankles — in Las Vegas, the reigning Rookie of the Year has become the subject of a challenge from Los Angeles Lakers’ shooting guard Kobe Bryant.

Bryant, apparently impressed with Irving’s skills and willingness to talk trash, has issued a challenge to the point guard wherein the two will play a 1-on-1 game for $50,000, with the proceeds going to charity. Though no date, time or location has been set, the 20-year-old Irving quickly accepted.

“I give him credit for his confidence,” Byrant said of Irving. “It’s 50 grand for my charity. It’s greatly appreciated. Easy money, easy money.”

The two players have had a light-hearted bond while practicing for Team USA with Irving being teased about his age and quickly shooting back that he at least attended college. Earlier this week, Bryant shot at Irving saying that he was unaware of the point guard’s skills as the Lakers were “up by 30 after the first quarter” during the lone match-up between the Cavaliers and Lakers. The Cavaliers, however, were down four after the first quarter, eventually losing by five.

“You’re going to have to guard [me],” Irving said to Bryant. “You’re not going to lock me up. It’s over.”

[Related: Cavalier Thoughts: Hope And Patience In A Hopeless And Impatient NBA]

(Source: Duke Blue Planet)

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Bust ’em up Uncle Drew!

  • CharlotteBrownsBacker

    This is going to be awesome

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  • Milehighbrownie

    Uncle Drew! Maybe he should be in full costume for the match up to even the playing field in terms of age?

    Love this though, way to step up Kyrie!

  • Let’s start here, since these are almost all iso situations.

  • grower

    Kobe is starving for attention…First going after The “Dream Team” and now the young guys….I can see Kobe being the next Reggie Jackson!!!

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    I saw that video from BlueWorld (I think thats what it’s called) and it seemed like Kyrie was challenging Kobe. Did I misread that situation? Either way if this actually goes down it would be awesome.

  • maxfnmloans

    Kobe had a couple funny lines in the video, but you could also tell how competitive he STILL is, which is a testament to how great a player he is. Alwa`