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Kyrie Irving Tours Asia with Nike Basketball

Kyrie Irving’s journey is still in its infancy. At 25, the Australian-born world champ, gold medalist and crossover king has proven he has no fear in taking the dagger shot and rising to any challenge. 

During his first official Nike world tour as a signature athlete, Irving will immerse himself in Asian basketball culture, while strengthening his understanding and appreciation for the worldwide basketball community.

His travel includes stops in Tokyo, Japan; Taipei, Taiwan and Beijing, China. News of Irving’s intercontinental tour of Asia will update daily.

Day 6: Beijing, July 25

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Four lucky winners tour the Kyrie House, where they'll be spending the night.

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The barbershop is open at the Kyrie House.

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A stroll down memory lane ends with Kyrie's current signature shoe, the KYRIE 3.

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Trash talk at its finest in a game of NBA2K at the Kyrie House that was webcast gobally to almost 2 million people.

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Competitive juices never stop as Kyrie trains with the U18 China Federation athletes.

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China players have a chance to ask Kyrie questions.

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Confetti falls during a visit to the Beijing Hoop Dreams store. 

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Beijing's basketball community shows love for their guest who shows love back.

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A photoshoot with popular Chinese multimedia outlet, Sole. 

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A lucky fan receives a pair of autographed shoes from Kyrie and is overjoyed.

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Kyrie concludes his final tour day at a Hi-Park streetball tournament with a salute to the crowd. 

Day 5: Beijing, July 24

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Shortly after touching down from a three-hour flight from Taipei, Irving hits the Sports Bureau court for a training session with the China federation. 

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Always at home on the court, the All-Star guard brings encouragement to his training center visit.

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Confidence and dedication are stressed to the young players as they look ahead to FIBA World Cup 2019 qualification.

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The off-leg stop to the pull-back fade layup never stops for #2.

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Kyrie's genuine investment and interest in the training session didn't go unnoticed. 

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Excited fans in Beijing follow Kyrie thoughout the day on Monday.

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Excited fans pack Live House, one of Beijing's most popular music venues. 

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Kyrie shows love to fans at the hip-hop show with t-shirts as his first day in Beijing comes to a close.

Day 4: Taipei, July 23

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NICKTHEREAL, a famous entertainer from Taiwan, wonders what it takes to get a namesake bobblehead.

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Kyrie puts his musical skills to work for a cover photo shoot with NICKTHEREAL taking the mic.

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Fans await Kyrie's arrival in front of the Taipei Hoop Dreams store.

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Just be you. NIKEiD contest winners showcase their personally inspired designs.

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Chun-Jung Fan, who made a KYRIE 3 NIKEiD for her basketball-loving son, was chosen by Kyrie for designing his favorite shoe among the 12 finalists.

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Kyrie autographs a pair of the latest KYRIE 3 colorway for her.

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Kyrie works out for the Nike Training Club kickoff. 

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Every workout counts.

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Upon arrival to the 2017 William Jones Cup basketball tournament, fans spot Kyrie as he watches Gilas Pilipinas take on Iran.

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Before tipoff of the second game, athletes have a chance to meet the All-Star while he spends his last full day in Taipei.

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Kyrie puts his TV commentary skills to work. 

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A busy Sunday comes to a close as Irving says goodbye to the capacity crowd of nearly 7,000 fans.

Day 3: Taipei, July 22

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First stop in Taiwan's capital city, Taipei, begins with a visit to the Ximending graffiti wall that honors the first-time visitor.

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Kyrie makes his first bubble tea, a local favorite, and gets the thumbs up.

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Night falls on Taipei as excited fans see the man of the hour in an event live-streamed globally.

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Kyrie demonstrates the importance of defensive movement and spacing. 

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Excited Taiwanese fans greet the All-Star to their country for the very first time, as nearly 100,000 viewers watched the live webcast.

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Game respects game as a lucky fan receives an autograph.

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Kyrie was grateful for the crowd's Saturday night energy and paid them back.

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The packed crowd at Ximending Cinemas Park receives even more gifts.

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At Taipei's famous night market, Kyrie ends the day with a game of pop-a-shot.

Day 2: Tokyo, July 21

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The second day in Asia kicks off with a visit to Nike Harajuku, where Irving is swarmed by hundreds of fans.

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Irving salutes the crowd as the event kicks off in Harajuku, at Nike's top flagship store in Japan.

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Look closely and you'll see an oversized cutout of Azurie Elizabeth Irving watching her proud dad.

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A packed crowd at Ota-City General Gymnasium welcomes Kyrie to their country for his first visit. The event was live-streamed worldwide.

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Home away from home for the crossover king.

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Love for the game.

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Taken back by the crowd selected from more than 40,000 entrants.

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A lucky fan goes home with a personally signed pair of Kyrie's third signature shoe.

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Thankful to the 3,000 fans in attendance at his first clinic in Japan.

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A new KYRIE 3 NIKEiD designed and worn by Kyrie as the day nears an end with a media session. 

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Walking alongside his friend Al, Kyrie visits Shibuya, a popular area in downtown Tokyo, for the first time. 

Day 1: Tokyo, July 20

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Fresh off his flight, Kyrie takes in the magnitude of downtown Tokyo for the first time.

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In an interview with Hypebeast, Kyrie describes the global response to the KYRIE 3 and his playing style.  

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Kyrie meets with Nike athlete Kei Nishikori, a professional tennis player currently ranked world No. 8 and the first male Japanese tennis player ever to be ranked in the top 10 in singles.

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Japan's capital city boasts a population of more than 30 million people with a growing basketball community.

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The world's top-selling signature basketball shoe held by its inspiration.

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