Kyrie Irving
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Kyrie Irving‘s high school coach is calling his NBA free agency shot, believing his former player will sign with the New York Knicks.

Robby Sabo

Kyrie Irving’s high school basketball coach has called his NBA free agency shot.

Kevin Boyle, who coached the Duke product at Saint Patrick High School in Elizabeth, New Jersey, believes there’s a “good chance” Irving signs with the New York Knicks this summer, via SNY.


“I think there’s a good chance in my opinion that Kyrie ends up there,” Boyle said in an interview with’s Ian Begley, stressing that he was speaking as a fan and not as someone who had inside information on Irving’s plans. “…. In my gut, I would think that would work best for him and I would think that (the Knicks) have a really strong chance of that happening. But I have not spoken directly to him and I don’t know that to be a fact.”

Irving, 27, is coming off a tumultuous time with the Boston Celtics who were promptly ousted by the Milwaukee Bucks in the second round of the NBA Playoffs. Pundits and fans alike don’t see the New Jersey native returning to Bean Town.

The Knicks have long been rumored as a potential destination. An Irving-Kevin Durant tag team remains the most dreamy scenario in Manhattan.

Interestingly, Boyle also coached young RJ Barrett. New York holds the No. 3 pick in the upcoming 2019 NBA Draft and Barrett is the third-rated prospect at the moment.

“He can get up the court, he’s a good slasher, getting ahead of the ball. Hopefully, he can blend well with Kyrie and if they bring someone else that follows him, he can really attack the rim and play off of those two other players,” the coach said.

If the New York Knicks draft RJ Barrett and pair him with the free agent couple of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, Kevin Boyle will be watching a ton of MSG Networks next season.

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