The inaugural event was a success on the court, with at least one buzzer-beater. Kentucky-bound wing Kahlil Whitney scored the game-winner on a tip-in as Roselle Catholic edged Our Savior Lutheran, 75-74, with Kentucky coach John Calipari on hand. Irving, who will become a free agent this summer but has said he plans to re-sign with Boston, continues to remain close to those in his home state. As I detailed in this piece for Forbes SportsMoney, he has paid the tuition of a sick student at The Patrick School, renovated the school’s gym and locker room and now begun his inaugural event, giving the players the chance to play in an NBA arena. “It’s a tremendous thing that he’s doing,” Ayton Branch, an assistant at The Patrick School, told me for the Forbes piece. “A lot of times you have former alumni from high schools and colleges, they talk about doing these things and giving back to the schools that were a part of laying the foundation for them.
.@KyrieIrving addressing his @patrickschool guys in the locker room last night at Barclays Center. “I’m Jersey till I die,” says Irving, a free agent with the Celtics this summer. pic.twitter.com/hYrOfzLXlK— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) December 18, 2018