For most of his NBA career, Kyrie Irving has been nicknamed “Uncle Drew,” a reference to his off-court alter ego in multiple Pepsi commercials, in which Irving dresses up as an old man and schools unsuspecting youngsters on public basketball courts. Uncle Drew is a fine nickname, but I’m still a little bitter that my personal favorite, Kyrie Swerving, hasn’t caught on.
It always felt like there was something better out there, waiting to be found. And now we have it.
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While doing some fall cleaning around home, Irving stumbled upon the most amazing thing we’ve ever seen, a t-shirt depicting the Cavs point guard as the WWE wrestler The Undertaker, except the t-shirt read “The Ankletaker.” It’s perfect. It’s beautiful. And I want 20 of those t-shirts sent to my place immediately.
Irving has been taking ankles since the moment he stepped into the NBA, so it’s only right for him to have a nickname that reflects one of the best aspects of his game. Uncle Drew is officially retired. It’s now the Year of the Ankletaker.