Boys Basketball: Former St. Patrick’s star Kyrie Irving coaches Livingston fall league team

Kyrie Irving coaches the Livingston fall league team on Monday. (Photo courtesy of Eli Friedman)
By Jeremy Schneider | NJ Advance Media For
on September 23, 2014 11:33 a.m.

There were 100 people at the Wayne PAL asLivingston and Rutherford squared off in a fall league game on Monday night. But no one was really paying attention to the action the court — they were all transfixed on the sideline.

Kyrie Irving was coaching Livingston.

“He walks in at 6:30 at game-time and everyone was kind of star-struck,” Livingston captain Eli Friedman said. “As soon as he came in, everyone was looking and they were like, ‘Oh my God, that’s Kyrie Irving.’”

Irving, a former St. Patrick’s star and now one third of the new Big 3 in Cleveland along with LeBron James and Kevin Love, is best friends with Kevin Philemon, who regularly coaches the Livingston fall league team. Livingston lost by five points, but that hardly put a damper on the night for the Essex County squad.

“For our whole team, it was a once in a lifetime experience,” Friedman said. “It’s not that he was just there and sitting on the bench. He was up, loud and clapping. As soon as someone subbed out he came right to them and talked, gave them pointers, which was really cool. He was into the game, talking to the refs. We take it for granted, but that’s the best point guard in the world, giving Livingston High School pointers.”

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