Another Great Sports Dad

January 7, 2013 · 4 comments

in Dads and Sports, Great Dads, Learning on the job

I don’t know how single parents do it.  It’s hard enough to raise kids with two parents, let alone by ones self.  I can’t imagine how my family would manage without my wife doing the things she does.   Plus she’s always there to make up for where I fall short as a father.

Drederick — known as Dred — Irving unexpectedly found himself as a single dad of two kids under the age of 7 when his young wife, Elizabeth, died suddenly at the age of 29 from the effects of a blood infection.  Faced with the challenge of raising his two kids by himself, Irving did what I’m guessing most single parents do, he figured it out and made it work the best he could.

And, boy, was he successful!

Daughter Asia, the oldest, is about t0 graduate from Temple University.  Her younger brother, Kyrie, is the reigning NBA Rookie of the Year basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

There are handful of articles that have been written about Kyrie and his father Dred.  Here are a couple:

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news?slug=mc-spears_kyrie_irving_father_nba_draft_061711

http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/8766642/cleveland-cavaliers-point-guard-kyrie-irving-next-big-nba-star-espn-magazine

An excellent basketball player himself, Dred was able to coach and teach Kyrie to the top.  Reading the articles one might think that Dred pushed basketball too hard by conducting hours and hours of drills, taking Kyrie to compete against older kids, conducting hour long lectures, etc.  But when I read between the lines, I see a different dad.   Kyrie took trumpet, saxophone, and baritone horn lessons.  He also kept a journal.  Both of these activities suggest that his father made efforts to keep Kryie’s life somewhat balanced.  And Dred was not too proud to solicit help from his four sisters, which to me is an indicator that he recognized his weaknesses as a father and sought resources to make sure his kids didn’t suffer because of them.

And most of all, Kryie talks about his dad being a brother and a best friend.  And when a teenage multimillionaire basketball star speaks about his father this way, there is no doubt that dad must have been great.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

James January 10, 2013 at 12:44 am

being that involved in kids life and what he is interested in is going to make you a good dad. I think we are all wary of the “Raising a Tiger” type of dad but that is different.

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admin January 10, 2013 at 6:14 am

Indeed. There is a fine line between being one of “those” kinds of dads and helping your kids maximize their potential. I think it’s easier to judge where that line is when it’s not your kid. When your kid is involved, the line can get blurry.

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Chris January 15, 2013 at 1:26 am

He sounds like a great man and father. I love reading and sharing other people’s inspiration stories. Good on you for doing the same!

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admin January 15, 2013 at 5:18 am

We all have our different faults, but every once in a while we get it right. It’s fun to explore other dads’ successes.

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