Forget “Uncle Drew,” Kyrie Irving’s new alter ego is “Little Mountain.” The Boston Celtics’ All-Star point guard was given his Lakota name by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe Thursday at a special ceremony in North Dakota, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.
Windhorst reports that Irving’s mother, Elizabeth Larson, was a descendant the Standing Rock Sioux but was adopted out as a small child. Irving has known about his lineage and supported the tribe’s fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline two years ago. Additionally, he has the tribe’s logo tattooed on the back his neck and made a six-figure donation to the tribe just a year ago.
Approximately 1,000 people gathered at the Prairie Knights Pavilion today for the naming ceremony, including local high school students, many whom were wearing the “Standing Rock” colorway the Nike Kyrie 4. According to Windhorst, many Irving’s distant relatives were also in attendance, dozens whom wore green Celtics shirts with his #11 and “Welcome home, Kyrie” on them.
Irving’s older sister, Asia, was also part the ceremony and was given the Lakota name Buffalo Woman.