Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving, last season's NBA Rookie of the Year, had terrible stage fright growing up in New Jersey.
Then, while a senior at St. Patrick High School, Irving threw caution to the wind and tried out for his school's rendition of "Disney's High School Musical."
"I had no problems playing basketball games on national TV but that wasn't the same as standing on a stage remembering lines and acting," said Irving, who was born in Australia but lived mostly in New Jersey. "I decided during that senior year to face my fears. I was singing! I even had a solo!"
On Monday, Irving guest stars on Disney's XD's hit show "Kickin' It."
In the episode "Sole Brothers," Jack (“Leo Howard”) and Jerry (“Mateo Arias”) get jobs at the shoe store in the mall just in time for Irving’s visit to promote his new shoe line. When two thugs try to steal an allotment of Irving's shoes, Jack, Jerry and Kyrie stop them.
"I told my agent I really wanted to be part of a Disney show," said Irving, who averaged about 19 points for the Cavs last season. "It was a blessing to do this."
Irving isn't done "acting" this year. Don't be surprised to see Irving bring back "Uncle Drew" from the Pepsi Max commercials soon.
"I had no idea it was going to blow up as much as it did," Irving said. "It was funny that people didn't realize it was me. And, yes, there is a definite possibility that you'll be seeing him again."
Oh, and want to hear Irving sing? Check out this clip courtesy of The (Newark) Star-Ledger.