WATCH: Kyrie Irving Explains Burning Sage Around Celtics’ Arena Before Game

by Madison Miller

Kyrie Irving, Brooklyn Nets player, cleansed the court with sage before playing against the Celtics on Friday.

Then, the Nets won 113-89. Maybe this new ritual paid off for the team. This was their final game of the preseason. The actual season is just days away.

Kyrie Irving Burns Sage

Irving said that he burns sage because it is something that a lot of native tribes do. Due to his Native American ancestry, the burning of sage helps him bring a sense of calmness.

“Being able to sage, just cleanse the energy, make sure that we’re all balanced. When we come into this job, we come into this place, it’s not anything that I don’t do at home that I did today. I saged last game, and I plan to sage almost every game if the opposing team will allow me to,” Irving said to ESPN.

His choice to sage the court before playing is supported by his teammates and other players.

In fact, Kevin Durant said, “That’s his thing. Kyrie probably sages his room before he plays 2K when he gets home.”

The process seems a good way to boost moral and give the team some overall good energy. This is especially important as the official NBA season kicks off.

“But, literally, it’s more or less for us to stay connected and for us to feel great about going to work and feeling safe and provided for from our ancestors. I’m not going to bring too much of the spirituality into basketball, but yeah, it’s part of my native culture where I’m from,” Kyrie Irving said.

In 2018, Irving was inducted into the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. He was also an advocate for stopping the building of the Dakota Access Pipeline on Standing Rock’s land.

Controversial Flat-Earth Comments

Kyrie Irving has spurred up controversy in the past. Recently his media blackout has caused members of the media such as Charles Barkley to lash out. While he is a part of a lot of activism for social justice, he has also said things that make fans raise an eyebrow.

Most notably, Irving said on the “Holding Court” podcast that he isn’t entirely convinced the Earth is flat.

“When I started actually doing research on my own and figuring out that there is no real picture of Earth, not one real picture of Earth—and we haven’t been back to the moon since 1961 or 1969—it becomes like conspiracy, too,” Kyrie Irving said on the podcast, according to Bleacher Report.

The player then claimed that it was a tactic to show how quickly information is disseminated through social media.

He still claims though that he isn’t on one “side.” He apparently does research to support both sides. However, he has tried to put the conversation to rest. He claims it was a time in his life he was really into conspiracy theories.