We may be about to find out why Celtics guard Kyrie Irving thinks the Earth is flat. Or maybe not.
Martin Gitlin, a former analyst for CBSSports.com, has inked a deal to write a biography of the mercurial NBA star, but judging from the tentative title — “The Isolation Assassin: How Kyrie Irving Became the Deadliest One-on-One Player in the NBA’’ — the book’s focus will be on basketball, not Irving’s unconventional ideas about the shape of the planet.
Gitlin’s book, to be published by University of Nebraska Press, will join a few other Irving bios already on the shelf when it comes out in the fall of 2019. Anthony Johnson’s “Kyrie Irving: The Amazing Story of Kyrie Irving’’ was published last March, and Clayton Geoffreys’s “Kyrie Irving: The Inspiring Story of One of Basketball’s Most Versatile Point Guards’’ came out in 2015. (If that seems like a lot of biographies for a guy who’s barely 26 year old, it is.)
It’s not clear if Irving is cooperating with Gitlin, or if he even knows him. Now a freelance writer, Gitlin used to cover the Cleveland Browns for CBSSports.com, and in 2012 wrote a book, “The Great American Cereal Book: How Breakfast Got Its Crunch,’’ that Amazon describes as “the definitive compendium of breakfast cereal history and lore.’’
Meanwhile, Irving, who’s been the subject of trade speculation this summer, is no doubt reveling in the success of “Uncle Drew,’’ the basketball comedy that cost $17 million to make and is on pace to earn $40 million at the box office in the US.