Kyrie Irving is yet to play his first game in the NBA’s 2015-2016 season but his alter-ego, Uncle Drew seems to be busy once again with the fourth episode of the Pepsi’s commercial series, “Uncle Drew”.
Over the past episodes of Uncle Drew, they had featured NBA personalities with the likes of Kevin Love, Nate Robinson, NBA Legend Bill Russell and WNBA’s Maya Moore. This new installation features NBA’s all-time leader in three-pointers made, Ray Allen, former NBA All-Star Baron Davis and comedian J.B. Smoove.
The timing of the commercial release is not an indication that Irving will be making a surprose comeback as cleared out by David Blatt in ESPN.com
“One step at a time,” said Blatt. “Not rushing things and not letting up the day-to-day work. Still a ways to go. And how much I can’t honestly tell you. But he’s working at it every day and just taking small steps. Small and sure.”
Kevin Love, who was playing for the Timberwolves when he made an appearance in the commercial series, is now playing alongside with Irving since the 2014-2015 NBA season. There were speculations if their teammate, LeBron James will make an appearance soon but quickly said that there were no negotiations and there would be a conflict of interest since he endorses a competing brand in Sprite.
“I don’t do stuff for the other side,” said James according to ESPN.com. “It’s all Coke here, baby.”
The episode starts out with Drew idebating about the best shooters who played the game with Louis (played by Baron Davis) and Angelo (played by J.B. Smoove). Drew then recalls his rivalry with Walth (played by Ray Allen) and decides to find him.
In the on of the courts in Miami, Drew finds Walth and plays a game of H.O.R.S.E.
“What happens out there when we do these, it’s not fake,” Irving said according to The Associated Press.
“We’re out there playing and showing why we’re NBA players. That’s what makes the spot so funny. We’re these older people, these older personas, and teaching these young guys that, ‘hey, we can still do this.'”