Omari Hardwick Talks About Being a Mentor to NBA Champ Kyrie Irving

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"He did a good job of hearing that and taking heed and it shows in his work."

Omari Hardwick is a busy guy these days. 

Not only is the actor an ESSENCE cover star for the July issue and gearing up for the season 3 premiere of his hit Starz drama series, Power, but the married father of two is also lending some of his time serving as a mentor to some pretty notable names. 

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Hardwick revealed to ESPN that among those he shares words of wisdom and advice is newly crowned NBA Champ Kyrie Irving. 

The 24-year-old Cleveland Cavalier reached out to the star and two have developed an incredible bond. 

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"Kyrie asked me I want to say maybe January without giving too much of our relationship away, 'how did you embrace and stop running from all that you could be' and I thought first of all to be 24 years old and ask me that was pretty powerful."

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The actor revealed that with his atheletic background including baseball, basketball and football, it's "dope to be paying it forward to use [his] platform at this moment" in order to interact with some of the best athletes of this time helping them be the best he can. 

Watch his full segment here.

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