Via the Waikato Times, my go-to source for New Zealand sports news:
New Zealand assistant coach Dillon Boucher said the NBA star was on their radar as a prospective member of the national squad, although not for the upcoming world championships in Turkey.
Perkins’ estranged father Kenny Perkins lives in Christchurch and was a veteran of the New Zealand National Basketball League in the 1980s and 90s.
“I believe some contact has been made with his father,” Boucher told the Waikato Times.
“He’s out for about six months now with an injury but we’ll probably go down that avenue in the next year or so.
“We don’t know what his eligibility will be in terms of being able to play for us but it’s definitely something worth pursuing.
“It would be awesome to have him playing for the Tall Blacks.”
The “Tall Blacks” is a fairly clever play on the nickname for New Zealand’s rugby team, the All-Blacks. (Their uniforms are black from head to toe).
This will never happen, but if it did, it might end up being the most ridiculous player/country match I can think of off the top of my head.
Becky Hammon got a lot of flack for her decision to become a Russian citizen in order to play for Russia in the ’08 Olympics, but at least she had some connection to Russia, having played there in off-seasons before.
Any other similar situations come to mind?
We’ll be back to talking about free agency later.