No Perk for New Zealand
The Christchurch-based father of NBA star Kendrick Perkins says his son will never play for the Tall Blacks.
New Zealand men's basketball assistant coach Dillon Boucher said this week that the Boston Celtics centre was viewed as a prospective Tall Black if he met FIBA eligibility criteria.
But his father Kenny Perkins was adamant the 25-year-old would turn down any advances.
"He has no intention of playing for the Tall Blacks – not now or ever," Kenny Perkins told the Waikato Times.
"They tried this a long time ago when Tab Baldwin was the coach and I would never let him play for Tab Baldwin.
"His main goal is to play for the United States."
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Perkins was among the 27 players originally chosen to compete for a spot on this year's United States men's basketball national team before he tore his ACL in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, derailing any plans to try out.
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