Why would Perk risk play for the likes of New Zealand? Because his estranged father asks him? From the Waikato Times: “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.’”

(H/T TrueHoop, via Celtics Hub)