Thursday, July 22nd, 2010 at 1:22 pm  |  42 responses

New Zealand Wants Perkins for National Team

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)

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  • http://www.sheysmith.com Shey

    Their team name is the Tall Blacks?


  • josh guelda

    find this kinda funny but this aint gonna happen new zealand better stick to tht love for rugby. perk tells father,”Sorry pops!”

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Tall Blacks FTW~

  • josh guelda

    find this kinda funny but this aint gonna happen new zealand better stick to tht love for rugby. perk tells father,”Sorry pops im not a TALL BLACK!” lol

  • http://twitter.com/HarryByrdMan44 LA Huey

    My international hoops loyalty will always be in this order: 1.Team USA, 2.Tall Blacks

  • http://www.clownpenis.com Tarzan Cooper

    This was weird enough until the team is called tall blacks, wow just wow.

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  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    I literally laughed out loud at work at the team name. This is golden. I’m still laughing.

  • TrailBlazing&SportingLisbon

    you americans maybe dont know but THE BEST rugby team in the world is New Zeland, the “all blacks”…just a litlle contex for this funny story.

  • Papa Smurf

    Not surprisingly, I don’t think any basketball team has named themselves the “Short Whites.”

  • javy

    They need some elbowing to go around.
    Perk will fit in perfect!!
    There’s plenty of blood to go around.

  • The Downtown Brown Clown

    and that would make ‘em win the worlds… hahahahaha!

  • The Downtown Brown Clown

    how about gettin’ a basketball team named “the mighty midgets” hahahahaha!

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Cheryl

    I was waiting for the line that said…”the spokesman did not say…”

  • Remo Williams

    NZ Rugby team – the all blacks (cause they wear ALL black uni’s) NZ soccer team – the all whites (us they wear ALL white uni’s) NZ Bball team – the tall blacks (pretty much get it by now, right?)

  • peter

    tall blacks is a play on all blacks…but yes, even coming from a New Zealander, it is an unfortunate pun

  • whoooo!

    i must say, Perk would probably do a pretty bad-ass haka

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    HECKKKKKKKKKKKKK NAW, the ‘Tall Blacks’………..*rolling on the floor crying* lolollolloololololololoololo

  • http://www.clownpenis.com Tarzan Cooper

    Whats all those k s for buddy, got something to admit? Got a white hood in ur closet?

  • http://www.nba.com L

    I stopped reading this seriously when I saw Perk was “an NBA star” and really lost it seeing Tall Blacks ahahahhahah

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com Michael NZ

    As a New Zealander I’m embarrassed. “Why would Perk risk play for the likes of New Zealand? Because his estranged father asks him?” Says it all really. And yes, ‘Tall Blacks’ is a riff on ‘All Blacks’ and yes, its embarrassing.

  • http://stephenbfoote@gmail.com aotearaw

    As much as I don’t like the guy, I would open my arms and take him in with warm embrace should he decide to come down. Do it Perk! And hell yeah, the guy lay down a fierce haka!

  • http://stephenbfoote@gmail.com aotearaw

    Oh and btw, we’re a respectable international team…not like he’s going to play for Angola or something. 4th at the World Champs in 2002, don’t forget that fools ;-)

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com Michael NZ

    Perkins doing the Haka. Thats actually perfect.

  • http://slamonline.com Fut,

    Perkins should play for Australia instead. We steal all that is good from New Zealand anyway, why stop at NBA players? Bogut needs a solid backup. Shame their recoveries are synchronised however.

  • Will Lee

    haha i hope they print that on their jersey

  • Groves

    Don’t Do it perk.. i like that us aussies beat you guys all the time, don’t rock the boat

  • Groves

    @fut. man we have david andersen and jawai to backup bogut and play alongside him

  • James

    Its not going to happen. Im from New Zealand. Just rumour. All New Zealand National teams have the name blacks or whites in it. e.g All Blacks (rugby), All whites (soccer), Black sticks (n.z hockey team), Black caps (cricket) etc etc bar the silver ferns (netball). Watch out for New Zealand we are sleepers when it comes to international ball, we have kirk penny :) look him up. Sick shooter!

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com Michael NZ

    @Groves: you forgetting last time Aussie played NZ are you? 100-78 to NZ to get the higher seeding at Turkey. We also prevented you from competing in the 02 World Champs.

    And Jawai is out of the World Champs.

  • Joe King

    Come to NZ perkins!!!

  • Bdub

    Co-sign Aotearaw. Bring Perkins in. Rob Lowe to Power Forward

  • http://www.buttonmasher.co.nz TimProvise

    Wow there is heaps of Kiwi’s on here..

    I laughed out loud as well.. and at Bbub’s comment about rob lowe as well..

    this is a swing for the fence statement here.. there is no way perk will play… Sean Marks wont even play for the tall blacks

  • http://slamonline.com Dave.

    Dillon Boucher is the assistant coach of the Tall Blacks now? When did he move to coaching? Dude was robbed of a NBL DPOY award in ’07.
    Also, I spent all of this article going… “Perkins who?”

  • http://slamonline.com Dave.

    > we have kirk penny :) look him up.
    Kirk was on Slam forums a few times a few years ago. Hi Kirk, if you’re reading.

  • rayraynz

    New Zealand got some shine on SLAM! POW! Perk’s dad (KP senior) used to coach me back in NZ. Catalina wine mixer fooooools!

  • http://www.youtube.com/tripledouble tripledouble

    If Perk plays for us that would be straight up sick!! Hopefully it’d interest Marks to come home to play. I know Carmelo’s mum is half Maori. Straight up.

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  • ClydeSays

    Just… wow.

  • http://swishdevelopment.com ionmic

    im impressed at how many kiwis are on here.

  • http://facebook.com B-Moore

    Well i guess we do okay over here in nz since we’ve only got like 4mil people.. Just qualifying is a massive achievment..

    Yeah… all blacks = rugby.. All whites = soccer.. Tall blacks = basketball.. Black cox = Badminton. It’s true it’s true

  • http://facebook.com B-Moore

    Can anyone imagine Perkins doing the haka?