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Monday, January 16th, 2012 at 9:50 am  |  8 responses

Kyrie Irving Might Play for Australia at the 2012 Olympics


Kyrie Irving may represent the team from Down Under at the London Games; the Cavs’ rookie point guard has yet to make a final decision. Reports the Akron Beacon Journal: “Irving was born in Australia while his father, Drederick, played professional basketball there, and as a result has dual citizenship. He has publicly flirted with the idea of playing for Australia in the 2012 London Olympics and reiterated Friday he hasn’t made up his mind. ‘Still haven’t decided,’ Irving said. ‘Really it will come down to whether or not I want to give up my whole summer.’ It also comes down to his future intentions with Team USA, which just so happens to be led by his old college coach, Mike Krzyzewski. If Irving plays with Australia this summer, he would likely be ineligible to ever play with the Americans. As it stands, Irving still has to be cleared by FIBA before he could play with Australia since he was part of the United States’ U-18 team last year. Irving said Friday he thought it was only a matter of paperwork, and if he chose to play with Australia, it wouldn’t be much of an issue. Cavaliers coach Byron Scott was surprised to hear of Irving’s dual citizenship and opportunity to play with Australia, but said this isn’t the type of decision to make quickly or flippantly. While Irving isn’t under consideration for Team USA this summer, if he continues to progress as expected, he would likely be a strong candidate to play for the United States in 2016. Scott said he would counsel Irving not to rush into a decision he might later regret.”

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  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    IF team USA don’t want you, I would play. Only downfall is 5-8 years from now, if you become an All Star talent and want to be on USA squad. BOOK IT!!!

  • http://www.twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    Heck yes. Love to have him on the squad. This came up in Aussie news 6 months ago, but now it’s 2012 (crazy, seems like Beijing was only last year with Fernandez yamming on Dwight’s head), I guess everything gets revisited.
    BTW, for those interested, the Aussie coach, Brett Brown is the lead assistant for the Spurs.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    co sign the seed, except for the book it part

  • bt

    he should considering in 2016 he will still be behind rose, westbrook, cp3 as well as possibly deron williams and rajon rondo in the pecking order. does he really want to be waiting to 2020 to play in the olympics?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    he never going to be a top 3 PG in the NBA. Might as well.

  • http://nba.com GP23

    Go for it Kyrie !

  • Michelle

    Do what ever you want Kyrie…let the haters be haters—but at the end of the day…u must live with your own decisions…such a pleasure to watch you grow up to be such a talented young man ON AND OFF THE COURT…BEST OF LUCK….KHY’S MOM–MICHELLE

  • Ldub

    had no idea this cat was from Australia. IDK why you wouldnt wanna rep where you were born.

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