My headline writing has peaked. It can never get any better than “Perkins has no intention of being a Tall Black.” I might as well retire now.
But back to the matter on hand, Perkins’ father said his son has no desire to ever play for New Zealand’s National Team. (Waikato Times)
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.”
I said it last time, but it sucks that Perk got injured. He would have had a solid chance of making this year’s team. Hell, Chris Sheridan is talking about Tyson Chandler as a lock to make it. With the lack of quality size on that roster, Perk would have had a real chance to represent his country this summer. But instead he’s just fielding offers to play for New Zealand, even though there’s no way in hell he wants to be a Tall Black. No pun intended, but somewhat intended.