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Kyrie Irving wants to play for Australia but he can’t

May 20, 2011, 4:14 PM EDT

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As the Draft Combine was winding down in Chicago, future No.1 draft pick Kyrie Irving threw out a surprise twist, according to a tweet from Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress:

Irving said he was “strongly considering” playing for the Australian national team this summer. Australia will be trying to qualify for the 2012 Olympics

Irving owns dual citizenship so… nope, can’t do it.

Givony points out that Irving played for Team USA last summer (not in Turkey at the FIBA World Championships but in other major FIBA sanctioned events).

FIBA regulations (which mimic FIFA soccer and other international sports regulations) state that once you play for a country in an official FIBA event after your 17th birthday, you are committed to that country for the rest of your playing days. Irving was 18 when he played last summer.

Irving will be playing only for Team USA in the future when it comes to international basketball. Sorry kid, those are the rules.

  1. mondzy805 - May 20, 2011 at 4:18 PM

    Too bad for him. He ain’t gonna get no run with team USA.

    • denverhoopdreams - May 20, 2011 at 4:42 PM

      He’d get lucky to run with Team USA with all the guys that are already locked in for the next couple of olympics. Maybe in 2020?

  2. Filipe Furtado - May 20, 2011 at 4:47 PM

    Givony is wrong. It takes some work, but Australia can ask FIBA to allow a switch arguing that Irving never played for an adult US national team, FIBA will likely allow it if US give it is ok. The same process has happened before with Charlie Villanueva (Dominican Republic) and Roy Hibbert (Jamaica). To get an idea how easy it is, Hibbert played for US in 2007 Pan American games when he was 20 (older than Irving) in a tournment in which other teams send pros and FIBA stll allowed because the US team had only college players. Last summer, while the US national team was fighting lack of young centers, Hibbert was playing for Jamaica at Centrobasket. That said I doubt Irving can get it done to play this summer, but next years OIympics is an easy target.

  3. seanb20124 - May 20, 2011 at 10:42 PM

    Actually FIFA rules are totally different. In FIFA you have to be capped by the sr. National team

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