Raise your hand if you knew that Kyrie Irving had any ties whatsoever to Australia. Now take your hand and slap yourself across the face with it. No, you didn't, son! And, truthfully, neither did we. But it seems the No. 1 pick in the 2011 NBA Draft was actually born Down Under when his father was playing professionally in Australia back in the early 1990s. As a result, he's got dual citizenship in the U.S. and Australia. So, he's thinking about possibly playing for Australia in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
"Still haven't decided," he said over the weekend. "Really, it will come down to whether or not I want to give up my whole summer."
That's the attitude to have! Seriously, though: We don't want to see Irving suiting up for Australia. Not because we think the Aussies will be able to knock off Team USA with him. But because if the former Duke star does play for Australia this summer, he won't be permitted to play for the U.S. in the future. So let's hope he values his free time this summer over the chance to play in the Olympics.
[via Pro Basketball Talk]
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