Kendrick Perkins could likely play for New Zealand’s national team, if he were interested. Not this summer, as Perk is likely to be out of action until December of January with a torn ACL. But supposing the ‘Tall Blacks’ could persuade Perk to play, they could add a physical defensive presence inside that would help New Zealand compete against other mid-level national teams.
It won’t happen. Kenny Perkins, Kendrick’s father and the avenue through which Perk would likely have FIBA eligibility for the New Zealand team, insists that Perk has no interest whatsoever in playing for the Tall Blacks. That makes sense, considering Perkins was already included on Team USA’s active roster released earlier this year, and could have been a viable candidate for the World Championship this summer if not for an unfortunate injury.
Tough luck, New Zealanders. At least you’re not Australians, though.