If Kyrie Irving decides to play basketball for the Australian national team in the 2012 Olympics, that’s a decision we should all respect.
Some would say that it’s “un-American,” and others may even hate him for it.
I say: Get over yourselves and let the man live his life.
Before you get up in arms about the situation, let’s examine the facts and then make a prognosis.
Irving is actually a dual citizen, as he was born in Australia, so he’d be eligible to play for their basketball team in the 2012 Olympics.
At the moment, he’s not on the radar to play for the American team, at least publicly, so if he wants to get Olympic experience—and why wouldn’t he—he’d be smart to take the experience.
Not only that, but his father played basketball in Australia, so I can only imagine what playing for the national team would mean for his family.
Said Cavaliers head coach Byron Scott on the matter: For a 19-year-old, that’s a big decision. He obviously needs to get as much advice as he can from a lot of people that he trusts and believes in. I know he talks to Chris Paul and Grant Hill and [former Olympians] like that. I would seek their advice. Talk to his dad. I don’t think it’s something he’s going to take lightly and it’s something he should make sure he takes his sweet time on.
Either way, this shouldn’t be a problem for anybody who considers themselves to be Cavaliers fans, fans of Irving himself or just your run-of-the-mill basketball fan.
The guy has every right to choose which country he plays for; that’s essentially a perk of being a dual citizen.
He’s not going to be turning his back on the USA; he’s just going to be playing basketball.
We see it happen all the time where players go play for their home countries in the Olympics, so this shouldn’t be a huge deal.
It’s not going to bother me a bit, but I have a feeling there will be a small crowd out there that doesn’t agree.
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