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Father: Perk won’t play for ‘Tall Blacks’

07.24.10 at 2:12 pm ET
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Don’t look for Celtics center Kendrick Perkins to be suiting up for the New Zealand national basketball team — the “Tall Blacks” — anytime soon.

Perkins’ estranged father Kenny Perkins lives in New Zealand and was a veteran of that country’s National Basketball League in the 1980s and 90s. However, a few days after New Zealand men’s basketball assistant coach Dillon Boucher said Perkins could play for their national team if he met FIBA eligibility criteria, his father said the Celtics’ big man will never play for the Tall Blacks.

“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.”

Perkins is currently out of action for six months with a knee injury suffered in Game 6 of the NBA finals against the Lakers.

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