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Old 06-25-2011, 01:27 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Irving, who was the No. 1 pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers in yesterday's NBA draft, is a dual Australian-American citizen but chose to represent Team USA at last year's FIBA Americas under-18 championships. He did so after being courted by Boomers coach Brett Brown, who attempted to get him to play for Australia.

In the past week Irving has said he wants to play for Australia at next year's London Olympics despite presently being an American player.

Basketball Australia chief executive Larry Sengstock said Australia would reach out to Irving later in the year to attempt to make him eligible to play for the Boomers, but basketball's governing body, FIBA, is not going to make it easy.

FIBA legal affairs manager Benjamin Cohen said via email from Switzerland that BA would have to request a ''specific decision'' about Irving if it was to force a change in his national team ties. He said BA must request FIBA apply article 3-23 of international rules, which states that a player who has represented a country after his 17th birthday may not play for another nation unless given ''exceptional circumstances'' by FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann from Switzerland.

Basketball Australia chief executive Larry Sengstock said Australia would reach out to Irving later in the year to attempt to make him eligible to play for the Boomers, but basketball's governing body, FIBA, is not going to make it easy.

FIBA legal affairs manager Benjamin Cohen said via email from Switzerland that BA would have to request a ''specific decision'' about Irving if it was to force a change in his national team ties. He said BA must request FIBA apply article 3-23 of international rules, which states that a player who has represented a country after his 17th birthday may not play for another nation unless given ''exceptional circumstances'' by FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann from Switzerland.
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