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Kyrie Irving Will Not Play For Australian National Team

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Mar 5, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (2) holds his head while looking at the scoreboard in the fourth quarter against the Utah Jazz at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-US PRESSWIRE
Mar 5, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (2) holds his head while looking at the scoreboard in the fourth quarter against the Utah Jazz at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-US PRESSWIRE

Kyrie Irving, as you may know, has dual-citizenship in the United States and Australia. He has been considering the idea of playing for the Australian national team this summer in the 2012 Olympics.

After Monday night's game, Kyrie made his decision known: he will NOT play for Australia and instead wait for his opportunity to play for the United States in 2016.

Because he had already played for a junior national USA team, he would have had to jump through some hoops to get the clearance to play for the Aussie team. He figures that it is not worth the trouble, especially if he has a chance to play for the United States team in four years.

Kyrie noted that he was informed by someone that Coach K (Kyrie's coach at Duke) would still be the USA basketball coach in 2016. It's not tough to see why that would be some motivation for his ultimate decision. The USA team isn't easy to make, but Irving has said that it is one of his goals to make the team in four years.