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From the earliest days of the fabled Zarko Paspalj era in the late 1980s, the Spurs have been at the forefront of international scouting. No surprise, then, that they once again have the most players born outside the continental United States, breaking their own NBA record with 10: Tim Duncan (U.S. Virgin Islands), Manu Ginobili (Argentina), Tony Parker (France, by way of Belgium), Tiago Splitter (Brazil), Boris Diaw (France), Marco Belinelli (Italy), Nando De Colo (France), Patty Mills (Australia), Cory Joseph (Canada), Aron Baynes (Australia, by way of New Zealand). San Antonio Express-News

August 13, 2013 Updates

Adams will also make an announcement on his international availability for the Tall Blacks and it doesn't take a rocket scientist to work out that the news should be positive. In June Adams became the first Kiwi to be picked in the first round of the NBA draft when the Thunder selected him at No 12. He is unavailable for the Tall Blacks' series against Australia but is taking a short break from training in Oklahoma to make a string of appearances in New Zealand. Stuff.co.nz

July 23, 2013 Updates

Well, the Middle East isn't exactly the Middle-earth of New Zealand but Ingles has few qualms and more than a few options now that his time at Barcelona appears to be done. Taking his A-game - which also has seen him win an NBL championship and the league's Rookie of the Year accolade in 2007 - to the NBA remains on the agenda. It's just not as pressing as some might believe. "The NBA isn't the be-all and end-all," he admitted. "Yes, there has been some (NBA) interest but there's interest from teams in Europe as I'm coming off three pretty good years at Barcelona." Melbourne Herald-Sun

July 18, 2013 Updates

Hopes of Steven Adams pulling on a Tall Blacks singlet against Australia next month have been dashed with the Oklahoma City Thunder saying he will remain in the United States to continue his NBA education. Basketball New Zealand had raised some optimism after declaring they were willing to stump up the $25,000-plus to cover Adams' insurance costs. The Tall Blacks play Australia in a home-and-away series which opens on the North Shore on August 14. But a Thunder spokesman told The Dominion Post that: "Steven will remain in the States to continue his training here during that time." TVNZ

June 8, 2013 Updates

New Zealand Breakers and Tall Blacks basketball star Tom Abercrombie is off to the United States for a "now-or-never" crack at an NBA contract. Abercombie flies out of Auckland tomorrow for mini-camp opportunities with NBA franchises the San Antonio Spurs, Milwaukee Bucks, Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks. The Spurs currently lead the NBA finals 1-0 and feature former Tall Blacks captain Sean Marks as a key executive. Stuff.co.nz

May 18, 2012 Updates

New Zealand Breakers jumping jack Tom Abercrombie has the NBA summer leagues lined up in August if the Tall Blacks do not make the London Olympics. Abercrombie, 24, was in Christchurch yesterday for a fundraising lunch and last night spoke at the Mid-Canterbury sportsman of the year awards in Ashburton. He will look to pursue his NBA dream this northern summer showcasing his skills in the American summer leagues where players can get picked up by clubs for a shot at the big time. TVNZ

December 18, 2011 Updates

New Zealand's most successful basketball export Sean Marks has announced the end of his playing career after eleven seasons and 230 games in the NBA. The 36-year-old was the first Kiwi to play in the American competition, considered the sport's toughest league, and it included stints for six different teams and a title with the San Antonia Spurs in 2005. Stuff.co.nz

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New Zealand Breakers signed for the coming season Cedric Jackson. The product of Cleveland State finished last season with Enel Brindisi, in Italian Serie A, averaging 10ppg, 5rpg and 3apg in 2 games. Jackson, guard, started last year in NBDL with Erie BayHawks averaging 12.1ppg, 4.1rpg, 6.6apg, 2.1spg and then moved to Idaho Stampede recording averages of 13.6ppg, 6.1rpg,, 7.5apg e 2.1spg. Sportando

June 13, 2011 Updates

Dwight Howard, in town as part of a promotional tour and scheduled to address the prospects on Monday, made a surprise appearance Sunday to join New Zealand’s junior national rugby team, in town for a tournament, to do the Haka at midcourt. A pre-game Haka, a traditional dance from the country, is a great moment no matter what. The Magic’s gregarious center in the spirit and putting full-throated energy into the Haka is even better. NBA.com

October 11, 2010 Updates

Tall Blacks guard Kirk Penney will return to the NZ Breakers after being cut from the San Antonio Spurs NBA training camp. Kirk Penney's latest shot at the NBA is over. The Breakers have confirmed the Tall Blacks point guard has been cut from training camp at the San Antonio Spurs. Penney only played one pre season match, coming off the bench to score nine points. Newstalk ZB

September 7, 2010 Updates

Kirk Penney could be back to Maccabi Tel Aviv. The 29-year-old guard, the best scorer of the New Zealander national team in the last World Championship (24,7 points and 2.0 assists per game), is in talks to go back to the Israeli team, where he already played during the 2005-06 season. thehoopsmarket.com

July 24, 2010 Updates

The Christchurch-based father of NBA star Kendrick Perkins says his son will never play for the Tall Blacks. New Zealand men's basketball assistant coach Dillon Boucher said this week that the Boston Celtics centre was viewed as a prospective Tall Black if he met Fiba eligibility criteria. But his father Kenny Perkins was adamant the 25-year-old would turn down any advances. "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." Stuff.co.nz

Boston Celtics centre Kendrick Perkins is a long-term project to play for the Tall Blacks. New Zealand assistant coach Dillon Boucher said the NBA star was on their radar as a prospective member of the national squad, although not for the upcoming world championships in Turkey. Perkins' estranged father Kenny Perkins lives in Christchurch and was a veteran of the New Zealand National Basketball League in the 1980s and 90s. "I believe some contact has been made with his father," Boucher told the Waikato Times. "He's out for about six months now with an injury but we'll probably go down that avenue in the next year or so. "We don't know what his eligibility will be in terms of being able to play for us but it's definitely something worth pursuing. "It would be awesome to have him playing for the Tall Blacks." Stuff.co.nz

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