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Report: Nick Young actually inquired about playing for Australia

Nick Young, Iggy Azalea

Los Angeles Lakers’ Nick Young, right, and Australian recording artist Iggy Azalea attend an NCAA college basketball game between UCLA and Southern California on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, in Los Angeles. UCLA won 83-66. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)


Lakers wing Nick Young, who’s engaged to Australian rapper Iggy Azalea, tweeted he wanted to play for the Australian national basketball team:

It seemed like the typical Young empty attention grab.

Basketball Australia joined in the fun.

So did Australian Andrew Bogut:

End of the joke, right?

Apparently not.


we spoke with a top official for Basketball Australia who tells us, “Nick’s representatives have been in contact with an ‘official inquiry.’”

The official told us Nick would have to become an Australian citizen to be eligible for the team -- and the process was thoroughly explained to Young’s camp.

For the record, it’s not an easy process -- according to the official, Young would have to start by living in Australia for “an extended period of time.”

I doubt Young follows through. Then again, I didn’t expect anyone in his camp would go even this far with it.

Australia qualified for the 2016 Olympics, and Young could help the country make a little more noise in Rio.

Maybe he’d even impress Azalea, who’s down on his basketball skills.