Brooklyn Nets goalkeeper Spencer Dinwiddie acquires passport to play for Nigerian national team, report says


Brooklyn Nets goalkeeper Spencer Dinwiddie was in his forties. Earlier this month, he sketched a team building scenario if he were the general manager of the Chicago Bulls, breaking down all the moves he would make to try to put them back into the playoffs.

Now he has acquired a Nigerian passport to play for the country’s national team, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

The Olympics are obviously not taking place this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, but when USA Basketball announced its 44 finalists for the 2020 roster earlier this year, Dinwiddie was not on the list. It’s unclear how plans to host the Olympics next summer will affect the US team roster, but judging by this exclusion, it’s safe to say that he was never going to be part of their plans .

Playing international basketball is an incredible experience, but the depth of talent in the United States makes it almost impossible for anyone except elite players. Acquiring a passport to play for another country is common for players who play in national leagues abroad, but is less common for players in the NBA.

Now, with the addition of Dinwiddie, the Nigerian national team has a fairly solid list. Dinhiddie and the Minnesota Timberwolves keep Josh Okogie in the backcourt, forward Magic Al-Farouq Aminu on the wing and former top 10 coach Ekpe Udoh below is a great foundation. In addition, they have Mike Brown as their new coach.

They will have a hard time eliminating the top teams, but they will no longer lose to Team USA by more than 80 as they did at the 2012 Olympics.


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