Deron Williams

Aussie-born, American-raised, Irving faces homeland in Rio

Like so many kids, Kyrie Irving dreamed about putting on the uniform of his home country and playing in the Olympics.

For Australia, mate.

Born in Melbourne, where his father played professionally, the starting point guard for the heavily favored U.S. men's team was still considering the possibility of playing for the Aussies just a few years ago.

"I was very serious, man," he said.

But as fate would have it, Irving followed the advice of his college coach, the one who mentors him to this day and the one who once told him he could "be the guard of your era" and chose to play for the Americans.

"I'm glad that he decided to do...