An interesting item caught my attention as I was perusing hoopshype and it involves none other than former Miami Heat player Earl Barron being courted by the Philippines national team to come play for their country. The Philippine Star think nothing of it to helpfully point out that Barron was a member of the 2006 championship team, although as the 4th center behind Shaquille O'Neal, Alonzo Mourning and Michael Doleac he scored a total of 13 points during 45 garbage time minutes in 8 games that season with zero appearances in the playoffs. Although he did play in the Philippine basketball league before joining the Heat in 2005, I must say it rubs me the wrong way when countries try to get foreigners to play for their national team. Even if it is Earl Barron. To be honest with you, I wasn't crazy about Tim Duncan playing for the USA when he really should have been playing for his native Virgin Islands. If Earl Barron is putting on a Philippine team jersey and sticking out like a sore thumb among his teammates then it starts to feel less like a competition between two nations and more like an exhibition featuring D-League players.