Basketball: Kiwi legend Kirk Penney to suit up for Auckland Tuatara in NBL

Kirk Penney.
Kirk Penney. Photo credit: Getty Images

Kiwi basketball legend Kirk Penney will play for the Auckland Tuatara in their final home game of the NBL season on Saturday.

Penney, 41, will suit up against the defending champion Wellington Saints, four years after retiring from the game after an illustrious career.

He will help fill the void of talented youngster Dontai Russo-Nance, and is looking forward to pulling on the Tuatara singlet.

"The plan is to go out there and support the guys and support the team," Penney said.

"There is a situation where Dontae can't play because he is at the NBA Global Camp in Australia, and Aaron called to fill a hole and help out the boys for the last game.

"Obviously playing on the home court where I grew up and have many fond Tall Black and Breakers moments is a little bit of added fun.

"I'm encouraged to see the excitement and growth in both the WNBL and the NBL this season. It continues to showcase our talent and create pathways for our next generation to develop for future opportunities.

"I love what the Tuatara represent and I'm just a fan supporting in a slightly unique way on Saturday."

Penney's return to the NBL marks more than two decades since he played in the domestic league, and he joins American import Chris Johnson and Tall Blacks forward Taki Fahrensohn in the game-day squad for the Tuatara.