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04-01-2008, 01:12 PM
Source: Yahoo! Eurosport (http://eurosport.yahoo.com/01042008/58/bulls-duo-called-great-britain.html) (UK)
Chicago Bulls duo Ben Gordon and Luol Deng have been included in the Great Britain squad for the EuroBasket tournament later this year.

Gordon, who was born in London but grew up in New York, impressed governing body British Basketball with his attitude ahead of the naming of the 33-man squad. The women's squad has also been named.

Ron Wuotila, British Basketball Performance Manager, said: "He has been very positive about playing and we are going to meet with him again, in Chicago, within the next two weeks.

"The prospects are bright for our senior teams this summer due to the talent included on these squad lists.

"There are a number of younger players on the list who can contribute in the near-term and are embarking on a 10-15 year career that will ideally include years of British representation."

Great Britain men's head coach Chris Finch added: "Each summer one of our goals is to continually attract and involve GB's finest players. On this list we have certainly targeted our best-ever group.

Our challenge now is to identify the best 12-14 players who will give us a shot at winning through to Poland 2009. And, as ever, our success will be largely influenced by the commitment these outstanding players make to the program."

In the women's squad is former WNBA player Megan Moody, who was one of Great Britain's star performers from last summer's successful campaign.

Head coach Mark Clark is delighted with the additional names which have been added to the mix.

"I am excited about the prospect of working with the players from this group," he said.

"The depth of available talent is clearly moving in the right direction and gives us the opportunity to continue to develop the GB Programme to the levels required to compete at the highest levels of international basketball.

"This initial squad has a balance of experienced and young players with great potential.

"The players on this list are aware that to compete at 'A' Division level we will need to step up our level of performance and I am confident that whoever is ultimately selected for this summers team is capable of rising to that challenge.

The squads will be whittled down to between 15 and 20 players apiece for camps this summer.

Men's squad:

Forwards: Kieron Achara, Robert Archibald, Matthew Bryan-Amaning, Dante Cunningham, Luol Deng, Ben Eaves, Joel Freeland, Nick George, Ashley Hamilton, Pops Mensah-Bonsu, Ryan Richards, Chris Sanders, Andrew Sullivan, Shane Walker

Centres: Mike Bernard, Andy Betts, Eric Boateng, Daniel Clark, Chris Haslam

Guards: Flinder Boyd, Germayne Forbes, Ben Gordon, Paul Guede, Matt Guymon, Steven Hansell, Jarrett Hart, James Jones, Mike Lenzly, Steve Leven, Richard Midgley, Nate Reinking, Justin Robinson, Yorick Williams

Women's squad

Forwards: Kim Butler, Kate Butters, Laura Calder, Josette Campbell, Louise Gamman, Meagan Hoffman, Kristy Lavin, Rosalee Mason, Megan Moody, Helen Naylor, Sarah Naylor, Julie Page, Azania Stewart

Centres: Arek Deng, Sarah McKay,

Guards: Joanna Claydon, Stef Collins, Chantelle Handy, Lisa Hutchinson, Georgia Jones, Sally Kaznica, Johannah Leedham, Toni Newman, Siobhan Prior, Lauren Thomas Johnson, Harriett Yea

05-20-2008, 11:09 AM
The Great Britain men's basketball team will be the first to compete at a London 2012 venue and Chicago Bulls star Luol Deng hopes it will mark the beginning of a golden four years.

Source: Yahoo! Eurosport (UK) (http://eurosport.yahoo.com/19052008/58/deng-excited-o2-matches.html)

The O2 arena will play host to the London 2012 basketball finals, but GB's first trip there will be on September 6 when they take on the Czech Republic.

Having gained promotion to EuroBasket Division A last summer, GB are now looking to qualify for next year's European finals, which would keep them well on track for 2012 qualification.

It really feels like we now have one foot on the ladder to that Olympic dream and hopefully in four year's time we will be returning in the hunt for medals, said Deng.

Last summer I was so excited to be pulling on the GB jersey for the first time and this year it gets even better with us heading to London. A number of us in the team are from London which makes this fixture all the more important.

One of things that is often talked about regarding London 2012 is that it offers an opportunity to inspire people and I hope that as a team we can do that over the next four years, starting in London in September. That's what the Olympics are all about.

From London the men will travel to Birmingham to take on Bosnia and Herzegovina at the National Indoor Arena on September 10 before descending upon the Liverpool Echo Arena three days later to play Israel.

With so many affiliations to London, head coach Chris Finch has called for his players to take full advantage of their early trip to the 2012 venue and use it as a springboard for the rest of their campaign.

The O2 arena is a world class sports arena and is fantastic, and now it is our job to show up and be sensational in it, said Finch.

It is exciting because that is where the Olympic finals will be played so we need to make that our home now.

I really like that we have three games in a row - we have to take advantage of home court. We are going to use our home preparation to try and put us in the best possible position for that Israel game in Liverpool.

The women will play all four of their home games at the Welsh Institute of Sport, starting with Lithuania on August 20 and then Israel (August 27), Ukraine (August 30) and finally Germany (September 10). Head coach Mark Clark believes the consistency will help them develop a good home court advantage.

He said: Playing all our games at one venue should help us to develop a really good atmosphere and hopefully fan base too

08-15-2008, 04:46 PM
Despite being one of the country's highest-paid sportsmen Luol Deng remains largely unknown in Britain.

On July 31, Deng signed a multi-year, $71 million (£38.1 million) extension to his contract with NBA team the Chicago Bulls, yet the news got little more than a mention in British papers.

The Sudanese-born 23-year-old hopes basketball can make its mark in Britain, though he knows there is a long way to go.

"The focus is not there, it is on football and other sports," Deng said at a British team training session in London attended by a handful of journalists -- on the same day that more than 14,000 fans turned up to watch a training session at Premier League side Chelsea.

"A lot of kids play basketball at a young age but as they get older the attention and the facilities are not there so they go in a different direction."

Deng however can only talk positively about the future of basketball in Britain, the country he came to as a refugee 15 years ago from war-torn Sudan.

"I believe the game is growing here in the UK, which is going to help a lot of kids with a lot of talent so hopefully they'll have a brighter future," he said.

With home and away qualifiers for the 2009 European Championship in Poland being played between September 3-20 against Israel (world-ranked 24), Bosnia (38) and the Czech Republic (56), Deng is confident about British prospects.

"We have the talent and the pieces to qualify. (Head coach) Chris Finch seems excited at the position we're in," he added.

As the most high-profile player in the team, Deng will undoubtedly be the key to securing a berth at the championship.

Former Sheffield Sharks player and coach Finch knows qualification is crucial if they are to have any hope of getting into the London Olympics in 2012, where automatic status is not guaranteed due to Britain's lowly world ranking. The team do not feature among the 73 world-ranked nations.

"One of the things we're missing in our programme is a collective experience of basketball at the top level. We're going for wins and qualification for 2009, 2011 and then the next Olympics," he said.

Former NBA player John Amaechi, a member of the England team that won a Commonwealth Games bronze medal in 2006, believes Britain can succeed.

"The general public has never had the opportunity to see these talented youngsters with great stories that the country could really get behind. I think they will do us proud," he said, speaking from Los Angeles.

One such youngster is Deng.

Deng's family fled civil war in Sudan for Egypt when he was four because his father had been a government minister. Four years later they were granted asylum to live in London.

It was there that Deng's basketball skills became evident and at 14 he took up a scholarship in New Jersey.

Now one of the NBA's hottest properties, Deng is just pleased to be plying his trade in the best league in the world.

"I am happy that I get to stay with the Chicago Bulls and that the organisation has that much trust in me," he said.

Since joining the Bulls in 2004 Deng has become a leading player on the team. Although last season was blighted by injury he has an overall average of 15.6 points in 284 games.

The 2.06-metre forward thinks the team, who missed out on the playoffs last season, are well placed for the new season starting on October 28.

"With new staff we feel like the chemistry is going to be better so we are looking forward to it," he said, referring to coach Vinny Del Negro who replaced Scott Skiles in June.

"So far he has been great at communicating with all of us. Everybody is talking about him being a first-time coach but the organisation has done a great job and brought in good staff around him with a lot of experience, so that should help him out a lot," he said.

Basketball aside, Deng has set up a foundation in his name that works with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and uses his money to help others, most poignantly the 'Lost Boys of Sudan' in Chicago.

During the 1983-2003 civil war that forced Deng from his homeland, 27,000 boys were orphaned or displaced. In 2001 almost 4,000 were granted refugee status in the United States.

Every year Deng hosts a thanksgiving dinner for Chicago's 'Lost Boys' and takes them Christmas shopping.

"I'm happy I'm in a position to give a hand," he said, grinning infectiously.

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08-17-2008, 04:02 AM
Source: Sportsline.com (http://www.sportsline.com/nba/story/10933670)

LONDON -- Luol Deng could be forced to miss Great Britain's qualifying campaign for the 2009 European Championship because the team can't find an insurer to cover the forward's lucrative six-year contract with the Chicago Bulls.

The national team is exploring solutions to the problem with the NBA and the Bulls, who gave Deng a new deal last month reportedly worth up to $80 million.

"We have encountered problems with his insurance and are currently looking at different possible ways of working around that," British Basketball performance manager Ron Wuotila told the Associated Press on Friday. "It is still early days and we are determining the next steps with the NBA and the Bulls."

Great Britain begins qualifying for the European Championship next month, with games against Israel, Bosnia and the Czech Republic.

Deng, 23, made his competitive debut for Britain in August 2007. The Sudanese-born player moved to London as a child to escape the conflict in his homeland.

08-31-2008, 12:01 AM
FIBA (http://www.fiba.com/pages/eng/fc/news/lateNews/p/newsid/28419/arti.html)

LONDON (2012 Olympics) – Luol Deng could play for Great Britain’s basketball team at the London 2012 Olympics.

Right now, British Basketball is hoping the Chicago Bulls star will just be able to help them reach EuroBasket 2009 in Poland.

The Brits, less than a week away from their Division A, Group D opener against Israel in Tel Aviv, are still without talisman Deng after the NBA’s insurance company MetLife chose not to insure the player.

The decision was related to a back injury that sidelined the Londoner for a few games at the start of last season.

British Basketball performance director Chris Spice said in an email to Basketball World News on behalf of FIBA early Friday afternoon: “At this stage, we still have not received clearance from the NBA confirming Luol Deng's participation for GB this summer.

“We hope to make an announcement later today or first thing tomorrow on the issue and we are remaining positive.”

Deng was the leading scorer at 24.5 points per game in EuroBasket Division B last year.

Great Britain’s first EuroBasket 2009 qualifying game is next Wednesday in Tel Aviv against Israel.

Britain will also take on Bosnia-Herzegovina and the Czech Republic in Group D.

08-31-2008, 12:07 AM
FIBA Europe (http://www.fibaeurope.com/coid_cPeC8aL8GGw6lE,30imDJ0.container_frontpage.ar ticleMode_on.html)

British Basketball have been successful in obtaining a "new element" to Luol Deng's insurance that allows the Chicago Bulls star to play for Great Britain in this summer's EuroBasket qualifying games.

MetLife, the NBA's insurance company, had decided not to cover the full cost of Deng's insurance because of a minor back injury that sidelined the Londoner at the start of last season.

But with Deng one of the biggest talents ever to represent the country, British Basketball have been able to secure the player's clearance from the NBA and that means he will be able to suit up for the team on Wednesday when they launch their qualifying campaign in Tel Aviv against Israel.

British Basketball Performance Director Chris Spice said: "Although no team is completely dependent on one player, we have concluded that this year's key first campaign in EuroBasket Division A would be heavily weakened by the loss of Luol as part of the line-up.

"We see no medical reason why the NBA insurers have demanded this completely new element to Luol's insurance but as their demand came so late and out of the blue, we have had no choice.

"We cannot say how this problem will affect his participation in future years but hope that the American parties will acknowledge the medical situation as we believe it to be and change their demands."

Deng was the leading scorer in Division B last season at 24.5 points per game as Britain won promotion to Division A.

Great Britain open their Group D campaign against Israel on September 3 before playing the Czech Republic at The o2 arena in London on September 6. They will also take on Bosnia and Herzegovina in the group.

"For 2008, we are convinced that this is the best outcome for British Basketball, is the best use of our funds in the circumstances and highlights our commitment to make Great Britain one of the top basketball nations in the world by 2012," Spice said.

08-31-2008, 12:49 AM
by the way, as far as anyone knows, Gordon is NOT playing for the GB NT

UK Bull
08-31-2008, 07:19 AM
by the way, as far as anyone knows, Gordon is NOT playing for the GB NT

no he's not its a big loss

rabzouz 96
09-03-2008, 10:03 PM
what about azubuike, didnt they say hes also thinkin about joining uks team? that would be kool

09-03-2008, 10:12 PM
I dont know if he is on the final roster, but he didnt play today

09-11-2008, 03:53 AM
Dazzling Deng Spells Doom For Bosnia

Luol Deng erupted for 29 points and Nate Reinking hit key baskets in a third-quarter surge that propelled Great Britain to an 82-74 EuroBasket qualifying Group D triumph over Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Deng, the Chicago Bulls star who averaged 24.5 points per game in Britain's promotion-winning campaign last year, is pouring in 26.7 per contest this summer in Division A.

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11-29-2008, 03:12 AM
Ben Gordon and Luol Deng will be playing for them , add Porltnads Draftee Center and Maybe Olowokandi.

11-29-2008, 04:12 PM
uh.. doubt it haha

Germany... Spain... etc BETTER

11-29-2008, 06:30 PM
with the group they have (Spain, Serbia and Slovenia) it'll be tough

12-03-2008, 02:35 AM
its widely rumored that neither Pau or Calderon is playing the euro.... and Peja Radman and Milicic may not play neither so....

12-03-2008, 04:09 AM
Source: FIBA Europe.com (http://www.fibaeurope.com/coid_k9kRHDaAH7M6XSIIfqWNu1.articleMode_on.contain er_frontpage.html)

Great Britain's men showed their worth in EuroBasket qualifying by winning their group to reach next year's Final Round in Poland.

On Wednesday, the country threw its full support behind the national side guaranteeing £8.7million in funding over the next four years in the build-up to the London 2012 Olympics.

Instead of being hit with a big reduction in financial backing because of a shortfall in money at UK Sport, basketball has enjoyed an increase on previous levels.

"This funding provides us with a great platform from which to build on our great progress to date," said Chris Spice, the performance director of British Basketball.

"Our men's program is growing in stature in Europe's elite and our women's squad has an important challenge ahead in January to protect our Division A status."

Britain has been on a high since their promotion from EuroBasket Division B in 2007.

Sudan-born Luol Deng, who moved to London as a boy and learned the game in Britain before embarking on a successful career in America where he currently plays for the Chicago Bulls, received his passport in time to play in the second part of the Division B campaign and he helped fire the team to promotion to Division A.

This year, Deng and Co surprised many by winning their qualifying group to book a place at EuroBasket 2009 in Poland.

The confirmation of their funding up to the London Games ensures that the national team has the finances to run a program, and also gives everyone involved in the game the confidence that the country is fully behind the sport.

Bill McInnes, the chairman of British Basketball who once played the game for Scotland and Great Britain, said: "This represents a great opportunity for Great Britain to establish our teams in the game's elite. It also signals to the Home Basketball Associations the commitment by the government to growing the game.

"In response, we must get behind British Basketball's performance strategy ("Game On"), in a way we have never done before. This award represents a huge endorsement of the potential of the game. Everyone is delighted with award and fully accept the responsibility placed on us to perform."

Great Britain have yet to be told by basketball's world governing body FIBA that they will be allowed to take up their spots normally reserved for host nations at the London Games.

Wednesday's announcement could help their cause.

FIBA said when the Olympics were awarded to London that they wanted to be convinced that Britain would be able to put competitive teams on the floor before confirming their participation.

"With this vote of confidence comes great responsibility and pressure to perform which is the business we're in," Spice said. "We relish the challenge to perform successfully in 2012 and leave behind a lasting legacy for elite level basketball in Britain."

Great Britain's women will attempt to avoid relegation in January with games against Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Finland.

Britain's men, meanwhile, will take on world champions Spain, former champs Serbia and European powerhouse Slovenia next year at the EuroBasket in Poland.

12-12-2008, 10:17 PM
yeah it was great news to see UK sport giving basketball more money.

..and hopefully we see Gordon and Azabuike play for us soon

01-08-2009, 10:39 PM
Nilsen: Sullivan Speaks Out

When Great Britain captain Andrew Sullivan circled the dates for EuroBasket 2009 on his new calendar last week he wasn't quite as excited or surprised as the British basketball fans still pinching themselves in disbelief that they are heading to Poland.

Having made history by qualifying, Sullivan will fittingly lead his country into their first major tournament having been present since the very start of their remarkable rise to prominence.

for complete article, Click Here (http://www.fibaeurope.com/coid_dXoRvLCfI8kOkZ9G8Kh-C0.container_frontpage.articleMode_on.html)

01-10-2009, 04:00 PM
Is Azuibuike joining the GB team?

01-16-2009, 01:09 AM
Bulls' Gordon has Great Britain on his mind
Source: FIBA.com (http://www.fiba.com/pages/eng/fc/news/lateNews/p/newsid/29220/arti.html)

CHICAGO (Eurobasket) - Chicago Bulls guard Ben Gordon may finally suit up for Great Britain this summer when they play at the EuroBasket in Poland.

London-born Gordon, who grew up in the United States, has yet to represent the country but he wants to play for Chris Finch's team when the Brits go up against world champions Spain, Slovenia and Serbia in group play later this year.

The main issue affecting his availability is that Gordon still doesn't know which NBA team he will play for next year.

"I'm just hoping this summer I'll be able to play," said Gordon from Chicago in comments published on basketball247.co.uk.

"If everything goes according to plan, I will.

"I'm going to be an unrestricted free agent which gives me a little bit more freedom with different teams.

"I'm just hoping I can get my deal out of the way and move on with a clear mind in time for GB."

Gordon left England before his first birthday for New York but returned to the country to visit family.

"I used to love going to England," Gordon said.

"I used to come back and see all my cousins and relatives I hadn't seen in a while. I have really good memories.

"I still have a lot of relatives in England and keep in touch with all of them, they come over and visit me in the summer but I just haven't been able to go back and forth as I would like to because of my schedule.

"I definitely do feel a tie with Britain. My mum, and some of her customs, are very British.

"She brought me up having a cup of tea every morning, and two or three times during the day, which I guess is a British thing, and lots of my family still go back regularly and bring me back tea and chocolates and things you can't get here.

"I talk to my relatives in England regularly and they're pumped about me playing, in fact they'd been hoping I would play the last couple of summers.

"Things didn't go my way to do that so I feel I let them down a little and I haven't really spoken to them too much about it this year. I don't want to get them too excited until I know I'm playing for sure."

If Gordon does play for Britain this summer, it would give the country a quite a one-two punch with Gordon's Chicago Bulls' teammate Luol Deng already in the squad.

Deng helped Britain win promotion from Division A and then last year, they finished top of a qualifying group for EuroBasket 2009 ahead of Israel, Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Czech Republic.

03-23-2009, 07:17 PM
Deng upbeat about British chances

Source: FIBA.com (http://www.fiba.com/pages/eng/fc/news/lateNews/p/newsid/29691/arti.html)

LONDON (EuroBasket) – Luol Deng hasn’t played for the Chicago Bulls since February 28 because of a leg injury but he’s optimistic about representing Great Britain at EuroBasket 2009 and fully expects his national team to be a force.

The star of Britain’s qualification campaign has been sidelined with a stress fracture in his right tibia but come September in Poland, Deng hopes to be available when his adopted country goes up against world champions Spain, Serbia and Slovenia in Group C.

"Again based on last summer's experience and success, we have every right to remain optimistic about our chances in Poland", Deng said.

"No doubt, it will be a much tougher challenge but we have a very talented team and a very well organized and prepared coaching staff.

“I have a lot of belief in my teammates and I know with an extra year of experience under our belt, we will be sharper and more prepared coming out of training camp in the summer."

Great Britain recently announced plans to host a ‘Game On’ - a warm-up tournament at London’s O2 Arena with Slovenia, Israel and Turkey from August 14 to 16.

The 23-year-old Deng, who was born in Sudan but moved to London as a small boy with his family, said: "Having ‘Game On’ at the O2 will help us tremendously.

“The tournament gives us a chance to go up against very talented and well organized teams in Europe.”

04-24-2009, 07:59 AM
what about azubuike, didnt they say hes also thinkin about joining uks team? that would be kool

running an update on your question, I found this article through Google:

Source: Basketball 24/7 (http://www.basketball247.co.uk/news/archives/00000373.shtml) (UK Site)

NBA baller Kelenna Azubuike has given up his dream of playing for his homeland Great Britain in this summer's European Championships.

Despite being born in London, the Golden State Warriors starter has been refused a British passport.

British Basketball are currently trying to help Azubuike negotiate the red tape required to successfully complete the necessary paperwork.

But with Eurobasket looming in Poland in September, the 6'5" guard does not expect to make his GB debut in 2009.

He said: "Definitely not this summer. I have kind of given up on it.

"They haven't even told me they are close to getting a passport so it will be tough for this summer.

"I'm still trying to get it worked on and I'm not really sure what the timeline is because of the complication with the changes in the passport rules.

"I definitely still want to play for the British national team at some point but I'm not just sure when."

Azubuike, 25, truly established himself as an NBA regular this season, averaging over 32 minutes a game and scoring 14.4 points and 5 rebounds per outing.

His Warriors team mates Andris Biedrins (Latvia), Marco Belinelli (Italy) and Ronny Turiaf (France) could all be in action in this summer's Eurobasket.

And Oklahoma-raised Azubuike added: "I talk to Andris about it and he says he enjoys playing international ball, it's a great experience and I definitely should do it.

"And of course the 2012 Olympics are definitely attractive, it would be a dream. The Olympic Games are an amazing event so it would be a dream to be part of it."

Biedrins promises to be one of the major stars in Poland and believes his team mate has what it takes to make his mark in Europe.

Biedrins added: "He's an overall really good player who can do a lot of things - he's great offensively and can score and is pretty solid and works hard at the defensive end.

"Plus, he can run and jump, he's athletic so he won't have any problems in international basketball."

Azubuike's problems with his passport application relate to the status of his parents when he was born in London and the fact he missed an earlier cut off point to apply for his passport, having left the UK as a baby.

04-24-2009, 08:08 AM
Source: Telegraph.co.uk

Head coach Chris Finch has compiled a squad list for the camp in August, as Britain prepare for Game On At The O2 in London and then the EuroBasket finals in Poland.

It includes Chicago Bulls pair Luol Deng and Ben Gordon and Scotland's Robert Archibald as well as Pops Mensah-Bonsu, Andy Betts and Joel Freeland....

For rest of article and complete squad, click here (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/othersports/basketball/5212528/Great-Britain-name-23-man-squad-for-EuroBasket-finals-full-of-quality-and-quantity.html)

looks like GB might actually go somewhere in this years EuroBasket :D
which is more than I can say for Israel.... :o

05-14-2009, 05:36 PM
shame to hear about Kelenna, he would have been useful.

Hopefully we get Gordon to join Pops and Deng, Reinking looks promising, and I'm excited to see Husky Bryan-Amaning playing for us, he sounds quite promising.

dont know much about any of our other squad members

05-14-2009, 08:43 PM
don't worry, you probably know much more than I do about team GB

07-08-2009, 02:21 AM
Unicaja Nalaga Archibald In GB Final Squad
Source:EuroBasket 2009 (http://www.eurobasket2009.org/en/coid_,Bq0UFQrGjYxvbzFSyQDq2.articleMode_on.html)

It won't come as a surprise to anyone but Robert Archibald has been confirmed as a player in Great Britain's EuroBasket squad.
The Brits have yet to announce their final squad to the wider public, but Unicaja Malaga have issued a statement on their website to say they know their center's presence in Poland with Chris Finch's team is guaranteed.
Unicaja said on their website: "The Unicaja player Robert Archibald has been included in the definite Great Britain roster to compete at the EuroBasket in Poland. The Scottish center, who had been pre-selected in the 24 list of players announced back in April, has seen his presence confirmed among the 12 players elected to take part in the tournament. Great Britain will be one of Spain's rivals in the preliminary round of the EuroBasket."
British Basketball have said they plan to announce their final squad in the coming weeks.
Archibald took last summer off to rest for the 2008-09 ACB campaign and then had an outstanding year for the Spanish giants, averaging almost 10 points and four rebounds per game.

08-06-2009, 10:34 PM
really hope gordon does play. disappointing azuibuike didnt get the work permit, but gordon, deng, mensah-bonsu and archibald playing together would be just nasty.some super potential there.and would you believe i'm irish will def be supporting gb basketball.

08-09-2009, 05:39 PM
Gordon said he'd play if he'd signed a contract, now he has he says he wants to focus on his new team. Deng ruled out and Buike cant come over...all down to big Pops!

08-25-2009, 10:00 AM
Brits hope to get Pops
Source: FIBA Europe (http://www.fibaeurope.com/coid_Ehwgg9ngJJ-SrBR2aJC7M1.container_frontpage.articleMode_on.htm l)

Nothing would make British basketball fans happier than to discover that big man Pops Mensah-Bonsu will join the team for the EuroBasket.

Mensah-Bonsu has had protracted contract talks in the NBA and has reached a verbal agreement with the Houston Rockets but so far, he hasn't been given the all clear to join up with Chris Finch's British side with the EuroBasket tipping off in Poland in less than two weeks.

Finch, whose team is about to take part in the Efes Pilsen Cup in Turkey, said: "We are currently working with the Rockets and the NBA to sort out the details that will allow Pops to play. He is keen to join his teammates.

"Hopefully, he will be able to join the team in Turkey."

Mensah-Bonsu averaged 12.2 points, 10 rebounds and 1.8 blocked shots per game last year for the Brits in their successful qualifying campaign.

Finch was very happy that Britain were able to bounce back from five straight defeats and beat Slovenia in their final game at a four nations tournament in Spain.

They did so without their Unicaja Malaga stars Robert Archibald and Joel Freeland.

"The win on Friday was very important," Finch said.

"The guys were pretty tired, it's been pretty long stretch with six games in eight days.

"We got beat pretty bad the night before [against Lithuania]. Throughout the tournament, we played pretty well from time to time - just not long enough.

"However against Slovenia we managed to play better for longer. The guys deserved that win. It was a good statement.

"It was a big effort from Kieron [Achara] and also the guards; Mike [Lenzly] and Nate [Reinking] who have played a lot of minutes."

Britain were due to arrive in Ankara, Turkey, on Tuesday for the Efes Pilsen World Cup.

They will play Latvia on Wednesday and F.Y.R. of Macedonia on Friday.

"We just need to keep getting better," Finch said.

"I told the guys after the Lithuania game that it is a process. We will take some steps forwards and some steps backwards but we have to keep trying to continue to get better.

"The key now is starting to get a picture of how to play to be successful and how we're going to do that.

"We need to play more towards our strengths and away from our weaknesses. I think the biggest thing is coming up with an identity, our team needs an identity."