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Ben Gordon to play for Team GB

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NBA star Ben Gordon has committed his future to playing for Great Britain's basketball side.

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It ends a long chase by British Basketball chiefs to get the London-born Detroit Pistons guard to play for the national team as they look to gain a place at London 2012.

How do you think Gordon will fit in with Chris Finch's side and who would make your starting five?

Full GB squad:
Kieron Achara (Angelico Biella, Italy), Robert Archibald (Unicaja Malaga, Spain), Eric Boateng (Arizona State University, USA), Flinder Boyd (Ourense Balonceto, Spain), Matthew Bryan-Amaning (University of Washington, USA), Dan Clark (Estudiantes, Spain), Luol Deng (Chicago Bulls, USA), Germayne Forbes (BBC Nyon, Switzerland), Joel Freeland (Unicaja Malaga, Spain), Nick George (Fastweb CM, Italy), Ben Gordon (Detroit Pistons, USA), Jarrett Hart (Keravnos, Cyprus) Flo Larkai (Hamamatsu Phoenix, Japan), Mike Lenzly (CEZ Nymburk, Czechoslovakia), Pops Mensah-Bonsu (CSKA Moscow, Russia), Nate Reinking (Mons Hainaut, Belgium), Justin Robinson (Rider University, USA), Andrew Sullivan (Newcastle Eagles, England), Tafari Toney (Sheffield Sharks, England), Devon Van Oostrum (Caja Laboral, Spain), Rob Yanders (Glasgow Rocks, Scotland)

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posted May 7, 2010

What fantastic news,

It's also great to see

Devon Van Oostrum ( ex Sheffield Sharks Jnrs )
Rob Yanders ( ex Sheffield Sharks )
Taps Toney ( Sheffield Sharks )
Nate Reinking ( ex Sheffield Sharks )

on the squad

As for the five

not sure about PG Hart ?

but Gordon , Deng , George , Mensa Bonsu

With Sullivan / Toney / Yanders / Freeland

off the bench

dont know enough about Achara / Boeteng / Bryan Amaning / Larkai / Robinson

But in Chris Finch I do beleive !

I'll be at all Gb's games in the UK , & would really l;ike to add one of the away games too.

The only way is up for Finchy & his team, and hopefully on towards 2012 Olympic recognition.

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posted May 7, 2010

Britain will qualify easily for Eurobasket 2011 given that they managaed it last time without Gordon, and are in one of the easier groups.

However, the real challenge is even winning a game in Lithuania in 2011. I think its safe to say that if team GB fares as it did in Poland, we will not be seeing them at the London Olympics. In fact, anything less than the quarterfinals will, in reality, be insufficient.

Given the number of great basketballing nations around the world, and the fact that the olympics is only a 12 team tournament, there is absolutely no room for mediocrity.

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posted May 7, 2010

Great squad and hopefully will qualify in style. That squad can now compete with the best in Europe. If were to qualify I would be deeply unhappy if we did not win a game in Lithuania.

Starting 5

BOYD
GORDON
DENG
POPS
FREELAND

BENCH

SULLIVAN
ARCHIBALD
CLARKE
ACHARA
GEORGE/BRYAN AMANING
ROBINSON
REINKING-LAST SEASON
HART

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