HoopsHype Ben Gordon rumors

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Great Britain coach Chris Finch won't have Byron Mullens at the London Games and is still waiting to discover if another NBA player, Ben Gordon, will play. Mullens, an American, qualified for and received his British passport earlier this year because his mother hails from England. He has never feature with Britain in an international competition. The same can be said for Gordon, who was born in London but grew up in the United States. FIBA.com

The Detroit Pistons guard is being non-committal about the Olympic squad, citing the need to rest after the NBA season. "We are never in a position to give ultimatums," Great Britain coach Chris Finch said to the Telegraph. "We are going to give Ben all of next week to let us know what his intentions are and then we will map out whether we go forward with him or without him but there comes a point when we have to move forward and make the best decision for the team." FIBA.com

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Earlier this week British Basketball Performance Director, Chris Spice commented on some further updates to the roster in Houston: "Ben Gordon is continuing his training in Detroit and has not yet joined the GB squad this summer. His situation will be reassessed in a week's time when we will be in a position to comment further. Great Britain Basketball

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Deng consistently has maintained his plan to play in the Olympics despite the injury. He will make his decision on offseason surgery in August. Former Bull Ben Gordon, who was born in London and has played a cat-and-mouse game for years with British officials regarding international participation, was an early no-show at camp. Chicago Tribune

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But (Ben) Gordon – who starred with Deng at the Chicago Bulls before switching to Detroit three years ago – insists he remains committed to the cause and that it was just a matter of time before he suited up for a competitive game as a Brit. Thrilled “It was frustrating,” said Gordon, 29. “I have been involved for a few years but I have had to wait to be able to make the trip over. This summer was all about working to make sure I could be there. “It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The Olympics is the biggest stage and it is great to be involved. “We’ve got a very good team and I’m looking forward to meeting up with the guys. “Obviously, there will be a lot of good teams at the Olympics but with the players we’ve got I don’t see why we can’t go far. Manchester Evening News

May 11, 2012 Updates

I was thinking Ben Gordon is rotting away in Detroit, he could help them do some damage in the Western Conference, can they get this done with a pick and the rights to Troy Murphy and his expiring deal? Craig Chandler. Sam: Ben’s in. I’ve been hearing that the Pistons believe they’ll have something going for Ben this offseason. Do you wonder how often he thinks about what life would be like with $10 million less over five years that he hasn’t dipped into yet, obviously, and having been able to stand across the floor from Rose being double and triple teamed. He’d have been Ben Jordan. Same with Joe Johnson. Don’t let you children grow up to be cowboys or listen to their agents who tell them to take the most money. These are the best years or your life and if you have moments of great regret they probably are your fault after you’ve been a free agent. NBA.com

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Since inking his 5 year $55 million contract, Gordon hasn’t even sniffed the playoffs, let alone the Conference Finals and all the losing is starting to grate on him. “I’m not going to lie it’s a lot easier. Obviously when you’re playing for seeding and those types of things,” Gordon told HOOPSWORLD. “We’re professional athletes. We still have to come out and give it 110 percent.” The Pistons have lost three straight games and five of their last ten and nine of their last fourteen. “I don’t deal with losing very well,” said Gordon. “It’s tough but it is what it is right now and we just need to figure out in the future how to get out this.” HoopsWorld

Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng is one of three NBA players who have agreed to play on Britain's Olympic team. British basketball says Deng, Detroit Pistons guard Ben Gordon and Charlotte Bobcats center Byron Mullens have "confirmed their availability and commitment" to play at the Olympics. They are part of a 21-man preliminary squad. WCBD-TV 2

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