HoopsHype Great Britain rumors

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Through the Olympics, Deng averaged 15.8 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.6 assists in five games, shooting 31.4 percent. "If the Olympics were next month, I'd play again," Deng said. "This is something no one will ever take away. I'm always going to remember this moment, walking out for the opening ceremonies and playing with guys I played with my whole life. Seeing my parents out there and (youth coach) Jimmy (Rogers), I can't explain it. It's one of those stories, if I missed the Olympics, I'd always think about that." Chicago Tribune

Indeed, Deng wore a broad smile as he linked arms with teammates as "God Save the Queen" played to a full stadium in full throat. And he deflected questions about his subpar play to broader issues. "I believe basketball is going to grow in this country," he said. "It would've been easy for me to say I don't want to play. But I feel I made the right decision. A lot of kids saw me play. "It's very similar to being at the All-Star Game and taking out my (Africa) T-shirt. A lot of people would disagree with it, but I know it's the right decision." Chicago Tribune

In his strongest implication yet that he either will forego surgery on the torn ligament in his left wrist altogether or postpone it until after the 2012- 13 season, Deng said he planned to start camp on time. "Did I look like I needed (surgery)?" Deng said Monday evening. "I'm fine right now. I feel great. There are a lot of things I want to improve in my game that I want to focus on now. I want to be a better player than I was last year. "I have time to make decisions and be healthy by the time we start (training camp)." Chicago Tribune

August 6, 2012 Updates

Britain had to go through a lengthy process to prove to governing body Fiba that they were good enough to play at London 2012, but with just one win, questions may now be asked about their progress on the global stage. "We would love to have advanced," Deng continued. "There were a couple of sleepless nights but it's all worth it. In the future it will make all of us hungry for more, and better players. "There were a lot of mistakes. We had turnovers and I made a lot of careless plays. Individually we all have to get better, but collectively we've got to do a better job," the Chicago Bulls player added. BBC

August 5, 2012 Updates

Patty Mills' 39-point haul against Great Britain has pumped up his teammates and inspired tweeters to get #Boomers trending in Australia on Sunday. The Boomers came from behind in the third quarter to smash Britain 106-75, securing their spot in the quarter-finals. Boomers player Joe Ingles tweeted his jubilation after the game: "So proud to be an Aussie and especially a Boomer!! Love playing with these guys and for my country! So proud of our team tonight! Maybe the best second half I have been apart (sic) of! Onto the next one... #boomers" Mark Worthington tweeted: "Love being an Aussie. True fighting spirit. Best when our backs are against the wall. Love being a BOOMER!!!!! #London2012" West Australian

Ian Whittell: not official yet but expect tomorrow to be Chris Finch's last game as GB coach. Decision taken long before last nights disaster. wants to concentrate on NBA career. an amazing 7 years in charge of GB and has done an unreservedly fantastic job. last night doesnt alter that Twitter

August 4, 2012 Updates

“There are like 250,000 Lithuanians in Great Britain,” said veteran forward Darius Songaila, who had stints in the NBA with Sacramento, Chicago, Washington, New Orleans and Philadelphia before returning to Europe the past two seasons. “A lot of people come out and support us. We find Lithuanians working in the stands and security and the cafeteria. Everywhere. The crowd is unbelievable coming out and supporting us. It’s almost like a home game.” ESPN.com

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A fiercely proud man played for Great Britain, a country he believes saved him. If Deng reinjures his wrist in this tournament and it affects next season or his career with the Bulls, as some of us fear, we’ll deal with that then. But on this night, as he carried the torch for basketball in this country and for the idea of rebirth in general, you would have had to be made of stone not to get goose bumps. ‘‘This is why I chose to do it,’’ he said after Great Britain’s 95-75 loss to Russia. ‘‘It’s just an experience that, for the rest of my life, can never, ever be taken away, just walking out into that stadium. ‘‘A lot of people were talking about [getting] the wrist surgery or not. And I could have done that, but I’d never, ever get a chance to do this again. . . . The Olympics is not something that’s given.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

This gym is where Luol Deng spent several of his formative years. It's where, despite being limited to just two weekly practice sessions in the multipurpose gym, basketball replaced soccer as his true athletic passion. It's where, after Great Britain granted his family political asylum from war-torn Sudan, he began calculating a debt he is bent on repaying despite entering these Games with a torn ligament in his left wrist. The face of this country's growing basketball movement hasn't let injury prevent his incumbency. "It's a bloody miracle he made it," Jimmy Rogers says. "England is a third-world country for basketball." Chicago Tribune

Brixton has produced other fairly accomplished players, some of whom have earned basketball scholarships in the U.S. But nobody has reached Deng's heights. The bond between teacher and pupil remains strong. "Jimmy is everything," Deng says. "I'm very lucky to have someone who knew basketball as well as he did. ... I'm just lucky I fell into his hands and to have someone teach me the game who has such a high IQ." "Luol had this crazy work ethic," Rogers says. "My colleague, Kassim Gabbar, was the first one who actually spotted the talent. My earliest memories are of a young man who was really focused and had a maturity for that focus which was way beyond anything I had seen for a kid 11 years of age." Chicago Tribune

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