HoopsHype Great Britain rumors

August 5, 2012 Updates

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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Ian Whittell: joel Freeland has returned to London 4 tests on knee prob. GB being ultra cautious, hopefully wont hav any effect on olympics but not ideal Twitter

July 20, 2012 Updates

Team USA were ruthless in Manchester on Thursday night, as they defeated Great Britain 118-78. Great Britain can take a little comfort in the fact that they matched the Olympic gold medal favourites for the first seven minutes of the contest, but a Carmelo Anthony inspired 14-0 run which included two three-pointers from the New York Knicks superstar ended the fantasy. Anthony led Team USA with 19 points, matched by team-mate Deron Williams, who also hit 19. The Brooklyn Net drilled four straight triples to push Team USA's lead to 28 in the third quarter. "I thought it was a great game from us," Williams said afterwards. "We're using these warm-up games to find our rhythm, to find some chemistry as we have only been together for a short amount of time. All these practices and all these games will do a lot to build that chemistry and finding our roles within the team." TalkBasket

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Jorge Sierra: British NT manager angrily told HoopsHype this wasn't true. http://bit.ly/vRPjbQ Said Deng was just stretching and was not in pain. Not what I saw. Deng finished practice early, put his hand on his back for a moment, had a pained look in his face and lied on the floor a few minutes while getting treatment. Then he walked out of practice OK. Deng played 33 minutes in a loss vs. Spain. He shot 3 of 14 from the field. Twitter

How's Luol Deng doing? Joel Freeland: A player like him, he doesn't need to be at 100 percent to play great. He's a player that can bring different things to the court all the time. With his experience, he's always helping other people. He does all the things we need him to do. Even if he's not at 100 percent physically, it doesn't show. When he's playing you can't tell if he's not 100 percent. HoopsHype

July 9, 2012 Updates

The Dominican Republic should have had the best player on the floor with the Hawks Al Horford, but he had just 12 points as foul trouble kept him in check. So the field for London is set. The 12-team tournament starts July 29 with play in the two six-team groups (four from each advance to the knockout tournament). The groups are: Group A: United States, France, Argentina, Tunisia, Lithuania, Nigeria. Group B: Great Britain, Spain, Brazil, Australia, China, Russia. NBCSports.com

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