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Byron Mullens A No-Go For Great Britain

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British Basketball announced today that Charlotte Bobcats forward Byron Mullens will no longer be joining the Great Britain squad for the Olympic games this summer.

A lingering toe injury is officially being blamed for forcing him out of action, making him, along with Ben Gordon, the second NBA call-up to not show up at training camp in Houston.

However, journalists in Charlotte tell a different story, with Charlotte Observer Bobcats reporter Rick Bonnell tweeting earlier in the day:

BBC reporter Chris Mitchell asked whether Mullens was injured, to which Bonnell replied “sure didn’t look injured today…watched him work out for an hour. Sure didn’t appear hurt.”

Regardless of the reason Mullens isn’t playing, head coach Chris Finch is refusing to have his focus taken away from the squad he has available:

“It is disappointing but we have a very strong squad in camp with us in Houston at the moment. Everyone here is focused on the task at hand and we now turn our attention to our first warm up games of the summer this week.”

British Basketball are holding out hope Ben Gordon will still show up, with Performance Director Chris Spice releasing the following statement earlier in the week:

“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.”

Elsewhere in the squad, Myles Hesson has been called up to replace Nick George (a late call-up himself), who suffered a thigh strain in the first practice session of the week which put an end to his Olympic hopes.

The squad now stands at 17, with Ovie Soko being the surprise omission who was originally announced in the preliminary squad. In addition, Alex Marcotullio is also missing, whilst Sullivan Phillips has been ruled ineligible and Ryan Richards has withdrawn.

The 17 man squad is as follows:

Great Britain 17-Man Senior Squad

Kieron Achara
Ogo Adegboye
Robert Archibald
Eric Boateng
Matthew Bryan-Amaning
Dan Clark
Luol Deng
Joel Freeland
Ben Gordon
Myles Hesson
Kyle Johnson
Andrew Lawrence
Mike Lenzly
Pops Mensah-Bonsu
Nate Reinking
Andrew Sullivan
Devon van Oostrum

The team face their first test of the summer tonight as they play Nigeria, where Luol Deng will not play as a precaution as he continues to try to rest the torn ligaments in his wrist. Tonight’s game against Nigeria tips off at 19:00 at Houston Baptist University. Great Britain play Lithuania on Saturday before travelling to San Antonio on Monday to play Russia.

Thoughts?

Image Credit: David Liam Kyle/NBAE

7 Comments

  1. Laurence

    June 21, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Seems the GB is falling apart, no Gordon and now Mullens out too

  2. Matt

    June 21, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    What’s the deal with Justin Robinson? Feel there’s a spot there for him really, unless injury etc has forced him out?! Plus GB are using him in all their promo vids!

  3. LB

    June 21, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Fantastic team ….great choice .. all the best team GB…

  4. Richard

    June 21, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    To answer your question Matt… Justin Robinson was initially asked to take part in this summers camp but then received a phone call to say: ” they were going to go in another direction” and “that there was other players they wanted to look at” Thats OUR GB team!

  5. london thing

    June 22, 2012 at 1:58 am

    wow i have to say this GB team looks like the dream team and i can see GB going all the way who needs NBA players i think those players are just hype. Players like Andrew Sullivan will deliver our Gold medal this year watch and see.

  6. Free agent

    June 22, 2012 at 2:05 am

    Am free and available this summer if GB are looking for a point guard or shooting guard i can ball just check out my mix tape on http://www.hoopsbroken.co.uk ___were real ballers ball out

  7. jamie

    June 26, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    http://espn.go.com/nba/draft2012/story/_/id/8095532/2012-nba-draft-charlotte-bobcats-considering-trading-no-2-pick

    “Known as a no-nonsense coach, Dunlap spent more than two hours Monday working with a handful of Bobcats players including Byron Mullens and last year’s rookie lottery picks Kemba Walker and Bismack Biyombo. The practice was fast-paced and intense in nature.”

    = Byron Mullens or GB Basketball full of shit. Why not just tell the truth?

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