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British passport holder and NBA veteran Ben Gordon has admitted his regret at never suiting up for Great Britain.
Born in London, Gordon moved to the US as a baby and was recruited by British Basketball in 2008, however, never ended up donning the jersey. The closest he came was attending GB vs Bosnia & Herzegovina in Liverpool in 2010.
Now a 32 year old free agent, the former Chicago Bulls, Detroit Pistons, Charlotte Bobcats and most recently, Orlando Magic, guard told Express sport:
“Do I regret not playing? I definitely do regret that. It seemed like every summer something came up. Specifically that summer (London 2012 Olympics) I had a knee issue that I was nursing. Right before the Olympics came up they kinda suggested I rested it.
“I wish I could have been there. It was something I’m sure the fans really loved, watching their team at the Olympics.
“I really did want to play pretty badly. I caught a couple of the games. I watched the Spain game. It was close, but obviously we were a bit overmatched. I was wishing I was there playing.”
A former teammate to GB start Luol Deng, Gordon added:
“For me, playing for GB was a no-brainer. I had dual citizenship. Luol was my team-mate. We always talked about the prospect of playing over there. I never wanted to play international basketball for another country. I was excited about it. It would have made my family proud.”
The Express stated that Gordon “continues to insist he would consider playing for GB if the opportunity ever came up again.”
Read the full interview at the Express.