Sullivan considers retirement after win
August 7, 2012 18:30 pm
Great Britain's long-time basketball captain Drew Sullivan is considering international retirement after the team ended their first Olympic campaign in 64 years with victory over China.
Immediately following Monday night's 90-58 win in their final Group B game, coach Chris Finch confirmed he was stepping down while veterans Robert Archibald and Nate Reinking retired - Archibald from all basketball and Reinking from international play.
The 32-year-old Sullivan, who alongside Reinking was one of only two players on the Olympic squad to have been involved since the team's formation under Finch in 2006, could now continue the changing of the guard.
"Nothing's been confirmed but it's something I'll sit down and talk with my family about," Sullivan told Press Association Sport. "I think everyone knows I've got a young family, my daughters are growing up pretty fast.
"During the basketball season I'm in Leicester so I don't get to see them as much as I'd like so to consistently be away during the summer has been tough. A decision will be made at some point and it will be a decision that myself and my family will make together."
Immediately prior to the Games, Sullivan re-signed with the Leicester Riders, but his family remain in Newcastle. Britain's victory over China was their sole success as they lost their opening four games, and while Sullivan admitted results had been disappointing, he believes the team can be proud of their performances in running the likes of Spain and Russia close.
"We're disappointed that we couldn't win a couple more games, but we can be proud of the fact we played hard and represented GB Basketball in the right manner," he said.
"We would have liked to have gone through (to the quarter-finals) but I think the effort the guys gave and the way we represented our country has had a huge impact on people who weren't basketball fans before. That's what we wanted to do - to create a legacy for the people after us."
And if the win over China does prove to be Sullivan's final game, he could think of no better sign off than with an Olympic win in the city of his birth.
"If that was my last game for GB, I think it's something I can be proud of," he said.
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