Gordon confirms commitment to GB

24 February 2012 / 13:42

Ben Gordon has confirmed his intention to play for Great Britain at the London Olympics this summer.

The Detroit Pistons star, who played for the United States at the 2003 Pan American Games, has been verbally committed to Chris Finch's team for the past few summers, but is yet to pull on a GB jersey.

He withdrew from the 2009 EuroBasket squad to concentrate on the Pistons having just signed as a free agent from Chicago, and then sat out last year's tournament to be with his wife for the birth of their child.

However, the 28-year-old has insisted his commitment to play this year is firm.

London-born Gordon told the Daily Mirror: "I am playing in the summer and I'm really excited about it.

"I'm looking forward to the Olympics. I've got a lot of family there so it will be nice to see them and it will be a great competition with us really looking to be the surprise team.

"We're looking to win the gold medal, that's the ultimate goal.

"Although realistically we'll be aiming to win as many games as possible. It's hard to predict at this stage but we'll look to go out there and compete every night."

The United States head to London as defending champions and firm favourites, with Spain considered Europe's best hope of upsetting the all-star American squad.

Team GB, who have two NBA players in Gordon and former Chicago team-mate Luol Deng, will face the Americans in a pre-Olympic warm-up game in Manchester on July 19.

Gordon is excited about once again playing alongside Deng, who has this season been named to the NBA All-Star team.

"It's going to be great, it'll be like old times in Chicago," he said.

"I haven't had the chance to play with him since leaving the Bulls so I'm looking forward to it."

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