Luol Deng press conference: 31Aug

From Fasttrack
Basketball press conference: Friday August 31 at 10.30am, ahead of Great Britain’s Eurobasket Group B game against Albania at Meadowbank Sports Centre, Edinburgh. Present will be players and coaches from the Great Britain team, including Luol Deng.

Where: Lounge Room 2, Meadowbank Sports Centre, London Road, Edinburgh, EH7 6AE.

Who: Chris Finch, head coach, who deemed Great Britain’s opening Eurobasket B game against Slovakia as a ‘must-win’, and with a 77-52 victory they rewarded him with just that. Team GB will now hope to arrive in Edinburgh as leaders of Group B after they play Holland on Wednesday. Texan-born Finch spent four years as a professional player with Sheffield Sharks before he became their head coach in 1997 through to 2003.

Luol Deng, the Chicago Bulls star, made his debut in the Great Britain vest earlier this month and is determined to help GB gain promotion into Eurobasket A, which is where they will need to be by 2012 for Olympic qualification. The 2012 ambassador represented England schoolboys as a teenager and ever since has expressed a desire to return and represent the country that granted his family political asylum. Luol finished Great Britain’s first Eurobasket game against Slovakia as top scorer with 21 points.

Robert Archibald became Scotland’s first ever NBA player when he was selected by the Memphis Grizzlies with the third pick of the second round of the 2002 Draft. He has since added Orlando Magic and Toronto Raptors to his basketball CV and currently plays for the Ukranian club Azovmash Mariupol. The Paisley-born centre’s father was also a Great Britain basketballer and this week Robert put 14 points on the scoreboard when he made his competitive debut against Slovakia in Birmingham.

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