NBA ace Gordon to miss Olympics
NBA star Ben Gordon will not play for Great Britain at the London Olympics after failing to show at the team's training camp in Houston.
Chris Finch's squad flew home overnight, but arrived at Heathrow on Sunday morning without the London-born Gordon, who had been named in the squad but never reported to the training camp.
Earlier this week, Gordon was traded by the Detroit Pistons to the Charlotte Bobcats, and that appears to have been a key element in his decision.
GB Basketball performance director Chris Spice said: "We always thought that it would go long so we kept the door open as long as we could.
"We knew he might be traded and that it would impact on us, so we always said to him just join us as soon as you can before the end of the month, before we left Houston and before we had to get the team into the Olympic association which we did yesterday.
"We had been in correspondence with his people, and one day he was in, one day he was out. In the end it was a very difficult decision, but he felt he couldn't commit. We are where we are and now we focus on the guys we have here."
It had been hoped that Gordon could provide a significant upgrade at guard, which has been Britain's weakest position.
"Obviously it's really disappointing as he's a world-class player who would have made a huge difference to our team," Spice added. "But we're still going to put our strongest ever team out there, and Ben coming over was always going to be a bonus. We're confident in the guys that we have."
The 29-year-old Gordon, a former team-mate of Great Britain star Luol Deng in Chicago, has been named in Finch's squads since 2008, but is yet to make his international debut as a combination of family and personal commitments, and injury, have kept him out each summer.
However, Spice refused to rule out Gordon playing in the future.
"Every year is different," he said. "Unfortunately, this year, it is what it is."
Gordon is the second NBA player Britain have missed out on this summer as last week fellow Bobcat Byron Mullens - who likewise is yet to make his GB debut having only gained nationality earlier this year - withdrew citing a toe injury.