â†µThe Boston Globe's Marc J. Spears notes the institutional struggles Great Britain's national team have faced (no Olympic appearances since 1948, the last time England hosted the Games) and broadcasts the British plea for help. â†µ
â†µâ‡¥[I]n hopes of finding more talent, British Basketball is on the lookout for NBA personnel and other talented players born after Jan. 1, 1983, who have at least one parent with a British passport, thus making them eligible for the senior and under-20 teams.â†µBritain is hardly to only country to beg America's non-elite to play for their nation; Chris Kaman trolled for Germany in '08 on the basis of his grandparents' heritage, for goodness sake. But that doesn't make the desperation any less tangible.
â†µâ‡¥"There are kids in America right now with parents with British passports that can play for our national team or under-20 teams," said Ron Wuotila, British Basketball's performance manager and head of basketball operations. "They might not be able to play for USA, but they can play for us." â†µ
â†µYou know, maybe the Brits can use its former control of the American eastern seaboard to claim eligibility for players born in NYC, New England and the Carolinas. Josh Howard might be looking for a way to stick it to the Yanks. Josh, if you're reading, fill out that application.â†µ
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