An NBA blog from Newsday's Bobby Bonett
Luol Deng believes Great Britain's hoops future is bright
Great Britain's performance in the 2012 London Games was underwhelming; a 1-4 record, -25 scoring differential, and fifth-place finish in Group B.
Still, the team's star player, 27-year-old Bulls forward Luol Deng, is confident about the country's future. The first step, Deng mentioned, is improving the education of the country's youngest players.
"There's good coaches out there that need support," Deng said. "There's a lot of coaches out there that don't know really how to coach -- and I don't mean it in a disrepectful way, they're doing a good thing in trying to teach the kids -- but they also need to be taught how to teach these kids."
Deng, who also said that the team proved its mettle by staying competitive with some of the world's best teams, thinks that Great Britain will be more of a force in Rio in 2016.
We have a young team, and a lot of guys who are not here and are still young," Deng said. "The future is definitely bright for basketball, and we've taken a big step."