ANDREW Sullivan believes the London 2012 Olympics could be a turning point for British basketball.
The country will have a team in the Olympics for the first time since 1948 and Sullivan – current skipper of the side – is desperate to lead them into battle.
With NBA megastar Luol Deng set to don a GB vest there are hopes that the competition will spike interest in the sport, something that Sullivan believes can happen.
“It is extremely important. Everything I do in terms of keeping myself in shape or to make myself faster and stronger is all directed to 2012,” he said.
“To have an Olympics in my home town is incredible. It’s where I grew up, it’s where all my family are. When I heard we could possibly have a team there it was all I cared about. I said to (head coach) Chris (Finch): ‘I will do anything to be in that team’. It’s history for basketball.”
Sullivan (pictured below) admits he has been surprised to cling on to the captaincy since the likes of Deng, Ben Gordon and Pops Mensah-Bonsu joined the GB programme.
“I don’t think there is any greater honour that captaining your country,” he said.
“To have that honour is incredible. There was a time when the bigger name guys were coming in and people thought I would lose the captaincy. If I’m going to be honest, I thought I’d lose the captaincy.
“But Chris showed a lot of faith in me and allowed me to continue, which I owe him a debt of gratitude for.
“He’s allowed me to retain it and I am so thankful for that.”