British Basketball has taken huge steps forward in both men's and women's basketball the past few years to get ready for the 2012 Olympics in London.
The sport's bosses say they have no intention of slowing down once those Games have been played.
Merriam-Webster defines a foreigner as "a person belonging to or owing allegiance to a foreign country".
Nine of the 16 head coaches at EuroBasket 2009 know a thing or two about owing their allegiances to foreign countries as they are leading national teams other than their native lands - with a mixed bag of success.
||Height||Birth date||Place of birth||Current club|
|4||Jarrett Hart ||G ||1.94 ||04.11.1980 ||London
||KERAVNOS STROVOLOU (Cyprus-A1) |
|5||Kieron Achara ||F ||2.08 ||03.07.1983 ||Stirling
||FORTITUDO BOLOGNA (Italy-LegaA) |
|6||Mike Lenzly ||G ||1.89 ||01.05.1981 ||Oxford
||SCAFATI BASKET (Italy-Lega2) |
|8||Andrew Sullivan ||F ||2.03 ||12.02.1980 ||London
||CSK VVS SAMARA (Russia-Superleague) |
|9||Nick George ||F ||1.98 ||25.09.1982 ||Manchester
||CASALE MONFERRATO (Italy-Lega2) |
|10||Robert Archibald ||F ||2.11 ||29.03.1980 ||Paisley
||UNICAJA (Spain-ACB) |
|11||Joel Freeland ||F ||2.08 ||07.02.1987 ||Aldershot
||KALISE GRAN CANARIA (Spain-ACB) |
|12||Nate Reinking ||G ||1.83 ||12.12.1973 ||OH
||DEXIA MONS-HAINAUT (Belgium-D1) |
|13||Daniel Clark ||F ||2.08 ||16.09.1988 ||Greenwich-London
||ESTUDIANTES MADRID (Spain-ACB) |
|14||Flinder Boyd ||G ||1.80 ||12.02.1980 ||San Francisco
||LEICESTER RIDERS (Great Britain-BBL) |
|15||Andrew Betts ||C ||2.17 ||11.05.1977 ||Coalville, Leicester
||ARIS THESSALONIKI (Greece-A1) |
|44||Pops Mensah-Bonsu ||C ||2.06 ||07.09.1983 ||Enfield
||TORONTO RAPTORS (USA-NBA) |
Serbia clinched the final spot on offer for the Qualifying Round of the EuroBasket from Group C with a clinical 77-59 win over Great Britain.
Nenad Kirstic and Milenko Tepic each poured in 17 points for the Blues, with Nate Reinking scoring a game-high 21 in defeat for Britain.
If you have the chance of playing a small but active part in basketball history you should probably take it. With this in mind, I abandoned the usually sterile and passive environment of the media area, grabbed my game ticket and clambered into the spectator area of Torwar Hall.
It was Monday 7th September 2009 in Warsaw and time to actively experience history in the making. I stood shoulder to shoulder with my fellow countrymen from Great Britain and shared the dawning of a day that we all thought would never arrive.
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