Last summer’s 2012 London Olympics was a golden opportunity to inspire a generation of future British basketball players. With the 2012 Dream Team — one of the greatest basketball teams ever assembled — a Luol Deng-led British basketball team, and an array of European teams with some familiar NBA faces, the stage was set to showcase a much lesser publicised sport to the British masses.
After a positive start and gigantic leap in the right direction, London basketball’s funding was withdrawn, before getting a 7 million pound reprieve.
“There is enough money, but it’s not being spent where it should be, where it would have more impact in terms of participation.” Said a spokesman of the London School of Basketball (LSB).
The decision to dismantle the London Olympic park’s basketball arena since 2012 has also been met with confusion, as it was the only first class basketball-only facility in London.
Basketball funding for London will be reviewed again in 2014, but with so many U-turns after what appeared to be the perfect foundation to build on, British basketball fans shouldn’t hold their breath any time soon.
Perhaps the sports tycoons of Britain would prefer to invest in sports they are familiar with, rather than improve inner-city communities by reshaping the future of British sport.
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