NBA center Mullens unable to play for Britain

Byron Mullens will miss the London Olympics because of an

injury, depriving host Britain of one of its three NBA players.

The Charlotte Bobcats center, who was born in Columbus, Ohio,

but has an English mother, is shelved for the tournament because of

a long-standing toe problem.

Mullens received his British passport in March and hasn’t yet

played for Britain.

Britain coach Chris Finch says: ”It is disappointing but we

have a very strong squad in camp.”

Detroit Pistons guard Ben Gordon and Chicago Bulls forward Luol

Deng are the other NBA players on the Britain squad, which was

allowed to compete at the Olympics by the International Basketball

Federation despite not qualifying.