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Luol Deng admits to bleak future for British basketball

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Luol Deng with Dwyane Wade
Luol Deng with Dwyane Wade.

Luol Deng signed for the Miami Heat in free agency this year to try and be the best replacement for LeBron James who moved to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

However, Deng - a two-time All-Star - has admitted that he fears for the future of basketball for his team. 

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But fear not Heat fans, the small forward has admitted his worry for the British Basketball national team, and not his new Floridian franchise.

Funding Cut

After representing Great Britain at the 2012 Olympics, Deng has seen UK Sport cut all funding to the country's basketball program and it is already having it's effect. Team GB were beaten by lowly Iceland meaning that they have no chance of reaching the 2015 EuroBasket competition.

Following the humbling at the hands of the Icelandic's, Deng admitted that the future appears bleak for the sport in his native country.

“We are very close,” he told Press Association Sport when asked if the sport was close to folding in the UK.

“At this point I don’t know what is next, we just have to wait and see what the plan is. I really don’t know the reason for it.

“People are judging us by the Olympics but people are not judging it by what it took to get to the Olympics. Everyone just wanted to show up and watch but they didn’t watch the growth of the game from the level we were in on day one to the point where we reached the Olympics."

A New Hope

In the face of adversity, Deng has gone out of his way to try and make a difference. With Great Britain Basketball deciding not to appeal the funding cut, Deng has decided to set up his own academy in partnership with Nike, Evelyn Grace Academy and Reforming Black Britain with the aim of producing elite basketball players in England.

The GB basketball games were incredibly well received during the Olympics, with full houses for every game they played. But that success didn't look like sticking for the lower level of competition and now Deng's teammates are suffering for it.

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