Robert Archibald is set to sit out Great Britain’s European qualifying campaign this summer after telling team chiefs he needs time off to recover from injury.
The Paisley-born centre missed several games this season for his Spanish club, Unicaja Malaga, due to ongoing back problems. And although Britain need to qualify for Eurobasket 2011 to guarantee a place in the London Olympics, GB coach Chris Finch admits he may have to do without the former NBA player.
“He requested some time after the season to decide on whether to come or not,” Finch revealed. “Right now, he’s on the fence. I can see him sitting out. He’s had a long season and the way he plays the game puts a lot on strain on his body. But we’ll keep a spot open for him as late as possible”
Archibald, currently in Chicago, has insisted that he hasn’t yet made a final decision over his plans following discussions this week with British
Basketball’s technical director Ron Wuotila.