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GB team hit by more withdrawals

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Great Britain's basketball team have been hit by further withdrawals ahead of this weekend's European Championship warm-up games at the O2 Arena.

Star centre Robert Archibald will not play in any of the three games because of an ongoing hernia problem while NBA star Pops Mensah-Bonsu also misses out.

GB's other two NBA stars - Luol Deng and Ben Gordon - have already withdrawn because of injury and unavailability.

Joel Freeland replaces Archibald for Friday's opener against Poland.

GB also play Turkey on Saturday and Israel on Sunday.

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They then head to Spain next week, where Unicaja Malaga star Archibald could return in time for games against Slovenia, Lithuania and their hosts.

The games provide preparation for next month's EuroBasket in Poland, with both the world champions Spain and Slovenia in GB's group.

A strong performance at EuroBasket will further enhance GB's chances of convincing world governing body FIBA they are worthy of taking up the hosts' place at the 2012 London Olympics.

Mensah-Bonsu is absent as he has remained in North America to tie up a contract with the Toronto Raptors.

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