Great Britain international Flinder Boyd has announced his retirement at the age of 32, just months ahead of the Olympic Games.

The San Francisco-born guard, who won 34 caps for GB and featured in the 2009 EuroBasket finals in Poland, left Leicester Riders earlier this season, citing personal reasons.

However he has now decided to call time on his career that took in clubs in France, Spain. Slovakia and Greece, as well as stints in the BBL with Newcastle and Leicester.

“It’s been a long time coming but I’ve been struggling with injuries and health over the last year or so,” Boyd said.

“I didn’t expect to get called to GB camp this summer and the only reason I kept playing for the last couple of seasons was to try and make the Olympics.”

Boyd, a hugely popular figure in the renaissance of the national team, will complete a Masters in Urban Geography in the UK before returning to the USA.

“I’m already missing basketball. It’s like my arm’s been cut off,” he added. “I’m feeling every day that I should be out getting ready to play. But it’s time.”


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