Ben Gordon has admitted that family reasons, rather than insurance issues, were behind his latest no-show for Great Britain.

In an interview, the Detroit Pistons guard reveals that the recent birth of his first son forced him into a change of heart over his participation at EuroBasket 2011.

It is understood that British Basketball had difficulties in contacting Gordon before finally learning of his decision to withdraw.

And while there is now likely to be some resistance from within the current GB squad to his involvement, the London-born NBA player maintains that he intends to make himself available for next year’s Olympic Games.

“There is always next summer when the Olympics are in London,” he told “I really had my mind set that I would play this summer, but with the birth of my first son, to me, it wasn’t best suited for my family and I didn’t want to rush the situation and have it be an inconvenience. It would probably be smart to wait until next year.”

While British Basketball had an insurance deal on the table, Gordon added that the possibility of suffering a serious injury in Europe was also on his mind when he took the decision to skip the international campaign.

“There’s no need to put myself in that type of risk right now,” he added. “It’s not like the Olympics are this summer. I just pretty much weighed my options until the very last minute and then just went with my gut feeling. With my son, travelling (to) certain countries at this young age, I didn’t want to put him through that right now.”

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