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Deng pleads for cash from Cameron

NBA star wants British Prime Minister to restore basketball funding in the UK

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London: Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng has pleaded with British Prime Minister David Cameron to pump government cash into the country’s basketball programme to ensure the legacy from the London Olympics isn’t “completely demolished.”

Britain’s basketball squads were told last month they will receive no funding ahead of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016.

In a letter to Cameron, Deng says “I ... have put too much in and care too greatly to let this happen.”

Deng asks “how are we supposed to motivate these kids to carry along their [basketball] journey when there’s now nothing at the end? No Team GB, no Olympic dream, no goal.”

Britain qualified for the London Games through its host-nation place.

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Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant (35) celebrates after his team scored from the bench next to teammates JaVale McGee, left, and Klay Thompson during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Oakland, Calif. The Warriors won, 111-104.