Basketball: Britain to play US in 2012 warm-ups

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The Independent Online

The US men's and women's basketball teams will prepare for their Olympic title defences with warm-up games against Britain next year in Manchester.

The games, announced yesterday, will take place in July 2012 at the MEN Arena.

The host British teams were granted automatic spots in the London Games last week by basketball's world governing body, Fiba.

The men's squad is led by the Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng and could include the Detroit Pistons guard Ben Gordon. The team have qualified for this summer's European championship.

The US teams will be players from their reigning Olympic and world championship squads.