OLYMPICS: Nate may consider carrying on and on

Emotional: Nate Reinking against China.     Pic: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Emotional: Nate Reinking against China. Pic: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
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AN emotional Nate Reinking says he could be tempted to keep playing despite saying last night’s victory against China would be his final game.

Reinking, aged 38, who played for the Sharks last season, was part of Great Britain’s 90-58 success - their first in the Olympic Games since 1948.

Choking back the tears Reinking said the thrill of the win may make him reconsider his retirement.

“We’ve been through all the wars together, just good to go out with a win,” he said. “It actually makes me more hungry to keep playing because we’re almost there in these close games.

“We just want to get over that hill and it has made me more hungry than ever. I’ll never say never. I was going to retire after five years and I’m still standing here.”

Reinking said the result, in which he scored 12 points, was well deserved after a tournament that has seen Britain stand toe-to-toe with some of the leading basketball powers.

“It was a long time coming,” he said. “A lot of work, but it feels amazing. It’s bitter sweet because we wanted to move on but to end it on this is a good feeling.

“It has been years of the almost. I can’t explain it, it’s one of those things. We’re nearly there. It’s just good to get a win. We wanted to get a win for ourselves, for the crowd here in London and for the work we’ve put in over the years.

“It can’t get any better than this. This is the pinnacle. We showed we can compete with the best. Hopefully it grows the sport like crazy over here.”

And he hadn’t ruled out remaining part of the Great Britain programme as a coach, saying: “Hopefully. I’ve given my heart to it for all these years so who knows what’s in store.

“Hopefully I’ll go on vacation and look back and soak it all in and see what else is out there.”

Former Sharks boss Chris Finch also confirmed it would be his final match in charge of Great Britain.

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