Drew Sullivan has insisted that any decision surrounding his future with Great Britain will be put on hold until after the team have completed their EuroBasket 2015 2nd Qualifying Round schedule in Sarajevo tonight.
Sullivan: 99 caps "just a number"
The long-serving veteran star has been with the programme since its inception and faces the possibility of being marooned on 99 caps if it does ultimately prove to be his last game for his country.
With his EuroBasket 2015 dreams now over after Great Britain falling to three losses in as many games, the London Lions' forward is adamant that he will only be focused on the task in hand when he pulls on his beloved national team vest at the weekend.
"It would be selfish at this point and especially in the circumstances to make this about myself and it clearly isn't - this is about the team and the programme," declared Sullivan.
"I have been involved since way back in 2006 and it has only ever been about the team as far as I am concerned.
"From my standpoint right now, if I get the three digits then so be it and if I do end my career on 99 caps, then both are just different numbers to me and nothing more. I don't feel that either way it would make a difference to the commitments I have made through my career with Great Britain, or would somehow make my achievements any greater if I was to get 100 caps."
The disappointment of failing to make a fourth successive EuroBasket Final Round with his country was intense for Sullivan, who admitted that the team shouldn't have fallen twice to Iceland.
He said, "The effort was always there and nobody can be faulted for that, because it certainly hasn't been for the want of trying.
"It's difficult to accept because we could and I think should have beaten Iceland in both games and taken our chances, but it didn't happen for us.
"People will always point to the fact that we could have had a little more experience and that might have gotten us through, but I look at it in a very different way.
"Players only get experience from playing at this level and it's a learning curve for the likes of Myles Hesson who is only in his second year and guys like Ben Mockford, who are here for the first time.
"They are the future of the programme and in that sense, it would have been another short-term option to have gone with experience."
He added, "The lessons learned from these experiences should be of benefit to the Great Britain programme in the long run."
Sullivan and the Great Britain players complete their summer programme in the Bosnia and Herzegovina capital tonight, with their final Eurobasket 2015 2nd Qualifying Round contest beginning at 19.00 BST.
The game can be seen by BT broadband customers live via the BT Sport website and if you have a smartphone, via the BT Sport app. A rerun of the game can also be seen on Monday at 9am on BT Sport 2 HD.
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