GB great Dan Clark sets appearance landmark at EuroBasket

One of British Basketball’s all-time greats accomplishes an unprecedented feat today.

Great Britain Men’s Basketball Captain Dan Clark will notch his 117th cap for the team, surpassing the previous record of 116 held by Eric Boateng, as he takes on Giannis Antetokounmpo and Greece at EuroBasket (4pm).

The British basketball world has united to congratulate him on his achievement.

Clark made his debut for Great Britain in 2009, representing the national team at all five of their EuroBasket appearances as well as at the London 2012 Olympics, and has been a shining example for British Basketball at both international and club level. He is Great Britain Men’s all-time leader in points scored and rebounds made, and now adds the caps record to his unparalleled portfolio.

Ahead of his impending achievement, stars from across the world of basketball – including from the NBA and some of the biggest basketball teams on the planet – have come together to congratulate 33-year-old Clark on his achievement.

You can read the full interview with the record-breaking captain here.

GB great and former NBA star Luol Deng said:

“Dan, I’m here to say huge congratulations to you on getting 117 caps. It is an amazing accomplishment and all I can think of is back in the days when we were playing together. Who would’ve thought that you’d be playing for so long!?

“This is a testament to how much you love the game, how much you love your country and the work that you put in. I know we’re all proud of you but you should be so proud of yourself for this accomplishment. I can’t wait to see you and give you a huge hug because I’m super, super proud of you, brother!”

Former GB head coach and current Minnesota Timberwolves playcaller Chris Finch said:

“Dan, I just wanted to congratulate you on becoming the all-time caps leader for Great Britain. It is a remarkable accomplishment and I couldn’t be more excited for you. I’d also like to thank you personally for everything you gave to the programme, particularly when I was involved.

“Your performance at the Olympics, especially playing through a pretty severely sprained ankle, was really quite inspiring, so continued good luck, I’m rooting for you guys as always, and congratulations again.”

Toronto Raptors head coach and former GB head coach Nick Nurse said:

“I just want to congratulate Dan Clark – one of the youngsters on the team in 2012 and even earlier as we spent four years getting ready to qualify and compete at the London 2012 Olympics.

“I want to congratulate you, Dan, on such an amazing accomplishment, becoming the most-capped Men’s player, and surpassing another great gentleman and great basketball player Eric Boateng in breaking this record, who was also part of things way back in the beginning.

“True credit to you, Dan, for your commitment to your country, your love of the sport, the passion with which you played, I am very proud of you as I know many, many are. You’ve touched many people’s lives in a positive manner and for that I thank you, congratulate you and wish you well.”