David Stern pleased Britain will play

LONDON -- NBA commissioner David Stern welcomed the decision to allow Britain's basketball teams to compete at the 2012 London Olympics.

Stern says "the opportunity for [British] fans to see Team GB compete at the highest level of our sport will be a treat for them and will accelerate the appreciation for basketball in the UK in an enormously positive way."

On Sunday, world governing body FIBA gave Britain's men's and women's teams automatic spots in the London Games without having to qualify.

The men's team could feature Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng, Detroit Pistons guard Ben Gordon and former NBA player Pops Mensah-Bonsu, who now plays for French club Lyon-Villeurbane.