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« Reply #33 on: May 24, 2012, 04:43:28 AM »

Basketball World Events • Eventos Mundiales del Baloncesto

Official Schedule for Olympic Basketball Tournaments Confirmed

The official schedule of competition for the Olympic Basketball Tournaments (for Men and Women) at the 2012 London Games has been confirmed.

The schedule reveals the order of play and all tip-off times for games in the Preliminary Round as well as the Final Round.

The men and women play their games on alternate days throughout the period of competition (28 July-12 August).

The Women's Olympic Basketball Tournament gets underway at 9am local time on Saturday 28 July with Asia champions China taking on a team that will have qualified through the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT) for Women.

The USA, winners of the gold medal in the women's tournament at the last four Olympics, will open their title defense against a yet-to-be named opponent, who will be among the five teams to book a place for London via the OQT in Ankara, Turkey (25 June-1 July).

Great Britain's women will make their Olympic debut against the mighty Opals from Australia in the last game of the day, which tips off at 10:15pm.

On Sunday 29 July, African champions Tunisia get the Men's Olympic Tournament started when they take on one of the three qualifiers from the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT) in Caracas, Venezuela (2-8 July).

At 2:30pm, the USA - gold medallists in Beijing in 2008 - kickstart their campaign with a clash against EuroBasket 2011 runner-ups France, who return to the Olympics for the first time in 12 years.

Great Britain's men face one of the other qualifiers from the OQT in their tournament opener at 8pm.

You can find the official schedule for the Olympic Basketball Tournaments for Men and Women here.

The full schedule of competition comes after the draw for the Olympic Basketball Tournaments for Men and Women took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as part of FIBA's Central Board at the end of April.

The qualified teams for both the Men and Women’s tournaments were divided into two groups of six teams each.

Both the men's and women's tournaments see teams play the five others in their respective groups in the Preliminary Round.

The top four classified teams from each group will then move on to the Quarter-Finals of a standard knock-out tournament.

Nine men’s national teams (Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, France, Great Britain, Spain, Tunisia and USA) have already qualified for the Olympics. Click here for the Men's Preliminary Round groups. The last three teams will qualify via the 12-team OQT in Caracas.

Seven women’s national teams (Angola, Australia, Brazil, China, Great Britain, Russia and USA) have booked their places for London. Click here for the Women's Preliminary Round groups. The last five teams will secure their places via the 12-team OQT for Women in Ankara.

For more information about the Olympic Basketball Tournaments, go to the Olympic Basketball tab on


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« Reply #32 on: May 16, 2012, 05:45:30 AM »

Basketball World Events • Eventos Mundiales del Baloncesto

Strengthening the weakest links

If a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, the chain of basketball around the world is growing more resilient every day as more athletes gravitate to the game, coaching progresses, and the level of play continues to improve.

This has been most evident via the shifting balance in the Olympic Games.

The USA Olympic Men’s Team dominated up to 1988 – yeah, I’m still holding a grudge about that 1972 thing where the refs gave the Russians more chances than a birthday boy at a piñata – when the Soviets soundly whipped the Yanks for real.

That ushered in, or should I say ushered out, the pretense of amateurism with the assault of the Dream Team in 1992. Athens proved that wasn’t invincible. London should be interesting.

Balance on the Paralympic side while improving is still much further behind on the growth curve.

This was quite evident at the Parapan American Games held last November in Guadalajara, Mexico where the gap between the top and bottom wheelchair basketball teams was vast. There were games with differentials of 50, 60, even 70 plus points.

Games like that are never fun for either team. But they have to be played because if they’re not, the gaps will never close.

If basketball is a niche sport for standing players, in competition against football, volleyball, baseball, and other games for athletes, imagine the problem for wheelchair basketball. Perhaps the biggest reason for the talent gap is the much smaller player pools to begin with in already small countries when it comes to athletes with a disability. The disparity for the women is even greater when it comes to disability sports.

In the Parapan Games, the minnows were the men and women of Guatemala and El Salvador and the women of Argentina and Peru. To put it in football terms, these teams are the Faroe Islands. No team from South or Central America has medaled in the Paralympic Games or World Championships.

The American men and women were dominant as expected, both winning gold. Canada, the other tower of power from the north was less than expected. The women won silver, no surprise there, but the men settled for bronze after losing to surprise silver medalists Colombia in the semis. That’s a big deal as it put the South American team in the Paralympic Games for the first time.

Leading Colombia were Nelson Jaime Sanz who averaged 16.5 points and 6ft 7in (2.01m) Rodney Hawkins, a Dwight Howard doppelganger who’s been playing in the United States for the Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks. He was the only player to average a double-double with 13.2 points and 12.5 rebounds.

Colombia showed that teamwork built around a couple of standout players can have results. That’s an incentive to some of the women’s teams who are now developing some star players. The leading scorer on the women’s side was Mexico’s Floralia Estrada. Three of the top 10 scorers came from Brazil. Another to watch will be Guatemala’s Alva Yovadina Puac who averaged 13 points and 11.8 rebounds.

Cheers to the Guatemalas and El Salvadors of the world who step out onto the courts knowing that that they are going to get pasted but also understanding that what doesn’t kill them will only make them stronger.

The moral of this story though is that things can change.

When my sister played high school basketball at a relatively new school, I remember one game where they gave up close to a hundred points, two of which they scored themselves by mistake. That same school has now become a girls’ basketball powerhouse with numerous state championships.

And about that Faroe Islands comparison, there’s hope there as well. On any given day. That’s why we play the games.

In a Euro qualifier one day the Faroe Islanders stepped up and beat Austria. Colombia found their day against Canada.

Who will find theirs in London?
Perhaps Turkey. Like Colombia, Turkey’s men will make their inaugural Paralympics this summer and they are feeling good about it. If you believe the ongoing gold medal poll on the IWBF website, the Turks are favored to win by 32% of voters so far.

On my way out the door here, I'd like to give a shout out to German club RSV Lahn-Dill who bested Turkish side Galatasaray on their home turf to win their fifth Champions Cup, which ties the record set by the Dutch team BC Verkerk which won five times in the 1990s.  

RSV was led by a couple of North American players who will face off in London, playmaker Steve Serio of the USA and Canada’s big man Joey Johnson. It completed a triple for the team that had already captured the German league and cup titles. You can read more about it here.

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« Reply #31 on: May 06, 2012, 05:39:30 AM »

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Reaction to men's draw

There isn't much pressure on a team that's making an Olympic bow like Tunisia.

The national team finished top of the podium at last year's Afrobasket, but remembering how they finished last the 24-team FIBA World Championship in 2010, expectations are tempered.

Maybe that's why coach Adel Tlatli sounded excited when told that his side would face the United States, the country that beat the Tunisians 92-57 the Preliminary Round of the World Championship.

Also in Group A, the Tunisians will also go up against Argentina and France, and the top two sides that come out of the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Venezuela.

In Group B are Spain, China, Australia, Great Britain and Brazil, along with the third team to come out of the OQT.

When contacted by, Tlatli said: "Are we playing them [USA] again?"

"Well, it is always an honor face such a big team. What else can I say?

"They are the best team in world."

And it won't be any easier against two of the other known opponents.

"We have never played Argentina before," Tlatli said.

"They had invited us to play a friendly tournament with Brazil, but we opted to play the Stankovic Cup.

"With all their NBA players in the team they become very, very hard to play.

"Prior to the 2010 World Championship we played France and lost by 27 points.

"I don't know, perhaps things may have improved for our side, we'll see how we play this time.

"We know they are a good team."

France coach Vincent Collet had wanted to face the Americans.

"Playing the US in (the Preliminary Round) was desirable," Collet said, "so we can avoid them in the Quarter-Finals.

"We knew the draw would be complicated.

"The objective is to be as efficient as possible in the first round to qualify as best we can, but especially to qualify."

Collet says France fans shouldn't fret, however, if they have a hard time in Group A but still progress.

"Let's remember," he said, "that in 2000 France had to suffer to get out of the group but then we got to the Final."

The United States will be the favorites going into the Games.

Coach Mike Krzyzewski has steered the team to gold medals in Beijing and Turkey.

The Americans haven't lost a game in international competition since their 101-95 defeat to Greece in the Semi-Finals of the 2006 FIBA World Championship.

"It appears that our Group, Group A, is going to be extremely competitive," Krzyzewski said.

"It's a tough draw with a former Olympic champion in Argentina.

"France is another powerful team, a veteran team that is extremely talented.

"Tunisia continues to improve, and then our group will add the top two teams from the FIBA World Qualifying Tournament."

Krzyzewski led the Americans to a perfect 8-0 mark in Beijing four years ago.

Jerry Colangelo, the USA Basketball chairman and managing director of the men's national team, added: "Only 12 countries compete in the Olympics and you've got to get through your pool as one of the top four teams in order to advance to the medal round.

"So the luck of the draw is what it is and as we have done in every competition since I took over the national team program in 2005, we're taking nothing for granted.

"We have great respect for each opponent and we look forward to competing against each and every team."

Great Britain will have a talented team.

Detroit Pistons guard Ben Gordon is in the squad this season along with Luol Deng and a host of other great players.

"There is no doubt this is a tough group," Gordon said of Group B.

"Now that we know who we are playing the players and coaches as well as all of our fans can sense the Olympics are just around the corner.

"I can't wait to get started."


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« Reply #30 on: May 04, 2012, 12:12:52 AM »

Basketball World Events • Eventos Mundiales del Baloncesto

Olympic draw sets wheels in motion

The fun has already started with the 2012 Olympic basketball tournaments.

At the draw in Brazil on Monday, mouthwatering clashes in the Preliminary Round were assured.

The star-laden sides of the United States, France and Argentina are set to meet each other in a Group A that also includes African champions Tunisia and two teams that come out of the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament (QOT).

In Group B with hosts Great Britain are heavyweights Spain, as well as Australia, Brazil, China and the other side to emerge from the OQT in Caracas, Venezuela.

The fans lucky enough to have tickets are going to watch the greatest players in the sport.

So which teams had a favorable draw and which teams did not?

There is no sure way of knowing.

Final squad selections have yet to be made, and some teams may or may not be in a good rhythm when the Games get underway.

In 2008, Yao Ming was battling back from a serious injury and wasn’t in 100% game shape when he and the Chinese took on the Americans in their opener.

There is the major issue of which sides will come out of the 12-team OQT.

In addition to OQT hosts Venezuela will be the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Russia, the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia, Lithuania, Greece, New Zealand, Angola, Nigeria, Korea and Jordan.

The three teams that do make it to London will have some form, yet the exertions in South America could catch up with the players by the time they reach Europe.

Favorites no matter what

In general, most experts will pick the United States to finish top of Group A and go undefeated in London.

That will be the case no matter which players show up for coach Mike Krzyzewski, the man who led the Americans to gold at the Beijing Games, and the FIBA World Championship in Turkey two years ago.

The USA haven’t lost in international competition since the Semi-Finals of the 2006 World Championship in Japan when Greece upset them, 101-95.

Even with the NBA’s best defensive player, 2008 Olympic gold medalist Dwight Howard of Orlando, and the reigning NBA MVP and 2010 World Champion Derrick Rose of Chicago, having been lost to injuries in the past couple of weeks, the Americans will be the team to beat.

Just four times in the 17 Olympic basketball tournaments dating back to the 1936 Games in Berlin have the United States not captured the gold medal.

Krzyzewski will be hoping he has a very strong squad that includes Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin.

Argentina v France

There may be a sense of relief for France coach Vincent Collet and Argentina boss Julio Lamas because if their sides progress to the Quarter-Finals from Group A, they are assured of avoiding the Americans (should the USA finish first).

The side that finishes second to the United States in the Preliminary Round group will know that another meeting with the Americans wouldn’t happen until the Final.

If the United States beat France on the opening day, the likely scenario is that Collet’s team will need to win its remaining four games to finish runners-up in Group A.

The second day of the men’s tournament (31 July) is definitely one to mark on the calendar because Argentina will meet France in a contest that could very well determine second place in the pool.

The plot thickens when you consider France duo Tony Parker and Boris Diaw will take on their San Antonio Spurs teammate, Manu Ginobili of Argentina.

A second-place finish in Group A will be seen as a must for both Argentina and France, sides with medal aspirations.

Spain Reign

There will be some intriguing games in Group B, too, but Spain are a good bet to finish top with a perfect 5-0 record.

Injured point guard Ricky Rubio can’t help, but coach Sergio Scariolo still has Pau Gasol, EuroBasket 2011 MVP Juan Carlos Navarro and a host of other talents.

The priority for Spain will be to win Group B to give them their best chance of avoiding their nemesis, the USA, until the title game.

If the two-time defending champions of Europe are to have some difficulty in Group B, it might come against Brazil, a side that is back in the Olympics for the first time since 1996.

While Spain only lost to the USA in a tight gold-medal game in 2008, 118-107, Brazil nearly stunned Krzyzewski’s team in the Preliminary Round of the 2010 World Championship but lost, 70-68.

If a fourth-place finish is likely to ensure a Quarter-Final against the Americans, a fate that befell the Aussies in 2008, it’s imperative for teams with medal aspirations to at least finish among the top three in Group B.

Australia will have to hit the ground running. They open against Brazil and go up against Spain next.

Great Britain do not have experience at this level but with a home crowd behind them and Luol Deng, Pops Mensah-Bonsu, Ben Gordon and Joel Freeland available for coach Chris Finch, the Brits can dream of a place in the Quarters.

The unpredictability factor allows for anything to happen, so a first-place finish for Spain could end up being exactly what they don’t need.

In 2004, Gasol was the leading scorer at the Athens Games as the Spanish went undefeated in the Preliminary Round.

An out-of-sync USA advanced to the Quarters as the fourth-place team from their group, though, and got a team record 31 points from Stephon Marbury and beat Spain, 102-94. The United States then fell to Argentina in the semis, and the South Americans defeated Italy in the gold-medal game.


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« Reply #29 on: May 01, 2012, 06:31:02 AM »

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Draw results for the London 2012 Olympic Basketball Tournaments

The draw for the Olympic Basketball Tournaments for Men and Women at this summer’s London Games was held on Monday.

The qualified teams for both the Men and Women’s tournaments were divided into two groups of six teams each.

The two Olympic Basketball Tournaments will then see teams play the five other teams in their respective groups during the Preliminary Round.

The top four classified teams from each group will then move on to the Quarter-Finals of a standard knock-out tournament.

The Olympic Basketball Tournaments will take place from 28 July until 12 August at the Olympic Basketball Arena and the North Greenwich Arena.

The results of the draw are:

Men’s Olympic Basketball Tournament

Group A: Argentina, France, Tunisia, USA, OQT 1, OQT 2

Group B: Australia, Brazil, China, Great Britain, Spain, OQT 3

So far nine men’s national teams (Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, France, Great Britain, Spain, Tunisia and USA) have already qualified.

The last three teams will qualify via the 12-team FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT) for Men taking place in Caracas, Venezuela, 2-8 July. The OQT (Men) teams are: Angola, Dominican Republic, FYROM, Greece, Jordan, Korea, Lithuania, New Zealand, Nigeria, Puerto Rico, Russia and hosts Venezuela.

Women’s Olympic Basketball Tournament

Group A: Angola, China, USA, OQT 1, OQT 2, OQT 4

Group B: Australia, Brazil, Great Britain, Russia, OQT 3, OQT 5

To date, seven women’s national teams (Angola, Australia, Brazil, China, Great Britain, Russia and USA) have already qualified.
The last five teams will secure their places via the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT) for Women in Ankara, Turkey, 25 June - 01 July. The OQT (Women) teams are: Argentina, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Japan, Korea, Mali, Mozambique, New Zealand, Puerto Rico and hosts Turkey.

Following the draw, FIBA Secretary General and IOC Member Patrick Baumann said: "For every major Championship, the draw is a major milestone. Players begin picturing themselves on the court and thinking about match-ups. Fans start imagining the atmosphere...

"The 2008 Men's Final between the USA and Spain was one of the greatest Olympic moments. It showed the huge strides international basketball had made in becoming more and more competitive. I expect this year's Olympic Basketball Tournaments will be a great and memorable spectacle for all."

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« Reply #28 on: Apr 28, 2012, 10:17:41 PM »

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A different time

We live in a world that seems to go very fast, a world in which winning and earning big money often seems be to the only thing that matters.
We have luxuries in 2012 that people midway through the 20th century, when the last London Games were staged, could only dream about.
For a lot of us, life is good.
When the Olympics come around every four years, we're able to see what hard work and determination can do.
We see athletes that have trained all their lives for a chance to compete at a Summer Games.
Their goals are realized when they walk into the Olympic stadium for the Opening Ceremony.
There is a lot of good about this huge international event.
Barriers are broken down as athletes in the Olympic Village get to rub shoulders with sports men and women from other countries.
The Olympics is about history and tradition.
All of us have a favorite Olympic moment.
I remember fondly when an exhausted swimmer Mark Spitz won his seventh gold medal in 1972 in Munich, and 24 years later when "The Man With The Golden Shoes" Michael Johnson captured gold in both the 200m and 400m in Atlanta.
Olympic history also tells us that 68 years ago, London was a very different place.
In those days, there weren't as many tourists from all corners of Europe going to museums, visiting the city's pubs, taking a stroll down streets like the Old Brompton Road or having picnics in Hyde Park.
In 1948, times were hard.
It was three years after the end of World War II.
There was the rationing of food, and fuel.
Lionel Price, 85, experienced London then.
Price, who had started playing basketball a couple of years before, was a member of the Great Britain team.
London, he says, was tough in those days.
"Unless you lived through it, you have no idea how depressing London looked then," said Price, the last surviving member of the British basketball team at the '48 Olympics.
Price has been making headlines because he's going to be among those who carry the Olympic Torch while it's en route to the Opening Ceremony.
"Huge gaps in buildings everywhere, everything rationed," he said of 1948 London.
"This was a country that had been through six years of war, six years of hardship."
If the British media will be in overload mode when it comes to Olympic reporting this summer, the same couldn't have been said about the Games in Price's time.
"Newspapers had about a dozen pages and there was comparatively little coverage of the Olympics," he said to the Independent.
"They didn't stop the rationing for the Olympics, although the Americans flew in their own food because so much was unobtainable."
Price hasn't thought twice about taking part in the torch run, even though he has had a heart bypass and hernia operations.
He said: "This time they have me down as a torch-bearer, although with the letter you get it does say: 'If you have difficulty carrying the torch for 300 meters, wheelchairs are available'."
Price didn't win a game as a member of the British team in 1948 but that never mattered to him.

He said: "It was important we took part; we had been through the war and we had survived.
"We took part and no-one can take that away from us and I'll do it again.
"That feels pretty special."

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« Reply #27 on: Apr 22, 2012, 12:41:07 AM »

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OLYMPICS - Basketball stars odds-on to carry nations' flags in London

Leading international basketball players are among the most celebrated athletes in the world.

It doesn’t matter where they’re from, or whey they compete as professionals.

Hoops stars have always be among the most famous and adored sportsmen and sportswomen.

There was no other conclusion to be drawn at the 2008 Olympics when five basketball players were selected to carry the flags for their nation’s Olympic squads.

Andrei Kirilenko, fresh off his EuroBasket 2007 MVP performance, led the Russian athletes into the Olympic stadium in China for the Opening Ceremony and so did Lithuania’s 2003 MVP Sarunas Jasikevicius.

Dirk Nowitzki, the EuroBasket 2005 MVP and former NBA MVP, was all smiles and at the front of the German parade in the Bird's Nest and Manu Ginobili was bestowed the honor for Argentina.

There was applause for Yao Ming, the native son who carried the flag for China’s large contingent of athletes.

It wasn’t the first time for Yao, because the mega-star had done the same thing four years earlier in Athens and later led China to an upset of Serbia and Montenegro to reach the Quarter-Finals in Greece.

The sight of Yao carrying the flag in China was evening more meaningful because it was recognition for a person who had done so much to put his country in a good light in the United States where the giant center lived and played for the Houston Rockets.

It was a moment he’ll never forget.

"I'm afraid I have to wear earplugs,” he said at the time of the noise that was going to greet him.

Maybe Lijie Miao, the leading scorer of the last Olympic women’s tournament when China reached the Semi-Finals, will have the honor this time?

Beijing was not the first time a host nation gave the honor to a basketball player because Australia decided in 2000 to put the flag in the hands of Andrew Gaze.

Gaze had been moved by the announcement, which was made a few days before the Sydney Games.

All of the country’s athletes were gathered to find out who would lead them into the stadium, and Gaze’s name was called.

"This is a very, very humbling experience," he said.

With all of this in mind, one can only wonder if a basketball player will carry a flag into the Olympic Stadium in London for the Opening Ceremony.

There are no shortage of candidates.

Tony Parker has been a shining light for French basketball the past decade, winning NBA titles with the San Antonio Spurs and playing in All-Star Games.

Parker has been a regular in the French side, too, because there is no greater feeling for him than to reunite with his friends in the summer and wear the national team shirt.

The emotion he showed immediately after qualifying for the Olympics for the first time, something France did by reaching the EuroBasket 2011 Final, spoke volumes about his mindset and his dreams.

A couple of Spaniards, Pau Gasol and Juan Carlos Navarro, have accomplished many, many things in international basketball, Spain and the United States.

They have won gold medals at the 2006 FIBA World Championship, and EuroBaskets 2009 and 2011, reached the Final of 2008 Olympics.

Gasol was the leading scorer at the 2004 Athens Games as Spain went unbeaten but then slipped up to the United States in the Quarter-Finals.

The 2006 World Championship MVP made his Olympic bow in Greece, while Navarro has already appeared in three, including Sydney when Spain were about to blossom into one of the leading sides in the world.

Gasol was also the MVP of EuroBasket 2009, while Navarro claimed that honor last year in Lithuania.

Like Parker, Gasol has captured NBA titles and played in All-Star Games.

Navarro has spent all but one year with Barcelona, helping them retain their status as a leading club side in Europe.

If it were to happen, it would be a first for Spain.

A basketball player hasn’t carried the flag for Spain, though, at the Opening Ceremony before.

For Argentina, Luis Scola could follow in the footsteps of Ginobili in serving as the flag-bearer.

There has not been a more committed or accomplished player in the international game than Scola, a man who has never said no to putting on the Argentina shirt.

He reached the Final of the 2002 FIBA World Championship and clinched gold with Ginobili in Athens.

Scola has been the MVP of FIBA Americas Championships, made all-tournament sides at World Championships and led these great events in scoring.

Similarly, both Tiago Splitter and Marcelo Huertas would be worthy of the honor for Brazil.

Just consider what Brazil legend Oscar Schmidt, the leading scorer at the 1988, 1992 and 1996 Olympics, had to say about both.

“They are my two favorite players,” he said.

“I love those two. Marcelo became the leader. We didn't have a leader for many years and Marcelo took that spot.

“Tiago is a great guy that any father wants as a son.”

Marcelo Machado has also been a player that is passionate about the national team and if he makes the squad, which most people expect, the flag could be put in the Flamengo star’s hands.

“I love the way that Marcelinho Machado plays, so I hope that he can come to the Olympics,” Oscar said.

The last Brazilian basketball player to serve as the nation's flag-bearer was Luis Claudio Menon at the 1972 Munich Games.

The country does have a tradition of letting basketball players carry the flag because Marques Wlamir did it in 1964 and Mário Jorge da Fonseca Hermes 12 years before that.

The United States men and women have dominated the Olympic Games over the years.

One wonders if two-time Olympians Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James or Dwyane Wade might be presented with the chance, or possibly Kobe Bryant – arguably the most popular athlete at the 2008 Summer Games.

Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi certainly have a lot of fans in the United States and around the world for all they have accomplished in a USA shirt and with their different club sides.

The only basketball player to carry the flag for the United States was Dawn Staley in 2004.

As good as she was on the court, Staley had made her mark off it and that contributed to the decision to give her the honor.

She had set up the Dawn Staley Foundation, and the after-school project the foundation runs for kids from her old neighborhood in Philadelphia.

"I don't think [they picked me] for anything I've done on a basketball court," she said.

"I think it was for helping others achieve their goals and dreams."

Before the Opening Ceremony in Greece, Staley said: "It is bigger than me carrying the flag.

"I will carry the hopes and dreams of a lot of little boys and girls who feel their situation is bleak."

There are plenty of possibilities.

In terms of heroes, there are none bigger in Tunisia than center Salah Mejri, who led the country to Afrobasket 2011 gold last year and was named MVP of the tournament.

That result booked a first-ever appearance for Tunisia in the Olympics, so Mejri or perhaps one of his teammates will have the honor of bearing the flag.

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« Reply #26 on: Feb 27, 2012, 08:48:33 AM »

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3x3 - Singapore organiser says: "3x3 is a great opportunity"

Esther Quek, Managing Director of Ash Media Asia has organised over 50 3x3 events in Singapore over the past six years.

"3x3 is a great equaliser for the game today, putting everyone on the same platform with equivalent opportunities to perform and excel," she told

Next month on Saturday 10 March, a tournament named Street Gala will take place at the Big Splash Playground in the East Coast Park region.

"Singapore is working towards building 3x3 basketball and this is a great opportunity to move onward" added Quek.

"By excluding the complexities of the usual full-court play and at the same time including more space for the individual skills to be put on display, it allows basketball enthusiasts of all ages, skills levels and motivations to come together and enjoy the game."

Ash Media Asia is using this event as a test phase, applying the official FIBA rules for 2012. Via this tournament the Singapore Basketball Federation will take a closer look at officially endorsing similar events in the future.

The event is expected to have 100 teams comprised of five age categories for both boys and girls.

Street Gala participants are looking forward to showcasing their talent and with more of such events planned for 2012, no doubt 3x3 will continue to soar in the Lion City.


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« Reply #25 on: Feb 05, 2012, 01:33:12 AM »

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Draw results for the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament

FIBA on Tuesday concluded its visit to Venezuela with the draw for the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament, to be held in Caracas from 2-8 July 2012.

During a colourful ceremony, attended by a large number of officials and dignitaries, the twelve teams, who will be playing for the last three remaining places in the Olympic Basketball Tournament, were divided into four groups of three teams.

Group A: Greece, Jordan, Puerto Rico

Group B: Lithuania, Nigeria, Venezuela

Group C: Dominican Republic, Korea, Russia

Group D: Angola, F.Y.R. of Macedonia, New Zealand

The group stages will see the 12 teams play the two other teams in their respective groups in a standard round robin format (12 games in total). The top two teams in each group progress to the Quarter-Finals as follows:

A1 v B2
B1 v A2
C1 v D2
D1 v C2

The four winning quarterfinalists qualify for the Semi-Finals:

Winner [A1 v B2] v Winner [C1 v D2]
Winner [B1 v A2] v Winner [D1 v C2]

The two winning semifinalists automatically qualify for London 2012, while the two losing semifinalists face-off for 12th and final Olympic place.

FIBA meets Venezuela’s Ministry for Sport

On Monday, FIBA’s President Yvan Mainini and Secretary General Patrick Baumann visited the giant Polidero de Caracas arena, which is to undergo major refurbishments, before meeting with Venezuela’s Minister for Sport Héctor Rodríguez Castro to discuss the upcoming tournament, and the state of preparations.

Also present were FIBA Américas President Horacio Muratore, Deputy Minister of Sport Performance Yuri Quiñones and Venezuelan Basketball Federation (FVB) President Carmelo Cortez.

Following the meeting, Patrick Baumann said: “It was a great opportunity for us to meet with Mr Rodriguez and the Venezuelan Basketball Federation. A tournament like this requires a lot of preparation, and although there remains a lot of work to be done both for the tournament and for the renovation of the venue, we received all the necessary assurances from the government and the organisers that all targets and deadlines would be met.”

“The Minister also reiterated the government's long-term support for our sport, which is one of the most popular in the country and we have therefore no doubts that the Olympic Qualifying Tournament will be a great event,” he concluded.

About the FIBA and the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament

The Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT) was first introduced in 1960. It was played according to a variety of formats – both worldwide and for Europe/the Americas – until it was discontinued after 1992.

It was reintroduced in 2008, and took place in Athens, Greece and Madrid, Spain for the men and women respectively. Croatia, Germany and Greece were the three final men’s teams to qualify for the Beijing Olympics, while Belarus, Brazil, the Czech Republic, Spain and Latvia took the five women’s spots on offer.

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FIBA ( – the world governing body for basketball – is an independent association formed by 213 National Basketball Federations throughout the world. It is recognised as the sole competent authority in basketball by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

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« Reply #24 on: Jan 21, 2012, 12:11:29 AM »

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The Jordanian man of the hour is raring to go!

He was the man who gave Jordan their first moment of glory in international basketball. Two years later, when Jordan went even higher in rankings, and obviously louder in their celebration, he was however left to celebrate it only away from the scene of action.

Ayman Idais became an instant hero in Jordan, when he fired in six three-pointers in a game-haul of 20 points to lead Jordan to victory against West Asian neighbors and the more fancied Lebanon, in the bronze medal game of the 25th FIBA Asia Championship at Tianjin in 2009.

That triumph gave Jordan their first ever FIBA Asia Championship medal and put the WABA team in the 2010 FIBA World Championship.

Two years later, at the 26th FIBA Asia Championship in Wuhan last summer, when Jordan were scripting history again, this time going all the way to the gold medal game before losing to China, Idais was left back in Amman with an injured knee.

“I would have given my life to help Jordan win that game. I was jumping in my chair for every shot,” said Idais, recalling his moments of agony watching Jordan lose the gold medal game by a whisker.

“It was very frustrating that I could do nothing about it. I almost broke the television.

“Those were the worst moments in my basketball life. Having to watch your team lose so close, and yet to realise you are in a completely helpless situation to do anything about it is very frustrating for a basketball player. I couldn’t sleep for many nights after that.”

Now, back in action after recovering from a surgery to his knee, Idais is all set to spearhead Jordan come July in the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT) in Venezuela.

Jordan’s defeat in the Wuhan gold medal game, in a manner of speaking spurred Idais to work harder on his return to action.

“I realised I have a responsibility to help the team. I realised that the only thing that is stopping me from helping the team is my own fitness. So I put all plans of recovery on a fast track,” he explained.

Back in action, Idais recently averaged 18.5 points and 14.2 rebounds per game in four outings in leading Al Riyadi Aramex Amman to the quarter-finals of the WABA League.

“I have never seen him so focused and dedicated in practice. He is the hardest working player in our midst,” admired Jordanian expert Fadi Sabbah, at the helm of Aramex.

“His presence is a morale booster both on the court and off it,” said team-mate Ali Zaghab, who lined out for Jordan last summer.

“(With Ayman) I think we would have won (against China in Wuhan)."

Idais’ response to those two admirers was in line with the 2.05m center’s attitude these days.

“What’s the use of all the experience if I cannot help the team,” he said.

“I know the team needs me. And I am a lot more responsible in delivering what the team needs. I have realised I can make a contribution only by playing with responsibility.

“Of course we are very optimistic,” Idais said of Jordan’s chances in Venezuela, where Jordan aim to clinch one of three tickets available to the 2012 London Olympics.

“Who gave us a chance in Tianjin or Wuhan? We have always started as underdogs. It suits us fine for the rivals to underestimate us,” Idais pointed out.

Of course, Lebanon in 2009 and Iran in 2011 will vouch for the dangers of taking Jordan lightly.

And in Venezuela too, the others will take Jordan lightly only at their own peril.

Idais might just be the crucial link Tab Baldwin missed in Wuhan.

So long…

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« Reply #23 on: Mar 15, 2011, 10:27:36 PM »

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GB granted automatic Olympic spots,
2014 FIBA World Champs Women go to Turkey

Great Britain’s Men’s and Women’s national teams will compete in the Olympic Basketball Tournament at the 2012 London Games after FIBA granted them automatic places at the Central Board on Sunday.

The other major decision on the agenda saw Turkey awarded the next FIBA World Championship for Women, the biggest international women’s basketball tournament, to be held in 2014.

FIBA recognised that Great Britain had met the requirements set out for them – proving their competitiveness on the court with both senior teams qualifying for this summer’s EuroBasket tournaments, while also providing a solid legacy plan for the sport in the country beyond the Games of the XXX Olympiad.

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The Central Board voted 17-3 in favour of Great Britain taking their place in the field of basketball teams at next year’s Olympics, but re-iterated the need for British Basketball and the home nations' (England, Scotland and Wales) federations to work towards proving their commitment to grow the game by figuring out the best governance model going forward.

“The Central Board took a vote on the following proposal: yes, both men’s and women’s teams should play at the Olympic Games, but by 30th June 2012 British Basketball and the home nations must figure out the best way for the future governance of the sport," said FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann.

“They have until that date to decide what governance they want to go forward with after the Olympic Games end.”

Meanwhile, Turkey will host the 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women after getting the nod over Australia for the honour.

“We had two outstanding bids, with both countries doing an amazing job of giving the board very good reasons to believe they were very capable of hosting the event and having it be a great success,” said Baumann.

“The quality of the two bids is testament to the growth of women’s basketball.”

Turkey hosted last summer’s FIBA World Championship for Men.

A road map for the development of FIBA33 – the International Basketball Federation’s sanctioned format of 3on3 – was agreed upon.

FIBA is working to develop 3on3 basketball so that it is played in top-level competitions, with players rewarded for their participation through the creation of an innovative individual ranking system.

The ultimate goal is to see this format of basketball receive Olympic status one day and, to that end, FIBA looks to showcase it as early as 2016.

Lithuania and the Netherlands were selected as hosts of the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championships for Men and Women respectively.


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« Reply #22 on: Mar 08, 2011, 05:30:14 PM »

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Olympics D-Day looms for British Basketball
FIBA prepares to take decision on Team GB participation in London 2012

FIBA, the world governing body of basketball, said today that the decision on whether to allow Great Britain teams (men and women) to play in the London Olympics would be “the most important in the history of the game in the UK.”

Delegates from FIBA’s Central Board will make their ruling in Lyon next Sunday (13th March) after considering submissions from the British Basketball Federation.

According to International Olympic Committee (IOC) regulations, the world governing body has the right to decide whether or not the host nation’s teams – both men and women – are granted automatic spots in the Olympic basketball tournament.

Patrick Baumann, Secretary-General of FIBA, said: “GB teams have made great strides by demonstrating their competitiveness at the top level in Europe in men’s and women’s events.

“The progress on the court has been excellent with qualification for this summer’s EuroBasket tournaments. We strongly believe that the GB teams could become powerhouses of world basketball if the right measures are put in place for the future development of the game.

“According to our surveys, basketball is one of the most popular sports among youngsters in the UK and there now needs to a robust legacy plan to capture and retain this passion and enthusiasm and take the game onto the next level once the 2012 Olympics are over.

“We want to ensure that the 2012 competition is the best in Olympic history but also that basketball can progress from the wings to the centre stage of British sport. For that reason, the Central Board decision is the most important in the history of basketball in the UK.”

The ruling will be announced by the 22-strong Central Board next Sunday and will be streamed live on The venue for the next FIBA World Championship for Women in 2014 will also be unveiled with Australia and Turkey as the finalists for that honour.


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« Reply #21 on: Dec 14, 2010, 08:46:30 PM »

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FIBA – Groundbreaking ceremony held for ‘House of Basketball’
House of Basketball worth the wait

Members of FIBA’s extensive family travelled from all corners of the world and were joined by local authorities on Monday for the historic groundbreaking of the House of Basketball close to the shores of Lake Geneva, Switzerland.

An estimated 200 people gathered in the commune of Mies, in the canton of Vaud, for a ceremony that marked the commencement of construction for what will become the international basketball federation’s permanent home in the winter of 2012-2013.

The memorable moment came more than 42 years after FIBA originally set out plans to find a place it could call its own and that fact was not lost on anyone involved in the process.

“It has been a long ride since 1968 when FIBA first decided to build its own headquarters,” said Bob Elphinston, President of the International Basketball Foundation (IBF), which will oversee the construction of the building.

“I am very proud that during my recently-completed term as president of FIBA and will all your support we were able to go through all the steps necessary to commence construction, including the establishment of the IBF that will manage this exciting project, a world class headquarter on behalf of FIBA.”

Elphinston’s successor at the helm of FIBA, Yvan Mainini, traced the international federation’s movements since its creation in Geneva in 1932.

“FIBA has had its head offices in a number of places over the past 78 years,” he explained. “First it was Rome from 1932 until 1940. Then it moved to Bern, Switzerland, from 1940 until 1956 for reasons that you can understand given the period.

“FIBA was transformed with its Secretary General (Borislav Stankovic) and had five different addresses in Munich. And then, after a fairly big change, in 2002, FIBA came to Switzerland, to Geneva. In late 2012-early 2013, we will return for the inauguration of this building and look forward to welcoming our national federation members.”

On 17th October 1968, at a FIBA Central Board meeting in Mexico, the decision was made to build FIBA a home, but no precise thought was given as to where and when.

It wasn’t until 30 years later, in 1998, that the FIBA World Congress looked at the idea more closely. In May 2000, eight cities presented their projects to the Central Board and FIBA chose to move back to Geneva, doing so on 29th May 2002.

Six years later, Mies was selected as the site for the ‘House of Basketball’ where FIBA purchased a land of approximately 8,000 square metres to build its own home.

FIBA becomes the latest international federation to set up its main offices in the canton of Vaud and the move was welcomed by International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge, whose headquarters are in nearby Lausanne.

“I rejoice that FIBA is joining the more than 35 international federations who are grouped around the IOC in the canton of Vaud that helps them so much,” he said.

“There's great added value (in having headquarters close to the IOC's) in that it faciliates the contacts between the IOC and the now more than 35 international federations residing around our headquarters. You can always work in a better way in a face-to-face contact than via e-mail, or video conference or telephone call. It forges stronger relationships.”

FIBA on Monday held the groundbreaking ceremony for its ‘House of Basketball’, which once completed, will serve as the organisation’s world headquarters.

Members of the basketball family travelled from all five continents to attend the ceremony and were joined by International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge, Councillor of State for Canton Vaud Jean-Claude Mermoud as well as local mayor for the municipality of Mies Patrice Engelberts.

FIBA President Yvan Mainini said: “A birth like this is something very important for FIBA. FIBA was first created in 1932 in Geneva and today is like a re-birth as we break ground here to give the federation the dynamism it will need in coming years. We look forward to this project being completed so that we can welcome you all here again in two years time.”

Rogge told the more than 200 persons attending the ceremony: “Basketball is a universal sport. It is a sport that requires very little infrastructure and therefore is ideal to be played at school level. It is a sport where there is no violence, that carries values and that is very appealing.”

“I would like to congratulate FIBA for this great initiative. This building will allow FIBA to do an even better job of fulfilling its mission regarding basketball and the development of the sport.”

The building, which seen from above is shaped like a hand and incorporates structural elements strongly resembling a basketball net, should be completed during the winter of 2012-2013, with investment in the project totalling CHF 30 million. As well as the administrative offices of FIBA, the building will house the newly set up International Basketball Foundation (IBF) and the FIBA Hall of Fame.

During the ceremony, a capsule was filled with basketball objects and memorabilia that included a signed ball, a game jersey and a book on the history of FIBA that will be cemented into the building’s foundations.

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« Reply #20 on: Aug 24, 2010, 07:27:38 AM »

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The World Championship and the Grand Daddy of all Friendly Matches,
Spain vs Team USA: What a game!

What a privilege to commentate last night the grand daddy of all friendly matches, Spain vs Team USA, a matchup where both teams obviously played hard looking for a prestigious victory. The game more than lived up to the hype while it approached but didn't equal the fabulous 2008 Olympic final in Bejing, which is already saying alot!

Both teams played great basketball at a high intensity and velocity with many players performing at a very strong level led by Kevin Durant and Juanca Navarro, the two leaders who lived up to their reputations and crucial roles.

This game was a stark positive contrast to the sad spectacle of the brawl between Greece and Serbia in Athens a few nights earlier. The game was hard-fought and Marc Gasol and Durant got into a little verbal spat but in general there was an attitude of respect and fair play throughout the game,all the better!

From the standpoint of Team USA, the win was a welcome confidence-builder and the squad corrected all of the weaknesses seen the night before in a horrible first half against a valiant Lithuanian team which is putting up some decent results in preparation games despite missing most of their confirmed stars except for Linus Kleiza.

After changing his starting five vs. Spain, Coach K saw immediate results as Derrick Rose and Lamar Odom were more dangerous offensively than Rajon Rondo and Tyson Chandler.

The Americans limited their turnovers, hit their open shots,attacked the Spanish man to man defence aggressively, lowered Spain's shooting percentage with tight defence and even pulled out a surprise zone defence on the last decisive possession.

They seem to be adapting quickly to the international style and refereeing.

The real and new Kevin Durant showed up hitting a bunch of big shots and even blocking the last two attempts by Ricky Rubio and Rudy Fernandez in the waning seconds.

Wow what a show! The learning experience continues for the super young Team USA which has pleased world-wide fans with their humble attitude and desire to progress while respecting their opponents.

Coach K said before the game that Spain is favorite to be World champion because of their shared experience and he added that watching them pass the ball around is watching beautiful basketball.

Gracias!The last remaing question is who will be cut from the team as Russell Westbrook and Stephen Curry played well to improve their chances.

From the Spanish point of veiw, they are probably diappointed to have lost in front of their home fans but they came back strong in the fourth quarter to go ahead by two and this pleased coach Sergio Scariolo.

They copied the Americans brick launching vs. Lithuania from the day before as they openned the game missing alot of open shots and they seemed surpassed by Team USA's speed and aggressiveness.

After the adrenaline rush at the game's start the teams settled down into a more methodical style and showed some good passing prowess in the half-court game.

Spain has Marc Gasol which gives them the low post fixation point that Team USA lacks and this gives them a more balanced inside out game.

Running Navarro and Rudy off of high post screens is their bread and butter along with the uptempo rythmn imposed by Rubio who proved once and for all, in his duel with Rose, that he is ready for the NBA!

Spain showed weakness getting back on D,defending penetration and on the defensive glass giving way to many second chances to the American jumping jacks!

Navarro took to heart Ricky's suggestion to take over the team leadership with Pau Gasol in the stands chatting up his beatiful girlfiend!

The Pau pair had some stiff competition for most glamourous couple in the arena from soccer player Christian Ronaldo and his pinup!

In any case, if this was a preveiw of a future semi-final matchup in Istanbul then everybody should note the rendez-vous in their agendas because the spectacle was grandiose.

I also saw Australia barely beat Brazil yesterday and these two teams confirmed their status as sure-fire quarterfinalists. end

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Greece & Serbia... the Jungle ! Meanwhile FIBA condemns violence...

Greece have won the Acropolis Tournament in Athens by edging out Serbia 74-73 but it came in controversial fashion as the final was abandoned following a huge brawl.

Serbia were doomed to only the second defeat of their preparations for the FIBA World Championship when a scuffle between Antonis Fotsis and Milos Teodosic turned into a major incident involving almost every player from both teams.

Both teams were sent from the court before the referees decided not to resume the game, handing Greece victory as they had led when the fight began, with two and half minutes still on the clock.

Passions had been running high through the game, and shortly before the fight began, Serbia coach Dusan Ivkovic had been charged with a second technical foul and ejected, an incident Greece used to come back and take the lead.

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FIBA condemns violence
GENEVA (FIBA) - FIBA unconditionally condemns the violence that occurred during the Final of the Acropolis tournament between Greece and Serbia that was played in Athens, Greece last night.

Such scenes involving players on a basketball court are entirely unacceptable, especially as players are seen as important role models for young fans.

They are also ambassadors for basketball on the global stage and they should always be seen to act as such.

Patrick Baumann, the Secretary General of FIBA, said: "I was appalled to see the disgraceful scenes that occurred during the Greece v Serbia game. They were an awful stain on the good name of world basketball.

FIBA will take whatever steps are necessary against any individual player found to have been involved in this shocking incident. FIBA will not let this stand.

"FIBA, as the sport's world governing body, is now urgently reviewing last night's game and the circumstances leading to the violence.

FIBA will not be commenting on the actions of any individual player ahead of that review being completed.

However, FIBA wishes to make it clear that it will not hesitate to take the strongest possible action against any individual found to have brought the sport of basketball into disrepute."


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