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« Reply #36 on: Nov 17, 2013, 01:03:47 AM »

Torneos & Eventos de Baloncesto del Mundo Hispano • Basketball Tournaments, Events & News from the Hispanic World

"What's all this fuss about leagues?"
The reason is that they are really important !

William Rosario's Somewhere in the Americas
Someone, a good guy, a real basketball guy, posed this question to me in the midst of the Intercontinental Cup, a two-day event that pitted the Euroleague champions (Olympiacos of Greece) against the champions of the FIBA Americas League (Pinheiros of Brazil), for the first time in 17 years.

And I know why he asked. He saw all the work being put into making this a world class event and wondered, like all regular and basketball 'philosophers' do, what was the purpose of it all.
So, on this particular day, this particular philosophical query came my way - "What's all this fuss about leagues?"

I took it, thought about it and drew a blank. I had no answer for the guy other than "well, what kind of question is that? Because they are important. All this fuss about them is that they are really important."

The conversation ended there, of course, because of my vague and dry response. But there's a more articulate answer.

Now don't get me wrong. There's nothing more beautiful and exciting than a national team tournament. Watching the best players from each country defending their colors by leaving everything out on the court is a wonderful thing. It is patriotism that at its best, is basketball when you strip it down to the core where all of it is about just one thing: passion.

But, how do you get there? How do you develop players to be up at the level required by a national team tournament?

This is where the national leagues come into play.

Prior to the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship there was a lot of talk from journalists and 'experts' outside of Argentina about how the dominance from the South American and number 3 ranked country in the world would end this year. No more Manu Ginobili, Andres Nocioni, Fabricio Oberto, Carlos Delfino or Pablo Prigioni meant they would disappear off the map, and that's a more than fair opinion...if you were not paying attention to their national league.

If you were, as I was from having watched the professional teams from Argentina up close on both the South American and FIBA Americas League, then you knew they were definitely going to be in contention for one of the four spots for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup that were awarded in Caracas. They are just doing things the right way.

"Tell me what's your plan in terms of education for your children", said FIBA Americas Secretary General Alberto Garcia to a journalist in a press conference in Mexico. "Do you take them to school two months out of the year? And then 10 months of vacation? No, you do it the other way around because it works that way."

"Now, in school, do they give them tests every single day? Or do they learn, learn, learn and then go and take tests on what they were taught?" he continued. "Basketball needs to be treated the same way."

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I could not agree more. And this is the way things are done in Argentina.

Eulis Benjamin Baez (born March 18, 1982 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic), looking here one portion of pizza after a game, is a basketball player who currently belongs to the staff of the Gran Canaria Basketball Club who play in the ACB. In this photograph by Adre Kang from Primera Hora presented by eBA Stats Basketball Statistics Analysis .
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They have a national league that runs from September through to May (nine months), with two games per week, leaving the rest of the days off for practice. Yes, practice.

These coaches and players, who have climbed up the different divisions of professional basketball in the country, have time to go over their fundamentals and it shows. I have seen starless Argentinean basketball teams manhandle teams from other countries with huge budgets and recognizable names on the back of their jerseys.

Why? They know how to play the game.

How did they learn to play the game? They have a more consistent workshop. They have a solid national league. A league that has not only developed today's stars, but also elite international coaches like Ruben Magnano, Sergio Hernandez and Julio Lamas, among others.

How does all of this national activity translate to international success? Well, here's where I go back to the question asked by the basketball 'philosopher'. Those players, those young players that made a splash this year in Caracas had played in the international stage before. These cats are no strangers to the bright lights.

Facundo Campazzo, Marcos Mata, Selem Safar, Nicolas Laprovittola and Adrian Boccia had all played South American and FIBA Americas Leagues. They had played against Brazilian, Mexican, Puerto Rican, Uruguayan, Venezuelan and Dominican teams. They had matched up against other types of basketball styles and won (Campazzo and Mata won the 2009 FIBA Americas League, and Argentina's teams won 3 of the first 4 editions).

And their 'doing things the right way' has helped others too. The best thing about these international leagues is that their methods to success have been contagious. Brazil, Mexico, Venezuela have all followed suit.

In Mexico, the darling of this year's continental championship, the national league has been reformed. It assimilated the international calendar, while lengthening the schedule (they started in October this year) and shortening the load of games during the week.

Also, their involvement in international leagues have been key for them. Nine of the 12 players on the Caracas roster had played the FIBA Americas League before, including the MVP of the tournament, Gustavo Ayon. In fact, five players won it with Pioneros de Quintana Roo two years ago.

Brazil has been revolutionary. With a national league that is even younger (just five seasons) than the FIBA Americas league, they are an economically solid venture with huge participation from states across the board, as well as great TV exposure and fan participation. They play under international calendar, with eight-nine months of competition.

Coaching was their Achilles heel but they have begun to fix that with their great economic structure. Big names are being imported such as Sergio Hernandez from Argentina, who now coaches Brasilia. Young players will develop, that is a lock. They go to school now for the right amount of time, now under the right personnel, great and proven teachers. These year might have been disastrous for Brazil in Caracas, but it won't happen again and you can count on that.

The only exceptions are both Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic. Both of them have three-month competitions, out of international calendar, with four and even five games a week.

Why are they doing so well on the international level? Can this work? Maybe. But take a look at this names:

Puerto Rico: JJ Barea (NBA), Carlos Arroyo (Europe), Ricardo Sanchez (Argentina), Daniel Santiago (Argentina), John Holland (Spain/France)

Dominican Republic: Francisco Garcia (NBA), James Feldeine (Spain), Eulis Baez (Spain), Jack Martinez (just in 2013 played in Argentina, Venezuela, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico).

What do they have in common? They have developed or currently make their living in leagues that do it right. Leagues that allow them to constantly work at mastering their craft.

The same with coaches. The top five coaches this year in Caracas were: Sergio Valdeolmillos (Spain), Paco Olmos (Spain), Sergio Lamas (Argentina), Orlando Antigua (NCAA) and Nestor 'Che' Garcia (Argentina).

So, what's all this fuss about leagues?

Well, when a national league is good, it develops fundamentally sound coaches and players, and when an International League is solid, it gives them a platform in which they can learn what it is to represent a country, so that when they arrive at the big stage, they are ready and prepared for their opportunity to shine.

You know, it was a vague and dry answer after all...but I stand by it.

Because they are important. All this fuss about leagues is that they are really important.

William Rosario from FIBA

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« Reply #35 on: Jul 27, 2013, 08:07:14 PM »

Torneos & Eventos de Baloncesto del Mundo Hispano • Basketball Tournaments, Events & News from the Hispanic World

How and why was Flor Melendez fired
as Puerto Rico's coach?

Martín Seldes' Brave New World
How and why does a coach who has been there for the past two years and produced good results find himself leaving his position only a week before the national team gets together to prepare for the most important tournament of the year?

Flor Melendez has always been there. If he has failed - and sometimes he has - it's definitively not the time to change him and put someone else in charge.
Paco Olmos, a Spaniard who has been coaching in Puerto Rico's national league for less than a year, will take his place.

How did this happen?

Puerto Rico National Basketball Federation President Carlos Beltran decided to change coaches because he can. I'm sure he has his reasons as Flor has made lots of mistakes during his stay as Puerto Rico's national team coach. But he decided it late and in a strange way.

The two are friends, but apparently Melendez himself didn't know what Beltran did until the same morning when we all found it out.

"I think the team needs a different structure for this new Olympic cicle. The teams needs a change," said Beltran.

That's absolutely fine. But what did it change in the past few weeks to fire a coach just a week before the beginning of a new season.

"I've seen Olmos working in Puerto Rico, how he gives everything everyday, his passion, he comes from an important league with a winning culture. He knows our basketball and our approach to him was quite easy," added Beltran.

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In other words, Beltran decided to hire Olmos before he fired Melendez.

How and why was Flor Melendez fired as Puerto Rico's coach? Photograph: José Jiménez/FIBA AMERICAS
Photograph: José Jiménez from FIBA AMERICAS

Melendez played for Puerto Rico and was a member of their 1968 Olympic team in Mexico.

A long-time coach in the Puerto Rican top flight, he also walked the sidelines as the boss of the country's women's national team.

He was an assistant coach to Julio Toro nine years ago when Puerto Rico’s men played at the 2004 Olympics and upset the United States on the opening day of the tournament.

Melendez deserved something better than just a call saying that he was out.

Once it's clear how bad the move was made, it's time to say that the arrival of Olmos can help.

He was a champion in Spain a decade ago and his mind could make a team - that always has the talent - defend more and play more as a team.

Actually, those were his first words after the announcement.

"Besides those two things (defense and team play), I want to help them to feel how important is playing for their country. It's quite common to look at the NBA in Puerto Rico but when you play in FIBA basketball you need to play as a team," said Olmos.

Once it's clear he's a good coach, we could also ask ourselves why didn't they choose a Puerto Rican like Eddie Cassiano, who had a great season as a coach.

What is done, is done.

Olmos' debut will be playing at home (22-26 August) in the Tuto Marchand Cup and after that the FIBA Americas Championship will be held in Caracas, Venezuela, starting on 30 August.

Now Flor is gone and Olmos is in. The best thing for fans now is to see Puerto Rico playing at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup - with or without Flor.

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« Reply #34 on: Mar 11, 2013, 07:54:54 PM »

Torneos & Eventos de Baloncesto del Mundo Hispano • Basketball Tournaments, Events & News from the Hispanic World

The FIBA Americas Championship draw has spoken

As you may or may not know, the most interesting things to write about are always the national teams. And, even better is writing about competitions that involve national teams.

On Thursday, a beautiful theatre in Caracas was the venue for the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship draw that allows us to start analysing each team’s possibilities to make it directly to the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

The draw has spoken. But it’s only the draw.

In a tournament in which the eight best teams will play against each other, the draw is something relative.

Anyway, these are the groups.
Group A - Uruguay, Puerto Rico, Canada, Jamaica, Brazil.
Group B - Mexico, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Paraguay, Argentina.

After a quick glance and with six months to go, we can divide the teams in four tiers.

Argentina, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Venezuela will have the pressure of fighting it out for the top four places - with automatic berths to the 2014 World Cup in Spain at stake - but we can add Canada and Jamaica as those tough teams that will fight for one of the four spots too.

In a third tier, we should place Uruguay and Mexico and the team that will go to Caracas as the Cinderella story will be Paraguay.

Actually, the host team Venezuela decided to be in Group B only after hearing that Paraguay would be there.

If Javier Martínez - a very good Paraguayan point guard who plays in the Argentine league - reads this, he could get angry and then use it as a motivation to avoid the last place of Group B. We hope so.

If we compare the past FIBA Americas Championships with this one, we can see that in Mar del Plata there were only four (maybe five) teams that could fight for the top spots.

In Caracas, we will see at least seven (plus any underdog) teams that will fight for the big prize.
Let’s see.

The Dominican Republic will walk behind the amazing Al Horford as much as Venezuela will do it with Greivis Vasquez. The two are having such a great season with their NBA teams that is very likely they will prevail in Caracas as well.  Photgraph Diario Antillano
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Mexico and Paraguay should fight for the fourth place in Group B and it’s really hard to think that they will make it to Spain 2014.

All the other teams in the same group will try to get as many wins as they can in order to collect more points before they play the other group’s teams.

Group A is going to be tough. We could say Uruguay will need everything from Martín Osimani, Esteban Batista and Co. in order to advance to the second round.

Canada and Jamaica are two teams that could hardly go for the title but they can win any game.

Steve Nash’s turn as General Manager should change the team’s mentality together with the training camps they’ve been doing in the last year. Canada also have Jay Triano as the head coach of a young and very talented team.

Jamaica have a couple of guys who have been playing in the NBA in the past few years. They play fast, their athleticism is far better than most of the other teams and their legs can stand 10 games in 12 days.

That’s something to think about. I haven’t seen many tournaments in which a team has to play 10 games in 12 days. It’s true that the most important games are the first eight (in nine days) but you need more than good players to clinch the goal. You need great legs or rotation.

Puerto Rico have a great chance to make everything happen this year. As coach Flor Melendez said, they’ve had a big progress in the past two years as they’ve added some new players to their classics.

"Some of our guys have been playing internationally and we hope we can count on them this year," he said.

The Dominican Republic will walk behind the amazing Al Horford as much as Venezuela will do it with Greivis Vasquez. The two are having such a great season with their NBA teams that is very likely they will prevail in Caracas as well. However, neither of the two should be enough. Both teams are looking for a head coach and their teammates should do more than what they did in 2011 and 2012.

Argentina and Brazil will have to deal with big absences such as Manu Ginobili for the defending champions and the pair of Anderson Varejao and Leandrinho Barbosa for the runners-up last time around.

Even if more players join those stars and take holidays during those days, the two South American teams remain the biggest title contenders.

Caracas will be organising the second tournament in two years and that means that it has to be as good as it was last year or even better.

And everything should be close to perfection, if Venezuela hopes to become a candidate to organise the 2019 World Cup.

The draw was only a draw. But in our heads, the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship has already begun.

Martín Seldes from FIBA

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« Reply #33 on: Mar 07, 2013, 11:19:17 PM »

Torneos & Eventos de Baloncesto en el Mundo Hispano • Basketball Tournaments, Events & News from the Hispanic World

para categorías formativas 2013 del 4 al 7 de mayo del 2013

CAP EVENTOS, se complace en invitarlo a participar de sus TRECE años de labor en la organización de eventos deportivos de la COPA DE CLUBES BÁSQUET, para categorías formativas 2013.

La Copa de Clubes Básquet, se jugará del 4 al 7 de mayo del 2013, siendo ésta la TRECEAVA EDICIÓN, y comprenderá las siguientes categorías: sub13, 15, 17 y 19, tanto masculino como femenino. Llevándose a cabo simultáneamente un encuentro de mini y premini. Pudiendo participar en una o más categorías, según lo deseen.


 • Sub 13: 2000 - 2001 (Femenino y Masculino)
 • Sub 15: 1999 - 1998 (Femenino y Masculino)
 • Sub 17: 1997 - 1996 (Femenino y Masculino)
 • Sub 19 : 1995 - 1994 (Femenino y Masculino)


- Copa y Medallas para 1º y 2º
- Premio al jugador más valioso de cada categoría
- Premio Fair Play

Este torneo es de carácter Latinoamericano, participando hasta el momento, en las Doce Ediciones anteriores equipos provenientes no sólo de Argentina, sino también Chile, Brasil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, México, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Uruguay y Venezuela.

El valor del evento contempla no sólo, canchas, arbitrajes oficiales, atención médica primaria en cancha, oficiales de mesa, etc, sino también el alojamiento durante las 3 noches, 4 días de duración del mismo, con media pensión (desayuno y cena). Los complejos hoteleros abocados al torneo, junto con el Hotel Antártida Argentina, son todos de primer nivel tanto en su atención, como en su servicio gastronómico; estos complejos hoteleros se encuentran ubicados estratégicamente en el centro de la ciudad a metros del mar.

Para realizar la preinscripción, sólo tendrá que enviarnos un mail aclarando categorías y género, así como NOMBRE Y APELLIDO, NOMBRE DEL EQUIPO, TELÉFONOS DE CONTACTO, LOCALIDAD Y PAÍS para una comunicación segura y efectiva.

Lo invitamos a visitar nuestra web:, donde encontrará toda la información de este torneo, para recabar informes y antecedentes, así como todos los equipos participantes en los doce años de realización del mismo, así mismo nuestro calendario de eventos para este año que no sólo contempla este torneo sino también:

 • Mayo: Copa de Clubes Básquet Formativas y Futbol 7
 • Junio: Gala de Gimnasia
 • Agosto: Copa de Clubes Handball y Voley
 • Septiembre: Argentino de Maxibásquetbol Femenino (FFEMAR)
 • Septiembre: V Encuentro de Minibásquet Peñarol
 • Octubre: Maxi Copa de Clubes

Cualquier otra pregunta no dude en escribirnos, estamos para responderte.

Enviamos un saludo, esperando poder recibirlos.


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« Reply #32 on: Nov 01, 2012, 05:52:56 AM »

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« Reply #31 on: Sep 23, 2012, 07:34:56 PM »

Torneos & Eventos de Baloncesto en el Mundo Hispano • Basketball Tournaments, Events & News from the Hispanic World

Gasol and Co look to 2014

Spain have begun to shake off the disappointment of coming second best in another title showdown at the Olympics with the United States.

They are looking to the future with optimism, hoping to strengthen their status as one of the dominant sides in international basketball.

Next year in Slovenia, the Spaniards will go after a third straight EuroBasket gold medal while the following year, Pau Gasol and Co will host the inaugural FIBA Basketball World Cup.

Formally known as the FIBA World Championship, the World Cup will have 24 teams and two sides already have their places in the tournament field.

The USA qualified as Olympic gold-medal winners and Spain have a spot reserved as the host nation.

The World Cup will be the latest major basketball event to be held in Spain.

Only five years ago, Spain staged the EuroBasket and reached the Final before being upset in a thriller by Russia.

"After the European Championship in Madrid in 2007, our enthusiasm for the World Cup is at its maximum,” Los Angeles Lakers superstar Gasol said.

“Let's see if we can win it.

"It's going to be a very special tournament and to play it at home gives us an added motivation.

“I hope that we will all arrive in good health and with a lot of will to face this new challenge."

Gasol is an internationally renowned player, one who was named the MVP of the 2006 World Championship and EuroBasket 2009.

He has also captured NBA titles with the Lakers.

Another iconic figure in the Spanish game is Juan Carlos Navarro, a long-time player at Barcelona who only one year ago was named MVP of the EuroBasket in Lithuania.

Navarro and Gasol have been lynchpins for a national team that has risen to the number two spot in the FIBA Men's Ranking.

"Our great aim is to continue to be at the top, to grow,” Navarro said.

“We are a team that is respected by everybody.

“This is our objective.

“The key is to continue to have ambition and not to settle."

Spain are much more than two players.

Another key man is Gasol’s younger brother, Marc, who played in his first NBA All-Star Game last year as a representative of the Memphis Grizzlies and has been in the national team set-up since Spain’s world title triumph in 2006.

He is an elite center in the game and will be a leading figure next year in Slovenia when the Spaniards go for a hat-trick of EuroBasket gold medals.

That tournament will be a qualifying event for the World Cup.

Even though Spain already have their place assured as hosts in 2014, reaching the top of the podium next summer in Ljubljana will be an aim.

“A European Championship is sufficiently important,” he said.

“We don't need any more motivation.

“It will be complicated, difficult and long but it would not be any other way.”

One of the players who played a vital role in the Americans’ 2010 world title win in Istanbul, Eric Gordon, was hurt for much of the last NBA season and did not make the final cut for the USA Olympic team.

Gordon will try to return to the squad in time for the World Cup, and he has an idea of which team will be the biggest hurdle to clear for the USA.

“Spain is the only team with the potential to beat us,” Gordon said in Bilbao this week, where he was promoting an NBA event.

“In my country, the World Cup is growing in importance and we’ll keep working with the aim of winning. We will have a great team.”


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« Reply #30 on: Aug 20, 2012, 09:57:15 PM »

Baloncesto en España y Latinoamérica • Basketball in Spain and Latin America

Can it get any closer?

I was sitting in the Poliedro de Caracas when I started doing the maths.

After Russia had easily dispatched of Angola to open Quarter-Final day at the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament, we witnessed three absolutely cracking games, finished off by Lithuania’s last-minute escape against Puerto Rico.

As I poured back over the results I saw eight of the 16 games to that stage had been decided by 10 points or less.

Heading to the FIBA Archive I saw the corresponding tournament in Greece four years earlier just three of 19 games were so close. There was a very big gap between the haves and have nots back then.

At the Beijing Olympics the figure was only seven of 38 decided by 10 points or less, but this year it was 19 of 38 in London.

It’s a welcome trend, especially when teams like Venezuela, Tunisia, Great Britain, Nigeria, Angola and the Dominican Republic are challenging or even beating some traditional powers.

Staying power
Of course, we have seen some of the lower ranked teams challenge before – the 2006 FIBA World Championship was a sensational tournament for close games and upsets – the key is whether these countries can maintain that level of play given their comparative lack of funding.

This is where I think FIBA are on the right track in turning their focus towards strengthening national federations rather than just continental bodies.

It’s easy to have ideas though, the challenge is whether this can be translated to real results on the ground.

 I hope so, for international basketball to reach its potential we need a large number of countries competitive at the highest level, and it’s not like soccer where a lesser team can sit in their own half and play for a draw or a late goal from a set play.

About time!
Despite the closeness of the tournament I had a rare triumph with my predictions. After mixed results for the 2008 Olympics and the 2009 EuroBasket, and a very average effort in Turkey in 2010, I finally got it right.

My top four was in correct order, and had it not been for Nigeria’s horrific about face from their Caracas form the rest of the predictions would have been very close to the mark too.

It was nice to see Nigeria give France a real run for their money in the last game with Chamberlain Oguchi going off, and I hope that gives the program some impetus going forward.

After seeing such a committed unit in Venezuela, it would be a real shame if the players lost interest in the national program. There are obvious things the Nigerians can work on to have a successful Afrobasket and become a dangerous opponent at the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain in 2014.

Tricky business
Before their Semi-Final against Russia in Caracas I asked coach Ayo Bakare if he had any more tricks up his sleeve and he answered honestly “have I had any?”

Most observers were impressed with how Bakare managed his team in that tournament, giving them a basic structure from which to exploit their skills from ball reversals, post-ups and on-balls.

Like the imports they are in good competitions around the world, his players made tough shots when required to keep the scoreboard ticking over.

But come London opposition teams were paying them more respect and studying their tendencies, and with the buzz from Venezuela gone they simply looked impotent on offence.

A few more tricks to get some easy buckets could make the world of difference, as would some better utilisation of their athletic defence to generate more open court play.

Boom or bust?
Finally, the time is coming for assessments of how the Australians performed.

I will do a more comprehensive review in coming weeks, but the men’s tournament was a remarkable replica of the Boomers’ efforts in Beijing.

The team hit the ground walking, playing the wrong style of game for the talents they possessed. Late runs against Spain and Brazil disguised what were disappointing performances.

As in 2008 though, the second half of the tournament saw a different Boomers team, one that played the aggressive style Aussies know and love before falling respectably to the USA.

It was a tournament of two distinct halves, so I will take my time dissecting the good and the bad, of which there was plenty of both.

If you’re up for some reading on those contrasts in the meantime try this.

As for the Opals, that will take a little time too. There were a lot of expectations in Australia, leading to the bronze being viewed as a disappointment by some.

Without Penny Taylor though, third was certainly not an underachievement. The big question is not about placings, it is about how they went about it and how they can ensure the program remains amongst the elite for the next four year span.

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« Reply #29 on: Jul 06, 2012, 04:38:42 AM »

Baloncesto en España y Latinoamérica • Basketball in Spain and Latin America

On the right path

The huge moment has arrived for Venezuelan basketball.

The country is hosting the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT) in Caracas, with the 12-team event tipping off on Monday.

Three places for the London Games are there for the taking.

Forget the fact that Venezuela, who finished fifth at last year's FIBA Americas Championship, are among the underdogs.

The players expect to claim one of the Olympic berths and the Venezuela fans expect them to as well.

With expectations comes pressure and sometimes, there’s too much pressure.

In a friendly game against the Dominican Republic on Thursday night, Venezuela’s most famous player, New Orleans Hornets guard Greivis Vazquez, hit a three-ball to send the game to overtime.

But the Venezuelans, who are coached by Eric Musselman, then lost, 88-84.

Vazquez was just three of 14 from three-point range and he also had five turnovers.

It was friendly game, a warm-up.

But the sense of urgency is there for all to see.

Venezuela’s players are hustling and diving for loose balls.

They’re fighting against very good teams.

The players know they need to start turning on all cylinders if they are to realize the aim of London.

“There were bad decisions taken (against the Dominican Republic), including by me,” Vazquez said.

“But this defeat serves as a learning curve.

“We must turn the page and continue to work.

“The important game is on Monday.

“People have to lower the pressure.”

Venezuela were due to take on Korea on Saturday before opening the OQT against Nigeria on Monday.

The best chance for the Venezuelans to reach London is to win against Nigeria and then carry the confidence of that victory to another one against Lithuania.

If Venezuela win their first two games - and that’s a big if - the self-belief would grow and the fans would have the opportunity to give the team an extra push in the clashes to follow.

More than anything at this moment, perspective is needed for Venezuelan basketball.

It’s okay to dream, but there is also reality.

Consider the FIBA Rankings: Greece (No 4), Lithuania (No 5), Russia (No 11), Angola (No 15), Puerto Rico (No 16), New Zealand (No 18) and Nigeria (No 21) are ranked higher than Venezuela, who are 22nd.

The Greeks, Russians and Lithuanians all played at the Beijing Games and would appear to be the favorites to qualify, although The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) have experienced players and are still riding an emotional high after last year’s run to the Semi-Finals of the EuroBasket.

The Puerto Ricans and Dominican Republic have extremely good teams.

Venezuela want to play at the Olympics.

But the name of the game simply cannot  just be about reaching London.

The key word that everyone must latch onto is progress.

Is this team getting better?

Of course it is.

Venezuela played not only with passion, but smarts last year in Mar del Plata at the FIBA Americas Championship.

They are growing as a team.

And that’s the message that Vazquez is screaming before the start of the OQT.

At bare minimum, the coming week should serve as a building block for the future of Venezuelan basketball, which has just once had a team at the Olympics and that was in 1992.

“Venezuelan basketball has advanced more in this year than in the last 20,” Vazquez said.

“The important thing is to be together.

“The good thing about this team now is that everyone supports one another and this is something that did not happen in the past.

“And I believe that this is a step forward.”

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« Reply #28 on: Jul 04, 2012, 04:56:10 AM »

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Big hopes after South American and Centrobasket Championships

Things become a little bit different when you travel to a city where the Olympic Games will take place. Everything has something to do with that.

You wake up thinking of the venues and you go to sleep thinking about Australia's Penny Taylor's injury. That's why when I was following the South American and the Centrobasket Championships, I could only think of how the three American teams can get, at least, one of the spots for London at the FIBA Olympic Qualifying tournament (OQT), starting next week.

And I was also thinking about which players would the coaches from Argentina and Brazil choose from the teams that played in Chaco.

First of all, the Dominican Republic were the big winners of these two tournaments.

With coach John Calipari back on the team, with Al Horford fully recovered and with an unstoppable Jack Michael Martínez, DR surprised many as they beat the hosts and favourites, Puerto Rico, in the Final.

Not only that. After a whole year of doubts and injuries, the team was able to demonstrate it still keeps the chemistry it showed at the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship.

It's unsure yet whether the fact that Charlie Villanueva withdrew from playing with the national team this season can be good or not. But it wouldn't be a surprise if that's the case.

Immediately after the Centrobasket was over, the Dominicans lost to Angola in a friendly game which shouldn't be anything terrible, but a good example that the OQT will be probably one of the hardest competitions the team has ever played.

Despite their loss to DR in the Final, Puerto Rico still remain the best American card to win one of the three spots that were all for European teams in 2008.

Carlos Arroyo and Nathan Peavy joined the team after the Centrobasket and are now ready for the action. If they can play as a team, rebound and be patient on offense, Puerto Rico can beat both Greece (in Group A) or Lithuania (in the Quarter-Finals) to get close to playing in an Olympic Games for the first time since they did in Athens, eight years ago.

Therefore, there's nothing to worry about for Puerto Rico after losing the Centrobasket's final to their neighbors.

Before we analyse Venezuela's performance in the South American Championship, we must mention Jamaica's first basketball medal ever. With famous basketball names such as Jerome Jordan, Brian Grant, Weyinmi Rose, Samardo Samuels, Patrick A Ewing and others, the Islanders played like never before and outclassed Panama in the Bronze Medal Game.

Guided by Cleveland Cavaliers centre Samuels, who was helped by New York Knicks big man Jordan and a group of top level players in Europe and the Americas, Jamaica even threated Puerto Rico in the Semi-Finals. As they finished in the top four, they will make their first appearance in next year's FIBA Americas.

We will have time to write about Jamaica and their improvements.

Venezuela were the team that disappointed me the most in last week's tournaments.

With almost their full team, they weren't able to beat a young Argentina roster in either of the two contests they played. And to make it worse, they showed a very bad level in the final game.

Again, nothing to worry about, but a big alert for the tournament Venezuela will host in 2-8 July.

Coach Eric Musselman will now join the team and probably help with many things.

Argentina won the tournament thanks to a respectable generation of young guards helped by the presence of experienced Leo and Juan Gutiérrez.

Both Facundo Campazzo and Nicolás Laprovittola did what they had to in order to earn one of the remaining places in the Olympic squad as a guard. Pablo Prigioni has his ticket ensured and one of the two 21-year-old players will join him.

Finally, Brazil were the team that cared the least about the tournament, while the Olympic players were already gathered and thinking about London.

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« Reply #27 on: May 11, 2012, 09:52:32 PM »

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FIBA – Peligra la participación de Dominicana en el Centrobasket

En una charla sobre los venideros torneos Centrobasket, el Sr. Alberto García, Secretario General de FIBA Américas, reveló hoy que República Dominicana “lamentablemente podría quedarse sin participar en el Centrobasket e inclusive del Repechaje por cuestión de una deuda económica con FIBA Américas”.

En la tarde de ayer, García asistió al Sorteo de ambos campeonatos Centrobasket, masculino y femenino, a realizarse en junio en Puerto Rico, y habló para sobre la importancia de dichos torneos.

FA ( – Hoy en su mensaje dentro del sorteo de los campeonatos Centrobasket, usted hizo hincapié en la importancia que ha cobrado este torneo para la zona.

AG (Alberto García) – El torneo siempre ha sido un referente del gran baloncesto que se juega en Centroamérica y el Caribe. Vemos países como Puerto Rico, México, Cuba, República Dominicana y Panamá entre otros, que traen un alto nivel y hacen de este un campeonato competitivo y muy profesional.

En los últimos años lo que se ha dado es que el escenario, del Centrobasket, ha ido en crecimiento. La rivalidad deportiva entre Dominicana y Puerto Rico es muy atractiva en cuanto a lo comercial y televisivo, y este año el campeonato se va a celebrar en un coliseo de calidad mundial.

FA - ¿Cuán importante es que el torneo se haga en el Coliseo José Miguel Agrelot (“Choliseo”)?

AG – Es una de las mejores vitrinas que tiene América, sin duda alguna. Es un coliseo con capacidad de 17,000 espectadores, con unas facilidades que no tienen nada que envidiarle a cualquier coliseo habilitado para la NBA, y con un potencial comercial increíble. Por otro lado las entradas pueden ser mas económicas y se puede garantizar una buena presencia de publico, lo que le dará un marco realmente importante.

Según los datos que se ofrecieron en la conferencia de prensa del lanzamiento del Centrobasket, este Coliseo en comparación con Estados Unidos, por ejemplo, está en tercera posición, solo detrás del Madison Square Garden de Nueva York y del Staples Center de Los Angeles, en venta de taquilla.  Es excelente que juguemos un torneo de CONCENCABA y de FIBA Américas en este gran espacio.

FA - ¿Y del torneo, en cuanto a lo competitivo, que se puede esperar?

AG – Se puede esperar gran baloncesto, con un grupo de selecciones nacionales aguerridas que vienen a dar lo mejor de sí en la cancha. Tenemos a un equipo anfitrión que se prepara para competir en el Repechaje, por lo que se espera esté con todo sus integrantes. Y ellos tendrán contrincantes que vienen a probar su crecimiento, como lo es la selección de México que viene de hacer un gran papel en los Panamericanos. Además, no debemos olvidar que este evento clasifica a los mejores cuatro equipos al Campeonato FIBA Americas 2013 (premundial para España 2014).

FA – República Dominicana también se encuentra en esa posición de prepararse para el repechaje…

AG – Claro, ellos también deben prepararse para Caracas. Con República Dominicana tenemos una lamentable situación. Su Federación de Baloncesto, la Fedombal, tiene una deuda con FIBA Américas que está amenazando su participación en el Centrobasket e inclusive en el Repechaje.

Esta es una deuda que arrastra consigo la Federación desde su administración pasada, pero que lamentablemente le toca cubrir a su administración actual para que su selección nacional pueda competir internacionalmente.

Yo estoy confiado en que ellos van a pagar, porque estuve en Dominicana el pasado 17 de marzo y  conversé con ambos el Ministro del Deporte y el Presidente del Comité Olímpico y les solicité que ayudaran a esta nueva directiva y ellos me prometieron ayudar a la FEDOMBAL a solucionar la situación.

Sin embargo, si no se paga esa deuda, lamentablemente no podrán participar.

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« Reply #26 on: Apr 29, 2012, 06:05:43 PM »

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« Reply #25 on: Apr 04, 2012, 05:48:05 AM »

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Puerto Rico se podría quedar sin el Centrobasket Masculino 2012

Ante la falta de respuesta por parte de la Federación de PUR con relación a la sede del importante torneo, CONCENCABA le retiraría la organización del Centrobasket masculino de Mayores que se debía realizar del 18 al 23 de junio.

Además, el Sr. Alberto Garcia, Secretario General de FIBA Américas dijo que la Federación recibirá una fuerte sanción por haber dejado un evento a menos de tres meses de su realización. Esta sanción podría costarle a la Federación mucho mas de lo que costaría su propia organización, además de los gastos que representa viajar a México.

Informó el Sr. Garcia que le consta que el presidente de la Federación de Puerto Rico, el Sr. Carlos Beltrán ha hecho ingentes esfuerzos en varios municipios y hasta con el Departamento de Turismo, pero hasta el momento no ha tenido ninguna noticia positiva y por lo tanto no podemos esperar ni un minuto más.

Recordó el secretario que se otorgo a PUR el evento en una licitación en la que estaba involucrada la ciudad de Culiacán, Estado de Sinaloa, México, quien será el candidato a remplazar a PUR en primera instancia.

Este evento, además de clasificar al Campeonato de las Américas 2013, sin sede aun, servirá de preparación de dos de los equipos que disputaran tres plazas a los Juegos Olímpicos de Londres que se jugara en Caracas del 2 al 8 de julio próximo para República Dominicana y el mismo Puerto Rico, por lo que el torneo significaba un gran evento al estar ambos países con sus mejores elementos.

Informó el Sr. Garcia que le ha dado al Sr. Beltrán 72 horas para una decisión final cuyo plazo se vence el miércoles 4 de abril por la noche.

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« Reply #24 on: Apr 03, 2012, 06:58:54 AM »

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« Reply #23 on: Mar 27, 2012, 02:43:51 AM »

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Argentina’s not finished by a long shot

When the subject of Argentina comes up in international basketball, there’s a widely held belief that the London Games will be the last hurrah for the country’s golden generation.
While change is inevitable for every national side, you’re mistaken if you think this is going to be the final time that power forward Luis Scola is going to have a major impact on a big tournament.
He has played like Superman on numerous occasions for the Argentinians, and he’s at the peak of his game.
No player can go on forever, yet Scola remains Argentina’s Superman.
It is one reason why he bristles at the suggestion that his national team is coming to the end of a great run.
"I don't think London will be a farewell,” the Houston Rockets forward said.
“And I don't think it's going to be more special than Athens or Beijing.
“I will continue after London with the same enthusiasm.”
Argentina’s lofty status in the game is not going to disappear.
This is the national team, remember, that finished fifth at the 2010 World Championship.
Last year, Argentina captured a gold medal at the FIBA Americas Championship in Mar del Plata.
They did so in style, knocking off a good Puerto Rico team and then a solid Brazil in its last two games.
Argentina, third in the FIBA World Rankings, are proud.
They have a winning tradition.
Argentina’s national side is one that the players turn out for because they love having the name of their country across their chest.
Scola isn’t going to quit the national team, and don’t be surprised if Andres Nocioni, Manu Ginobili, Carlos Delfino and Pablo Prigioni are with the squad when it travels to Spain for the inaugural FIBA Basketball World Cup in 2014.
“I don't think London will be a before or after, nor that after London the world ends,” Scola said.
“It's not dramatic."
There’s something else that Scola wants to make clear.
People are mistaken if they think Argentina have been overly reliant on the old guard.
"The (generational) change has been in action for several years,” Scola said, “although there are a few of us that are left."
Gone are Hugo Sconochini, Alejandro Montecchia, Ruben Wolkowisky and Walter Herrmann – all members of the 2004 team.
But Scola is still around, along with Ginobili, Nocioni, Delfino and Leo Gutierrez.
Pablo Prigioni wasn’t in that gold-medal winning side but has been the starting point guard of Argentina for several years and remains an elite player at his position.
No matter what happens this summer, Scola is going to make sure that he enjoys himself.
Yes, there will be pressure to win games, but he understands what is about to take place in London.
"I enjoy the Olympic Games more than any other tournament with the national team because of what they represent at every level,” he said, “more than the sporting side.
“It's a unique, cultural event and overtakes basketball and the national team.

"I am very anxious to be at the Olympics.

“I’m looking forward to experiencing the Olympic life, to be of the Olympic village, going into the Olympic stadium and seeing other sports.
“From a sporting sense, it's of the level of a World Championship, although the Olympics are more important but only by a small margin."
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« Reply #22 on: Jan 23, 2012, 03:08:28 AM »

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FIBA Américas - Confirmado el itinerario de la Liga de las Américas 2012
La quinta edición de la Liga de las Américas ya tiene su calendario oficial, las sedes de los cuadrangulares de la primera ronda y los equipos participantes.  La Liga, considerada la competencia de clubes más importante del continente, comenzará el 24 de febrero en Cancún, México.

“Es un honor para nosotros, anunciar oficialmente nuestro calendario de competencia y todos los pormenores de este gran evento, que año tras año continua llenándonos de orgullo. Esta vez en su quinta edición, la Liga de las Américas 2012 será la más competitiva que hemos tenido en nuestra historia, pues contamos con clubes muy aguerridos, dignos representantes de su país. Será una competencia que demostrará nuevamente el excelente nivel de basquetbol con  el que cuentan los clubes de América.”, dijo Horacio Muratore, Presidente de FIBA Américas.

Con la participación de 16 equipos la primera fase se juega en cuatro cuadrangulares de cuatro equipos cada uno durante tres días por el sistema de todos contra todos. Los dos mejores equipos de cada cuadrangular pasan a la segunda ronda y se dividen en dos grupos de cuatro y juegan ahora de la misma manera en dos cuadrangulares.

Los dos mejores equipos de cada uno de las cuadrangulares semifinales juegan luego el cuadrangular final o “final four”.

Los equipos participantes son:

Grupo A

Grupo B

Grupo C

Grupo D

Todos los partidos de la Liga de las Américas se transmitirán a través de Fox Sports.

La Liga de las Américas 2012 se jugará en cuatro sedes. El cuadrangular del Grupo A (24-26 de febrero) en Cancún, México; el del Grupo B (2-4 de marzo) en Caracas, Venezuela; el del Grupo C (9-11 de marzo) en Arecibo, Puerto Rico; y el del Grupo D (16 al 18 de marzo) en San Pablo, Brasil.

“La verdad que poner el nombre de La Unión de Formosa en el plano internacional es un orgullo y también era un primer objetivo que nos fijamos desde que estamos en la máxima categoría del básquet argentino.”, dijo Mario Romay, Director Deportivo de La Unión de Formosa. “Tener la posibilidad de competir en la Liga de Las Américas, con la televisación de Fox para todo el continente, y sabiendo también que es como la Copa Libertadores en fútbol, nos hace pensar que es el mejor torneo internacional en el que podemos estar”.

Joinville, por su parte, regresa a la Liga luego de un año de ausencia. Su dirigente, Luis Silva comento que “Este año, tuvimos una revisión drástica en el proyecto tanto como patrocinadores en la parte técnica, y hemos recibido la noticia como una recompensa y un estímulo. Esta es una competencia muy importante, que nos da la oportunidad de competir contra los mejores equipos internacionales. Los jugadores están muy motivados".

Otro club que regresa a la Liga, por segundo año consecutivo es Cocodrilos de Caracas, club de Venezuela que llega con metas de avanzar y demostrar su capacidad. Rostin González, Gerente General de Cocodrilos de Caracas comentó que "a finales de septiembre del año pasado formalizamos nuestra inscripción en el campeonato de clubes más importante en nuestro continente.

En esta ocasión asistiremos por segunda vez a la Liga de las Américas y tenemos el compromiso de asumir un rol muy importante, queremos mejorar nuestra participación en el torneo. Bajo ese concepto podremos generar mayor proyección y desarrollo profesional a todos los que militan en nuestras filas".

En las cuatro ediciones anteriores de la Liga, Peñarol de Mar del Plata ha conquistado dos títulos (2007-08/2009-2010), mientras que Universo (ahora Uniceub)/BRB (2008-09) y Regatas Corrientes (2010-11) cuentan con un campeonato cada uno.

En unas declaraciones previas, el Secretario General de FIBA Américas, el Sr. Alberto García comentó que “esta Liga de las Américas se jugará en su V Edición y ha representado durante las cuatro ediciones anteriores un éxito total para nuestra Institución, ha valorizado las competencias nacionales de los países participantes y ha permitido a jugadores, entrenadores y árbitros un mejor y más elevado taller de desarrollo profesional.

En FIBA Américas junto a nuestros directivos, estamos muy conformes por el desarrollo de esta competencia anual, que permite a los clubes campeones nacionales el participar en un siguiente escalón, en una Liga de carácter internacional.”

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