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« Reply #24 on: Jun 14, 2012, 02:19:45 AM »

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3x3 - Amsterdam becomes 3x3 capital of Netherlands

The Netherlands Basketball Federation (NBB) takes 3x3 basketball very seriously. This is best demonstrated by the fact that, since 2009 they have organised tournaments all over the country.

Last weekend, Amsterdam was the proud host of the Streetball Masters event. A total of 70 teams took to the court to battle for two spots at the Streetball Master Final in The Hague on 5 August.

The two qualifying teams were 'JR 4 Ball' and 'Team Heat', who believe in their chances of succeeding.

The winner will automatically qualify for the Amsterdam challenger and eye the Madrid 3x3 World Tour Masters in early September.

The promoters are very enthusiastic about organising another major 3x3 event in Amsterdam.

"We have very nice equipment and are located in the middle of the city', said Simone van den Biggelaar, a Streetball Masters employee.

When asked what the main challenge was, Simone responded: "Switching to FIBA's 3x3 rules required some adjustments for players who weren't used to playing with these rules. "

Last year, the NBB sent a boys and girls' team to the inaugural FIBA 3x3 Youth World Championship.

This year the Federation will send a women's and girls' team to both the FIBA 3x3 World Championship and FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championship.

"Our Federation strongly supports the development of 3x3 and we are eager to send teams to international tournaments, "Simone announced.

It promises to be an eventful summer for the ever-growing streetball nation.


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« Reply #23 on: Jun 08, 2012, 11:27:04 PM »

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3x3 - Lithuania season in full motion

Basketball is hands down considered as the national sport in Lithuania and 3x3 is added proof of to that known fact.

"Most people play basketball in Lithuania, "pointed out Linas Stankevicius, Snickers-Virus manager. He has been heavily involved with 3x3 over the years and continues to take Snickers-Virus to new heights.

The 3x3 Snickers-Virus Quest tournament was under way in the capital city of Vilnius early this month.

There was an amazing 146 teams that participated over five different age categories.

"Basketball in Lithuania is like a religion, "exclaimed Stankevicius. The country has had a long and lasting interest for 3x3 basketball and this is just the beginning of many future events.

"3x3 basketball has been played here for the past 15 years so this doesn't come as a surprise to anyone, "explained Linas.

The overall feedback was very good from the players and also from the spectators. Prizes were handed out but most importantly the players were more than ever motivated to win.

Only one side came out on top and that was team 'Panevezio balsas' which was composed of Tomas Taucius, Danas Magila, Laurynas Kochnauskas, Linas Kivyta.

They will have a chance to battle for the only open spot at the September 3x3 Istanbul World Tour event at a 3x3 Quest tour final in Palanga, Lithuania later this month.


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« Reply #22 on: Jun 06, 2012, 04:51:42 AM »

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FIBA Asia - Mid-Term Congress
and 3x3 Seminar outline new vision for Asian basketball

The FIBA Asia Mid-Term Congress drew to a close on Monday seeing FIBA Asia unveil a Vision Document, outlining the organisation's philosophy and objectives for the development of basketball on the Asian continent.

With a strong emphasis on unity and solidarity, the document also includes more concrete objectives such as making basketball the number one sport in Asia as well as securing the continent's first podium finishes at the Olympics and FIBA Basketball World Cup, as of 2020.

The Congress followed a two-day seminar on 3x3 basketball attended by a large number of FIBA Asia officials and commission members as well as sub-zone representatives and included several presentations and a workshop, ending with a unanimous commitment to promote the new discipline.

Finally, the Mid-Term Congress saw the nomination of Dato’ Yeoh Choo Hock as FIBA Asia Secretary General Emeritus, following his stepping down from the position of Secretary General last month for health reasons.

In an emotional acceptance speech, Dato’ Yeoh said: "Basketball has been my religion all my life.

"I thank this gathering for your magnanimity to allow me to continue my involvement with this great sport as Secretary General-Emeritus.

"I do strongly believe that Hagop Khajirian, the new FIBA Asia Secretary General, is a man of great vision and ambition. I call upon of each one of you to provide him with the same, and times more, support as you always have."

FIBA President Yvan Mainini, also in attendance, paid tribute to the huge contributions to Asian and world basketball made by Dato’ Yeoh Choo Hock in his more than 30 years of involvement with the sport. Following the end of the Mid-Term Congress.

He said: "FIBA Asia's new vision, its enthusiasm to embrace the 3x3 project and, of course, the appointment of Hagop Khajirian as Secretary General of FIBA Asia have coincided to mark a new chapter in the history of Asian basketball. These projects can build on solid foundations, including those laid by Dato’ Yeoh. We all look forward to Asian basketball fulfilling its huge potential."


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« Reply #21 on: May 31, 2012, 09:35:42 PM »

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FIBA 3x3 - A supplement and complement, not a replacement

The father of Modern Olympics, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, once said: "In order for 100 people to develop their bodies it is necessary for 50 to practice a sport, and in order for 50 to practice a sport it is necessary for 20 to specialise; but in order for 20 to specialise it is necessary for 5 to be capable of outstanding achievement."

This quote has gone on to become famously known as the Coubertin Pyramid, which when drawn as a parallel is exactly what FIBA 3x3 aims to achieve with the emphasis here on widening the base of players taking to the sport.

Participants at last week’s FIBA Asia 3x3 seminar laid out the plan for development and promotion of this latest initiative to take the sport to every nook and corner.

Nepal’s initiative and ideas stand as an example for FIBA 3x3’s targets and goals.

"In a small country like ours, we definitely lack the infrastructure and facilities to play the traditional format of the game. The 3x3 is a shot in the arm for us,” says Nepal Basketball Association (NeBA) Secretary General Dinesh Thapa.

"We are already planning for a World Tour kind of an event in and around Kathmandu.

"We are planning a three-leg event with teams playing in the three Durbar Squares – in Kathmandu, Pathan and Bhaktapur," he added.

For the uninitiated, these Durbar Squares that Thapa refers to are courtyards of erstwhile palaces and are, to describe in modest terms, sprawling.

There are concerns among the purists if 3x3 will become a convenient way out for youngsters to skirt around the rigours of training for the traditional format.

Fadi Sabbah, a long-time administrator known for his erudite analysis of the game, countered such doubts and even allayed any fears.

"Well, doubts being raised when something new is launched is normal,” the Jordanian administrator says.

"But there is no need for any fears as long as we have a strong commitment to use the 3x3 as a supplement and complement.

"The key here is for administrators and coaches to be dedicated and look at 3x3 as a feeder route," he went on.

"Look, there are numerous occasions when a 3x3 situation occurs in all games. Even in training we use a lot of drills which are essentially 3x3. Now that we have the format being played on the competition level, I think it makes the job of the coaches to work their plans far more efficiently," Sabbah argued.

In 3x3, do we have a format which brings more participation into sport? Definitely. Is the new format a replacement for the traditional form? Definitely not.

Can the new format act as a solid support base in the larger scheme of things? Definitely more than an option.

So long…

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« Reply #20 on: May 25, 2012, 09:38:53 PM »

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3x3 - Teams announced for Senior and U18 3x3 World Championships

The 3x3 World Championships and U18 3x3 World Championships will take place respectively in the historical cities of Athens, Greece (23-26 August) and Seville, Spain (27-30 September) this summer.

National Federations have shown an immense amount of interest as 161 teams from 52 different countries initially registered for these competitions. The teams that were selected by FIBA will now look to appoint four players to represent their respective countries.

The 3x3 World Championships will consist of 24 Men’s and 24 Women’s teams.

The participating teams will be:

MEN - Argentina, Brazil, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Egypt, England, Estonia, France, Greece, Guam, Ivory Coast, Latvia, Lebanon, Nepal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Ukraine, USA and Venezuela.

WOMEN - Angola, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chinese Taipei, Czech Republic, England, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Jordan, Mexico, Nepal, Netherlands, Russia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Ukraine and USA.

Meanwhile, there will be 32 Boys’ and 24 Girls’ teams playing in the U18 tournament.

The participating teams will be:

BOYS - Angola, Australia, Belize, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Dominican Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Iran, Italy, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, New Zealand, Poland, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, USA and Venezuela.

GIRLS - Brazil, Canada, China, Chinese Taipei, Czech Republic, England, Estonia, France, Guam, Hong Kong, Italy, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey and USA.

Players at both championships will also have the chance to take part in different individual competitions and compete for medals.

All participating players must have played in at least one 3x3 event that is part of FIBA’s 3x3 Competition Network by the time of the Championships. They will then hold a position within the 3x3 Individual World Ranking.

The official websites for both events will be launched this summer, giving fans from all around the world the possibility to follow the World Championships closely.

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« Reply #19 on: Apr 23, 2012, 05:18:32 AM »

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FIBA - Mainini: calendar, system of competition and 3x3 our biggest priorities

FIBA will hold its first Central Board meeting of 2012 next weekend (28-29 April) in Rio de Janeiro and there will plenty up for discussion on the agenda.

For FIBA President Yvan Mainini, this will be his fourth time chairing the biannual meeting, which brings together the 23 members representing all stakeholders in international basketball.

Since being elected at the World Congress in Turkey in 2010, Mr Mainini has led the way in finding – and putting in application – answers to questions asked by his predecessor, Bob Elphinston and FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann: namely, what vision should FIBA have for itself and what direction must it take?

Mr Mainini took time to answers questions in an in-depth two-part interview.

In this first part, he sheds light on FIBA's current main projects, including the 3x3, the calendar of events and explains the idea of a new system of competition.

FIBA: What are the main projects FIBA is working on right now?
Mainini: We have several projects on the table that are quite substantial and important for the future of our sport. Two are particularly ground-breaking: we have launched 3x3 as a new discipline and we are studying the feasibility of a radical change in our calendar of competitions. I could even add a third project, which is literally ground-breaking and that is the construction of our new and final headquarters in Switzerland.

FIBA: Why are these projects so important?
Mainini: FIBA has been working on a strategic plan for quite some time now. At the beginning it all started with the discussion about the commercial value of our events and our ability to look for new resources to help develop basketball worldwide. Over the past 10 years we have focused on assisting the Zones (FIBA’s continental organisations) and we have been successful in generating the necessary resources for them. However, there is now a much clearer divide between well-developed and lesser-developed Zones and, at the same time, the National Federations have not necessarily benefitted directly from this growth. So we decided to review our commercial operations, but rapidly came to the conclusion that we needed to go much deeper in the exercise and analyse FIBA’s overall vision and strategy.

FIBA: Which of these main projects have priority at this moment in time?
Mainini: Right now, 3x3 and changing our calendar of competitions are the two projects that are of huge importance to us. With 3x3, we presented the conclusions of a one-year study on how to develop the discipline going forward at the World Congress in Istanbul in 2010. As for the calendar, it is something which I emphasized as a key priority during my term at my first intervention as President of FIBA at the Congress two years ago.

FIBA: Why these two in particular?
Mainini: These projects stem from two key strategic objectives that the Central Board has fully supported for several years now, and which it formalised in early 2011 in Lyon when it approved a fully revamped strategy for FIBA.

The first objective is related to strengthening the National Federations. A strong and regular national team programme is an essential tool in developing and strengthening National Federations. The second objective is related to the need to enlarge the worldwide pool of basketball players and lovers in order to prepare for a better future with new talents, new countries, more fans and more youngsters. The 3x3 is a good fit and opportunity for basketball.

While we are focused on 3x3 and our calendar and system of competition, we are of course working on a number of other important projects at the same time, including as I mentioned before the construction of our new headquarters on the outskirts of Geneva, but also working on our future governance and improving our relationship with the NBA.

FIBA: We already know quite a lot about the 3x3 project. However, less is known about the new calendar and system of competition. What are the reasons to have a new system?
Mainini: The competition between various sports is growing on a global scale. It’s not only about basketball. Everyone – whether it be football, handball, rugby or other – has more or less found the means to give national teams more exposure and visibility.

A few dozen national teams, out of our 213 members, have accounted for medals in FIBA’s international competitions and tomorrow we would like for a lot more countries to be competitive and be known and perceived as having a strong basketball programme.

FIBA is a Federation of National Federations and as I mentioned earlier, we have been concentrating – due to the amount of available resources – on strengthening our regional organisations over the past decade. They now have a healthy operational base to continue to work on. As a global organisation, however, we are only as strong as our weakest National Federations. While we have plenty of programmes that assist in transfer of know-how, coaching and referees clinics, our sport remains strong in traditional markets but has difficulty growing fast in others. Furthermore, the national teams programme in particular has not been extensively developed worldwide and the FIBA Basketball World Cup does not have the right positioning within our own competition structure. It is impossible to adjust these aspects unless we fully revisit the world calendar.

So we needed to re-think our whole system of competition. We have to provide national teams with official games in their countries, look at things globally, provide some coherence to the FIBA calendar – by creating clear pathways (Road to) to the FIBA Basketball World Cup and to the Continental Championships – and enhance the primacy of the World Cup overall. In essence, we need to get the base for our future long-term stability and sustainable growth.

FIBA: What is the main change under this new competition system?
Mainini: The main change is the potential number of official games played around the world that will make up the qualifying process for FIBA’s four-year cycle – from one FIBA Basketball World Cup to the next.

Under the new system of competition, there can be up to 1,600 games played by up to 130 national federations over a period of 18 to 24 months. This is double the number of national teams that are currently involved in the qualifying process for FIBA’s leading international tournaments. Most of these games will be played in a ‘home-and-away’ format but it could also be done within tournaments of proximity in places such as Africa. The same could apply to Zone Championships, thus creating a lean four-year plan.

These games should be played on a regular basis, throughout the year, giving national teams media exposure year-round.

This is the best way to give national federations the opportunity to grow and develop. This system should strengthen them in terms of revenues, organisation and promotion.

FIBA: Can you explain the format that will be brought into play under the new competition system?
Mainini: This new system of competition consists of a four-year period in which there will be a FIBA Basketball World Cup, the Olympic Games, one continental championship per FIBA Zone and one separate summer dedicated exclusively to Women’s Basketball.

This calendar takes into consideration the players: in any sport, they are the key value, the capital. If you give them too many games, it can lead to them getting injured and suffering exhaustion. We value quality over quantity and therefore players will have one summer of rest in every cycle.

Because the qualification process will be continuous throughout the year, we expect national teams to use a larger pool of players, which means more players will get to represent their countries and we should, in the long-term, produce more talents.

It probably will be that players have to travel more, but at the same time they will require less preparation time as they will not be coming together with their national team just once a year as is the case right now. There will be more continuity with players and their national teams.

As I mentioned, the new competition system is based on home and away qualification games, so most countries will get to enjoy the right to play in front of their fans a lot more.

The second important change as part of this new competition system is that the FIBA Basketball World Cup will consist of 32 teams, thereby allowing for good representation for every continent. For example, you could have 12-14 European teams that qualify for FIBA’s flagship event.

Finally we will always play the FIBA Basketball World Cup a year after the football World Cup, starting in 2019 (instead of 2018). Today the rivalry between the two events is very detrimental to us in terms of exposure and partnerships. I don’t think we can go in that direction anymore.

FIBA: How does this change concern the women?
Mainini: I’ve always been of the opinion that we could very well do a different calendar for women than for men. This calendar is in fact an opportunity for women’s basketball as it allows bringing the World Championship for Women out of the shadow of the FIBA Basketball World Cup.

So for us to have the women's tournament stay put in 2018 is an interesting offer because it allows us to concentrate fully on this event and for it to have its own following.

Be sure to check out the second part of this in-depth interview on Monday 23 April as Mr Mainini explains the timing for the implementation of the new system of competition.


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« Reply #18 on: Apr 21, 2012, 12:20:42 AM »

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National Federations embracing 3x3

With 3x3 going global this year, National Federations worldwide are stepping up efforts to promote and grow the discipline in their respective countries.

3x3 is enabling people everywhere, whether fans or players, to take part in the sport of basketball.

For a number of National Federations, this includes promoting the discipline thanks to a dedicated 3x3 staff member, something FIBA strongly encourages and believes will pay off both short and long term.

"It's such a fast paced game that also allows for the fans to be heavily engaged in the game", says Travis Johnson, 3x3 Basketball Program Director for USA Basketball.

One of the many aspects of 3x3 praised by those involved is that it allows everyone to participate and have a good time.

"3x3 is what is best in basketball, individual achievement, joy; just having fun and everyone can reach for the stars", said Rikard Aspegren 3x3 project manager for Swedish Basketball.

Many National Federations started with test tournaments in 2011 and now they look to officially launch their 3x3 campaign this year, as explains Marek Maliszewski, 3x3 project manager for the Polish Basketball Federation.

"2011 was a test year. We started in September with five qualifying tournaments and the final.

Now we continue our work with minimum eight official qualifying tournaments played in three categories.

Beside of Polish Championship Tour, several 3x3 events will be held as support events for Polish basketball competitions. "

USA Basketball has also been working with private promoters who have demonstrated know-how when it comes to organising 3x3 events.

"USA Basketball is working with domestic private 3x3 operators, such as Hoop It Up, Gus Macker and Nike 3x3 at L.A. Live.

We are working towards a partnership with them to include messaging in their advertising and marketing plans to get the 'word' out to other 3x3 participants, "added Johnson.

Beyond the incentive of a new catalyst discipline for the growth of basketball, Brazil has other reasons to get excited about 3x3, which aims to become an Olympic discipline by 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.

"The Brazilian Federation has 27 Regional Federations and is encouraging them to organise 3x3 tournaments in their states", explains Paulo Villas Boas, 3x3 Director for the Brazilian Basketball Federation.

National Federations recognise the potential and are striving to do everything in their power to make this a reality.

Martin Ho Suie Sang, Manager Basketball Development for the Netherlands Basketball Federation, believes that the Olympics add extra incentive for everyone involved in 3x3.

"To be able to offer the Olympic dream to the participants through our activities will only stimulate the Federation and the players to push even harder to make 3x3 a success", he explains.

The slogan 'From the streets to the Olympics' fits perfectly to the plans of our Federation."

Canada Basketball shares the same view when it comes to the 2016 Rio de Janeiro games.

"The possibility of 3x3 as a potential Olympic discipline will further help promote this game as it will show a clear pathway from the playground to the podium.

It will help drive the sport to new heights with its greater presence, leading to greater participation and development of more skilled basketball players, "described Ron Yeung 3x3 project manager for Canada Basketball.

Over the past few months other National Federations such as Denmark, Spain, France, Slovenia, Serbia, Switzerland and Lithuania have hired 3x3 dedicated staff members.

More Federations will follow as interest and related activities increase.

On the eve of the inaugural FIBA 3x3 World Tour and World Cup, those investing in the discipline believe that they can get one step ahead of this lightning fast game.


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« Reply #17 on: Apr 08, 2012, 12:19:17 AM »

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FIBA 3x3 basketball partners with Connor Sport Court International

FIBA has joined forces with Connor Sport Court International (CSCI), manufacturer of Sport Court® sports surfaces. The  partnership will see the American-based sports flooring company become exclusive suppliers with their patented outdoor courts for all of FIBA’s 3x3 basketball events until the end of 2014, including the FIBA 3x3 World Tour and the FIBA 3x3 World Cup.

FIBA Secretary General and IOC Member Patrick Baumann said: “We are delighted to bring on board our first major partner for 3x3 basketball ahead of our first full season. As we begin to host major events outdoors, there is a need for new surfaces adapted to different and varying conditions. It is great to work with such an experienced and innovative company as Sport Court.”

An official partner of the FIBA Study Centre since 1994, Connor Sport Court International is also a supplier of courts to the NCAA and the NBA.

Andrew Gettig, Vice-President of International Sales for CSCI, said: “Under FIBA’s guidance we have already seen 3x3 basketball begin to flourish around the world. Everyone now understands that although you can play basketball on almost any surface, there is a need for specialised courts to improve safety and performance, especially for high-level competition and international tournaments like the FIBA 3x3 World Tour and the FIBA 3x3 World Cup. Sport Court has spent over 30 years improving and developing the best outdoor courts in the world and we are thrilled to be supporting FIBA’s 3x3 efforts.”

The 3x3 basketball tournament at the first-ever Youth Olympic Games in 2010 and the inaugural FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup in Rimini last year were both played on Sport Court outdoor court systems. For more information about Sport Court, visit

Mondo remains the official court supplier for all of FIBA’s official five on five events.

3x3 basketball
Exciting, urban and innovative, 3x3 basketball is inspired by several forms of streetball played worldwide. Endorsed by FIBA, the discipline sees two teams of three players face off on a standard half-court. It was played successfully for the first time in international competition at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore, while the first-ever U18 World Cup was held in Rimini in 2011. The summer of 2012 will see the inaugural FIBA 3x3 World Tour and the first ever senior FIBA 3x3 World Cup.


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« Reply #16 on: Apr 01, 2012, 11:06:58 PM »

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3x3 - First World Tour bound team can't wait for New York

There will be more than just Olympic basketball going on in 2012 as this summer also sees the first ever FIBA 3x3 World Tour. Five World Tour Masters will qualify teams for a grand Final held in Miami 22-23 September.

The first of 70 World Tour qualifying tournaments took place in Orlando, where 'Ohoops' were the winners of NBA 3x3 Jam session. The first of 80 teams to qualify for one of the five World Tour stops, the group composed of Gerrod Trylten, Jean Marc Olivier, Ricky Claitt and Nick Trapp will next take center stage in the New York World Tour Masters on Saturday 18 August. caught-up with Gerrod Trylten to ask him about his thoughts and impressions on qualifying for New York and 3x3 basketball in general.

FIBA: How does it feel being the first team to win a 3x3 World Tour Qualifier?

Gerrod Trylten: Being the first team to win a 3x3 Tour Qualifier is special.  We are hoping to continue in New York, Miami and internationally.  Qualifying first is a great feeling, being apart of an event that could potentially be Olympic bound - words can't describe how we feel.

FIBA: For how long have you and your teammates been playing 3x3 tournaments together?

Trylten: We haven't played in any 3x3 tournaments together; however, we do train, practice and play together on a regular weekly basis, sometimes two to three times a week.  We have built a strong chemistry on the court that we feel confident in and look forward to preparing for future tournaments.  

FIBA: Do you play five on five basketball?

Trylten: We do play in men's leagues around Central Florida, typically with friends and guys that have played high school & college basketball at a competitive level.  It is difficult for us to participate as much as we would like, due to our schedule; working is afternoon through the evening, which limits our opportunities.

FIBA: What makes 3x3 basketball different from normal five on five and what are its advantages?

Trylten: In five on five easier it is easier to determine weaknesses, pin point falters in the opposing teams offenses and defenses, it constantly creates mismatches.  3x3 - there's no time for mistakes, difficult to establish a comfortable lead, but with a strong scoring run - the game could be over.  3x3 is much faster paced, constant movement and the understanding of how basketball can truly be played in a five on five setting is based around a 3x3 game Phil Jackson has mastered that as a coach from all angles on the court.  

FIBA: What's the level of excitement for your team and you knowing that you'll play at the 3x3 World Tour in New York this coming August?

Trylten: We are focused.  The excitement between our team was and still is high as we are passionate about playing the game of basketball and with this opportunity to participate in this event, we are motivated to be in New York this August.  We have an understanding between us that not only brings our level of play up and excites us, but allows us to know each other's roles and what we are capable of doing as a team.  

FIBA: What would your ideal 3x3 team look like?

Trylten: The team we have now - 3 strong guards and a point/forward, that know and understand the game, play hard the entire game and have the excitement in every play, supporting and encouraging each other.  

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« Reply #15 on: Feb 09, 2012, 05:16:28 AM »

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Their absence will be a little too conspicuous !

This is a story about two of the greatest basketballers in FIBA Asia history neither of whom unfortunately will be seen in action in an international event – outside FIBA Asia – this year.

It is the first time in recent memory that both Lebanese Fadi El Khatib and Iranian Samad Bahrami will be together absent from a FIBA event, what with their National Teams – Iran and Lebanon respectively – fighting it out for only the fifth place in the 26th FIBA Asia Championship last year.

El Khatib and Bahrami are two of the most delightful players this part of the basketball world seen in recent times. Few will doubt this. Fewer can digest the fact that neither El Khatib nor Bahrami will be involved in any international competition outside of FIBA Asia this year.

But the absence of international action has in no way taken the sheen off their showing on court.

On the contrary, it has only spurred them to focus more on the job at hand, every time they take to court, and more so when pitted against each other.

“It doesn’t matter,” said El Khatib, whose popularity among the masses in Lebanon is something to be seen to be believed.

“Of course, it would have been fantastic if Lebanon were playing the Olympics or at least the qualifiers, but why should that stop me from giving my best. My job is to play and I will do just that,” said the talismanic Lebanese star, who turned 33 on New Year Day this year.

El Khatib currently averages close to 30 points per game in the high-profile Lebanese League which only adds credence to his words.

Bahrami too has almost similar statistics in the Iranian Super League, and his approach to the “absence” too is refreshingly almost similar.

“It just shows we have to play well consistently every time we play. That’s what I am aiming to achieve,” Bahrami said.

That neither El Khatib nor Bahrami will be present on any international stage is reflective of the crossroads that their corresponding National Teams are at.

The achievements of Lebanon and Iran in the last decade or so, and the resultant rise of basketball’s profile in their countries is part of folklore in this part of the world. No doubting that. Similarly there is also no doubt that both Lebanon and Iran have a lot of introspection to do to keep the momentum going for the next decade.

El Khatib and Bahrami both acknowledged this.

“It gets a little too predictable and monotonous. We need to infuse young and fresh blood,” says El Khatib commenting on the situation in the sport in Lebanon.

“We need to get the hunger back. Probably we got a little complacent somewhere down the line. But this is a good wakeup call,” says Bahrami.
Incidentally, both El Khatib and Bahrami have consistently brought on their best to the table when they are pitted against each other. And the respect each hold for the other is tremendous and mutual.

“He is a great player of our time,” Bahrami said about El Khatib.

“There is electricity in the air whenever he steps on court. As a fellow basketball player, I find it tremendously thrilling,” Bahrami added.

“He is no less a player. The way he fights for the team is a matter of inspiration for anybody,” lauded El Khatib of Bahrami.

Most recently, the two scorched the courts at the picturesque Maristes in Beirut as their clubs Champville and Mahram went into a head-on collision in the WABA League.

With little action outside of FIBA Asia, it might just turn out to be blessing in disguise for fans in FIBA Asia that the two will bring the best every time they appear on court in any game at any level this year.

Like the old adage goes, the sport can only get richer.

So long…

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« Reply #14 on: Jan 18, 2012, 05:22:53 AM »

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Worldwide Attention for 3x3
The Future of Indoor Basketball Played Outdoors ... !

What makes 3x3 or Streetball so attractive is that it's played outdoors. However, bad weather makes playing outside a real nightmare.

GAM3, 3x3 promoters from Copenhagen have found the perfect alternative; StreetMekka.

"Essentially it's an indoor street and has a N.Y. State of Mind", said Simon Prahm, GAM3 director.

This project came about after two Copenhagen streetballers were getting tired of playing in the foul Scandinavian weather and spraining their ankles on bad courts.

After seven long years of perseverance and a four million dollar fundraising campaign, StreetMekka was opened to the streetball community in 2010.

Now "addicts" can play the sport that they love all year round, compared to only six months prior to this 3x3 basketball shrine.

Thus far the most memorable event that took place in StreetMekka was this year's GAM3 Finals. Rain showers forced the tournament to move indoors, this proved to be wonderful substitute.

It didn't take long for it to become a resounding success story. The people of Copenhagen voted it as the "Best New Initiative in Town".

With so much momentum, GAM3 is currently working on a plan to open four new StreetMekka facilities across Denmark within the next five years.

Who knows, if this all works out maybe you'll be playing 3x3 in your city's StreetMekka in the middle of winter.

Now it's the Danish Basketball Federation's turn to surprise the nation's 3x3 population.

Sunday 8 January during the halftime of the Men's League Cup Final, they held two games of 3x3. First the Ladies played after which they followed with a Men's game.

During both games they had someone speak and promote the 3x3 project in front of 2000 spectators.

What makes it even more striking is that this was all broadcasted on National television. After both games, short interviews were conducted to further encourage Danish basketball fans to start playing 3x3.

"We are using 3x3 to have more members and to come out with another way of playing basketball." said Thomas Jens Haaning, Danish Basketball Federation 3x3 project manager.

In a country where it's hard to find ten people to play a normal game of five on five, 3x3 is quickly becoming the new alternative to counter this handicap.

"Many clubs in Denmark are struggling to have enough players on a team, if you only need four players on a team then it is much easier for some clubs to survive." said Thomas.

3x3 is booming in this small nation which never ceases impress its basketball community.


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« Reply #12 on: Aug 03, 2011, 05:28:59 AM »

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Haves and have nots

Since my last article a lot of things have occurred which make me think that next season could be one of the most surprising ever in international basketball at the club level.

Poor worldwide economic conditions have accentuated the disparities between the haves and have nots, starting with the NBA franchises themselves! I feel that the length of the lockout will now boil down to two major issues. First, how much salary will players be willing to sacrifice to help the twenty or so money-losing franchises from the smaller markets reach profitability. Second, how much are the big market, money-making franchises willing to sacrifice, notably from their lucrative local TV contracts, to help their weaker partners achieve profitability like the NFL has done in the last few years.

This revenue sharing between the teams seems logical unless you want to go back to an NBA with just 12 teams which certainly wouldn't be in the players' or the owners' best interest!

All owners have made stupid contract decisions (some more than others!), but when it happens to a small market team like San Antonio or Utah, it's a lot more painful to the bottom line than for the Knicks or the Lakers. In '99, I was one of the few experts who said a maximum salary scale was necessary to the survival of the NBA. Most observers said that a private enterprise like the league would never accept that, but it did!

Now the franchises are no longer worried about cost certainty but dream instead of profit certainty through a new deal which drastically penalizes the players for the next ten years. My gut feeling is that the players realize that they are highly privileged employees compared to most but they will expect the richer teams to make the same type of sacrifice in order to reach a fair agreement for everyone. The time has come for revenue sharing between the teams, the same way max salaries were the key in the '99 lockout resolution.

David Stern's legacy as a master marketer and negotiator are at stake and we should all hope that he goes toward his retirement in a blaze of glory! His numerous  past successes give us good reason to hope for a rapid and positive outcome. He, more than anyone, must be pained to see the league and franchises laying off employees.

Outside of the NBA, there has been a major shift for the haves and have nots also, as the powerful economic clout of the elite Greek teams has shifted towards Turkish teams like Besiktas, financed by Turkish Airlines, which is also the top sponsor of the Euroleague. Seeing Deron Williams and Kobe Bryant in Turkish uniforms would be incredible and others are sure to follow.

Portland's Nicholas Batum has decided to play with Nancy if the lockout continues and he is the first of a long list of French NBA players including Boris Diaw who would play for Bordeaux or Kevin Seraphin who has several offers. How about Dirk Nowitzki with the shining new and flush with cash Bayern Munich club. Why not?

FIBA has announced that they will accept NBA players with lockout clauses but rumors are circulating that the Chinese CBA pro league will not.

Important clubs in Spain and Italy have also announced that they are not interested in players that might leave in the middle of the season. The lockout has also increased the cost of insuring players with NBA contracts when playing for their national teams this summer. France, Germany and Argentina are among the haves, insurance-wise, whereas Australia will not pay to insure Andrew Bogut's contract, a situation which would likely change if Australia qualifies for the London Olympics next summer.

Each club or national team will weigh the short term advantages with their long term goals. Anyway, as I stated earlier, this is shaping up as one of the most unbelievable offseason's in the history of the game !

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« Reply #11 on: Feb 02, 2011, 10:31:13 PM »

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Plenty to savor in Europe

Has there ever been a better time to watch basketball in Europe than now?
The answer is absolutely, unequivocally no.
It’s not about following Europeans in the NBA, but watching leading players here on the old continent, be it in national team tournaments or club competitions.
One hotbed is Lithuania.
Italy coach Simone Pianigiani called Lithuania “a nation that breathes basketball” after Sunday’s EuroBasket draw in Vilnius.
A country that paid particular attention to the hoopla was Slovenia because in two years, that nation will host the EuroBasket.
Slovenian fans turned out in force to watch their team reach the Semi-Finals of EuroBasket 2009 in Poland, and they travelled in huge numbers to Turkey for the 2010 FIBA World Championship.
Right now, in their brand spanking new Stozice Arena, 13,000 fans show up to watch Union Olimpija play their home games in the Euroleague.
So it's not just Lithuania where there's a craze.
"I can say that in this moment, basketball is the national sport of Slovenia," said the recently appointed Slovenia coach, Bozidar Maljkovic, who was in Vilnius for the draw.
Last week in Istanbul, it was like the World Championship all over again.
It was hard not to get swept up in the excitement of the Euroleague Top 16 game between Fenerbahce Ulker and Power Electronics Valencia.
There were 15,600 fans jammed into the Sinan Erdem Dome to watch Fener edge Valencia, 75-73.
"It was a crazy atmosphere," Valencia big man James Augustine said.
"This is why you play the game. We loved it. It’s a shame we didn’t win because we would have been in a very good position."
In Vitoria, Caja Laboral – aka, Saskia Baskonia - hosted one of the most exhilarating contests of the year, a clash that Vilnius giants Lietuvos Rytas won 79-76 when Khalid El-Amin hit a long three-pointer at the buzzer.
How spoiled are the more than 9,000 spectators that turn out to watch games at the Fernando Buesa Arena, where greats like Luis Scola and Tiago Splitter played before leaving for the NBA?
The fans that watched El-Amin throw in the dagger returned four days later to see Brazil international Marcelo Huertas score on a last-second drive for a 76-74 Caja Laboral win over Unicaja Malaga.
Okay, so big names come and go. They leave for new challenges in the NBA, but there's plenty more to see.
Just look at Spain’s ACB.
Exhibit A: Bismack Biyombo; Exhibit B: Victor Claver; Exhibit C: Nikola Mirotic.
Congolese Bismack Biyombo is just 18 years old and plays at Fuenlabrada. The way he’s been blocking shots, it’s like the second coming of Dikembe Mutombo.
Claver, Mr Nice guy, the Power Electronics captain, is a high-flier now thriving under the tutelage of Svetislav Pesic.
He and his teammates and their remarkable turnaround have turned Valencia into a basketball city.
In the Spanish capital, they are witnessing the birth of greatness.
Real Madrid's 19-year-old Mirotic is at the beginning of what could be a spectacular career.
He had 13 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter to lead Madrid past Montepaschi Siena in Italy last week, and Mirotic hit two clutch three-balls on Sunday as Madrid beat Manresa 62-61.
"I have many dreams," Mirotic said.
"I have the whole of my career ahead of me. My dream is to win as many titles as possible.”
Mirotic’s emergence contributed to the club’s decision to put Spain international Jorge Garbajosa on the transfer list.
That would have been unimaginable at the start of the season.
Mirotic played for Spain at the U20 European Championship last year in Croatia.
One can’t help but think that Mirotic summed up the feelings of so many that are involved in the game in Spain, and Europe overall, with his final words.

"Basketball is my life,” he said.
“I don't think I would be the same person.
“It gives me everything."

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« Reply #10 on: Apr 27, 2010, 10:20:43 PM »

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British Basketball women's coach Tom Maher picks first squad

GB Standard Life women's head coach Tom Maher has selected a strong roster for his debut campaign leading the senior team as they look to qualify for the Eurobasket Championship which will be held in Poland in 2011.

Maher who has an impressive coaching pedigree at club and international level, leading Australia, New Zealand and China to Olympic Games - including a silver and bronze for Australia in 2000 and 1996 respectively and a fourth place finish for China in Beijing in 2008.

The roster includes a mixture of experience and emerging talent ahead of what will be a tough campaign where they will play Slovak Republic, Germany and Ukraine home and away.

Experienced campaigners like Rosalee Mason, Meagan Hoffman, Stephanie Collins and Kim Butler will be joined by such players as Johannah Leedham, who was picked 27th in round three of the WNBA draft, and Scottish born Rose Anderson.

"I have now been in the position long enough to enable me to assess the roster and work out what I needed to bring in for the forthcoming campaign. I think the balance we have between experience and emerging talent should provide us with the correct mix for what will be a challenging summer programme. It is disappointing we have recently lost Yemi (Oyefuwa) to injury as she would have made the roster this season, however we wish her well for a speedy recovery." said Maher.

In preparation of the campaign, camp will commence on 4 June at a training base in Stirling before a number test games, two of which will be at Surrey University, and away fixtures in Belgium, Holland and Israel. All the test fixtures will supersede the competitive Eurobasket schedule which gets underway on 14 August at home to Slovakia.

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"We have brought the roster in earlier than usual so we can get as much time together before the games get underway. This is an important summer for the team, so we need to be 100% prepared for what is going to be an intensive summer of basketball" continued Maher.

It was announced last week that for the first time, the Standard Life men's and women's team will stage two double headers in Birmingham and Liverpool on the 14 and 26 August. The other women's game will be hosted at the new basketball venue at Surrey University.

GB Standard Life women's roster:

Anderson, Rose - University Central Oklahoma, USA
Butler, Kim - Panionios, Greece
Butters, Kate - UWIC Archers, EBL
Collins, Stephanie - UWIC Archers, EBL
Gandy, Stephanie - City of Sheffield Hatters, EBL
Handy, Chantelle - Marshall University, USA
Hoffman, Meagan - UWIC Archers, EBL
Hutchinson, Lisa - City of Sheffield Hatters, EBL
Leedham, Johannah - Franklin Pierce University, USA
Mason, Rosalee - City of Sheffield Hatters, EBL
McKay, Sarah - Unattached
Page, Julie - Pays d'Aix Basket 13, France
Stewart, Azania - Florida University, USA
Johnson-Thomas, Lauren - Marquette University, USA
Wade-Frey, Jeneya - University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, USA
Claydon, Jo - Leeds Carnegie, EBL
Wood, Joanne - Sandringham Sabres, Australia


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