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« Reply #21 on: Feb 17, 2012, 01:08:16 AM »

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Draw results for FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Women

With just over four months to go until the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT) for Women, the draw was held in Ankara on Wednesday 15 February.

Attending the draw were a large number of officials, dignitaries and media, as well as delegations from six of the participating countries.

During the ceremony, the 12 teams that will compete for the five remaining places on offer for the 2012 Olympic Basketball Tournament for Women, were divided into four groups.
Group A: Japan, Puerto Rico, Turkey

Group B: Argentina, Czech Republic, New Zealand

Group C: Croatia, Korea, Mozambique

Group D: Canada, France, Mali
The group stages will see each team play the two others in their respective groups in a standard round robin format (12 games in total). The top two teams in each group will progress to the Quarter-Finals, that are to be played as follows:

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

The four winning quarter-finalists qualify automatically for the London Olympics, while the four losing teams will play for the last remaining place as follows:

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

The two winning semi-finalists will go head to head for the 12th and final Olympic berth.

The OQT for Women takes place in Ankara from 25 June to 1 July 2012.

About the FIBA and the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament

The Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT) was first introduced in 1960, while the first Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Women was held for the first time in 1980. Both the men’s and the women’s OQTs were played according to a variety of formats before being discontinued after 1992.

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

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

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« Reply #20 on: Feb 07, 2012, 07:48:01 PM »

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Can American teams beat the Europeans in the qualifier?

In 2008, Puerto Rico was the only American team to condemn at least one European team to a defeat in FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Men in Greece.

Carlos Arroyo scored 17 and distributed five assists to lead the Caribbean team beat Slovenia 81-70 in the Quarter-Finals and earn their chance to play two conclusive games to make it to Beijing, both lost to Greece and Germany.

The European superiority was so evident four years ago we have to ask ourselves if the American teams can beat the Europeans in the 2012 OQT in Venezuela.

Croatia, Greece and Germany were the three teams to earn the spots to play in the Wukesong Stadium, in Beijing, with the big teams such as the USA, Spain, Argentina and Lithuania.

The facts that Venezuela will host the tournament, that Puerto Rico will present an experienced team and that Dominican Republic will definitively be one of the most talented teams of the tournament could change the panorama.

It could be early for a precise tournament analysis as is still unknown which players will be in the tournament. However, there is enough information to check which way each of the three American teams should cover in order to change the last OQT’s results.

Puerto Rico will play in Group A together with Greece and Jordan.

Group B will be interesting as well. Lithuania, Nigeria, Venezuela will fight for the two quarterfinals spots.

Here comes the nice part: PR is supposed to beat Jordan after they have defeated Greece to top the group and avoid the other group's top team, which is expected to be Lithuania.

“It’s better to face Greece earlier than later. We knew we would face a European team in the Group and we have always done well against them”, said Puerto Rico’s coach Flor Meléndez.

On the other hand, Venezuela will count on home support in looking to achieve the same goal as Puerto Rico - to avoid facing Greece in the Quarter-Finals.

American born Venezuela’s coach Eric Musselman knows two of the best weapons he counts on are Greivis Vasquez and hosting the tournament.

“Our crowd will be very important for the players as we will need their enthusiasm in what we will expect to be two hard fought games”, said Musselman.

Even better would be if the two American teams top their respective groups and make it to the Quarter-Finals without losing a game.

Should the two teams keep the streak and qualify to the semifinals, London would see at least one more American team to join the USA, Argentina and Brazil.

Dominican Republic will be the only American team to fight for a Semi-Final spot on the other side of the draw.

Korea and Russia will be DR’s opponents in Group C, while Group D teams will be F.Y.R. of Macedonia, New Zealand and Angola.

Dominican Republic have many problems to solve before worrying about their opponents.

First of all, DR will wait for Al Horford recovery from a shoulder injury that could make him miss the rest of the NBA season.

And before that, Dominican managers are expected to choose a coach, even though most of the applicants will depend on their best player’s situation.

Nevertheless, would you bet against a team from the Americas grabbing one of the three remaining Olympic places?

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« Reply #19 on: Jan 27, 2012, 07:19:32 PM »

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2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup officially launched in Madrid

The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) on Thursday officially launched the 2014 edition of its flagship tournament by revealing its brand new name, the FIBA Basketball World Cup, at a special event in the Spanish capital.

There was a distinct national flavour to the evening as the logo of the FIBA Basketball World Cup was unveiled and the Spanish Basketball Federation (FEB) formally presented the six host cities – Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, Seville, Granada and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann explained the thinking behind the name change of the biggest international basketball tournament from ‘FIBA World Championship’ to ‘FIBA Basketball World Cup’ in front of the more than 400 guests which included eminent members of Spanish society, political institutions and the business world.

“The new name is short and catchy. The term ‘World Cup’ is known by people all over the globe and resonates in different languages: Copa del Mundo, Coppa del Mondo, Coupe du Monde,” he said.

“This new name reflects the prestige that our tournament has as a premier international competition and allows for it to be recognised as what it truly is: one of the biggest global sporting events, along with the FIFA World Cup, the Rugby World Cup and the Cricket World Cup.”

The logo for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup was unveiled with a special contemporary Spanish ballet performance. It is inspired by the concept of “the basketball dance”. Two hands, symbolising the body part most directly involved in both basketball and Spanish dance, create a dynamic graphic that blends expressive gestures. The colourful design – inspired by the palette of colours found in the FIBA logo – pays tribute to Spanish artist Pablo Picasso.

José Luis Sáez, the President of the Spanish Basketball Federation, provided in-depth information on the six host cities and venues before the event concluded with the impressive unveiling of the logo.

“Our commitment and desire is to organise the FIBA Basketball World Cup for everyone. The best way to do that is by giving it a global dimension which, starting in September 2014, will become a true legacy for the whole society,” he said.

“That is why we want to come out of the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup with Spain as a platform for the promotion of basketball and the transmission of its great values as a sport, a focus of economic activity and a tool for social transformation.”

FIBA President Yvan Mainini thanked the Spanish Basketball Federation for its hospitality and said the huge turnout of dignitaries – which included greats Oscar Schmidt, Dino Meneghin and Juan Antonio San Epifanio – reflected just how highly-regarded the tournament is in Spain and all around the world.

“It’s a huge honour to have with us three of the biggest legends in international basketball. These men are symbolic with world class basketball. Having them here and so many others confirms that we made a good choice in attributing the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup to Spain,” he said.
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Go to for all the latest on the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup including information on the host cities and venues and history of the tournament.

About the FIBA Basketball World Cup

Known as the FIBA World Championship from 1950 until 2010, the FIBA Basketball World Cup is the flagship event of the International Basketball Federation.

The first-ever FIBA Basketball World Cup took place in Argentina in 1950 with the host nation prevailing in the final against the USA.

Since the first staging of the tournament in Buenos Aires where six teams did battle, the field has grown exponentially to feature the 24 best teams from around the world.

Yugoslavia have won gold in five of the 16 editions of the FIBA Basketball World Cup, while the USA account for four and the Soviet Union for three.

Since 1998, the winners of the FIBA Basketball World Cup get to celebrate their crowning moment by holding aloft the Naismith Trophy, named after the inventor of basketball, Dr James Naismith.

The FIBA Basketball World Cup has been the centre stage for some of international basketball’s biggest stars – from Oscar Schmidt and Nikos Galis to Pau Gasol and Kevin Durant and many in between.


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« Reply #18 on: Jan 14, 2012, 07:06:13 PM »

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FIBA - USA, Lithuania head U17 Men's groups, event logo unveiled

The draw for the second edition of FIBA's U17 World Championship took place in Kaunas, Lithuania, on Tuesday with the ceremony also serving as a platform to officially launch the event's logo.

The 12 qualified teams were divided into two groups of six.

Here are the results of the draw:

Group A: Australia, China, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, USA

Group B: Argentina, Canada, Croatia, Korea, Lithuania, Spain

The 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship will be played in Kaunas from 29 June-8 July.

In the First Round, each team will play the other five in their respective groups.

The top four teams from each group will advance to the Quarter-Finals, at which point the competition continues through to the Final – on 8 July – in a standard knock-out format.

The draw was conducted by FIBA in collaboration with the Lithuanian Basketball Federation (LBBF), with FIBA Hall of Fame inductee and LBBF President Arvydas Sabonis in attendance as well as Senior Men's National Team player Jonas Maciulis.

The FIBA U17 World Championships for Men and Women were created by FIBA in order to boost the development of the sport among the younger age categories.

The first editions of these tournaments were held in 2010 in Hamburg, Germany (Men) and Toulouse/Rodez, France (Women).

The USA are the reigning champions having beaten surprise package Poland in the Final two years ago.

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« Reply #17 on: Jan 06, 2012, 05:42:47 AM »

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Eleven of 2011

Lists never seem to fall out of fashion. You can't avoid them and especially at the turn of a new calendar year. So, adding to the lengthy list of lists already out there and in no particular order, here are my eleven reasons why you had to love women's basketball worldwide during 2011!
Elena Danilochkina
In what was the ultimate Cinderella story for an individual player at the top level, Elena Danilochkina arrived in Poland as a promising bench player for Russia but left as the Queen of EuroBasket Women clutching a gold medal in one hand and the MVP trophy in the other.  
During a remarkable rise to prominence, Danilochkina showed why she has the nickname of 'Golden Hand' with some devastating shooting. She also gracefully glided around the court making smart decisions for her team in her capacity as a combo guard.
The unassuming way she collected her MVP award and look of surprise in her face epitomized the level-headed and composed approach of a player who is blooming late and only just beginning to realise just what an impact she can make in the women's game.
Women Ballers In Somalia
Of the hundreds of stories I managed to write during the year, no others can come even close in terms of inspiration to the bravery shown by women players in Somalia who have defied death threats from religious militants trying to intimidate them into giving up the game they love.
Their bravery in continuing is absolutely heroic to us basketball lovers who could never imagine having to go through this kind of horrific scenario.
When relative minnows of Montenegro made history by stepping out EuroBasket Women for the first time, few people could have anticipated what was to follow as they posted one of the most impressive tournament debuts in memory.
Not only did they rack up a momentous victory in their first game, they set the competition alight by winning their first six tournament games. It was an absolutely stunning streak and while they eventually faded in the last round, it couldn't dilute what was a remarkable accomplishment.
Bamako in Mali was the setting for another piece of history during 2011 when Angola took clinched first ever FIBA Africa Championship crown. Impressively they bounced back in terrific fashion after being routed in an early game against favourites Senegal.
Not only did they recover to reach the semi-finals where they squeezed past second favourites and hosts Mali in front of their partisan home fans, Angola showed the strength and belief to defeat Senegal in the final and claim both gold and a first Olympic Games berth.
Tom Maher Meets Boris Sokolovsky
In what was probably the best post-game conference I have ever attended, the exchange of words between these two play-callers after a brutally ugly clash between their respective teams on the court at EuroBasket Women was terrific. Sokolovsky referred to the game as being more akin to an ice hockey game between the Bruins and Canucks while Maher took umbrage and responded with some classic lines and retorts of his own.
Consequently it will be absolutely fascinating if Russia and Great Britain lock horns again in London.
Puerto Rico
After arguably under-achieving time and time again in the FIBA Americas Championship, Puerto Rico made amends by qualifying for the Pan-American Games for the first time in more than 30 years and then surprised everyone by finishing top of the podium.  
With the men's team also winning gold, it secured the first double since the USA in 1983 and further joy was to come when Cuba withdrew from the Olympic Qualifying Tournament with the Puerto Rican women taking their place.
For every coach who bemoans bad luck or injuries, take a look at Croatiahead coach Stipe Bralic and go figure.  Far from an elite nation and with expectation not exactly sky high, Croatia was hit by an appalling injury crisis both ahead of and during EuroBasket Women. Most people (including myself) wrote them off completely.
With three of their top six players all suffering serious injuries, they didn't complain but simply dug deep and found a way to grind out the wins needed to defy the doubters and surpass all expectations by some distance to finish fifth and qualify for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
Astou Ndour
She's one of the most exciting 1994 born prospects anywhere in the world and the Dakar born Spanish youth player continued to develop at a rapid rate, particularly at club level where her numbers have been epic.
Having averaged 1.8 points and 2.2 rebounds per game for Gran Canaria in EuroCup Women during 2010, she has posted a mind blowing 17.3 points and 10.7 rebounds per game this season. Her performances in Liga Femenina have also been phenomenal while she finished in the All-Tournament Team at the U18 European Championships too.
Lucas Mondelo
Few people tipped Perfumerias Avenida to reach the Final Four of EuroLeague Women and virtually nobody gave them a chance of winning the title. But, led by coach Lucas Mondelo, they were crowned champions during what was his first season at the helm and he also delivered an array of other silverware into Salamanca's trophy cabinet. He also guided the Spanish Women to gold at the U20 European Championship in what was a brilliant year for a truly talented coach.
Miao Lijie
The MVP of the FIBA Asia Championship led China to gold and to the Olympic Games to yet again underline just why she is still a truly inspirational player. Not that any of us could forget with such a glittering resume to her name. Lijie will be one of the players to watch yet again when all eyes focus on London.
The centre of the women's basketball universe seems to just be gravitating more and more towards Turkey. This almost magnetic force gathered strength having been initially sparked with the award of the 2014 FIBA World Championship. This was followed up in 2011 with the award of the 2012 EuroLeague Women Final Eight and then the award of this summer's Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

Meanwhile in addition to a number of world class players packing out the Turkish league and the eye-popping Diana Taurasi to Galatsasary saga which created such huge publicity, the national team lit another major fire under women's basketball in Turkey by taking silver at EuroBasket Women with some gutsy and stirring displays.

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« Reply #16 on: Dec 22, 2011, 05:32:37 AM »

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FIBA y su objetivo de mejorar la programación de competencia 2017-2030

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La reunión de la Junta Central de la FIBA en la capital española llegó a su fin el domingo con una serie de decisiones claves tomadas en la misma.

El sábado, la Junta Central atribuyó las funciones de alojamiento para los Repechajes Olímpicos 2012 (OQTs) para hombres y mujeres en Venezuela y Turquía, respectivamente.

Otro tema importante en la agenda del fin de semana era la programación de competencias para el período 2017-2030. La Junta dio luz verde para seguir adelante con el estudio y el desarrollo de los elementos deportivos, como los diferentes formatos de calificación y las propuestas detalladas del calendario.

Las conversaciones entre la FIBA y sus federaciones nacionales sobre este tema continuará en los próximos meses, así como con otras partes interesadas, tales como ligas, clubes y zonas.

Mientras tanto, un cambio en el formato de la competición sub-17 del Campeonato FIBA Mundo para Hombres y Mujeres fue aprobada, con el número de equipos participantes aumentando de 12 a 16 a partir de 2014.

El fin de semana también vio el programa 3x3 de baloncesto de la FIBA dar un paso gigante hacia adelante con el lanzamiento oficial de su red de competencia, con el World Tour y el Campeonato del Mundo para Hombres y Mujeres que se celebrará en el 2012 por primera vez. La nueva disciplina se introdujo con gran éxito en los Juegos Olímpicos de la Juventud 2010 (YOG) en Singapur y FIBA celebró su primer Campeonato Mundial de la Juventud 3x3 en Rimini, Italia, en septiembre.

Durante esta reunión, la Junta Central admitió a la Federación Internacional de Baloncesto de Sordos (DIBF) entre las organizaciones oficialmente reconocidas por FIBA.

Por último, pero no menos importante, la Junta Central dio una presentación de la Estrategia de FIBA para el período 2011-2018.

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FIBA 2011-2018 Strategy & Values

Since its formation in 1932, FIBA has achieved a lot and seen strong development in all areas of basketball.
Now, the time has come to take the step up to the next level, in order to see our sport reach new heights.

A consistent strategy with clear objectives and an explicit road map for implementation to achieve these goals has been set out for the period 2011-2018. We have defined the values that represent the core merits of basketball and, along with a clear vision for our sport, those will now guide us through all of our activities.

As a result of the newly-formulated values and vision, FIBA’s mission has been extended to include the unifying of the community, along with the promotion and development of our sport.

In order to keep track of what we want to achieve, FIBA has identified 10 strategic objectives that will guide the whole organisation and its members over the coming years.

In the following pages you will find our entire strategy which will help us take the step up to that next level.


Basketball and FIBA united through common values

EXCITING - Captivating

SMART - Skillful, well structured, precise and transparent

PROGRESSIVE - Dynamic, pro-active and driving change

OPEN- To everybody everywhere, prestigious and credible

RESPONSIBLE- Fair-play, ethical and socially responsible

TOGETHER- Strong individuals cooperating as a strong team


With a perspective on basketball, we intend to be one community

In comparison with other sports, we want basketball to be the most popular



To make basketball more popular, we develop and promote the game

To create one basketball community, we bring people together and unite


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« Reply #15 on: Dec 13, 2011, 05:57:37 PM »

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FIBA Central Board aims to improve 2017-2030 schedule of competition

FIBA's Central Board meeting in the Spanish capital came to an end on Sunday with a number of key decisions having been made.

On Saturday, the Central Board attributed the hosting duties for the 2012 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments (OQTs) for Men and Women to Venezuela and Turkey respectively.

Another major topic on the agenda over the weekend concerned the schedule of competition for the period 2017-2030. The Board gave the green light to go ahead with the study and the development of the sporting elements such as the different formats of qualification and detailed calendar proposals.

Talks between FIBA and its member national federations on this topic will continue over the coming months, as well as with other stakeholders such as leagues, clubs and Zones.

Meanwhile, a change in the competition format for FIBA's U17 World Championships for Men and Women was passed, with the number of participating teams increasing from 12 to 16 starting in 2014.

The weekend also saw FIBA's 3x3 Basketball programme take another giant step forward with the official launch of its competition network, with the first ever World Tour and the World Championship for Men and Women being held in 2012. The new discipline was introduced with great success at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Singapore and FIBA held its first-ever 3x3 Youth World Championship in Rimini, Italy, in September.

During this meeting, the Central Board admitted the Deaf International Basketball Federation (DIBF) among the organizations officially recognised by FIBA.

Last but not least, the Central Board were given a presentation of the FIBA Strategy for the period 2011-2018. Click here to find out more about the strategy.

The next FIBA Central Board will take place on 28-29 April 2012.


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« Reply #14 on: Nov 09, 2011, 03:36:22 AM »

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Pan Am Games - What they've learnt

Three American teams have already secured their London 2012 places for next year. The USA bought their tickets as the 2010 World Champions, while Argentina and Brazil won their spots in the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship.
You would therefore expect these three nations to currently be the best teams of the continent.

However, in the Pan American games, the three chose less than a secondary team with only the North Americans making it to the Semi-Finals.

Other coaches, such as Puerto Rico’s Flor Meléndez and Dominican Republic’s John Hubbard, decided to build a team combining some of their top players and youngsters.

The most surprising side was Mexico. The host team took profit from the support of the crowd to march all the way to the Gold medal game.

But the most important thing about the Pan Am Games was what was left for next year’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament and Olympic participants.

Let’s go team by team:

United States (ranked 1st in FIBA ranking) arguably learnt nothing. The D-League players have no chance of playing in London and the only little lesson they could have learnt is that they do not have the sport’s supremacy only because they wear the US shirt.

It’s a pity USA Basketball missed the chance to shortlist some players from the NBA. Many are desperate to play some ball and could have appreciated an invitation to Guadalajara. On the other side, we don’t know if most of the NBA players even know about the existence of the Pan Am Games.

Argentina (3rd) went to the tournament to reinforce a project and try to form players that could join the first team in London. A couple of promising youngsters were included together with good players from the Argentine National League to form a team that was expected to win a medal.
“(Marcos) D’Elia could become the next (Fabricio) Oberto” said the national team head coach Julio Lamas, who stayed in Argentina during the Games, as soon as the tournament ended. Should the 19-year old centre join the team next year, one of the team’s goals would be achieved.

D’Elia made himself known in Argentina when he carried the side to the FIBA U19 World Championship Semi-Finals. After 11 games of the 2011/2012 National League, the 2.06m player averages 3.5 points and 2.5 rebounds in only 10 minutes. Those numbers could seem insufficient for the supporters’ eyes, but D’Elía appears as the only player with the height and talent to take Oberto’s place, in case the 36-year old centre doesn’t make it to London. Indeed, players that are taller than 2,05m are not very common in Argentina.

Argentina finished the tournament in seventh place, their worst position since 1987, a far cry from their only Gold won in Mar del Plata 1995, the same city where Manu Ginóbili and Co. have just topped the FIBA Americas.
Brazil (13th) were led to an unexpected fifth place by Guilherme Giovannoni and Marcelo Machado, two key players during the FIBA Americas. Ruben Magnano must have shouted, yelled and kicked something after the team spread a 20-point lead to lose two consecutive games to miss the chance to win their fourth Pan Am Gold medal in a row. At least, no one was hurt in the dressing rooms.

The only things Brazil can take from the Guadalajara to London are the continuity of the good team’s chemistry and their style: hard defence, low-post game and good shooters.

Puerto Rico (16th) were the only team to have a team to include NBA players. José Barea, Renaldo Balkman and Carlos Arroyo travelled to Mexico, even though the latter did not enter the court due to injury.

It was redemption for them. Puerto Rico were one of the big losers of FIBA Americas Championship. Despite their fourth place finish, the Caribbean team were expecting to get a direct pass to London. It was incredible that Barea himself had the chance to redeem himself from his missed last-second shot against Argentina in the Mar del Plata Semi, as he scored the winning basket in the Pan Am Gold medal game.

Four of the five national team’s starters were there as Daniel Santiago was fully recovered from a plantar fasciitis. Coach Flor Meléndez’ tears after the final were there to confirm how important the tournament was for the National Olympic Committee (NOC) that collected two of their six gold medals in basketball.

Together with gold, Meléndez added talent to the list of possible players to take part in next year’s Olympic qualifier. Small forward Edward Ulibes was one of the biggest surprises for the coach and teammates. It wouldn’t be crazy to see him next year.

Finally, Dominican Republic (25th) ratified they are already part of the American Basketball elite. But before talking about the team, I must mention the man of the tournament: Jack Michael Martínez. Yes, the same guy who was crying and praying after one of his teammates got badly injured in Argentina, the same big guy who danced in the middle of the court together with the Puerto Ricans after achieving their best FIBA Americas position ever. Yes, the same guy I could walk with into a war zone, alongside brothers in arms, surrounded by enemy soldiers looking for a to save the wounded.

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Jack Michael, as everyone knows you, ended the tournament as the top scorer (21.2 points per game) and rebounder (11.4 rebounds) to lead his team to a Semi-Final.

The rest of the team collected more experience and some of them could definitely join the first team in the qualifier...

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« Reply #13 on: Nov 06, 2011, 02:24:00 AM »

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Prewster, New Zealand improving for a reason

Anyone who follows international basketball knows that New Zealand is a country on the improve.

From being little more than Australia’s whipping boy in the 1980s and 1990s, the Tall Blacks made a giant leap for mankind in 2001 by beating Australia to qualify for the FIBA World Championship, and then landed in another galaxy after they finished fourth in Indianapolis.

The golden generation that featured the likes of Kirk Penney, Pero Cameron and Phill Jones put hoops in the Kiwi spotlight for the first time. They inspired kids to pick up a basketball who had previously never heard of the sport.

The million dollar question though, in a country with only amateur basketball facilities at the time, was how to keep these kids playing, identify the standouts and develop them to elite standards.

Young shooting guard Dion Prewster headed to the USA to play college ball. It was once the only genuine option for young Kiwis looking to excel. Once they had graduated, without a contract in Europe or a lifeline from an Australian team they had little other path but to play in the semi-professional NZNBL.

For Prewster though, in 2009 an unsuccessful stint in the NCAA was not a career-ender.

“I actually had one season left of eligibility, I didn’t feel like I was getting better so I decided to come back to the Breakers. I thought that would be the best thing for me and I think that’s been proven,” he said.

“The Breakers have always been a part of the junior development program,” Prewster said. “Once they heard I was home they got in touch straight away and said we’d love to have you on board as a development player.”

The New Zealand Breakers are the first professional club ever based in the Shaky Isles, playing in the Australian NBL. According to General Manager Richard Clarke, developing the country’s best young talent is as important as winning professional basketball games.

“Some years ago the club sat down and decided we needed to be more than just one team playing on the TV every second week,” Clarke said.

“It is our responsibility as the only professional basketball club in New Zealand to take a lead role in providing a pathway for players to develop their talent.”

“This is a player pathway that is now offering a very real and genuine alternative to venturing offshore to college in the USA, which may not always suit a player or their family,” he added.

This was definitely the case for Prewster, who thinks being around Breaker and FIBA stars like Mika Vukona, CJ Bruton and Tom Abercrombie every day - and using the club’s state-of-the-art facilities - are a blessing that holds young Kiwi basketballers in good stead.

“For all New Zealand kids, to have the Breakers academy and the facilities that we have, I think that basketball in New Zealand has got much better across the board,” he said.

“Everybody here is helping but with CJ’s knowledge of the game, he’s played so many places and won four championships, he’s definitely been the mentor to me. He has so much to offer, he’s played so many games and he knows the game.”

National team stars Abercrombie, Vukona, Lindsay Tait, Alex Pledger and BJ Anthony all came through the Breakers’ development program, learning off Penney, Jones, Bruton, Dillon Boucher and Paul Henare.

Current program members Isaac Fotu, Tai Webster, James Ashby and Reuben Te Raangi claimed New Zealand’s first-ever world championship in the inaugural FIBA 3x3 tournament. Fotu, now a Breakers development player alongside Prewster, hit the game-winning basket in the final.

At the 2009 FIBA U19 World Championship in Auckland, the Junior Tall Blacks went within inches of defeating Argentina and bronze medallists Croatia, with Prewster one of the stars.

“That’s something that is always going to stick with me, to have it at home, there was nothing like that kind of experience,” he said. “We definitely batted above our weight, because those teams came in expecting to just wipe us, but we put up a good team effort and certain individuals shined.”

With 10.4ppg and 6.6rpg, Prewster was a bright light for New Zealand, and his next goal is to step into the senior team, a feat he thinks would “be awesome”.

Tall Blacks teams used to tour Europe and struggle to beat Division B national teams. If you see Prewster and the Kiwis running some of Europe’s best to the wire or even pinching some wins on a future tour, as they have the past two years, remember there is a good reason for that.

Along with a strong national program under Nenad Vucinic, the Breakers are out in schools creating a love of the game, identifying elite talent as the enter their teens, and putting them into a program that teaches the key skills needed to succeed.

From there the best represent New Zealand at FIBA tournaments, and then have clear stepping stones to becoming a professional basketballer. It is a system that has worked beautifully for Abercrombie.

“I love it here, it’s obviously a great club,” he said. “It’s where I grew up and I feel very comfortable with the people and the organisation.”

And New Zealand basketball should be feeling comfortable with its standing.

For the first time ever, waves of talented young players are coming through the ranks, headlined by Abercrombie, Pledger, Webster, Fotu, Prewster, St Louis University centre Rob Loe and projected NBA draft pick Steve Adams.

All of these players have been touched by the Breakers program in one way or another; some fleeting and the others life changing.  Whichever it is, the Breakers presence allows talented young basketballers to develop to international level one step at a time.

One day, Prewster may be part of a team that shocks a world power, like the Tall Blacks did last year against France, but for now he is focused on some smaller milestones, like his first NBL minutes last week.

“It was awesome,” he said enthusiastically. “Last week was my first chance to get out there and run around a little bit. The game was pretty much over but it was good to get out there and get a feel, and hopefully more of those opportunities will come in the future.”

The future is bright.

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« Reply #12 on: Sep 18, 2011, 12:15:43 AM »

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Rimini offers a glimpse of future stars

RIMINI (3x3) - It's not easy to judge talent. Then, with regards to basketball, it's obvious that a 5-on-5 game played over 40 minutes on two baskets on a full court is not the same thing as a 3-on-3 game played over 10 minutes on one basket on a half court.

Still, just as Beach Volley is still volleyball, 3x3 is still basketball.

The main difference is that, in 3-on-3, you cannot run 5-man plays! Then, in any play ever designed in the history of the game, you will never find more than three men involved at the point of action at the same instant.

Even when you split the post, just three men are involved, as you can only 'cross' two men, not three, in front of the post man with the ball. So, set plays are out the window.

Then there is more space in 3-on-3, hence, less defensive help.

Yes, I still think the ideal 3-on-3 team needs a pivot man, a point guard and an outside shooter.

But many teams (Bulgaria's men's team, for example) will go with three 'complete' players, all about 6ft5in or 6ft6in, that can change roles at will.

As with 5-on-5 ball, the coach adapts to his personnel.

By the way, in the FIBA 3x3 Youth World Championship, the coaches could not coach! No time outs! The halftime lasted just one minute and the shot clock was just 12 seconds and not 24, as it is in the NBA and FIBA.

So, the teams had coaches but their work was done in practice, as they must sit in the stands during the games. Well, most of the time, anyway!

With that said, I found myself being tempted to say that this player or that player might just be in the Olympics some day. Actually, I found that easier to do with the women.

Unless I miss my guess, 6ft Yuki Miyazama of Japan will be an 'international' some day.

She was not their leading scorer but she did everything well.

Spain won the women's event and has three great prospects: Yurena Diaz-Castellano, Sara Rodriguez-Uriszar and Astou Barro Ndour Gueye, who must be 6ft5in and is athletic.

Australia has 6ft1in Olivia Thompson, a complete player.

And, of course, the USA has Kaela Davis, who may have been the best player in the women's tournament.

I'm hesitant to make such predictions for the men.

6ft7in Isaac Fotu of New Zealand was my MVP of the tournament, though Reuben Te Rangi of the same All Blacks may get my vote for the way he led the Haka!

Sure enough, Fotu has already been called up to the national team, the Tall Blacks.

Still, for the men's players in Rimini, I have to ask:  "Do they still have growth potential? Will they have to change roles at a higher level?  Do they have the skills and athletic ability to compete at the next level?"

So, I'd rather hold my tongue and my judgment until they develop some more.

Of course, guys from little nations, like Nepal, Guam and Sri Lanka lack the size to make the Olympics.

I was amazed by the number of coaches and scouts present at this event. Many were looking for talent, as I was trying to identify prospects.

I can only say this: Two of Bulgaria's men play in Rimini and another with Benetton Treviso.

Obviously, the scouts knew about some of these guys before the rest of us did.

So, maybe there is some 'gold' to be 'mined' in the talent pool we saw in Rimini.

The players had a chance to show their wares and impress people.

They impressed me, that's for sure.

Now let's see how many of them make their own national teams and how many we'll see in the 2014 Worlds and the 2016 Olympics.

That's the real test of time.

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« Reply #11 on: Aug 08, 2011, 12:14:08 AM »

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3x3 - Field increased to accommodate high demand for 1st Youth WC

The number of participating teams set to compete in this summer's  1st Invitational 3x3 Youth World Championship has risen to 60, to accommodate the huge demand for places at the inaugural edition.

36 boys' teams and 24 girls' teams of players aged 18 and under will face off in the sunny Italian beach resort of Rimini from 9-11 September, with games being played on eight covered specially designed 3x3 courts - including one high capacity centre court.

Attending teams include many traditional basketball forces of the likes of the USA, Spain, Greece, Serbia, China, Australia, Angola and Puerto Rico, as well countries less renowned for their basketball such as Singapore, South Africa, Syria and even the small pacific island of Guam.

While showcasing top level basketball, the event will have a young and fresh atmosphere - reflecting both the discipline and the location - with top DJs playing music during the games, numerous skills challenges, as well as other entertainment and side activities.

The Invitational 3x3 Youth World Championship will be the second international 3x3 tournament, following last year's success of the discipline at the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore.

Boys' participating teams:
Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Egypt, England, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Guam, India, Italy, Jordan, Japan, Latvia, Netherlands, Nepal, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, South Africa, Russia, Singapore, Slovenia, Serbia, Spain, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, USA and Venezuela.

Girls' participating teams:
Angola, Australia, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Egypt, England, Germany, Greece, Guam, India, Italy, Japan, Netherland, Russia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, USA and Venezuela.

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« Reply #10 on: Jul 14, 2011, 05:11:40 AM »

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Wonderful basketball: Fournier admires the various styles

FIBA U19 World Championship for Women – Trying to get France coach Jerome Fournier to talk about some of the individual talent on show at the FIBA U19 World Championship for Women in Chile is a tough ask.

While Fournier is well aware of the outstanding players who will be on court, he stridently believes the result of a basketball game is much more dependent on how well a team functions. “Obviously I can mention some girls like Baric from Slovenia or Casas and Gil from Espana,” he said.

”Nevertheless, I prefer talking to you about the wonderful fast break of the Spanish team, or the nice pick and roll game of Slovenian team, or the brilliant passing game of the Russian team.”

After six year’s coaching experience with France’s junior women’s teams, including leading the U16 women to a bronze medal in the European Championship last year, Fournier takes charge of the U19 world championship team and he knows his team will face a wide variety of styles that can be equally effective.

None more so than the defending champions. “USA basketball is organised around speed across the floor - fast break, one on one, offensive rebounding, full court defence – it is wonderful basketball,” Fournier said.

Another challenge will come from the ever-improving Chinese, with whom France split two games at the Reze International Tournament in France. Fournier knows they are not easy to cover defensively.

”China has a balance between tall girls and shooting guards. So they can score in the paint but behind the arc as well,” he said.

While France may face the USA, China and their European rivals later in the tournament, they already know they will play a strong Australian team on the third day of action in Group C. “I know Australia because I play every year against this nation,” Fournier said.

“Australia plays very clever basketball. Their girls are very strong and they have very good skills, all of their players can pass the ball well in all situations. Moreover, they play very well with the post up.”

So how does the 39 year old, who coaches club team Centre Federal BB in the France-LF2, prepare his team to counter all these different styles of play? “Our opponents are tactical problems we have to resolve when the time comes,” he said.

“When you want to win basketball games, firstly you have to know who you are. My team know who they are because we have worked every day for more than 40 days in this way.”

And what is their way? “The keys of my team? I propose to my opponents to find them,” Fournier said coyly. “And about particular players? I propose to you to look at all of our team.”

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« Reply #9 on: Jul 02, 2011, 11:04:13 PM »

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FIBA/NBA - Impact of the NBA lockout on 2011 FIBA competitions

The NBA announced on Thursday night that it will commence a lockout until a new collective bargaining agreement is reached. This lockout has raised questions about the presence of international NBA players in 2011 FIBA competitions.

“The lockout is very bad news for the basketball fans in the US and around the world,” said FIBA Secretary General and IOC member, Patrick Baumann. “But it is obvious that a sustainable business model, fair to all parties, is needed, especially in these times of gloomy economic environment. This is not valid only in the US, but everywhere in the basketball world in order for our sport to continue its growth. We hope that the parties will find rapidly a solution, but above all we hope that the situation will not have a negative effect on the Olympic qualifiers this summer. We will do everything to support the players and our members in their desire to fulfill their Olympic dream.”

The lockout will not stop players from competing for their national teams as their contracts with their NBA teams are suspended and they are without salary with immediate effect. Players now have to take out insurance without NBA endorsement and with the help of their national federations to cover the risk of injury. National federations must also look for additional revenue to pay for these extra costs.

If there were no lockout, the NBA-FIBA agreement would regulate the availability of NBA players for their national teams. The agreement stipulates that NBA clubs have to release players for national team play as long as they are properly insured. The agreement is in place since 1990 and has worked very effectively. If a collective bargaining agreement were to be reached before the start of the respective FIBA competition, the NBA-FIBA agreement would become effective again immediately.

Many stars have recently expressed their desire to represent their country in the upcoming continental championships that qualify for the 2012 London Olympics.

France are among the national sides getting ready for the EuroBasket in Lithuania and they have several NBA players in their squad, including the likes of San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker and Chicago Bulls big man Joakim Noah.

French Basketball Federation (FFBB) President Jean-Pierre Siutat was at the EuroBasket Women in Lodz, Poland, on Thursday night and was asked by FIBA about the lockout.

"The only difference between a lockout and a no lockout situation is that we have to pay more insurance," he said.

"We are aware of the situation with the players, now we have to wait for them to say yes. We are currently trying to raise the necessary funds to cover the additional costs and are thus trying to find somebody who can help us in France - the government or some alternative sponsor. Considering that we have six players from the NBA, we're talking about a substantial amount of money."

Despite the hurdles of insurance, health condition and leverage of the club owners, in the past, international NBA players have shown great commitment to their national team. "Whether there is a lockout or not, I'll be with the French national team," Parker told French sports daily newspaper L'Equipe in a May interview.

Other players, such as EuroBasket 2009 gold medalist Rudy Fernandez of Spain, have also shown enthusiasm about being with their national teams. "I will play with Spain at EuroBasket," he said. "It's very important for us to qualify for the Olympics."

Puerto Rican superstar and freshly crowned NBA champion Jose Barea left no doubt about what his country colors mean to him either: "I want to play (for Puerto Rico).I am 100% sure that I will be in Argentina (at the Americas qualifier for London). In Dallas they know how important it is for me to play in the national team and how much it has benefited my career."

However, Barea’s situation is special. He is a so-called free agent, i.e. he is without contract with an NBA team as of the 2011/12 season. He might still seek insurance in order to protect a potential contract once the lockout is terminated and he can enter into contract negotiations.

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« Reply #8 on: Jun 23, 2011, 05:13:43 AM »

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FIBA launches Road to London website

FIBA has launched the website that will serve as the leading source for Olympic Basketball news leading up to and during the 2012 London Games.

The website carries a tagline 'Road to London - Your Source for Olympic Basketball' and, over the next 14 months, will report on every major development pertaining to the 2012 Olympic Basketball Tournament for Men and Women.

This summer, has exclusive coverage of all 10 continental championships as teams around the world vye to book their place for London.

Be sure to check out the website for all the latest news, interviews as well an in-depth look at basketball at the Olympics, including a historical look back of some of the best moments and profiles of some of the game's greatest legends.

You can also find out which teams have already qualified for the Basketball Tournament and what others must do to join them. also has the profiles of all the teams and players and is your destination to follow every game as they unfold through live scoring and FIBATV.

The website will also provide exclusive coverage of the London International Basketball Invitational taking place from 16 to 21 August 2011.

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