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« Reply #8 on: Dec 09, 2010, 05:38:42 AM »

FIBA World Championship Turkey 2010 • Mundial de Baloncesto FIBA en Turquia 2010

Talking Stats: Team USA improved after World Championships:
Year-by-year, Per-game Numbers of Six Team USA Members

With so much talk of the Big Three this season, fans may be overlooking the Super Six of Tyson Chandler, Rudy Gay, Kevin Love, Lamar Odom, Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook.

After winning gold in the 2010 FIBA World Championships, many members of Team USA returned home with more than glory. They came back with better skills. Just look at the year-by-year, per-game numbers of six Team USA members (career-highs in bold):

Tyson Chandler:
• 2009-2010: 6.5 Points, 6.3 Rebounds, 1.1 Blocks
• 2010-2011: 8.8 Points, 9.3 Rebounds, 1.4 Blocks

Rudy Gay:
• 2009-2010: 19.6 Points, 5.9 Rebounds, 1.9 Assists, 0.8 Blocks
• 2010-2011: 21.5 Points, 6.5 Rebounds, 2.6 Assists, 1.3 Blocks

Kevin Love:
• 2009-2010: 14.0 Points, 11.0 Rebounds, 0.4 Blocks
• 2010-2011: 20.0 Points, 15.3 Rebounds, 0.5 Blocks

Lamar Odom:
• 2009-2010: 10.8 Points, 9.8 Rebounds, 0.7 Blocks
• 2010-2011: 15.3 Points, 10.3 Rebounds, 1.0 Blocks

Derrick Rose:
• 2009-2010: 20.8 Points, 6.0 Assists, 0.7 Steals, 3.8 Rebounds
• 2010-2011: 24.9 Points, 8.2 Assists, 1.2 Steals, 4.3 Rebounds

Russell Westbrook:
• 2009-2010: 16.1 Points, 8.0 Assists, 1.3 Steals, 4.9 Rebounds
• 2010-2011: 23.7 Points, 8.6 Assists, 2.2 Steals, 5.5 Rebounds

Skeptics will point out that most players on this list are young and simply following the natural progression of developing and honing skills in the NBA. But Chandler is 28 and Odom is 31, ages when a player's abilities have stabilized and drastic year-to-year improvements are rare.

Thus, it looks like international competition has helped these players tremendously. Variations of this story circulated two years ago after the 2008 Summer Olympics. More than one NBA analyst has marveled at the improvement of LeBron James' play after he was inspired by just being around Kobe Bryant and gaining exposure to his work ethic. Progress via osmosis may not be the story here, but the added competition seems to be exactly the elixir that players need to improve.

NBA players are known for their off-season workouts. Many use the off-season to train harder than ever in order to improve endurance or develop a jump-shot. But much of this training is done on an individual basis and seems counter-intuitive when considering the fact that professional athletes thrive on competition.

It certainly makes sense that a bracket-style tournament — the format these players are accustomed to — and the opportunity to play with and against some of the world's best is a more effective method of bringing the best out of fierce competitors than individual time spent at the gym. What would fuel Derrick Rose more: going up against Rajon Rondo, Russell Westbrook and Chauncey Billups or running suicides and shooting free-throws in a lonely gymnasium?

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« Reply #7 on: Sep 13, 2010, 09:14:51 PM »

FIBA World Championship Turkey 2010 • Mundial de Baloncesto FIBA en Turquia 2010

FIBA World Championship Turkey 2010: ‘Gracias, obrigado’ Argentina and Brazil

It was 'el clasico'.

Everyone knew Brazil v Argentina would be one of the great games at the FIBA World Championship and so Tuesday night's clash proved to be.

It was a battle between South America's giants, a contest ultimately decided by heroes - one of them unheralded and another a superstar.

When Leandro Barbosa buried back-to-back three-pointers at the start of the fourth quarter to give Brazil a 72-66 lead, they were in the ascendancy.

This was a team coached by Ruben Magnano, a side with the NBA-bound Tiago Splitter, a Brazil with an in-form Marcelo Huertas who had drawn rave reviews by

Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski.

After a decade of Argentinian dominance at the top of South America, this was to be the first victory of many for Brazil, their fans thought.

I thought, too.

But Argentina are Argentina.

They are the number one team in the FIBA World Rankings.

They do not have Manu Ginobili or Andres Nocioni.

They do have Hernan Jasen.

They do have Luis Scola.

So when Barbosa's three-pointers ripped the nets in the first minute of the second half, Jasen, the most unheralded of the Argentinian starting five, the

player that for one reason or another hasn't been able to play for his country during their decade of excellence, made up for lost time.

He hit not one, but two three-pointers.

The captain of Estudiantes in Spain's rough-and-tough ACB finished with 15 points.

He fouled out, but Scola did not.

Scola, who never has to be asked if he is going to represent Argentina in the summer, put on one of the great performances in the history of the FIBA World


He scored 37 points, hitting shot after shot after shot.

Scola rarely missed, making 14 of 20 from the floor.

Forget the words 'international superstar' when it comes to Scola.

He is a superhero.

Lex Luther wouldn't have been able to stop him.

In the Sinan Erdem Dome, Scola carried Argentina to victory.

Huertas, who kept Brazil in the game until the very last second when he hit a running three-pointer, finished with 32 points.

He played a captain's role for the Brazilians.

The score said Argentina 93, Brazil 89.

At the end, Argentina's players ran to the corner of the floor to dance and sing with their fans and Brazil slowly walked off the floor.

Huertas had lived 40 minutes of ‘el clasico’ and broke into tears as he walked off the court.

Brazil's fans cried, too.

Everyone knew this game would be a thriller.

The neutral fan that loves both of these teams also knew there would be an empty feeling at the end because we didn't want either of these sides to lose.

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« Reply #6 on: Sep 06, 2010, 06:47:51 AM »

FIBA World Championship Turkey 2010 • Mundial de Baloncesto FIBA en Turquia 2010

Magnano con Brasil, Hernández con Argentina: ojalá nunca hubiese ocurrido !!!

El día que Rubén Magnano sorprendió a la Argentina al anunciar su fichaje como nuevo entrenador de la selección brasileña, lo primero que le preguntaron fue qué pasaría si le tocaba enfrentar a su país en el Mundial.

"No lo sé, creo que solamente podré saberlo el día que pase". Pues bien, el día llegó. Brasil le ganó a Croacia, quedó tercero en su grupo y será el rival de Argentina en el primer cruce a matar o morir en octavos de final. Será a las 21 hs de Estambul (15 de Argentina).

¿Es bueno, es malo? Depende, como todo. Dentro de lo bueno, está el hecho de que Argentina conoce a Brasil como a ningún rival (y viceversa), y que en los últimos tiempos, en los torneos importantes, la victoria ha quedado del lado nuestro.

Cuartos de final en Indianápolis 2002, semifinales en Las Vegas 2007 clasificatorio para Beijing. En ambas quedaron eliminados contra Argentina. Es un buen punto, aunque casi sólo estadístico, más allá de que la camiseta argentina pesa en serio, sobre todo para Brasil.

Lo malo podría ser que Rubén Magnano conoce muy bien en virtudes y defectos a los jugadores argentinos, sobre todo al más importante (Scola), al que tuvo desde muy joven en la mayor.

La sensación de especial, igualmente, es probable que se de más en la gente que en los propios jugadores y entrenadores, aunque es inevitable que tanto Magnano como Duró sientan de manera distinta cuando les toque escuchar el himno argentino estando ellos en la banca contraria, después de tantos torneos en los que lo vivieron con la piel de gallina.

En lo deportivo, Brasil no ha tenido un mal torneo, pero tampoco fue el cuco que algunos esperaban. Es cierto que a punto estuvo de dar el batacazo ante Estados Unidos, pero ante Eslovenia, que era verdaderamente el partido que tenía que ganar para ser segundo, falló. Por muy poquito (77-80), es cierto, pero falló.

Contra Croacia fue todo lo contrario. Clarísimo dominador durante todo el desarrollo. Duró un tiempo solamente.

Brasil tiene un juego muy dinámico, que a la Argentina va a complicar, porque los grandes también corren muy bien la cancha. Tiago está en un nivel altísimo, Anderson viene con problemas físicos (jugó sólo 2 partidos), Leandrinho y Marcelo Huertas también están muy bien y, como Argentina, el plantel no es muy largo: rotan básicamente 8 jugadores, con base en Tiago, Huertas, Leandrinho y Alex. Se supone que Anderson será la quinta pata.

De todos modos, Brasil no la tendrá simple para jugarle a Argentina. Tiago es casi un alumno de Scola (se hizo a su lado en el TAU Cerámica), y eso juega a favor del argentino, que conoce cada movimiento del rubio pivote. Hay más coindicencias. Marcelo Huertas reemplazó a Prigioni en el Caja Laboral cuando Pablo se fue al Madrid. Son bases muy distintos (Prigioni más organizador, Huertas más penetrador), pero de alto nivel ambos, los mejores de España junto con Ricky Rubio.

La paridad es enorme. Pero la clave estará en la mentalidad. Si Oberto se recupera al ochenta por ciento, como para estar en el partido bien, y el plantel entra con confianza, tendrá una ventaja que Brasil no podrá contrarrestar en ese rubro. Lo de Brasil pasará más por utilizar su juventud, velocidad y talento, siempre y cuando la cabeza no les juegue en contra.

También será importante saber cuánto pesa en los entrenadores, aunque lo nieguen, el hecho de la presión extra que significará este choque. Tiene más para perder Hernández, pero para Magnano no será sencillo tampoco. Y lo peor de todo es que no hay revancha, ni siquiera por puestos menores. El que pierda, a casa.

La historia en números

* Argentina y Brasil se enfrentaron oficialmente en 63 oportunidades en Sudamericanos, Preolímpicos, Premundiales y Juegos Olímpicos. Brasil ganó 33 veces y Argentina 30.

* En Mundiales, jugaron 4 veces y Argentina ganó 3. La única vez que ganó Brasil fue en 1967. En 1950, 1998 y 2002, ganó Argentina.

* Argentina estuvo 14 años sin ganarle a Brasil, entre 1979 y 1993.

* Rubén Magnano fue campeón olímpico y subcampeón mundial con Argentina.

* Brasil tiene 2 medallas de oro, 2 de plata y 2 de bronce en Mundiales. Argentina tiene 2, una de oro (1950) y una de plata (2002).

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« Reply #5 on: Sep 04, 2010, 01:57:13 AM »

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FIBA World Championship Turkey 2010:
Thrills and spills expected - It's time for the Eight-Finals !

Preliminary Round play at the FIBA World Championship is over.

If many of those games had buzzer-beaters and unexpected twists and turns, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

The FIBA World Championship has said good-bye to eight teams and what’s left are a sensational and very, very sweet 16.

Team USA, Turkey and Lithuania are undefeated while Serbia, Argentina, Slovenia and Russia each have just one setback.

However, no matter who is playing who, expect the unexpected.

Anything can happen in the Eight-Finals.

On Saturday, Spain and Greece, who met in the title game four years ago, will meet in one glamorous last 16 showdown while Balkans rivals Serbia and Croatia will play in another.

The following day will see Slovenia clash with Australia and hosts Turkey take on France, while on Monday Team USA go up against Angola and Russia face New Zealand.

“As a competitor right now, it gets really interesting,” said New Zealand’s Kirk Penney, the tournament’s second leading scorer at 25.4 points per game, to

“I’m looking forward to the Spain and Greek match-up and I think it’s the Serbian/Croatian match-up – there are some awesome games in this round and it’s not even the Quarter-Finals yet.”

Penney, who played on the Tall Blacks team eight years ago that made a stunning run to the Semi-Finals, added: “It’s very exciting and I’m very happy that New Zealand is still a part of it and still has a chance.”

The Eight-Finals end on Tuesday with Lithuania squaring off against China in a battle of surprise teams and South American heavyweights Argentina – the number one team in the FIBA World Rankings – playing Brazil.

Adding intrigue to the last game of the round is the fact that Ruben Magnano, who led Argentina to the Final of the 2002 FIBA World Championship and to gold two years later at the 2004 Olympics, is now the coach of Brazil.

"We know each other very well," Argentina’s Paolo Quinteros said on Monday to

"They also have an Argentinian coach.

“It's going to be a great game to watch and the one that will win will be the one that makes the least mistakes.

“One of us will have to go back home and let's hope it will be them."

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« Reply #4 on: Aug 29, 2010, 12:28:41 AM »

FIBA World Championship Turkey 2010 • Mundial de Baloncesto FIBA en Turquia 2010

FIBA World Championship Turkey 2010: Picking a winner is anyones guess

Well the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey is all but ready to roll.

With perhaps the most unpredictable tournament in its 60 year history coming up, I have perhaps foolishly attempted to predict what will happen, if for no other reason than good discussion! While I have predicted a winner, the reality is even the best teams in the tournament could go out in the Quarter Finals if things dont go their way.

Here is my top eight for the tournament, and a little bit about how I think they will get there:

Eighth: Australia (Group A, 3-2)
I see this spot going to the winner of the Eight Final match-up between Australia and Brazil. While the South Americans have a talented team and appear to be finally converting that to successful team play, the rock solid Australian defence which has allowed less than 65ppg in lead-up matches and the Boomers superior three point shooting (and perhaps a little downunder bias!) should see them narrowly into the top eight.

Having finished the Beijing Olympics in as good a form as anyone outside the USA and Spain, the Boomers have undergone a minor upheaval. Long time coach Brian Goorjian was replaced by San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Brett Brown, while the retirement of Chris Anstey and injuries to Andrew Bogut and CJ Bruton have left Australia without some of the key pieces from Beijing.

The Boomers do have some consistency in their lineup though, with seven players returning form Beijing, most notably the backcourt trio of Patrick Mills, Joe Ingles and Brad Newley, along with frontcourt stalwarts Matt Nielsen and Dave Andersen, who are a key to the Boomers' twin high post offence aimed at opening up driving lanes for Mills and Newley in particular.

Former Partizan superstar Aleks Maric comes into the team to help fill the hole left by Bogut and Anstey, although his preparation with the team has been limited to just three games. His ability to crash the boards and work the pick and roll could complement Mills and Newley extremely well.

The Australian offence was outstanding in Beijing, averaging 90.3ppg (at 49.5%), the best ever by a Boomers team in a major international championship, confounding opposition teams with slick ball movement.

Understandably, coach Brown has not been able to achieve anywhere near this level of efficiency so early in his tenure the Boomers execution and ball protection are major concerns - and that will leave Australia well short of the medals, comfortably defeated by Greece in the Quarter Finals.

Seventh: Lithuania (Group D, 3-2)
After their disastrous Eurobasket in 2010 the Lithuanians, fourth at the Beijing Olympics, were given a chance to immediately redeem themselves courtesy of a FIBA wildcard.

The team that comes to Turkey is a new one, with just six players returning from 2009 and only four from Beijing. No doubt they will rely on Linas Kleiza for scoring power, but coach Kestutis Kemzura has selected players who have been in top form in club competition.

While this leaves the team low on international experience, it creates a lineup that is hungry to prove themselves at this level, including Kleiza who averaged a mediocre 8.8ppg in Poland, taking less than nine shots per game and connecting on just 40%.

The Lithuanians will be able to rely on the money shooting of Jonas Maciulis and Simas Jasaitis, and the strength of Robertas Javtokas inside, but which if any of the new faces will be the X-factor remains to be seen.

Will Martynas Andriuskevicius finally come of age? And can this new team exhibit the precise execution in transition and off the pick and roll that Lithuania is so well known for, particularly without Sarunas?

There are too many unknowns for them to challenge for a medal, but a wide open Group D and a likely Eight Final match-up with Puerto Rico or Russia should see them into the top eight where Argentina will prove far too good in the Quarter Final.

Sixth: Turkey (Group C, 4-1)
While the host nation has had a number of close losses in the lead-up to the FIBA World Championship, they will grow another leg once the tournament proper begins and the Ankara crowd gets into full voice.

With his size, shooting, ball handling and passing abilities, Hedo Turkoglu can be an instant mismatch if used properly, but the key for Turkey is not to overuse him coming off ball screens too early in games, and for other players to create shots for Hedo.

Turkoglu is not a superstar who can carry a team by himself at this level, but if coach Tanjevics men can create enough shots elsewhere that the defence is no longer keyed to Hedo, that is when he becomes dangerous.

Ilyasova emerged as one heck of a player from inside and outside in Poland in 2009, while Kerem Tunceri, Ender Arslan and Sinan Guler provide a good perimeter punch, but they are not going to get good looks unless their team starts giving their bigs particularly Omar Asik - more touches.

Making the defence play from inside-out, particularly guarding cutters off the post player, will make the Turkish offence much less predictable to guard, and will help prevent the stagnant play that left them unable to execute late in key games in the Eurobasket.

Of course, even without adjustments this team has a line-up that knows each other and will breeze through Group C, only losing a thriller to Greece on the fourth day. They will have far too much for likely opponent Canada in the Eight Finals, before finally meeting their match in the impressive young US team in the Quarter Finals.

Fifth: Serbia (Group A, 4-1)
This Serbian team can be beautiful to watch when they stick to basketball. Their ball movement, inside-out play, curl cuts, Teodosics use of the on-ball and their bigs ability to pick and pop and nail the jumper, or seal and finish in the post make the offence something to behold when they are allowed to run it as they please.

When the defence gets disruptive the finer points of the Serbian offence go by the wayside, but this is a team that doesnt mind grinding out a low scoring win either.

Like Greece, the Serbians have great length in their guard positions with Teodosic, Tepic, Markovic and Rasic. This not only makes things difficult for opposition teams defensively, but also opens up passing lanes offensively and gives them a well-rounded rebounding team.

The suspensions of Krstic for three games and Teodosic for two will be a test for this still young team, and no doubt Germany are eyeing a golden opportunity to claim an unexpected win on day two. But I believe the Serbians only loss in group play will be against the vastly more experienced Argentines, and they will take care of Croatia in the Eight Finals after a battle fitting these two rivals.

Come the Quarter Finals though and the Spaniards are likely to be waiting if all goes to plan, and I dont think Serbia is at that level yet. Last years Eurobasket final was a lesson, and I think it will be too big an ask for the Serbians once again. They will regroup in the classifications though, as this team is the best unit outside the Big Four.

Fourth: Argentina (Group A, 4-1)
The loss of Andres Nocioni is a massive blow for Argentina. Up until that point they were a real threat to win it all, even given their lack of depth. But without Ginobili and Nocioni there isnt the perimeter weaponry or the late game shot-making to bring home a gold medal.

What I love most about Argentina is the way they can manipulate the defence. In an era where most of the better teams USA, Spain, Greece, Lithuania, Australia, Serbia have been playing with big men who can hit the three, Argentina have been consistently successful with traditional high-low, interior bigs, and even a point guard who isnt a great three point shooter.

How do they put enough points on the board? Its execution baby!

No team in world basketball uses the rub to create shots and driving lanes better than the Argentines, and no team has a better passing frontcourt. Just as importantly, no team has more self belief, and that will hold them in good stead now that they are so depleted.

Of course, the likes of Gonzalez, Kammerichs, Quinterez and Juan Gutierrez will step up and fill roles, just as they did so well in the medal rounds in Beijing. They should top Group A and move through the Eight Finals with a hard-fought win over the fourth quarter impaired Slovenians.

They should prove too good for Lithuania in the Quarter Finals, but eight games in eleven days will catch up with this experienced team with little on the bench, and I foresee the Greeks and Spaniards defeating them in consecutive days to consign the number one ranked team to fourth place.

Third: Spain (Group D, 5-0)
The Spaniards are a remarkably talented team, and I have written them off before and been proven wrong. In this tournament they will build slowly through Group D but will never be seriously challenged. They will have far too much firepower for Russia in the Eight Finals before fighting off a serious Serbian challenge in the Quarter Finals.

That is when the real fun will start USA vs Spain in the Semi Finals. For the fourth time, this Spanish team will back themselves to simply outplay the Americans, and for the fourth time they will fail. When it comes to speed, athleticism, playing in the open court and improvising, no one does it better than the USA, not even this great team.

I am by no means writing them off all the match-ups between the top teams of this tournament will be close calls but I feel to defeat the US and advance to the gold medal game, the Spaniards need to curtail some, but certainly not all of their attacking instincts.

US teams are far more comfortable in the open floor, and as Greece showed in the Semi Finals in Japan four years ago, they can struggle when forced to run half court set after half court set. While Spain will need to still attack and take the shots they get, they need to eliminate the speculative plays and also make sure their defensive transition is well structured when they do take early shots against the US.

Of course, this team has earned the right to challenge for the worlds best at this tournament, and I think they will back themselves to do it in style. I also think that confidence will be their downfall.

Second: USA (Group B, 5-0)
I am tipping the US to claim a silver medal - something they havent done since the 1989 FIBA Americas Championship - but it may just as certainly be a gold or bronze.

While much of the focus is on this teams inexperience and lack of grunt inside, their balance and versatility has been somewhat overlooked. Also overlooked is that before too long Derrick Rose and Kevin Durant will be talked about in the same breath as Bryant, James and Wade.

With four very different ball handling guards in Rose, Chauncey Billups, Steph Curry and Russel Westbrook, there will be no lack of shot creation on this team.

With the athleticism of Durant, Andre Iguodala and Rudy Gay, the US will once again be dominant from the wings, particularly at the defensive end, and able to play small ball with perimeter four men stretching the defences.

While it is true that they lack star power on the interior, neither Dwight Howard nor Chris Bosh played dominant roles in Japan or Beijing. While they probably could have, they superbly filled roles as rebounders, defenders, shot blockers and finishers around the basket.

While Lamar Odom and Tyson Chandler are nowhere near the level of Howard or Bosh, they can capably fill those roles. No question though, opposition teams will test them out at every opportunity, and this could become a factor deep in the tournament.

Given all the positives, why am I picking the USA for silver? As I touched on in an earlier column, I think they will get caught out backing up night after night against quality opponents. They have mistakenly spread out their lead-up games, and I think they will pay for this in the end.

After a physical and emotional Quarter Final against Turkey and a down-to-the-wire track meet against Spain in the Semi Finals, the US will not be able to outrun Greece in the final. The Greeks strength inside, length outside and methodical approach will nullify the Americans advantages, and when the big plays need to be made down the stretch, the most talented team in the tournament may not have the experience to get the job done.

First: Greece (Group C, 5-0)
There is no team in world basketball better at dismantling lesser opponents from the first whistle than Greece. Now retired Australian Boomer CJ Bruton described them as the most efficient team in world basketball, and it is hard to argue.

The Greeks are masters of controlling the boards and the tempo, and then excel at getting what they want offensively, usually as a result of the pick and roll. Dimitris Diamantidis and Vassilis Spanoulis excel in this area, able to score or create.

In Antonis Fotsis, Kostas Tsartsaris and even Ioannis Bourousis, the Greeks have bigs who can pick and pop to spread the defence, or roll to the hole to finish, where Sofoklis Schortsanitis is at his most dangerous.

Of course, it is on defence where the Greeks really excel, with the length of Diamantidis, Zizis, Vasileiadis and now Nic Calethas giving opposition guards nightmares and creating easy transition opportunities.

Their big men are expert at defending the post and the pick and roll, and control the boards on an almost nightly basis, making opposition teams play Greeces grinding, methodical, style of game. While the suspension of Fotsis and Schortsanitis for two games will test their metal, this team is disciplined and experienced enough to overcome that without dropping a game.

No question they will qualify from Group C, and I see them taking top spot courtesy of another thrilling win over Turkey. The Eight Finals will see them give Lebanon a lesson, leading to a win where they choke the Australians. In the Semi Finals they will get revenge for Beijing where they were defeated by Argentina, the Greeks depth this time too much for an injury depleted Argentine side.

Then, in the game that matters, two tough games on consecutive nights for the USA will allow Greece to claim gold, where they may well have been run off their fit by a fresh American team.

Of course, there is no surer way to get egg on your face than make predictions before an unpredictable event like the FIBA World Championship!

I also picked the Greeks for gold and the USA for silver in 2008, and while I did have nine of the 12 teams within two places of their actual finish, I didnt get the big prize correct. Similarly, in last years Eurobasket I tipped the six FIBA World Championship qualifiers no worries, but I wrote off Spain as looking tired and likely to get close without winning the whole thing and look what happened!

So my selection of Greece may well be the kiss of death or maybe this is the tournament I get the gold medallist right! Spain, Serbia, Argentina and the USA are all great chances to win, and the good news is that we only have to wait 17 days during which we can enjoy 63 games of world championship basketball to find out who the World Champion will be.

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« Reply #3 on: Aug 27, 2010, 11:20:34 PM »

FIBA World Championship Turkey 2010 • Mundial de Baloncesto FIBA en Turquia 2010

FIBA World Championship Turkey 2010 Full Schedule
Programa Mundial de Baloncesto FIBA en Turquia 2010

Group A  

Group B

Group C

Group D

Saturday 28 August 2010
Preliminary Round

1   Group C   Greece ~ China - 16h00 (GMT+3) at Ankara
1   Group D   New Zealand ~ Lithuania - 16h00 (GMT+3) at Izmir
1   Group A   Australia ~ Jordan - 16h30 (GMT+3) at Kayseri
1   Group B   Tunisia ~ Slovenia - 16h30 (GMT+3) at Istanbul
2   Group C   Russia ~ Puerto Rico - 18h30 (GMT+3) at   Ankara
2   Group D   Canada ~ Lebanon - 18h30 (GMT+3) at Izmir
2   Group A   Angola ~ Serbia - 19h00 (GMT+3) at Kayseri
2   Group B   USA ~ Croatia - 19h00 (GMT+3) at Istanbul
3   Group C   Cote d'Ivoire ~ Turkey - 21h00 (GMT+3) at Ankara
3   Group D   France ~ Spain - 21h00 (GMT+3) at Izmir
3   Group A   Germany ~ Argentina - 21h30 (GMT+3) at Kayseri
3   Group B   Iran ~ Brazil - 21h30 (GMT+3) at Istanbul
Sunday 29 August 2010
Preliminary Round

4   Group C   China ~ Cote d'Ivoire - 16h00 (GMT+3) at Ankara   

4   Group D   Lithuania ~ Canada - 16h00 (GMT+3) at Izmir
4   Group A   Jordan ~ Angola - 16h30 (GMT+3) at Kayseri
4   Group B   Slovenia ~ USA - 16h30 (GMT+3) at Istanbul
5   Group C   Puerto Rico ~ Greece - 18h30 (GMT+3) at Ankara
5   Group D   Lebanon ~ France - 18h30 (GMT+3) at Izmir
5   Group A   Serbia ~ Germany - 19h00 (GMT+3) at Kayseri
5   Group B   Croatia ~ Iran - 19h00 (GMT+3) at Istanbul
6   Group C   Turkey ~ Russia - 21h00 (GMT+3) at Ankara
6   Group D   Spain ~ New Zealand - 21h00 (GMT+3) at Izmir
6   Group A   Argentina ~ Australia - 21h30 (GMT+3) at Kayseri
6   Group B   Brazil ~ Tunisia - 21h30 (GMT+3) at Istanbul
Monday 30 August 2010
Preliminary Round

7   Group A   Jordan ~ Serbia - 16h30 (GMT+3) at Kayseri
7   Group B   Slovenia ~ Croatia - 16h30 (GMT+3) at Istanbul
8   Group B   Tunisia ~ Iran - 19h00 (GMT+3) at Istanbul
8   Group A   Australia ~ Germany - 19h00 (GMT+3) at Kayseri
9   Group B   USA ~ Brazil - 21h30 (GMT+3) at Istanbul
9   Group A   Angola ~ Argentina - 21h30 (GMT+3) at Kayseri
Tuesday 31 August 2010
Preliminary Round

7   Group C   Russia ~ Cote d'Ivoire - 16h00 (GMT+3) at Ankara
7   Group D   New Zealand ~ Lebanon - 16h00 (GMT+3) at Izmir
8   Group C   Puerto Rico ~ China - 18h30 (GMT+3) at Ankara
8   Group D   France ~ Canada - 18h30 (GMT+3) at Izmir
9   Group C   Greece ~ Turkey - 21h00 (GMT+3) at Ankara
9   Group D   Spain ~ Lithuania - 21h00 (GMT+3) at Izmir
Wednesday 1 September 2010
Preliminary Round

10   Group C   China ~ Russia - 16h00 (GMT+3) at Ankara
10   Group D   Canada ~ New Zealand - 16h00 (GMT+3) at Izmir
10   Group A   Serbia ~ Australia    - 16h30 (GMT+3) at Kayseri
10   Group B   Croatia ~ Tunisia - 16h30 (GMT+3) at Istanbul
11   Group C   Cote d'Ivoire ~ Greece - 18h30 (GMT+3) at Ankara
11   Group D   Lebanon ~ Spain - 18h30 (GMT+3) at Izmir
11   Group A   Germany ~ Angola - 19h00 (GMT+3) at Kayseri
11   Group B   Iran ~ USA - 19h00 (GMT+3) at Istanbul
12   Group C   Turkey ~ Puerto Rico - 21h00 (GMT+3) at Ankara
12   Group D   Lithuania ~ France - 21h00 (GMT+3) at Izmir
12   Group A   Argentina ~ Jordan - 21h30 (GMT+3) at Kayseri
12   Group B   Brazil ~  Slovenia - 21h30 (GMT+3) at Istanbul
Thursday 2 September 2010
Preliminary Round
#   Group   Home   Away   Time   City, Arena   Watch    Tickets
13   Group C   Puerto Rico ~ Cote d'Ivoire - 16h00 (GMT+3) at Ankara
13   Group D   Spain ~ Canada - 16h00 (GMT+3) at Izmir
13   Group A   Angola ~ Australia - 16h30 (GMT+3) at Kayseri
13   Group B   USA ~ Tunisia - 16h30 (GMT+3) at Istanbul
14   Group C   Greece ~ Russia - 18h30 (GMT+3) at Ankara
14   Group D   Lebanon ~ Lithuania - 18h30 (GMT+3) at  at Izmir
14   Group A   Argentina ~ Serbia - 19h00 (GMT+3) at Kayseri
14   Group B   Slovenia ~ Iran - 19h00 (GMT+3) at Istanbul
15   Group C   Turkey ~ China - 21h00 (GMT+3) at Ankara
15   Group D   New Zealand ~ France - 21h00 (GMT+3) at Izmir
15   Group A   Jordan ~ Germany - 21h30 (GMT+3) at Kayseri
15   Group B   Brazil ~ Croatia - 21h30 (GMT+3) at Istanbul
Saturday 4 September 2010

A   61   PR/A/[1]   PR/B/[4]   -    Istanbul
A   62   PR/D/[2]   PR/C/[3]   -    Istanbul
Sunday 5 September 2010

A   63   PR/C/[1]   PR/D/[4]   -    Istanbul
A   64   PR/B/[2]   PR/A/[3]   -    Istanbul
Monday 6 September 2010

A   65   PR/B/[1]   PR/A/[4]   -    Istanbul
A   66   PR/C/[2]   PR/D/[3]   -    Istanbul
Tuesday 7 September 2010

A   67   PR/D/[1]   PR/C/[4]   -    Istanbul
A   68   PR/A/[2]   PR/B/[3]   -    Istanbul
Wednesday 8 September 2010
Quarter Finals

A   69   E-F/61/[1]   E-F/62/[1]   -    Istanbul
A   70   E-F/63/[1]   E-F/64/[1]   -    Istanbul
Thursday 9 September 2010
Quarter Finals

A   71   E-F/65/[1]   E-F/66/[1]   -    Istanbul
A   72   E-F/67/[1]   E-F/68/[1]   -    Istanbul
Friday 10 September 2010
Classification (5-8 )

A   73   Q-F/69/[2]   Q-F/70/[2]   -    Istanbul
A   74   Q-F/71/[2]   Q-F/72/[2]   -    Istanbul
Saturday 11 September 2010
Classification (5 - 8 )

A   75   CL/73/[2]   CL/74/[2]   -    Istanbul

A   76   Q-F/69/[1]   Q-F/70/[1]   -    Istanbul
A   77   Q-F/71/[1]   Q-F/72/[1]   -    Istanbul
Sunday 12 September 2010
Classification (5 - 8 )

A   78   CL/73/[1]   CL/74/[1]   -    Istanbul


A   79   S-F/76/[2]   S-F/77/[2]   -    Istanbul
A   80   S-F/76/[1]   S-F/77/[1]   -    Istanbul

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FIBA World Championship Turkey 2010 • Mundial de Baloncesto FIBA en Turquia 2010

El Campeonato Mundial de Baloncesto 2010 de la FIBA
Registra una Cifra Récord de 24 Millones de Euros en Patrocinios

Las marcas globales apuestan cada vez más por el segundo deporte más popular del mundo
La próxima celebración del Campeonato Mundial de Baloncesto de la FIBA en Turquía ha conseguido una cifra récord de 24 millones de euros en patrocinios por parte de algunas de las marcas comerciales más reconocidas del mundo.

Nokia, Mercedes-Benz, Tissot, Champion, Molten, Turespaña y Turkcell se encuentran entre las compañías que prestarán su apoyo al evento, atraídas por su popularidad global, su atractiva imagen y la numerosa audiencia que lo seguirá en todos los países del mundo.

El baloncesto cuenta con 450 millones de seguidores, lo que le convierte en el segundo deporte más popular del planeta. Tiene una amplia masa de fans, conectados globalmente, con un espectro de edad mayoritariamente joven y de altos ingresos, que la hacen especialmente atractiva para los patrocinadores.

Patrick Baumann, Secretario General de la Federación Internacional de Baloncesto (FIBA) y miembro del Comité Olímpico Internacional, ha declarado: “Las marcas globales están apostando por el baloncesto debido a la imagen limpia y positiva de este deporte y a su base de fans joven e internacional”.

“El Campeonato Mundial de 2010 va a ser el mayor que se haya celebrado nunca en términos de acuerdos de patrocinio, y contará con el apoyo de algunas de las principales marcas y corporaciones. El evento también tendrá la mayor audiencia jamás registrada, con 350.000 fans que asistirán a los partidos en directo y más de 1.000 millones siguiéndo las retransmisiones. Es una oportunidad perfecta para que todos nuestros partners exhiban sus marcas y productos”.

Los patrocinadores del Campeonato Mundial de Baloncesto 2010 de la FIBA se dividen en tres categorías:

    * Partners globales: Nokia, Bwin, Champion, Molten, Mondo, Sinalco, Tissot y Zepter
    * Patrocinadores principales: Garanti, Intersport, Mercedes-Benz, Turkcell, Turkish Airlines, Ülker
    * Patrocinadores del Evento: Efes Pilsener, TAV Airports, Tuttur

El Campeonato, que regresa a Europa por primera vez en doce años, se celebrará del 28 de agosto al 12 de septiembre, y contará con la presencia de algunas de las principales estrellas de este deporte, como Kobe Bryant, los españoles José Manuel Calderón, Marc Gasol, Jianlin Yi y Dirk Nowitzki.

El Campeonato se celebrará en cuatro ciudades –Ankara, Estambul, Esmirna y Kayseri– y en él participarán 24 equipos, con 288 jugadores que disputarán 80 partidos. Se han construido dos nuevas sedes específicamente para este Campeonato y el equipo ganador quedará automáticamente clasificado para los Juegos Olímpicos de Londres 2012.

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FIBA World Championship Turkey 2010 • Mundial de Baloncesto FIBA en Turquia 2010

Turkey - 2010 FIBA World Championship
prepares for spectacular opening next Friday, August 27 !

The 2010 FIBA Basketball World Championship opening will be an event to remember, according to organizers. As the world counts down to the biggest basketball event of the year, host country Turkey reveals details of a spectacular opening ceremony, including singers and the Cirque du Soleil.

The 2010 FIBA World Basketball Championship will start with a vivacious opening ceremony, featuring performances by distinguished singers, Cirque De Soleil, and Children of the World. Turkey has spent 24 million euros preparing for the ceremony.

The event, which will take place in the Sinan Erdem Dome in Istanbul’s Ataköy district on Aug. 27, will be spectacular, given that a large budget was not allocated to the opening ceremonies hosted in Toronto, Indianapolis and Japan. Past World Basketball Championship opening ceremonies were kept simple, said Turgay Demirel, head of the Turkish Basketball Federation.

The ceremony will commence at 9:30 p.m. and will be broadcast live in HD to 172 countries via 18 cameras. “Our responsibilities are to carry out this event well and become the champion by winning the tournament,” said Demirel, recalling that Turkey came in sixth place and ninth place in previous world basketball championships.

The 16th World Basketball Championship, which brings the tournament back to Europe after a 12-year absence, will host 24 “dream teams” from Aug. 28 to Sept. 12 and will be played in four different cities: Izmir, Istanbul, Ankara and Kayseri, said Ali Özsoy, the general secretary of the Turkish Basketball Federation.

“Actually the championship was to be played in five cities [including Antalya], instead of four,” Demirel told the Hürriyet Daily News & Economic Review. “As 24 teams are participating in the tournament, we needed four cities for six teams each, and the final was to be played in the fifth city. But, we changed it to four cities and five sports halls after seeing that the construction of the sport complex in Antalya ran the risk of not being totally completed in time [for the championship]. Both group matches and the final will be played in Istanbul,” said Demirel.

Noting that 76 percent of tickets have already been sold, Özsoy said that tickets in Istanbul and Ankara have sold out, but sales continue in I.zmir and Ankara. “We’re expecting 5 million euros from ticket sales,” said Özsoy, pointing out that the earnings gained from sponsorships will be around 12 million to 13 million euros.

“So far, 150 countries have checked in, which is a record attendance,” said Özsoy. He indicated that in previous championships people from only 105 countries had attended. “Thanks to a large international conference that will be held in Istanbul between Sept. 4 and Sept. 6, the size of the international audience increased,” said Özsoy. He anticipates that 15 percent of the spectators will be foreign.

As part of the championship, a new project entitled “Children of the World” will take place, with the participation of 13-year-old and 14-year-old students and their coaches, from 110 countries, said Özsoy. “They will participate in camps, compete with each other and develop friendships,” said Özsoy. The project was established by the Turkish Basketball Federation and this year’s FIBA Championship is the first time it will be run. Özsoy also noted that 300 children from the project will sing the Basketball Championship song with world flags at the opening ceremony.

A special performance by Cirque Du Soleil, a prominent group from Montreal, will also leave its mark on the opening ceremony, said Michel Laprise, an Cirque Du Soleil organizer. Cirque Du Soleil will concentrate on the theme of Istanbul in a show they have created especially for FIBA, said Laprise, who noted that they have been rigorously preparing for a week. “We have 20 other shows continuing in different locations around the world, but this one will be unique for FIBA,” said Laprise.

Other singers and groups who will perform at the opening ceremony are Anadolu Ates,i, Fatih Erkoç, Müslüm Gürses, and Sezen Aksu, who will perform duets with famous Greek singer Harris Alexiu and Italian tenor Alessandro Safina.

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FIBA World Championship Turkey 2010 • Mundial de Baloncesto FIBA en Turquia 2010

FIBA World Championship Turkey 2010: It's going to be a close one

A look through some of the results of warm-up matches for the FIBA World Championship makes interesting reading:

Slovenia beat Canada
Serbia beat Slovenia twice
Canada beat Serbia
New Zealand beat Slovenia
Croatia beat New Zealand
Russia beat Croatia
New Zealand beat Russia

Spain has been beating everybody … except the USA … who now face Greece ….. who has been beating everybody.

Lithuania, Brazil and Australia have also been in some good form, but have all dropped games against teams they may need to beat to reach their goals in the tournament. Turkey has been playing some good basketball but they haven't been able to put it together for four quarters on any one night.

Slovenia do not seem to have the consistency to be a real threat over the length of a world championship, but can be very dangerous on any given night - the same goes for Puerto Rico, who have beaten Argentina and China, but also lost to Argentina and Germany.

If you were expecting to base your predictions on lead-in form, I say good luck! But what can we actually tell from these results?

Well, the teams most expected to be the big five - USA, Spain, Greece, Serbia and Argentina - have all been in very good form, and it is fair to say the gold medallist will come from this group. Whether Greece and Serbia have seriously damaged their chances with that ugly incident at the Acropolis Cup remains to be seen.

After the show put on in Madrid a gold medal re-match between Spain and the USA would be welcomed by most neutral fans.

Lithuania seem to have the answers for most teams but aren't at the same level as the very best teams, as evidenced by their two double figure losses in Madrid. That has been Lithuania's lot in world basketball, having finished between third and seventh in all Olympic and FIBA World Championship appearances.

While this is no doubt frustrating for Lithuanian fans, there are many countries who would be more than happy to trade accomplishments, and Lithuania will still be a dangerous opponent come quarter final time.

Canada has been somewhat of a surprise packet, with the exception of the drubbing they copped from Greece a day after they arrived in Europe. Russia and Germany have showed that, while lacking serious talent, they are capable of beating good teams, and the same goes for New Zealand.

Most of all though, what these mixed lead-up results have confirmed the belief that this will be the tightest FIBA World Championship in memory. The standard of play has been levelling across the planet for some time now, and while there are still discrepancies, this tournament looks like being another big step toward genuine competition between teams from all continents.

In 2006 in Japan, just 24 of the 60 preliminary matches were decided by single figures, and realistically, there were only five or six results that could be described as upsets. I think this year's tournament will tell a vastly different tale. The approach teams bring to each game, and how tough their previous games have been will have a big impact.

Group D in Izmir is going to be particularly fascinating, with all six teams - from five continents - a genuine chance to progress to the final 16.

At one stage considered a chance to win the group, France's lead-up form would suggest they will be doing well to make it out of the preliminaries. Losses to Canada twice, the USA, Australia and Brazil with an average score of less than 62ppg have shown some serious offensive weaknesses in this French team.

While they have enjoyed narrow wins over Cote d'Ivoire and Brazil, all the signs are that their match-ups with Canada (31/8), New Zealand (2/9) and Lebanon (29/8) - whom they lost to in 2006 - will unexpectedly be do-or-die affairs for the country that went 8-1 at last year's Eurobasket.

Having none of those three crucial games on consecutive days is an advantage, but Les Bleus have plenty of work to do in these final days before the tournament.

At the moment, Boris Diaw looks like a calm and capable star, but with some key players unavailable he needs his teammates to step up and help him, particularly Nando de Colo. While the Valencia star appears to be struggling somewhat with the extra demands placed upon him this international season, his athletic teammates desperately need a steady head organising the show.

The Canadians appear to be a motley crew, with players from club teams in 11 different countries in their fifteen man squad. Canadian basketball, though, has been working hard in recent times to overcome the lack of a strong professional league in their own country.

Victories over France and Serbia early in their build-up suggested things were on the right track, and the brilliant form of powerful swingman Denham Brown must have had Canadians fans excited. But recent disappointing losses to Argentina, Turkey and Lebanon show their team will have to fight for their lives in Izmir.

Perhaps the loss to Lebanon isn't as bad as it initially seemed, though. Under the guidance of former New Zealand coach Tab Baldwin, Lebanon seem to have re-emerged after a somewhat disappointing FIBA Asia Championship last year.

While some Lebanese fans thought officiating was to blame for the fourth placed finish, the reality is their team lost to the second and third placed teams - Jordan and China - twice each, and were lucky not to have to face clearly the best team in the tournament, champions Iran.

But 2010 is a new season, with even higher stakes, and the recent victory over Canada and the narrow loss to Argentina show this team has come a long way under Baldwin, with Jackson Vroman and Matt Freije a formidable forward combination.

On day four (31/8) they face their coach's former country, a team filled with players Baldwin mentored - including Penney, Jones and Cameron who were a part of the Tall Blacks side that came fourth at the 2002 FIBA World Championship - and coached by Baldwin's long time assistant Nenad Vucinic.

So far New Zealand has been the most unpredictable of all teams headed to Turkey, but their victories over Slovenia and Russia, along with single figure losses to Serbia and Croatia suggest that they are a legitimate chance against France, Canada, Lebanon and even Lithuania if things go their way.

Of course, given their lack of consistency - they were thrashed by Serbia and Turkey and lost to Jordan recently - they could also lose all those games and finish sixth in the pool. But if Kirk Penney keeps averaging 25 points per game at a high percentage expect the Tall Blacks to be involved in a number of thrilling matches.

And that is what I expect to be the trademark of this FIBA World Championship, unexpected results and close games, and all us basketball lovers will be better off for it.

Tomorrow, I will once again put my reputation on the line - following my mixed success at the Beijing Olympics and 2009 Eurobasket - and predict who will fill the top eight spots once all the dust has settled on 12 September.

Paulo Kennedy from FIBA

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