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« Reply #8 on: Aug 29, 2014, 11:22:02 PM »

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El Campeonato Mundial de Baloncesto de 2014 o MundoBasket 2014 será la XVII edición del Campeonato Mundial de Baloncesto que tendrá lugar en España desde el 30 de agosto hasta el 14 de septiembre de 2014 y en la que competirán 24 países. Estará organizado por la FIBA, la Federación Española de Baloncesto, y el Comité organizador del campeonato de 2014.

Será la segunda vez que se celebra un campeonato mundial de baloncesto en España (el anterior, en 1986), entrando en el grupo de países con más de un mundial organizado, en el que están Brasil (1954 y 1963)
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« Reply #6 on: Mar 08, 2014, 12:06:05 AM »

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Prepare for a great time in Bilbao


Jeff Taylor's Eurovision
It doesn't matter where you're planning on watching Preliminary Round games in in Spain this summer at the FIBA Basketball World Cup.

There should be plenty of suspense and intrigue in the cities of Granada, Seville, Bilbao and Gran Canaria.

I love the opening round in this tournament that comes around every four years.
No matter where you are, there will be times when you're on the edge of your seat, just as Greece and Australia fans were eight years ago in a Hamamatsu classic.
Remember that game?

With the game knotted, Theo Papaloukas came up with a steal, passed ahead to Nikos Zisis and he buried a long three pointer or a 72-69 win.

In Sapporo that same year, Slovenia fans will remember an agonizing, last-second Group D defeat to China which happened when Wang Shipeng hit a very, very long three-pointer at the buzzer.

Jonas Kazlauskas, the China coach at the time, was so happy I thought he was going to do a jig.

There was yet another unforgettable Preliminary Round game that year in Hiroshima, a 108-103 triple overtime triumph for Germany over Angola.

Dirk Nowitzki hit a crazy three-pointer at the buzzer to force the second overtime and then sank two free-throws to force the third. The greatest player in his country's history finished with 47 points.

These moments make the hair on the back of my neck stand up, and they happened so long ago.

Most people will agree that Group C, in Hamamatsu, was the most competitive pool that year with an unheralded Turkey, Lithuania, Brazil and Qatar also involved. It was such a tough pool that Brazil didn't survive, despite the presence of Leandro Barbosa, Anderson Varejao, Tiago Splitter, Marcelo Machado, Marcelo Huertas, Alex Garcia and Guilherme.

The Preliminary Round games that stand out for me in 2010 were the USA's escape act against Brazil in Istanbul and Germany's Jan Jagla-fueled 82-81 upset of Serbia in Kayseri.

Jagla hit a memorable three-pointer in overtime, one in which he was falling out of bounds.

So where are the Preliminary Round nail-biters likely to happen this summer?

My guess is that most will happen in Bilbao.

This is the Preliminary Round venue that fascinates me.

The USA will win the pool, Group C, as long as Kevin Durant is healthy and hungry. I have no doubt that Durant, the MVP back in 2010, will be both.

There is not much to separate the other teams in the pool.

New Zealand, Turkey, Ukraine, the Dominican Republic and Finland each have realistic hopes of making it to the Last 16.

There is such a great balance to this group that each of these teams could go 0-5 and crash out of the tournament.

This happened to a good Canada team four years ago in Izmir.

The Turks and Tall Blacks will be dangerous.

They already have a taste of success at this level.

The Kiwis made it to the Semi-Finals of the 2002 FIBA World Championship and they should have one heck of a team in Bilbao, one with a mixture of experience and rising stars.

"I'm really looking forward to this one with the caliber of players we have," said Mika Vukona, a scrappy, hustling forward, of the Tall Blacks.

"A lot of young guys who were there or close to making the team in 2010 are now seasoned veterans.

"With that kind of experience, it goes a long way and is really promising."

Thomas Abercrombie, who played in 2010, has been shooting the ball lights out from three-point range in the Australia NBL for the New Zealand Breakers.

Tai Webster, the playmaker in the Tall Blacks' 2012 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT) squad while still in high school, is a dazzling freshman point guard for the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Also in American college basketball is Isaac Fotu, a sophomore power forward of the Hawaii Rainbows.

Webster and Fotu have played FIBA 3x3 together and can be a dynamic duo at Spain 2014.

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The biggest and potentially most important newcomer of all is Steven Adams, the 20-year-old center of the Oklahoma City Thunder.


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There are two questions.

Does he want to play, and do the Thunder want him to play?

If he wants to play, he's not telling the world about it right now.

Adams has a been a pleasant surprise this season after leaving Pittsburgh following his freshman year.

Will the Thunder want him to rest, and have him play in the Summer League, or might they encourage him to really test his skills on the biggest international basketball stage of all? Let's hope they opt for the latter.

We simply don't know what to expect from Turkey.

They don't have a coach and they seem to be running short on confidence which is incredible when considering this is the national team that made it to the 2010 Final.

The last time Turkey got a wild card, back in 2006, they made it to the Quarter-Finals.

Finland are, for my money, the best story in international basketball right now.

In the grand scheme of things, they are minnows.

But they are organized, passionate and tremendous shooters.

This is a team that also has a real connection with its fans.

How else can you explain their decision, during the opening group phase of last year’s EuroBasket in Koper, to effectively have a huge party with their supporters.

It was Finn-tastic!

And you know what else? These guys wanted to play the United States, and they will in Group C.

"This is what every player is dreaming about, to play against the best players," Finland coach Henrik Dettmann told me.

"This is what the national team is about.

"This is what sport is about."

There are going to be a lot of Finland fans in Bilbao.

"The basketball hype (in Finland) is incredible," Dettmann said.

"The opportunity to play to USA is something special."

It's worth remembering that the Finns won in the Additional Qualifying Round to make it to EuroBasket 2011, and then advanced from the first round.

After qualifying for EuroBasket 2013, they beat Turkey, Sweden, Russia and Greece to advance.

In their last game, against hosts Slovenia, Finland rolled to a 92-76 triumph, drilling 17 of 32 attempts from three-point range to silence a packed Ljubljana arena in the process.

"This shows that if you dream, if you work, your dreams can come true," Dettmann said.

Ukraine had something really special last year under coach Mike Fratello and should be extremely tough competitors again, and the Dominican Republic have been knocking at the door of reaching a major tournament for the past several years.

The fact that they have made it to the World Cup without the help of Al Horford suggests they are going to be dangerous.

Horford has begun his rehabilitation after suffering another pectoral injury and should be in the line-up when then Dominicans go into battle.

If I'm horribly wrong and the games are blowouts, rest assured you’ll still have a rewarding visit to Bilbao.

This is a wonderful, beautiful city that is home to the Guggenheim Museum.

It has the sort of food and cider that makes my mouth water just thinking about it.


Until next week, think pinchos!

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« Reply #5 on: Mar 02, 2014, 12:05:16 AM »

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'Crafty' foreigners prepare for another attempt against USA
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It's been almost eight years since Greece upset the United States, 101-95, at the 2006 FIBA World Championship in Japan.

I wonder if another seismic shock like that is going to happen at this summer's FIBA Basketball World Cup?

For me, the Greece win over the United States is the most important result in international basketball in the last couple of decades.

In 2005, Greece had also won a EuroBasket Semi-Final that shook up the hoops world, a 67-66 come-from-behind triumph over France, before capturing the title.

When they knocked off the Americans, the result confirmed Greece's status as one of the top teams in the sport.

Some might say it made Spain's path to glory a little easier.

Instead of taking on the United States, a country that had ended their Olympic run in 2004 in the Quarter-Finals, Spain played Greece in the championship game and rolled to a 70-47 victory.

We're still scratching our heads and wondering why Greece executed to near perfection against the USA but then froze on the big stage a couple of days later.

Perhaps more than anything, the Greek win helped the Americans.

It sharpened Team USA's focus.

The Americans haven't lost since 2006, winning Olympic titles in Beijing and London and a world championship in Turkey.

The sting of defeat to Greece was so bad that the American players still feel it.

"I can recall that game like it was yesterday," Dwight Howard said to FIBA at the NBA All-Star Weekend in New Orleans.

"They ran one play that we couldn't stop, a high pick-and-roll.

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"They either got Baby Shaq (Sofoklis Schortsanitis) in the paint for a lay-up or (Vassilis) Spanoulis coming off (a screen) for a three.


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"It was a tough game for us, but we learned a lot."

Howard, who hasn't played for the USA since winning a gold medal in 2008, wants to play at this year's FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain.

He's in the 28-man USA Basketball pool of players for the next three years and is a good bet to be with the team in Bilbao.

Howard wasn't the only person to recall that defeat in New Orleans.

Jerry Colangelo, the managing director of the senior national team and the USA Basketball chairman, also spoke about the game in his interview with FIBA.

"We paid our dues," he said.

"We lost our only game, our only blemish on our record of 62-1.

"From that point on, we've been undefeated. We've learned."

What they learned is that in international basketball, teams that have continuity, savvy and talent are dangerous.

That would be an apt description for a lot of teams in the sport, like Brazil, who very nearly stunned the USA in the 2010 Preliminary Round before losing, 70-68.

Marcelinho Huertas and Tiago Splitter know each other's game inside and out because of their time together with Brazil and formerly Baskonia in Vitoria, Spain, and it was evident in that clash.

Spain, Lithuania and Argentina have also proved over the years that they have a good mix of talent, smarts and continuity to give the USA fits.

"They're crafty overseas, they do a lot of different things on the floor," Howard said.

"The way they play defense in the post, the way they box out - all that stuff is a little bit different so I learned some tricks from some of the guys overseas."

While it's too early to know all 12 names on the USA FIBA Basketball World Cup roster, we can safely say they are going to have and extremely talented team.

They will be awesome.

It's going to be interesting to see which teams, if any, are going to cause them problems this year.


I predict there will be at least one close call, if not two or three...

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« Reply #4 on: Feb 08, 2014, 07:00:50 PM »

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Drum roll, please…


Coaches and players have different attitudes when it comes to draws for major basketball tournaments.

Some coaches keep their fingers crossed and hope to avoid the giants, longing for an easy path to the knockout stages of the tournament, while others adopt a "let's take on the world" approach.

A great example of the latter happened at the draw for EuroBasket 2013.

Finland fell into a 'group of death' with Greece, Turkey, Russia, Italy and Sweden.

Only three teams would advance from that pool, Group D, and most assumed it would be the Greeks, Turks and Russians.

Instead of moaning and throwing in the towel, the Finnish coach Henrik Dettmann embraced the challenge.

He considered the clashes as a great opportunity for basketball in his country.

Finland then went out and whipped Turkey and Sweden, fell to Italy, edged Russia and beat Greece.

The Finns captured the imagination of the public back home with their courage, style of play and confident mindset.

They didn't make it to the Quarter-Finals, but did sign off from the EuroBasket with a 92-76 beatdown of hosts Slovenia in front of a packed Ljubljana arena.

There have been 'groups of death' at FIBA World Championships.

The one that springs to mind vividly, as if it was played yesterday, was Group C in Japan at the 2006 FIBA World Championship, which to my reckoning stands as the greatest international basketball event of all time.

I was fortunate enough to be working at the tournament in Hamamatsu to see all of those games, and we watched some real humdingers.

The pool consisted of then European champions Greece, Lithuania, Australia, Brazil, Qatar and one of the four wild cards, Turkey.

Qatar were the only side that was overmatched, although they did make things very interesting against Greece on the opening night.

Just over two minutes into the second quarter and the huge underdogs Qatar had a 28-12 lead.

A Nikos Zisis lay-up triggered a 24-3 run for Greece at the end of the first half, though, and they went on to prevail, 84-64.

There were plenty of Greek dramas that summer.

Panagiotis Giannakis’ team edged Lithuania, 81-76, then scraped a 72-69 victory over Australia with a Zisis three-pointer right before the end.

Zisis was then lost for the tournament after being hit the face by Anderson Varejao of Brazil (the two met in the summer of 2012 before a friendly between the teams in Brazil and laid the matter to rest) in the next game and finally Greece won a battle of unbeatens against a surprising Turkey that had the emerging star Ersan Ilyasova.

Few would have expected Brazil to crash out of the tournament because they had Leandro Barbosa, Varejao, Marcelo Machado, Marcelinho Huertas and Tiago Splitter, but in Japan, the South Americans only beat Qatar.

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They had narrow defeats to Australia, Turkey and Lithuania.


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Greece would go on to pull off the most memorable win in World Championship history, a 101-95 upset of the United States in the Semi-Finals, before crashing to a Pau Gasol-less Spain in the title game. Gasol got hurt in the Semi-Final triumph over Argentina and wasn’t available but Spain thrashed their opponents, 70-47.

Yes, a Greek tragedy.

For the 2010 FIBA World Championship, Turkey had a terrific draw ceremony in Istanbul.

The legendary Hakeem Olajuwon was among the guests.

Turkey staged an excellent tournament but there was some star power missing at the event.

Pau Gasol, Manu Ginobili (Argentina), Tony Parker (France), Andrew Bogut (Australia) and Dirk Nowitzki (Germany) were among the big names not to play.

The way things turned out that summer, Group D was probably the toughest of the pools with Spain, France, New Zealand, Lithuania, Canada and Lebanon.

The Canadians, racked by injuries, lost all five of their games and didn’t advance along with the Lebanese.

Kevin Durant stole the show in Turkey, earning the honor of tournament MVP, and Lithuania made their country proud by riding a wild card all the way to the bronze medal.

Milos Teodosic of Serbia gave us the most memorable play in that tournament, a very long three-pointer at the buzzer to stun Spain in the Quarter-Finals.

There will be too many unknowns when the draw is made on Monday to know which teams may or may not have benefitted by falling into certain groups.

A lot can happen between before 30 August, when the tournament tips off.

Players can get hurt and coaches may be fired.

There may be a player out there that we don’t about who is going to earn a spot on his national team and take the FIBA Basketball World Cup by storm.

I expected a big buzz in Barcelona for the draw ceremony...

Here is a look at the groupings and where in Spain they will be playing the preliminary rounds. The final rounds will take place in Madrid and Barcelona.

GROUP A (Granada): Spain, Egypt, Iran, Serbia, Brazil, France

GROUP B (Seville): Argentina, Senegal, Philippines, Croatia, Puerto Rico, Greece

GROUP C (Bilbao): USA, Finland, New Zealand, Ukraine, Dominican Republic, Turkey

GROUP D (Gran Canaria): Lithuania, Angola, Korea, Slovenia, Mexico, Australia.


Let the fun to begin...

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Weekend eBA Basketball Magazine:

Confident Abrines rising to the occasion

The 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup may come too soon for Alex Abrines to make his senior team bow but then again, who knows? He could force his way into the reckoning for a spot on the team.

A standout in Spain's youth teams who made a major splash with Unicaja Malaga a couple of seasons ago before choosing to sign with Barcelona, Abrines could not be in a better position to demonstrate his worth to national team coach Juan Antonio Orenga.

A little over two years ago, I got my first good look at Abrines at the U18 All-Star Game that was staged during EuroBasket 2011 in Lithuania.

He had been the MVP of the U18 European Championship after leading Spain to the gold medal.

It was evident in Kaunas that Abrines was headed to the big time.

He took part in the dunking contest at half-time of the U18 All-Star Game and on one attempt, showed how much confidence he has in his ability.

Before a huge crowd, Abrines went up to the free-throw line and threw a behind-the-back pass off the glass and tried to catch the ball in flight before flushing it with two hands.

He wasn't able to pull it off.

His creativity didn't go unnoticed as both the fans and the judges - including then Russia coach David Blatt - smiled and clapped.

I figured at that time, Blatt would make an attempt to bring Abrines to Maccabi Tel Aviv but was wrong.

Anyway, I asked Abrines about his aims and he said: "I've got a lot of dreams, to play for the first team of Unicaja and to be here with Spain.

He had watched in person Spain's Semi-Final win over The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (MKD), when Juan Carlos Navarro exploded for 35 points.

"Juan Carlos Navarro," Abrines said, "I believe that one day, I can be like him.

"But you have to work hard every day."

Well, there is only one Juan Carlos Navarro, but Abrines was right in thinking he could grow up and become a terrific player.


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He returned to Unicaja and eventually broke into the first team as an 18-year-old.

Abrines showed enough potential to make the Oklahoma City Thunder draft him 32nd overall last June. Now, in his second season with Barca, I'm convinced Abrines made the right decision to join the club, and that greatness is in his future. Abrines, who turned 20 on 1 August, has been getting a lot of playing time. In this photograph from La Opinion de Malaga presented by eBA Stats Basketball Statistics Analysis .
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In a game against Estudiantes in March 2012, Abrines erupted for 31 points - the highest tally by a Spanish player of any age in the Spanish league up to that point in the season.

Abrines later decided his future was not with Unicaja, but Barcelona and became Navarro's teammate.

Though he didn't receive a lot of minutes in his first year with Barca, Abrines didn't sound like a player who believed he'd made a mistake.

When he travelled with Xavier Pascual's side last year to Valencia, I asked him about the playing time issue.

"I know that I have to work every day to earn minutes in the games but it's what I'm doing," he said.

"It's great playing with guys like Navarro, Marcelinho (Huertas), Victor Sada - amazing players.

"I have to learn so much, first of all."

What really struck me was Abrines's answer to my next question.

"Which players could he learn the most from?" I asked.

He said: "I need to learn the talent of Navarro and the attitude of Pete Mickeal.

"Every practice, Pete gives like 200%. It's great to see."

Mickeal, because of a heart ailment, had to quit playing before the end of last season.

Abrines showed enough potential to make the Oklahoma City Thunder draft him 32nd overall last June.

Now, in his second season with Barca, I'm convinced Abrines made the right decision to join the club, and that greatness is in his future.

Abrines, who turned 20 on 1 August, has been getting a lot of playing time.

In the electric, heart-stopping atmosphere of the Pionir on Thursday night against Partizan Belgrade, Abrines led Barcelona with 19 points in an 82-64 triumph.

It wasn't so much that Abrines was fearless.

He may as well have been playing in the U18 All-Star Game because he was relaxed and confident, and just made one great play after another.

Everything he did came in the flow of the offense.

He forced nothing.

It helps that Abrines is surrounded by hugely talented teammates, but at no time did he look out of place against Partizan.

He finished eight of 14 from the floor, including three of six from the arc.

"I like to play in this kind of atmosphere," he said.

"It's amazing.

"The game was pretty good from the first moment."


Watch Abrines in the coming months and I'm sure you'll see even more to like.

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ESP - Orenga makes the step up

Juan Antonio Orenga became the 17th head  of Spain's ’s national  this week.

The   Federation (FEB), unable to convince Sergio Scariolo to continue leading the side after a hugely successful four-year run, opted for continuity and promoted assistant national team coach Orenga.

The 46-year-old Orenga was not only an assistant on Scariolo’s  that captured  at EuroBaskets 2009 and 2011, and silver this past summer at the London , but he also served as head coach of Spain at three U20 European Championships dating back to 2007.

At one of them, last year in Bilbao, Orenga’s team won the title.

He is currently Down Under, sharing his coaching expertise at clinics in Australia.

That is where the FEB contacted him to offer him the head coaching job of Spain.

"This has been a surprise that has filled me with joy and responsibility,” Orenga said in remarks published on the FEB website.

"I am very thankful to  José Luis Sáez, to the Sporting Director Ángel Palmi, and to all the people who have put their trust in me and have helped me these years to grow as a professional and reach this point.

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"I want to thank especially Sergio Scariolo for his dedication and help during these years.


Juan Antonio Orenga (c) que sustituirá al italiano Sergio Scariolo como nuevo seleccionador nacional de baloncesto. (EFE)

“There has been a very good job done in the past and we have to continue on this line that has made us a European power, only surpassed by the United States at world level.”

Spain have been a leading nation in  for nearly decade.

At EuroBasket 2003, when Pau Gasol and Juan Carlos Navarro were blossoming into two of the finest  in  , a Spain side led by Moncho Lopez reached the Final and lost to Lithuania.

The following year, under Mario Pesquera, Spain went unbeaten in the Preliminary Round of the Athens Olympics before falling 102-94 to the United States in the Quarter-Finals.

Following the appointment of Pepu Hernández in 2006, Spain won the world title in Japan and the next year silver at the EuroBasket in Madrid.

Spain may not have been a super power during Orenga’s days as a player with the national team, but they were nevertheless very good.

In his first tournament with the national side in Rome 21 years ago, Orenga helped the Spaniards claim a bronze medal.

That team was led by Antonio Díaz Miguel, a legendary coach in Spain who had guided the national side to its first  silver medal at the Los Angeles  in 1984.

After two summers playing for Díaz Miguel, the second at the Barcelona Olympics, Orenga played for La Selección under Lolo Sainz, another of the great  tacticians.

His last year with Spain as a player was 1999.

There are many questions about Spain heading into next year’s EuroBasket, where they will take on hosts Slovenia, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Georgia and Poland in Group C.


As Spain have already qualified for the 2014 FIBA Basketball , it remains to be see how many of the veteran players will  themselves available next year.

The temptation of snatching a third consecutive European title could entice some, or all, to take part.

A solid showing by Spain could also see Orenga retain the national team reins when Spain host the World Cup.

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17th FIBA Basketball World Cup 2014 Barcelona-Spain • 17ª Copa d' Mundo de Baloncesto FIBA 2014 Barcelona-España

Central Board gives green light to new format and calendar of competition

FIBA announced at its Central Board meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, that it will go ahead and implement a new format and calendar of competition beginning in 2017.

After being presented with the conclusions from the latest consultations with stakeholders – including a study of the economic parameters carried out by external experts – FIBA’s Central Board on Saturday agreed to move ahead and to introduce a new format and calendar of competition.

The key principles agreed for the new competition format and calendar for men from 2017 are the following:

• After the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain, the next edition will be moved to 2019 (instead of 2018) and will be played every four years from then on. A total of 32 teams (increased from 24) will participate in FIBA’s flagship event.

• The qualification period for the FIBA Basketball World Cup will be held over the course of two years and consist of six windows which will be in November (2017), February, June, September, November (2018) and February (2019). The exact period and length of these windows will be defined in the coming months in collaboration with all stakeholders. The national teams will be divided into two divisions – Division A and Division B – with groups of three or four teams in an open system with promotion and relegation. Games in the qualification period will be played in a home-and-away format.

• Asia and Oceania will play in a combined Asia-Pacific region to qualify for the FIBA Basketball World Cup, but universality will remain in place for the qualifying process to the Olympic Games.

• As of 2017, the continental championships will take place every four years (2017, 2021, 2025) with a similar system of qualification as for the FIBA Basketball World Cup and which will come into action after FIBA’s flagship event in 2019. The windows will follow the same principle as the qualifying process to the FIBA Basketball World Cup but will be adapted in the Olympic years (2020, 2024).

• The qualification for the 2020 Olympics will be through the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup and four Olympic Qualifying Tournaments to be held in four zones.

The format and calendar of competition was identified as being one of FIBA’s main priorities and has been intensively worked on over the last two years. The modification of the current system is essential to further stimulate the global growth of basketball, increase its visibility around the world and further develop FIBA’s National Federations. This new competition format will give more prominence to the FIBA Basketball World Cup by placing it in a year where it can enjoy more exclusivity.

The home-and-away format will allow fans from around 140 countries to see their national teams play regular games and offer a “Road to the FIBA Basketball World Cup” over a two-year qualification period, with a similar system for the continental championships. There will be a total of more than 1,200 games played over a four-year cycle.

The FIBA Central Board recognises the fundamental role played by clubs and leagues worldwide and the need for appropriate insurance for players competing for their national teams. The new competition format takes the health of top players into consideration by reducing their current summer workload and responds to the clubs’ concerns about player fatigue and injury. The FIBA Central Board looks forward to cooperating with all stakeholders to make this new calendar a success for the world of basketball.

FIBA President Yvan Mainini explained the rationale behind making the change at this moment in time.

“Basketball needs to expand its reach and generate a new, dynamic stimulus for its growth. This can only happen if each country grows the game and plays regularly in front of its own fans,” he said.

“I’m delighted that the Central Board has taken this decision because it is fundamental in our goal of harmonising the global calendar and developing basketball worldwide.”

FIBA Secretary General and International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Patrick Baumann added: “National teams are the locomotive of basketball in each country. We need to protect and enhance their role. At the same time, clubs invest daily into our sport and their investment also needs respect and protection.”

“Therefore, in each country, it is the joint responsibility of clubs, leagues and National Federations to cooperate for the success of the national championships and the national team in this new integrated system.”

FIBA also plans to review the women’s calendar and system of competition within the next year.

Reaction to change is positive

There has been positive reaction to the new format and calendar of competition announced by FIBA at its Central Board meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, over the weekend.

Many of the changes are related to the FIBA Basketball World Cup, which is to increase from 24 to 32 teams starting in 2019.

The qualification period for FIBA's flagship event will be held over the course of two years and consist of six windows - November (2017); February, June, September, November (2018); and February (2019).

Under the new format, fans from some 140 countries will be able to enjoy regular national team games throughout the year during the qualification period to the FIBA Basketball World Cup. These games will be part of an estimated 1,200 international top level contests to be played over a four-year cycle.

A leading international coach in the men’s game, Vincent Collet of France, weighed in with his opinion on the changes.

"It’s a complete overhaul in the sense that FIBA is finally taking into account the incredible rhythm that’s put on these players," he said.

"It will allow the participation of the very best players at international competitions. Overall it’s a good thing."

Collet, who was speaking to French sports daily L’Equipe, added: “You have to make sure that you don’t reach the point where you have too many competitions like in handball where you have some every year.”

One of the changes affects the continental championships, which will be held every four years instead of two, beginning in 2017.

"Having a EuroBasket every four years will also take the pressure off of some players and allow them to position themselves more closely to their teams," Collet said.

Important decisions

Ingo Weiss, the President of the German Basketball Federation, also endorsed the changes.

"After very good and constructive discussions, we made some strategically important decisions for basketball," he said.

"With the changes, the FIBA Basketball World Cup will increase in importance as an event. That is an important step to position our sport – also compared to other sports."

Across the Atlantic Ocean, FIBA Americas Secretary General Alberto Garcia was optimistic that smaller basketball nations would benefit from hosting big games.

"It is a more complex process but it allows more participation and local games to federations that right now are not strong," he said in a phone interview with Primera Hora.

"It will allow us to increase the sport at the level of America in places like Barbados and the Lesser Antilles.

"The same will happen in Europe, Asia and Africa.

"This will get federations to make an effort to search in depth of talents, using prospect players in the first round of qualifying and keeping their stars for their final phases."

Combined Asia-Pacific region

At the Central Board, FIBA also announced that Asia and Oceania will play in a combined Asia-Pacific region to qualify for the FIBA Basketball World Cup, but universality will remain in place for the qualifying process to the Olympic Games.

The decision was well received by the Philippines.

Sonny Barios, the Executive Director of the Philippines Basketball Association (SBP), welcomed the move, one which will come into effect for the 2019 staging of the leading international men's basketball tournament, when the field will consist of 32 teams for the first time.




“We were part of discussions in Geneva in November 2011 and March 2012,” Barrios told the BusinessMirror on Monday.

“We supported the idea with the understanding that it will effectively result to more slots for Asia and that means a better chance for the Philippines to qualify.”

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17th FIBA Basketball World Cup 2014 Barcelona-Spain • 17ª Copa d' Mundo de Baloncesto FIBA 2014 Barcelona-España

Harkening back to 1986

There is already a buzz in Spain about the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup, which is expected to be the biggest and most important hoops tournament ever staged in the country.

The 24-team event will have games in Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, Bilbao, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Granada.

The best players from all over will converge on the Iberian Peninsula and go after gold.

Two sides are known.

Spain have a spot reserved as the host nation and the United States qualified by winning the gold medal at the London Olympics.

The forerunner of the FIBA Basketball World Cup, the FIBA World Championship, was held in Spain 26 years ago, just as the international game was beginning to undergo monumental change.

That tournament was a spectacle, and it was won by the United States.

While the Americans have always been the dominant force at the Olympics, it wasn't that way in World Championships.

Their gold medal in 1986 was the first for the Americans at a World Championship in 32 years.

The American squad was full of collegians.

It wasn’t until the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona that the USA team began to have NBA players.

It was, nevertheless, a squad of household names in America.

Tyrone 'Muggsy' Bogues, David Robinson, Steve Kerr, Kenny Smith, Sean Elliott, Tommy Amaker, Armon Gilliam, Tom Hammonds, Derrick McKey, Rony Seikaly, Brian Shaw and Charles Smith were huge names at the collegiate level.

The 12 travelled to Spain to play for coach Lute Olsen.

USA boss Olsen coached Kerr and Elliott at the University of Arizona.

Of all the players, one that really captured the imagination of the Spaniards was Bogues who, standing 1.59m (5'3") tall, proved that basketball was not only a game for tall men.

The Spanish media nicknamed him ‘la Chispa Negra’ (the black spark).

Spain had a squad famous players, too.

There were basketball icons Juan San Epifanio Ruiz, Fernando Martin, Fernando Romay, Candido Sibilio Huguesis, Jose Maria Margall and Jordi Villacampa.

In 1986, Brazil had their scoring machine Oscar Schmidt while Antonello Riva and Walter Magnifico represented Italy.

In a tremendous Yugoslavia squad that won bronze were Drazen Petrovic, Vlade Divac and Drazen Dalipagic and with the runners-up, the Soviet Union, were Sasha Volkov, Tiit Sokk, Valdis Valters, Rimas Kurtinaitis, Valdemaras Chomicius and the great Arvydas Sabonis.

Israel had a fine team with their basketball hero Mickey Berkowitz and Canada had Jay Triano, who was recently named head coach of the national team for the second time.

As had always been the case at World Championships, there were surprises in 1986.

The biggest occurred when Argentina took on the United States and won their showdown, 74-70, in the first game of the Semi-Final Round.

Carlos Romano (18pts) and Esteban Camisassa (17pts) were among five Argentinians to hit double-digits that game.

The result suggested that the Americans would once again be denied in their quest for gold.

Needing to win their next two games to maintain hope of claiming a spot on the podium, the USA defeated Canada and Yugoslavia.

The United States then thumped Brazil, 96-80, to reach the Final before edging the Soviets, 87-85, to claim gold.

The Americans almost suffered a late collapse as the Soviets, led by Sabonis, hit back from a 78-60 deficit with 7:45 left to trail by just two 50 seconds from the end.

Kenny Smith scored on a daring drive over the giant Sabonis with 15 seconds to go to extend the lead 87-83 and the Americans held on.

While the USA are number one in the FIBA Ranking and likely to be favorites to win the inaugural FIBA Basketball World Cup in 2014, they will take nothing for granted.

Since that gold-medal triumph in Spain in 1986, the Americans have won just two of a possible six World Championships, with their latest coming a couple of years ago in Turkey.

The break-ups of the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia occurred several years after 1986.

While it removed two behemoths from the international game, the end result was that international basketball had more competitive national sides.

Of them, Lithuania (5), Russia (6), Serbia (12), Slovenia (14) and Croatia (16) are currently in the top 20 of the FIBA Rankings.

Other national teams became stronger after 1986.

Greece, whose Nikos Galis led the World Championship 26 years ago in scoring at 33.7 points per game, fired his team to gold at the European Championship the following year.

The Greeks also won the European title in 2005 and silver at the 2006 World Championship.

Both Spain and Argentina have had golden generations, with the former moving from strength to strength since winning the world title in 2006 and the latter reaching the top of the podium two years before that at the Athens Olympics.

The MVP of Spain’s world title win in 2006, Los Angeles Lakers superstar Pau Gasol, will be 34 when the World Cup is held.

He recently sounded like a player who intends to take part.

"After the European Championship in Madrid in 2007, our enthusiasm for the World Cup is at its maximum,” he said.

Spain finished runners-up to Russia in 2007.




“Let's see if we can win it (the World Cup),” Gasol said.

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

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

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