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« Reply #18 on: Aug 14, 2010, 06:07:14 AM »

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FIBA Online and the World Championship: Join in the Action

Record numbers expected with international basketball more accessible than ever

In 15 days the FIBA World Championship gets underway and the many websites of the www.fiba.com online family are already hotting up, with traffic increasing on a daily basis.

FIBA pages on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube are buzzing with excitement ahead of the Championship. These three sites have not only helped reach out to fans, but have also provided much needed feedback on the developments and the challenges in basketball today.

Passion is the word which best describes the discussions that animate the FIBA run social networking and community sites. Proud of your National Team? The many thousands of custom made jerseys that have created using the My FIBA Jersey Facebook application give a sneak preview of the level of support teams will enjoy this summer. The players are even getting on board, as Argentina's Andres Nocioni created the number 13 shirt he will be sporting.

News spreads like wildfire thanks to FIBA's tweets, and our followers' re-tweets. Tens of thousands of basketball fans discovered within minutes – much to the delight of their ear-drums - that there would be no vuvuzelas in the arenas of Ankara, Istanbul, Izmir and Kayseri. Updates to rosters and pre-tournament warm up game results are all only a tweet away.

But the event website www.Turkey2010.fiba.com will obviously be THE place to go for all the information on this summer's Giant Get-Together. With specific event-related information – travel tips, guides to host cities, detailed game reports and a home page for each participating team – it is designed to help travelling fans, while ensuring that those who can’t attend nevertheless feel at the heart of the action.

Watching the action will just not be enough for certain fans, while others will be stuck in the office with no TV in sight. They can turn to FIBA’s always popular – and revamped – Live Stats will cover every part of the court and scoreboard.

When we talk about Live Stats, we don’t just mean boxscores. Every imaginable statistic is obtainable thanks to customisable modules, while you can also see who has attempted what shot from where thanks to the court map. E-mail services that are offered when you register (for free) with FIBA Live Stats include quarter-by-quarter and post-game statistics as well as our very popular Daily Newsletter, which delivers all the day’s news straight to your inbox.

For fans on the go, the lightweight version www.turkey2010.fiba.com/mobile is ideal for mobile devices, giving them access to what they want, wherever and whenever they want it. And it is giving basketball fans access to the sport that is one of FIBA's main aims in all its online activities.




FIBAtv.com will stream all FIBA World Championship games live, allowing those fans living in countries where the event is not being broadcast, to follow all the action for only a small fee.

With such an extensive list of online services providing instant information about the tournament, the question is not ‘will you be following the FIBA World Championship ?’ but ‘How will you be following the FIBA World Championship ?’.

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« Reply #17 on: Aug 13, 2010, 06:01:08 AM »

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'Why Basketball?' Survey holds contest to send two lucky fans to Turkey

FIBA's online basketball survey www.whybasketball.net will be sending two lucky basketball fans to Turkey to attend two FIBA World Championship games.

The 'Why Basketball?' project is collecting data among fans and players about how they were introduced to the sport, what the sport means to them and what they like/dislike about basketball. The gathered data will be used to gain additional insight into some of FIBA's key stakeholders.

A book detailing and analysing the results of the survey is also planned.

Up for grabs for one lucky fan is a pair of tickets to the FIBA World Championship Eighth-Final games played on 4th September 2010.

All participants having completed the survey by 21st August will automatically be entered into the draw. The names and answers of the lucky winners will be published on www.whybasketball.net and on fiba.com.




The prize also includes return flights for two people from the winning entry's closest international airport, double room accommodation in a three star or better hotel in Istanbul on the nights of 3rd and 4th September and local transfers.

So visit www.whybasketball.net for a chance to attend the biggest event in World Basketball.

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« Reply #16 on: Aug 10, 2010, 06:07:33 AM »

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FIBA World Championship in Turkey 2010 ~ World Premonitions

I've closely been following the preparation games for the upcoming World Championship in Turkey and I am convinced that when the dust settles we will see USA, Spain, Turkey and Brazil in the semi-finals.

They will be accompanied by Serbia, Greece, Australia and France in the quarters even though Croatia, Slovenia and Argentina have the potential to qualify too!

This means that USA and Brazil will both qualify out of group B and no team will make the semis from group A.

The mega-matchup between Spain and USA whould happen in the semi-finals which resembles the memorable USA-Greece semi in 2006 in Japan.

A Turkey-Brazil semi-final duel would pit the strong home team(only lacking Mehmet Okur) furiously supported by their rabid fans, against the most intriguing squad, Brazil, a rare team that can count on all of its stars present for a unique chance at a medal led by a renowned and successful coach.

Even without Pau Gasol, Spain can give mucho headaches to a Team USA lacking international experience and inside strength in their eventual semi. The formula for the competition means passionate elimination games starting in the round of 16 with extra days of rest guarantee a higher quality of play throughout.

For a spot in the top eight, France should profit from being second in a rather weak group D, whereas the group C appears the most competitive. France has lost Tony Parker and Roddy Beaubois at the playmaker spot which will load lots of responsabilities on the shoulders of Nicholas Batum, their best player, Boris Diaw their veteran captain and Michael Gelebale back in the fold after a long absence as newly crowned French league champion and MVP of the final!

Like Team USA, France will be hoping for some breakout performances from their inexperienced centers Ian Mahinmi and an improved and more muscular Alex Ajinca after regretting once again the absence of the Bull's Joakim Noah logically afraid to risk injury if he hasn't signed a lucrative contract extention with Chicago.

Unfortunately Chicago feels it's in their interest to slow the negotiations so that Noah doesn't go, while I would think they would realize that Noah would improve his game vs. top flight international competiton. Eternal conundrum, because Chicago could respond, look at Beaubois' broken foot or Parker's multiple injury problems last season!

Of couse surprises could come from a great young Serbian generation or a not so young Greek squad as well as from Australia reinforced by Alex Maric but to me a Spain-Turkey or USA-Brazil final seems more probable.

In general, the World Championship is up for grabs between the aforementioned teams and the competiton should be really exciting but the absence of so many big stars makes us wonder if the new NBA collective bargaining agreement shouldn't start with a shortening of the NBA season to leave a little more wiggle room for international competition and increase the importance of NBA regular season games but this is a subject I've covered in other articles over the years and hope is slim.




For instance, it's honest to suggest that Germany and Lithuania are not fielding teams truly deserving of a wild card because so many stars are missing.

I'll end up by reiterating other probably pious wishes concerning worldwide rules uniformity and more fluid movement between Europe and the NBA for young players under contract in order to improve the overall quality of basketball competitions around the world!

I'm waiting for your comments here !

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« Reply #15 on: Aug 04, 2010, 02:08:55 AM »

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Power rankings ~ already updated ! : Turkey 2010 FIBA World Championship

See, BiE secretly knew this would happen … you break down, make a few fearless predictions online and bam! The inconvenient fact of a loss – two losses in fact, one particularly egregious – goes down and you suddenly have to rework the whole damn post on 2010 FIBA World Championship power rankings.

In the egregious loss previously referenced, the proclamation that Team Canada would “surprise a few people” proved prophetic, but not in the way assumed. Over a squad that FIBA was forced to label a “Canadian developmental team” did Spain romp for a final score of 84-38. Those who’ve doubted the star power of Team Spain can note Felipe Reyes, Rudy Fernandez and Carlos Suarez all going for double-figures in limited team plus probably with one arm tied behind their backs.

And Team Slovenia was no doubt downloading BallinEurope’s original power rankings to use as fodder to beat up on Australia, 71-60. No depth, judged BiE? “Ha!” responded the Slovenes, who brought Sani Becirovic to put up 20 points and unleashed The Dragon for Goran Dragic to add 13. (BiE told you the Aussies would never get above no. 10 for the remainder of the tournament.)

Ah no matter … we knew these things were flexible, right? Plus, BallinEurope gets to splash a big “updated” across the post, like a real cutting-edge producer of news and opinion. BallinEurope’s official 2010 FIBA World Championship Power Rankings run below the break.

1. Spain. The defending champions immolated Canada, proving they’ll probably be able to sleepwalk through pool play. Sergio Scariolo has removed Pablo Aguilar for contention from the final squad, Sergio Llull may be next for the ax due to his injury, and it barely registers a blip in talent-level dropoff.

2. USA. BiE’s been accused of overrating European players, and it was presciently pointed out to BiE today that Team USA will possess one distinct advantage in this tournament, i.e. for the first time the three-point line has been moved to the American standard for FIBA tournament play. But they’re staying here until they get to beat up on some Canadians or something.

3. Greece. No reaction from the Greek contingent for placing Team Hellene a mere third? Disappointing that no one can tell me how Greece can beat Team USA … come on, there’s got to be someone out there…

4. Brazil. South American champion team members Murilo Becker and Nezinho Santos joined Team Brazil in practices today, making the (impressive) extended 14-man roster the following: Becker, Santos, Hatila Passos, Anderson Varejao, Maybyner Hilario, Tiago Splitter, Marquinhos Vieira, Guilherme Giovannoni, Marcelinho Machado, Leandro Barbosa, Alex Garcia, Marcelo Huertas, Paulo Boracini and Raul Togni Neto.

5. Serbia. No news remains good news for Team Serbia (in a way). Basically in a virtual tie for fifth place in the last BallinEurope 2010 FIBA World Championship Power Rankings, they’ll get to move up a spot thanks to an enviable lack of injuries. (See: Nocioni, Andres.)

6. Argentina. So what if Andres Nocioni’s injury is minor and that he’ll be off crutches by the opening game of this tournament? The lack of practice time and conditioning will surely hurt his game and this team.

7. Russia. BiE has also been informed that we’re overrating Team Russia going into this tournament … so why stop now? The truth is that Timofey Mozgov, still well on an upward swing after his breakout season with BC Khimki and his signing by the New York Knicks, has joined the squad. And that’s another plus.

8. Turkey. This impressive and perhaps underrated (by the general public, not BiE) squad is at full strength and head coach Bogdan Tanjevic is pleased with the team’s progress. So why do they lose a place in these power rankings? ‘Cause life’s unfair, BiE’s telling ya!

9. Slovenia. Right, BallinEurope is officially done with underestimating Slovenia. In fact, jettisoning pouty NBA stars seems to be the secret to Slovenia’s success. A few days after Beno Udrih left the team in a huff over playing time, the Slovenians just go out and dominate Australia, win a four-team tournament over three of the top teams of the Southern Hemisphere (Oz plus Asia’s top two, Iran and China) and prove that they’ll survive pool play already.

10. France. Still no Joakim Noah, still no moving up in this chart.

11. Lithuania. Okay, the basketball-happy land moves up by pure dint of the U18 team’s inspirational play this weekend. That and the fact that these guys now essentially appear to be getting handed at least third place in Group D.

12. Croatia. A recent barrage of bad news from the Team Croatia camp: Mario Delas and Leon Radosevic are out, while Zoran Planinic’s knee surgery will keep him from full practice for a while yet. A win against Italy gets Croatia this high in the rankings, but this tournament figures to be an uphill battle.

13. Germany. Without Dirk Nowitzki for the tournament, in the short term Team Germany almost has a best-of-both-worlds advantage: The national team gets to break in a roster chockfull of young talent from Tibor Pleiss and Lucca Staiger on down from a group in which Germany has a puncher’s chance to advance.

14. Australia. Thoroughly spanked by Slovenia on Sunday, Australia has plenty of time to get just enough bottle up to advance out of pool play. (They’re better than Angola and Jordan, right? Right? Also: How much will Andrew Bogut’s stock increase by *not* playing in this tournament?)




15. China. Coming in third place in a four-team tournament and you move *up* in the BiE Power Rankings? Yes, for two reasons: 1. They barely lost to Australia and 2. They should advance from Group C … unless it’s Puerto Rico…

16. Canada. Who knows why after the 84-38 at the hands of (a real team) Spain? This spot could well be occupied by Liberia or New Zealand … perhaps Group D should be called “The Group of Life.”

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« Reply #14 on: Jul 29, 2010, 06:47:51 AM »

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Excitement grows for FIBA World Championship with one month to go

Before you know it the biggest event in world basketball will be thrilling spectators, tv audiences and basketball fans all around the globe.

Every Championship tries to BUILD-UP its COUNT-DOWN. Whether "one year to go", 100 days, three-full moons or the number of hours equal to the sum of the points scored in last edition's final, countdowns are a a feature of the run up to any Championship.

But we are not going to make a big deal about today's date. However, we ARE going to make a big deal about what we can all look forward to between 28th August and 12th September.

So (with one month to go), here are a few things you can look forward to:

- A Championship more open than ever, with at least 10 teams having a chance to bring home gold
- Passion from Turkish host fans that rivals that of any other country in the world
- Unprecedented spectator and media response
- Fan tailored coverage on FIBA's online channels
- Brand new basketball arenas that look superb and of course the monster Final Round Sinan Erdem Olympic dome
- Sports building bridges in the first round games USA vs Iran and Turkey vs Greece
- The birth of new heroes of the game: Kevin Durant? Ricky Rubio? Joakim Noah? Nick Calathes? Patrick Mills?




- Gold, Silver and Bronze medals; another major chapter in basketball being written
- Bascat - the coolest mascot of 2010 - getting up to mischief as he visits the four host cities
- Hoops, dunks, 3-pointers, alley-oops, buzzer-beaters
- Blocks, steals, nasty rebounds
- and plenty more

So remember the date. On 28th August the 2010 FIBA World Championship gets underway., Now don't tell us we didn't warn you.

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« Reply #13 on: Jul 23, 2010, 09:15:06 PM »

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FIBA Commissioner: "We must capitalise on high awareness of basketball"

It takes the right kind of people to make a World Championship event successful.

Of course, teams, players and coaches play their part in that, but there are no games without referees and officials whose careful selection is the responsibility of a FIBA commissioner.

FIBA.com caught up with Alison Muir, FIBA Commissioner in Toulouse for the FIBA U17 World Championship for Women, to find out about her role at the event as well as her involvement with England Basketball.

FIBA: How long have you been with FIBA and what are your main responsibilities?
Muir: I have been a FIBA Commissioner for 10 years and I am responsible for the training and approval of referees and officials for international championships.

FIBA: You are also involved with English basketball. How does that link with your FIBA activities?
Muir: I am chairwoman of the England Basketball Association which helps with the flow of information between FIBA and England Basketball. FIBA Commissioners have similar links with all the basketball nations. I am proud to say that England Basketball is aiming to bid to host the European Championships in the near future, maybe in 2015.

FIBA: What do you think of the FIBA U17 World Championship for Women so far?
Muir: I am in Toulouse for the entire duration of the tournament so I can only speak for what I have seen here, but I think it is all very encouraging. The crowds so far have been bigger than at some other championships - and that's been without the host nation France (who were playing the Preliminary Round in Rodez). The arena should be pretty full for the final phase of the competition.

FIBA: What benefits will come from this tournament?
Muir: Experience and public awareness of our sport. After these kinds of events, the public always has a higher awareness of basketball and we have to capitalise on that. As far as the players, officials and referees are concerned, it's all about gaining valuable experience.




FIBA: Do you have any links with the Olympics and particularly with London 2012?
Muir: FIBA will ensure there are trained referees and officials, and of course we will provide support with our experience of international basketball events.

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« Reply #12 on: Jul 16, 2010, 02:22:16 AM »

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FIBA World Championship, Turkey 2010
The "Pulpo Paul" and the Kebab Krossover 2

Merhaba! The second installation of my Kebab Krossover for Turkey 2010 is now online.
Again, I compiled some of the news surrounding the participating countries and players right below. Enjoy!

The U.S. sending fresh faces to Turkey, namely guys like Derrick Rose, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and David Lee. Unfortunately, the Miami Heat-trio of Lebron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh have chosen South Beach over the Bosporus. Otherwise it would have been great to have them there.

Lithuania is falling apart these days.
The federation told the media, that they are going into rebuilding because they are going to host the European Championships, but to me, it looks like the lack of motivation coupled with the lack of money made a lot of the touted stars pass on the opportunity to play.

Brothers Darjus and Ksistof Lavrinovic as well as Arturas Jomantas, Marijonas Petravicius, Rimantas Kaukenas and Sarunas Jasikevicius won't be with the team and Ramunas Siskauskas, Darius Songaila and Zydrunas Ilgauskas retired from the national team.
That leaves the Lithuanians with Linas Kleiza and Robertas Javtokas as leading players while Donatas Motiejunas should be using the World Championships as a stepping stone to his rising career.

Serbia's coach Dusan Ivkovic is currently trimming down his roster. Luka Bodganovic, Mladen Jeremic and Zoran Erceg are out and 16 players are still practising.

Several players are absent for Russia - So far. Kirilenko could be forced to sit out due to his previous injuries that he sustained during the last season, as the Utah Jazz are unwilling to let him go to Turkey right now, being afraid, that he might be returning later re-injured again.

Brazil's Leandrinho Barbosa and Turkey's Hedo Turkoglu are reportedly switching teams, and another talented Brazilian is joining the NBA:
Tiago Splitter signed with the San Antonio Spurs, while French Ian Mahinmi might be leaving the same team for Dallas soon.

Russian center Timotey Mozgov should be popping up in the roster of the New York Knicks next season. A surprising move for many, this young gun might develop into a star in a few years.
If he's going to join Russia in the World Champs though has to bee seen.

The Turkish duo of Semih Erden and Ömer Asik signed both in the NBA as well. Together with Hedo and Okur, they form the Turkish NBA fraction next season.

Spaniard Rudy would love to be home again to join Ricky Rubio.

The Ivory Coast names its pre-selection for Turkey.
The 24 players fighting for a spot in the roster are: Charles Abouo, Wilfried Aka, Pape-Philippe Amagou, Brice Assie, Ibrahim Cisse, Souleyman Diabate, Remi Dibo, Patrick Konan, Guy Landry, Desire Gabou, Jonathan Kale, Jean-Philippe Koffi, Kouassi Konan,. Stephane Konate, Mohamed Kone, Fred Kounkorgo, Herve Lamizana, Namori Meite, Ismael N'diaye, Jonathan Ouegnin, Soumahoro Issife, Eric Tape, Michael Toti and Guy Serge Touali.




Not considered were: Ousmane Cisse (Eastern Illinois), Patrick Herve Gnagbo (CB L'Alfas del Pi, Spain), Sanko Camara (CO Souffel, France NM2), Jourdain Allou (Navarro College, USA), Vassy Banny Leander (Montana University, USA), Jean Amenou Baptiste (SUNY Orange, USA), Arnaud Dahi (WAC, Morocco), Affeli Serge, Frejus Zerbo (Pro A Gravelines, France), Abdulai Jalloh (Springfield Armor, NDBL USA), Guy-Joel Moulare (St.Helena, Sweden), Mamadi Diane (CB Penas Huesca), Spain)

The Head-coach of Angola, Luis Magalhaes called up the following 16 players for the first stage in Cabinda: Miguel Lutonda, Carlos Almeida, Felipe Abrao, Felizardo Ambrosio, Joaquim Gomes, Yanick Moreira, Olimpio Cipriano, Domingos Bonifacio, Leonel Paulo, Divaldo Mbunga, Eduardo Mingas, Roberto Fortes, Miguel Kiala, Paulo Barros, Simao Santos and Valdelicio Joaquim.

Lebanon is heading into preparations as well. They have chosen to face opponents like Japan, Philippines, Iran and Syria among others. The downside might be, that the Tab Baldwin-led team is only playing one tournament with real WC contenders like Argentina, Turkey and Canada just three days before the World Championship begin.

Neigbours Jordan are suffering currently due to visa problems and the lack of finances.
Also, their German-Jordanian center Jamal Al Maaytah left the team and won't return.

Puerto Rico won the Centrobasket 2010 in the Dominican Republic over the host country by the score of 89-80. "Pulpo Paul" knew that already before.




As always, Carlos Arroyo was instrumental in securing the title once more. Newest addition Renaldo Balkman of the Denver Nuggets played a pretty good tournament and should be a lock on the power forward-spot due to his premier rebounding skills as well as his strong defensive play.

That's all for this week's Kebab Krossover - More to come within the next weeks!

I'm out like predictions of seafood.

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« Reply #11 on: Jun 19, 2010, 08:35:13 PM »

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Basketball without Borders breaks new ground in southeast Asia

Basketball without Borders (BWB) is to make its inaugural visit to Southeast Asia when it will holds the BWB Asia camp in the city-state of Singapore from 28th June to 1st July, the National Basketball Federation (NBA), International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and Singapore Sports Council (SSC) announced on Thursday.

NBA All-Star Al Horford of the Dominican Republic, along with fellow countryman Francisco Garcia will be joined by Trevor Ariza, Corey Brewer and Kyle Korver as the players acting as mentors and counselors for the four-day camp.

BWB is the NBA and FIBA's global basketball development programme that uses the sport to create positive social change in the areas of education, health and wellness.

The top 50 players from 22 countries across Asia - as selected by FIBA and participating federations - will come together to train under NBA and FIBA players and coaches and compete against their peers. The camp will culminate with a BWB All-Star game on 1st July at the Singapore Sports School.

"It is a great pleasure to visit Singapore for the first time," said Patrick Bauman, Secretary General, FIBA and a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). "The interest in sports - particularly basketball - is growing rapidly over there and we are confident that through Basketball without Borders we can help further that growth, thereby allowing young basketball talents to maximise their potential both on and off the court."

"This is an exciting time for sports in Singapore because the inaugural Youth Olympic Games (YOG) will be held there in August. So the timing of the BWB camp, in the lead-up to that historic event, is ideal."

The camp will also feature an extensive community outreach programme. Efforts will focus on grassroots basketball development and health-related issues with a focus on youth fitness. In addition, there will be a product donation to local community-based organisations that will include school supplies, books, clothing and basketball equipment.

"The community outreach programme is invaluable in providing young people with all the necessary tools to have a positive impact among their peers and become role models in their communities," added Mr Baumann.

A Special Olympics clinic will be held at the Singapore American School on 28th June with athletes from across the region having a chance to show off their shooting, passing and dribbling skills in fun games.

Bob Gambardella, Chief of Sports Development Group and Singapore Sports Institute, Singapore Sports Council, believes the camp will be a great success.

"We are confident that the inaugural entry of BWB Asia in southeast Asia through Singapore will inspire not only A Sporting Singapore but also the next generation of athletes to raise the Singapore flag high," He said.

Nike, a BWB partner since 2002, will again outfit the campers and coaches with Nike apparel.

"Basketball without Borders teaches young basketball players the importance of hard work, dedication, teamwork and sportsmanship," said Lynn Merritt, Vice President of Global Basketball Sports Marketing for Nike.

"These are all crucial to the future success of these young campers both on and off the court and we are proud to be working with the NBA and FIBA to promote these values."

Basketball without Borders camp information (subject to change):

BASKETBALL WITHOUT BORDERS ASIA
Singapore, Singapore
28th June-1st July 2010
Singapore American School

Players
Trevor Ariza - Houston Rockets
Ronnie Brewer - Minnesota Timberwolves
Francisco Garcia - Sacramento Kings
Al Horford - Atlanta Hawks
Kyle Korver - Utah Jazz




Coaches
Gene Keady - Coaching Legend
Bob McAdoo - Miami Heat
Don Newman - San Antonio Spurs
Joe Wolf - Milwaukee Bucks
Gregg Farnam*** - Minnesota Timberwolves
Dean Cooper** - Minnesota Timberwolves
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*** Athletic Trainer

Marketing Partners
Nike, Singapore Sports Council, Spalding, Fullerton Hotel, 100 Plus

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« Reply #10 on: Jun 10, 2010, 01:31:17 AM »

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New York Basketball Festival sets new standards
for FIBA World Championship warm-up events

The growth and popularity of the FIBA World Championship has resulted in warm-up events for the biggest international basketball tournament having to step up their efforts too.

USA Basketball and Nike did just that by creating the World Basketball Festival which will take New York by storm in mid-August.

The men’s national teams of Brazil, China, France, Puerto Rico and the USA – who are all headed to the FIBA World Championship in Turkey – will be on hand to provide all the basketball action fans can handle over the course of the four-day event in the borough of Manhattan.

The festival will open on Thursday 12th August with a scrimmage between members of the USA national team – on an open-air court set up in Times Square – and conclude with an exhibition double-header on Sunday 15th August at Madison Square Garden with the USA facing France, followed by China squaring off with Puerto Rico.

On 13th-14th August, the action will move to the legendary basketball courts at Rucker Park, in the neighbourhood of Harlem, where Brazil and Puerto Rico will hold open-air practices and scrimmages while France plan on going through a training session.

Over the course of those two days, a grassroots youth tournament will serve as a platform to showcase the very best of some of New York’s top summer basketball leagues. Fans will get a chance to participate in the basketball extravaganza through clinics designed to improve their skills.

The festival is set to reach its climax at the world famous Madison Square Garden on Sunday 15th August. The exhibition double-header will start with the USA taking on France before China go up against Puerto Rico, in what is sure to be an interesting preview of a Group C clash at the FIBA World Championship.




“The World Basketball Festival will be an unforgettable event for the people of New York city and basketball fans around the world,” said Nike Brand president Charlie Denson.

In addition to all the basketball action, music will play a big part too in the festivities with a concert by a surprise act in Times Square and performances by top international names at Rucker Park.

The 2010 FIBA World Championship will tip off on 28th August.

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« Reply #9 on: Jun 05, 2010, 05:53:09 AM »

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FIBA World Championship, Turkey 2010:
Is the U.S. pulling out of the World Champs ?

Merhaba! Yes, the title is a bit provocative, but when I read this story here, I really wonder if the whole topic is not a bit too exaggerated, as I can't imagine a U.S. team pulling out of the competition due to the strained relations between Turkey and Israel.

Believe me, I won't go deep into politics, but I would bet that Turkey is a safe place for U.S. citizens and for other citizens in general.

When looking over to the Football World Cup in South Africa, which is about to go down in a few days, then I would rather say that the situation there is by far more threatening for fans and players than in Istanbul.

I hope that the stars in the U.S. line-up are not using it as an excuse to stay home instead of representing their country's colors.

This would not come as a surprise to me, as some players such as LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony or Dwight Howard already are talking about passing on the World Championships and with stories like the one I linked to this blog, they might be using this opportunity to jump ship.




If that happens, then I am looking forward to watch how young and hungry newcomers like Kevin Durant, Tyreke Evans, Derrick Rose and Stephen Curry are going to compete in Turkey, showing some passion for the game.

It's still the World Championships after all, and if you don't bring your A-game, you better stay at home!

I'm out like excuses.

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« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2010, 02:53:55 AM »

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Just 100 days to go before the "Giant Get-Together"
The 2010 FIBA World Basketball Championship in Turkey

With 100 days to go before the start of the 2010 FIBA World Championship  in Turkey, the organisers say all tickets that were available on public sale for the event have already sold out.

Only a small contingent will be made available shortly before the event begins on 28th August.

Around 350,000 people are expected to attend the Championship, which culminates in the final on 12th September.

The event will be played in four cities - Ankara, Istanbul, Izmir and Kayseri - and feature 24 teams, with 288 players playing 80 games. Two new venues have been built especially for the Championship.

Patrick Baumann, the Secretary-General of basketball's governing body FIBA and a member of the International Olympic Committee, said:

"The 2010 World Championship will be the world's biggest ever basketball competition, and the biggest event ever to  be held in Turkey. We are delighted that all available tickets have already sold out, a sign that the world's second biggest sport is as popular as ever.

"Basketball has a clean, positive and exciting image and is followed by over 450million people around the world. Its future is as bright as ever and the World Championship will be a clear symbol of the sport's growing success."

The first round of the Championship, which returns to Europe for the first time in 12 years, will be played from 28th August to 12th September and feature superstars including Kobe Bryant.

The team winning the FIBA World Championship 2010 will qualify automatically for the London 2012 Olympics.

The following teams have qualified for Turkey:

Group A (Kayseri): Angola, Argentina, Australia, Germany, Jordan, Serbia

Group B (Istanbul): Brazil, Croatia, Iran, Slovenia, Tunisia, USA

Group C (Ankara): China, Greece, Ivory Coast, Puerto Rico, Russia, Turkey

Group D (Izmir): Canada, France, Lebanon, Lithuania, New Zealand, Spain





For further information, please visit fiba.com or contact:

FIBA Press Office on +41 (0)22 545 00 46 or communications@fiba.com

LEWIS PR on +44 (0)207 802 2626 or fiba@lewispr.com

About FIBA

FIBA (www.fiba.com), 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). Its main upcoming events are the 2010 FIBA World Championships for Men and Women, to take place in Turkey and in the Czech Republic respectively.

For further information about the 2010 FIBA World Championship, visit the event website http://turkey2010.fiba.com, the FIBA twitter page http://twitter.com/fibaworld or the FIBA Facebook page http://facebook.com/FIBAWorld.



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« Reply #7 on: May 07, 2010, 05:23:35 AM »

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Turkey ‘plays’ host to FIBA World Championship, summer 2010

Cementing its reputation in the world of sports, Turkey will host FIBA’s World Championship basketball tournament, between August 28 and September 12, 2010. The world’s largest and most prestigious basketball tournament brings together 24 teams from five continents in Turkey, one of the fastest-growing tourism destinations in the world.

Turkey is proud and excited to have been chosen to host this quadrennial event, which is returning to Europe for the first time in 12 years. In order to determine the world’s best basketball nation, 80 basketball games will be played at stadiums throughout key tourist cities in Turkey including Istanbul, Izmir, Ankara, and Kayseri.

With the goal of achieving an unprecedented level of excellence in the organization of the FIBA World Championship and working towards the ultimate dream of hosting the Olympic Games, Turkey’s Local Organizing Committee has been making preparations throughout the country. Renovations have been made on Ankara’s Ankara Cok Maksatli Stadium; Istanbul’s Abdi Ipekci Arena; Izmir’s Halkapinar Arena; and Kayseri’s Kayseri Arena; and an entirely new stadium, the Sinan Erdem Dom, has been built in Turkey’s capital city, Istanbul.


Turkey is a modern nation with a captivating blend of antiquity and contemporary and of East and West. The cradle of civilization and center of world history today stands as one of the fastest-growing tourism destinations in the world.




Turkey was the site of the first human settlement; the seat of the Byzantine, Roman and Ottoman Empires; the birthplace of Homer and the last home of the Virgin Mary, just to name a few. Today Turkey, with its spectacular coastline, majestic mountains, cosmopolitan cities and quaint villages is one of the world’s most fascinating destinations.

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« Reply #6 on: Apr 29, 2010, 07:57:41 AM »

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UAE - Olympic Federations to review TV revenue share

The 28 Summer Olympic sports federations, feeling the squeeze from the global economic downturn, decided on Tuesday to review the way broadcast revenue from the Games are distributed.

Federations taking part in London 2012 will share around $375 million from the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) TV deals.

Athletics will get the biggest share with $35 million. Soccer, swimming, basketball, cycling, gymnastics, tennis and volleyball, ranked in group two, can expect about $18 million each.

Sports chiefs voted on Tuesday to alter the system after the London Olympics to make it more representative but some federations had argued that a revision was needed immediately.

The IOC distributes the broadcast revenue from Olympic TV deals to the 28 sports, placed in four groups. Federations in the two lower groups are allocated $13 million and $11 million respectively.

"The share of TV revenues ... needs to be reviewed now, not in two years," international swimming federation (FINA) chief Julio Maglione told a meeting of the 28 sports.

MARKET APPEAL

"The current distribution does not reflect ... the changes in market appeal and changes in sport."

Swimming is among the most watched sports at the Games.

Boxing chief Ching Kuo Wu had also asked for an immediate revision, as did handball and table tennis bosses.

The IOC has secured a record total of $3.8 billion from broadcast rights for the Winter Olympics in Vancouver that took place in February and for London 2012.

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and world soccer's governing body (FIFA) agreed to give $20 million from the combined TV funds they will receive for the London Games to the other federations.




"I said last year that if our finances are comfortable we would give that (windfall) to the other federations," FIFA chief Sepp Blatter told Reuters. "That is exactly what we will do now."

Federations will receive more money for London 2012 compared to Beijing 2008 as there are only 26 sports on the program instead of 28.

Softball and baseball were voted off for London, with golf and rugby replacing them at the 2016 Olympics.

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« Reply #5 on: Apr 14, 2010, 06:00:17 AM »

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2010 FIBA World Championship for Women in Czech Republic

With the 2010 FIBA World Championship for Women in Czech Republic approaching fast, the application process for media accreditation is now up and running.

All media wishing to attend the Championship are required to fill in and submit the on-line application form. Access restricted, the registration portal is protected by the following password: 2010WCW.

Please note that the application process is an online service only; it will not be possible to obtain accreditation for this event by any other means.

The form is available at www.fiba.com/media-accreditation-cz
The deadline for application is 20th June 2010. Requests received after this date will not be taken into consideration.

We would like to remind you that the online registration form is an application only and accordingly does not guarantee accreditation to the event.

FIBA and the Local Organising Committee will inform all applicants of the success of their requests no later than 5th July 2010.

For further information, please contact FIBA Communications at accreditation-cz@fiba.com if you report to a media organisation with head offices outside of the Czech Republic.

If you report to a media organisation based within the Czech Republic please contact the Communications Department of the Local Organising Committee at drobna@mdproduction.cz.

FIBA’s accreditation system allows representatives of the worldwide media to provide the necessary information quickly and simply without administrative hustle, and is designed to ensure the best possible working conditions and facilities for journalists attending the event.

Quick Facts about FIBA and the FIBA World Championship for Women

Held every 4 years, the FIBA World Championship for Women determines the world’s top nation in women’s basketball. The first edition was played in 1953 in Santiago de Chile. In 2010 the tournament will be the held for the sixteenth time.

First time winners Australia are the reigning champions. Brazil, who also have one gold medal are the only other nation besides the USA (7 gold
medals) and the Soviet Union (6 gold medals) to have won the Championship. The 2010 FIBA World Champion will automatically qualify for the 2012 Olympic Basketball Tournament for Women in London.




For more information go to http://czechrepublic2010.fiba.com

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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FIBA World Championship schedule and playing times

ISTANBUL, Turkey (FIBA World Championship) – With less than six months to go before the
tournament gets underway, the schedule for the 2010 FIBA World Championship has now been
established.

The draw for the above championship was held in Istanbul, Turkey on 15th December 2009.

Group A (Kayseri): Angola, Argentina, Australia, Germany, Jordan, Serbia
Group B (Istanbul): Brazil, Croatia, Iran, Tunisia, Slovenia, USA
Group C (Ankara): China, Ivory Coast, Greece, Russia, Puerto Rico, Turkey
Group D (Izmir): Canada, France, Lebanon, Lithuania, New Zealand, Spain

Here is the tournament schedule:

All times are given in local time (CET +1, GMT +2).
Please note that beyond the First Round, the order of the games has not been established and
will be finalised after each respective previous round.

First Round
The First Round will see a total of 60 games, in which each team faces the other five teams in its
respective group.

28th August 2010

Group A (Kayseri)
Game A 1: 16:30 Australia vs Jordan
Game A 2: 19:00 Angola vs Serbia
Game A 3: 21:30 Germany vs Argentina

Group B (Istanbul, Abdi Ipekci Arena)
Game B 1: 16:30 Tunisia vs Slovenia
Game B 2: 19:00 USA vs Croatia
Game B 3: 21:30 Iran vs Brazil

Group C (Ankara)
Game C 1: 16:00 Greece vs China
Game C 2: 18:30 Russia vs Puerto Rico
Game C 3: 21:00 Ivory Coast vs Turkey

Group D (Izmir)
Game D 1: 16:00 New Zealand vs Lithuania
Game D 2: 18:30 Canada vs Lebanon
Game D 3: 21:00 France vs Spain

29th August 2010

Group A (Kayseri)
Game A 4: 16:30 Jordan vs Angola
Game A 5: 19:00 Serbia vs Germany
Game A 6: 21:30 Argentina vs Australia

Group B (Istanbul, Abdi Ipekci Arena)
Game B 4: 16:30 Slovenia vs USA
Game B 5: 19:00 Croatia vs Iran
Game B 6: 21:30 Brazil vs Tunisia

Group C (Ankara)
Game C 4: 16:00 China vs Ivory Coast
Game C 5: 18:30 Puerto Rico vs Greece
Game C 6: 21:00 Turkey vs Russia

Group D (Izmir)
Game D 4: 16:00 Lithuania vs Canada
Game D 5: 18:30 Lebanon vs France
Game D 6: 21:00 Spain vs New Zealand

30th August 2010

Group A (Kayseri)
Game A 7: 16:30 Jordan vs Serbia
Game A 8: 19:00 Australia vs Germany
Game A 9: 21:30 Angola vs Argentina

Group B (Istanbul, Abdi Ipekci Arena)
Game B 7: 16:30 Slovenia vs Croatia
Game B 8: 19:00 Tunisia vs Iran
Game B 9: 21:30 USA vs Brazil

31st August 2010

Group C (Ankara)
Game C 7: 16:00 Russia vs Ivory Coast
Game C 8: 18:30 Puerto Rico vs China
Game C 9: 21:00 Greece vs Turkey

Group D (Izmir)
Game D 7: 16:00 New Zealand vs Lebanon
Game D 8: 18:30 France vs Canada
Game D 9: 21:00 Spain vs Lithuania

1st September 2010

Group A (Kayseri)
Game A 10: 16:30 Serbia vs Australia
Game A 11: 19:00 Germany vs Angola
Game A 12: 21:30 Argentina vs Jordan

Group B (Istanbul, Abdi Ipekci Arena)
Game B 10: 16:30 Croatia vs Tunisia
Game B 11: 19:00 Iran vs USA
Game B 12: 21:30 Brazil vs Slovenia

Group C (Ankara)
Game C 10: 16:00 China vs Russia
Game C 11: 18:30 Ivory Coast vs Greece
Game C 12: 21:00 Turkey vs Puerto Rico

Group D (Izmir)
Game D 10: 16:00 Canada vs New Zealand
Game D 11: 18:30 Lebanon vs Spain
Game D 12: 21:00 Lithuania vs France

2nd September 2010

Group A (Kayseri)
Game A 13: 16:30 Angola vs Australia
Game A 14: 19:00 Argentina vs Serbia
Game A 15: 21:30 Jordan vs Germany

Group B (Istanbul, Abdi Ipekci Arena)
Game B 13: 16:30 USA vs Tunisia
Game B 14: 19:00 Slovenia vs Iran
Game B 15: 21:30 Brazil vs Croatia

Group C (Ankara)
Game C 13: 16:00 Puerto Rico vs Ivory Coast
Game C 14: 18:30 Greece vs Russia
Game C 15: 21:00 Turkey vs China

Group D (Izmir)
Game D 13: 16:00 Spain vs Canada
Game D 14: 18:30 Lebanon vs Lithuania
Game D 15: 21:00 New Zealand vs France

The teams placed 1st – 4th in each group will qualify for the Eighth-Finals.
The teams placed 5th – 6th in each group will return home.

3rd September 2010 Travel and Rest Day

Eighth-Finals

The 16 teams qualified from the First Round will play direct elimination games (standard knockout
format).

From the Eighth-Finals onwards, all games will be played in Istanbul’s Olympic Dome.

For the Eighth-Final round, the game times will, in principle, be 18:00 and 21:00. Please note
that the game order is subject to change, and will be finalised and confirmed after the previous
round.

4th September 2010

Game 61: A1 vs B4
Game 62: D2 vs C3

5th September 2010

Game 63: C1 vs D4
Game 64: B2 vs A3

6th September 2010

Game 65: B1 vs A4
Game 66: C2 vs D3

7th September 2010

Game 67: D1 vs C4
Game 68: A2 vs B3

The winners of the Eighth-Finals will qualify for the Quarter-Finals. The losers of the Eighth-
Finals will return home.

Quarter-Finals

For the Quarter-Final round, the game times will, in principle, be 18:00 and 21:00. Please note
that the game order is subject to change, and will be finalised and confirmed after the previous
round.

8th September 2010

Game 69: Winner 61 vs Winner 62 ( 1 – 8 )
Game 70: Winner 63 vs Winner 64 ( 1 – 8 )

9th September 2010

Game 71: Winner 65 vs Winner 66 ( 1 – 8 )
Game 72: Winner 67 vs Winner 68 ( 1 – 8 )

Semi-Finals

For the Semi-Final round, the game times will, in principle, be (15:00), 19:00 and 21:30. Please
note that the game order is subject to change, and will be finalised and confirmed after the
previous round.

10th September 2010

Game 73: Loser 69 vs Loser 70 ( 5 – 8 )
Game 74: Loser 71 vs Loser 72 ( 5 – 8 )

11th September 2010

Game 75: Loser 73 vs Loser 74 ( 7 – 8 )
Game 76: Winner 69 vs Winner 70 ( 1 – 4 )
Game 77: Winner 71 vs Winner 72 ( 1 – 4 )

Finals

For the Final round, the game times will, in principle, be 15:00, 19:00 and 21:30. Please note
that the game order is subject to change, and will be finalised and confirmed after the previous
round.




12th September 2010

Game 78: Winner 73 vs Winner 74 ( 5 – 6 )

Game 79: Loser 76 vs Loser 77 ( 3 – 4 )

Game 80: Winner 76 vs Winner 77 (1 – 2)

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