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« Reply #48 on: Jun 09, 2013, 08:39:35 PM »

Basketball World , Celebrations and Anniversaries  • Celebraciones, Aniversarios y Eventos Mundiales del Baloncesto

• Weekend eBA Basketball Magazine: Steve Goldberg's Wheel World

Mrs Smith goes to China
Steve Goldberg’s Wheel World
What caught my eye were the directions.
They ended with 'transfer to Bus No. 381 or rent a bike'. Rent a bike…that's not an option I've ever seen suggested here in the United States.

Toto, I've a feeling that we're not in Kansas anymore.
Those directions weren't for anything in Kansas for sure but for an event in Guangzhou, a city of over 10 million people in southern China.
A few weeks back, on May 17, an article on the LifeofGuangzhou.com website notified readers that two American sports experts would soon be there for a presentation at the Guangdong Science Center.

One of them would be Dr Andrea Woodson-Smith, a veteran of the USA Women's Wheelchair Basketball Team and assistant professor specializing in adapted physical education at North Carolina Central University. With her would be Dr Becky Clark, a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist who played basketball at the University of Tennessee one season before moving to volleyball where she represented the USA in the Deaflympics.

Organized through the SportsUnited program of the U.S. Department of State, which has done numerous sports-based exchanges and many around basketball, this was the first time the State Department has sent envoys with a disability and the first to focus on adaptive sports. It was timed to coincide with the National Day of Caring for the Disabled in China.

The headline above references 'Mr Smith goes to Washington' a popular James Stewart movie from 1939 about a young senator determined to do the right thing. Essentially, that is the same mission of Woodson-Smith who figuratively jumped - she's recovering from the first of two hip replacements as you read this - at the opportunity to participate when the request came to be a Sports Envoy.

Before her trip, Woodson-Smith told the China Daily that her objective was "to bring about more cultural awareness on disability" and to share the changes she has seen at home, "discussing issues that the U.S. has overcome and is still working on."

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"I'm hoping this will allow for more engagement in decision-making to include all individuals, specifically those with disabilities," she added.


Inge Huitzing of Netherlands (L) is fouled by Andrea Woodson-Smith of United States during the women's Wheelchair Basketball bronze medal match between USA and Netherlands on Day 9 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Basketball Arena.
Photograph from Nguoi Vietnam Bon Phuong


Woodson-Smith has an impressive basketball resume if not the one she originally envisioned. While playing collegiately at James Madison University, she suffered three hip fractures when she was undercut while going up for a rebound. Her shot at the WNBA became the National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA). Diagnosed in 1991 with arthritis in her hip and spine, an irreversible lower extremity disability, she's been involved with the wheelchair game for over a decade.

Her blocked shot in the waning moments helped the USA win the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF)'s World Championship over Germany in 2010 - the Americans' first world title since the inaugural event in 1990 - and she was on the team that took the silver medal in 2006. She earned a gold medal in the 2011 Parapan American Games and has represented the USA on and off since 2003. Nationally, she's won NWBA championships with the Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks women's team and also played with the Charlotte Rollin' Bobcats Championship Division men's squad.

Woodson-Smith and Clark worked with Guangzhou women's team - of which two players were on China's Paralympic team last summer in London - and also did clinics with hearing and visually impaired students in basketball, badminton, goalball, and table tennis.

The 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing were a huge boost towards redefining perceptions of disability in China and continued development and success in Paralympic sports will be critical to keep that moving forward in a positive fashion.

Perhaps the medal count will help that. China led all nations with 231 total medals in London. None came in basketball but the Chinese women had a reasonably successful trip to London last September where they finished fifth, up two spots from Beijing. Will a medal game be next in Rio?

In pool play, they lost to eventual gold medalists Germany by six points and to the defending champion USA by three in overtime, after leading by 11 through three quarters. After falling to eventual bronze medalists Netherlands in the Quarter-Finals, they beat hosts Great Britain before dropping Canada - gold medalists from 1992 to 2000 - 73-70 with three players scoring 20 or more.

But there is still far to go. According to the China Disabled People's Association, there were 85 million Chinese with disabilities at the end of 2010. With all of the improvements made leading up to hosting the Paralympic Games in 2008, China is still coming to terms with the perception and reality of people with a disability.

Woodson-Smith says the desire is there but social change is still required.

"Seeing them segregated from the general population was difficult. Also, seeing girls segregated from the boys and the lack of equipment for the girls to use in activities," she said.

"They are progressing but not very fast."

She hopes that an exchange such as this one will help accelerate the development.

"They were very receptive. They asked a lot of questions about what we do in the United States. They wanted to know about our experience and were very happy to have two people there with different types of disability to assist in their programs, to work with their children and to work with their wheelchair basketball team."

While the Chinese women are improving, the men’s team has only made one Paralympics as hosts in 2008.


In a country that has taken to basketball as much as China has, that needs to change. Someone get Yao Ming a chair.

Steve Goldberg from FIBA

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« Reply #47 on: Apr 28, 2013, 08:54:06 PM »

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I am Gladiateur - The CWBL and NWBA crown tournament champions

Perhaps you're thinking it's the Parisian take on a classic Russell Crowe movie line? Not this time, though that would be cool.

It's an introduction to the new Canadian Wheelchair Basketball League (CWBL) champions from the French-Canadian province of Quebec.

It was championship week for the two major North American circuits with the Canadian CBWL and the USA's National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) having their season-enders on successive weekends.

The Canadians went first with the 2013 CWBL Open Championship in Montreal. The final game was for both national and Quebec bragging rights with Gladiateurs de Laval winning over the Bulldogs de Quebec 72-52. The 20-point margin was Laval's closest game in the tournament.

National team stalwart, 2012 London Paralympics gold medalist and Montreal homeboy David Eng led the Gladiateurs to their first title since 1999 with a triple-double - 23 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.

Carl Pelletier added 26 points on 12 of 19 shooting for the Gladiateurs, while Maxime Poulin had a game-high 28 points and 13 rebounds for the Bulldogs.

Quoted on the wheelchairbasketball.ca website, Eng expressed how important the win was for his team: "None of us were on the team that won in 1999, and we have been very close a lot of times, so for the new generation of players to be able to win it here today in front of family and friends is incredible."

Eng's Canada teammate Adam Lancia went for 35 points and grabbed 17 rebounds to lead the Nova Scotia Flying Wheels 68-46 over the Tornade de CIVA. Two Palmers, the brothers Benjamin and Nicolas, kept the double theme with 14 points and 12 rebounds and 13 points and 10 rebounds respectively.

Poulin was named the tournament's MVP, while Lancia and Eng were named to the tournament all-star team along with Ben Marston (Nova Scotia Flying Wheels), Evan Fenrich (Saskatchewan Club '99) and Ross MacDonald (BC Royals). Full results can be found here.

While the Canadian tournament featured the top seven open teams, the NWBA event featured almost every division with titles decided for Championship, Division III, and Juniors (Varsity, NIT and Prep) in Louisville, Kentucky, coincidentally home to the new NCAA men's champion Cardinals.

This wheelchair basketball festival drew over 3,000 players, coaches and fans to Kentucky which made for some noisy neighbors for at least one player trying to get some rest before the next day's games. Jason Nelms, one of my favorite gym rats, posted the following Facebook note: "So wide awake at midnight in Louisville and the people next to my room are all jacked up and loud (sharing that weird side door). But still so excited after talking to some great jrs, that I don't even care.

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Live it up nationals room neighbors cuz I’ll be up all night anyways and you only live today once."

Canada celebrates after winning gold in the London 2012 men's wheelchair basketball competition. The Canadian men’s and women’s senior national teams for this year 2013 have been revealed, but they don’t include superstar Patrick Anderson. Photograph by PPC / Getty Images
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To Nelms, a USA team regular who plays for the Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks and coaches the University of Texas-Arlington women's team, every chance to play is a gift and if the loud joy of basketball next door is keeping him awake, so be it.

Sleep is evidently overrated when it comes to the Mavericks machine. As they have been all year, Dallas were top dogs of the Championship Division (D1) and it would end that way with a 67-53 win over the RHI Pacers from Indianapolis in a rematch of last year's game.

In the final, the court was littered with Paralympians and national team level talent. The Pacers offered up USA vets Steve Serio, Brian Bell, and Jeff Townsend while Dallas countered with Nelms, Jermell Pennie and Danny Fik as well as Colombia's Dwight Howard lookalike Rodney Hawkins.

Down two at the half, RHI surged to a seven-point lead early in the second before Dallas chipped away and finally regained the lead at 52-51.

Dallas went big - and I mean really big, with Hawkins, Bobbie Nickleberry and Anthony Pone - and Indy shots stopped falling. With Nelms and Pennie controlling the pace, Dallas surged ahead to 64-51 before Bell finally hit a pair of free-throws with 1:53 left.

Nelms, the little engine that could, was named the game's MVP for his 24-point and six assists performance. At the risk of offending a Pat Riley trademark, this is a four-peat for the Mavericks and their 12th national title.

The first five of the All-Tournament team included Nickleberry, Pennie and Hawkins (10 points and 10 rebounds in the final) from Dallas; Serio and Bell from RHI. Townsend (RHI) made the second team with other USA vets Jeremy Lade and Matt Lesperance (both Milwaukee Bucks), Tyrone Griner and Aaron Patterson (both University of Arizona).

Still called Division III even though it's the second rung on the NWBA ladder, the champions are the Detroit Diehards, 58-47 winners over the Tampa Bay Strong Dawgs.

The various Junior Division level winners were the Lakeshore Lakers (Birmingham, AL) in NIT, Chicago (IL) Skyhawks in Prep, and the TIRR Memorial Hermann Hotwheels (Houston, TX) in Varsity.

The NWBA Intercollegiate - partial results here - and Women's divisions were played separately a few weeks ago. The University of Alabama men won their first title over the University of Texas-Arlington 71-52 while the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, led by USA star Becca Murray's 28 points, beat Alabama 56-41. German Paralympic gold medalist Annika Zeyen led Alabama with 14 points. You can see the final games story here.

The Dallas Lady Mavericks, led by USA teamer Andrea Woodson-Smith, won the women's division title with a 49-47 win over the University of Arizona Lady Wildcats.

So, très bien to Gladiateurs de Laval, and congratulations to Dallas, Detroit, Lakeshore, Chicago and TIRR for their season-long resilience and being the last teams sitting.


And Laval, if by chance you make up a cool "Je suis Gladiateur" t-shirt, @FIBAWheelWorld wears an XL.

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« Reply #46 on: Jan 14, 2013, 06:05:12 AM »

Basketball World , Celebrations and Anniversaries  • Celebraciones, Aniversarios y Eventos Mundiales del Baloncesto

Canada  Celebrates 90th Anniversary

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Canada  is ready to kick-off its 90th anniversary with an evening of celebration at the 8th Annual Canada  Night at Air Canada Centre. The Toronto Raptors tip-off against the Philadelphia 76ers as the country’s national governing body in the sport of  commemorates 90 years of hoops at home. As the year unfolds, Canada Basketball will launch a series of initiatives in recognition of the past while tracing the journey of The Maple Leaf on the court.

In Canada, the  has seen an unprecedented level of growth and development in recent years. From children playing on the local court to the Senior ’s National Team at the London ; from high school hoopsters to a record eight Canadian players in the National Basketball Association to start the season – the country continues to show its support and dedication to the sport that a Canadian invented.

President and CEO of Canada Basketball, Wayne Parrish, is pleased with how far the game has come, but sees the coming year as an important stepping stone in the continued development of basketball in Canada. “At all age-groups of the game, our  and  have demonstrated the exceptional level of talent that this country possesses. In the coming  season, the collective efforts of our fine athletes, coaches and trainers will be on display for the world to see as Canada strives towards excellence on the  stage.”

In conjunction with Canada Basketball’s 90th anniversary, a national multimedia campaign is being launched with the support of our Toronto-based Agency of Record, Derooted, to provide fans with the opportunity to show that Canada’s Got Game. The wealth of skill and passion behind the sport in this country runs deeper than those playing organized basketball. Michele O’Keefe, executive  of Canada Basketball, recognizes the contributions of those off-the-court and believes that “The backbone of a successful team, at any level, is the people who fill the stands. Without the support of this country’s basketball community, Team Canada would not be where it is today. This online campaign is our chance to give back to the fans and show that together, we are a nation of basketball.”

Beginning today, fans of any age or level of skill can show the country how innovative they can be when it comes to the game they love.

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Whether they are on the court with a ball or at home with a rolled-up pair of socks and a laundry basket, Canada Basketball invites fans across the nation to film their shot and share it online with the world to show that Canada’s Got Game – that #WECANBBALL.

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Comienza la celebración de los 90 años de Canadá Basketball

 Canadá Basketball ha puesto en marcha una serie de iniciativas y eventos a lo largo de 2013 para celebrar los 90 años en el baloncesto y trazar el recorrido de la hoja de arce en la cancha.

Como Presidente y CEO de Canadá Basketball, Wayne Parrish, tiene todos los motivos para estar satisfecho con la forma en la que el juego ha evolucionado, pero también considera el próximo año como un importante paso en el desarrollo continuo de baloncesto en Canadá.

"En todos los grupos de edad, nuestros hombres y mujeres han demostrado el nivel excepcional de talento que posee este país", afirmó. "Durante la próxima temporada competitiva, los esfuerzos colectivos de nuestros atletas y excelentes entrenadores estarán en exhibición para que el mundo vea como Canadá se esfuerza por la excelencia en la escena internacional".

El juego se ha visto en un nivel sin precedentes de crecimiento y desarrollo en los últimos años en Canadá.

Desde los niños que juegan en las canchas locales, hasta la Selección Femenina de Mayores compitiendo en los Juegos Olímpicos de Londres, por no hablar de los Hoopsters de secundaria y un récord de ocho jugadores en la NBA para comenzar la temporada actual - el país continúa mostrando su apoyo y dedicación a el deporte que un canadiense, el Dr. James Naismith inventó.

Uno de los eventos fue una noche de celebración en la 8 ª Noche Anual de Baloncesto de Canadá en el Air Canada Centre la noche del miércoles, cuando los Raptors de Toronto recibieron la visita de los 76ers de Filadelfia.

Y, para el 90 º aniversario cumplido, Canadá Basketball está poniendo en marcha una campaña multimedia nacional para ofrecer a los aficionados la oportunidad de mostrar que "Canadá Tiene Juego”.

La riqueza de la habilidad y la pasión detrás de este deporte en el país va más allá de aquellos que juegan al baloncesto organizado de acuerdo con Michele O'Keefe, directora ejecutiva de Canadá Basketball, que también reconoce las contribuciones de aquellos fuera de la cancha.

"La columna vertebral de un equipo exitoso, en cualquier nivel, es la gente que llena las gradas", dijo. "Sin el apoyo de la comunidad de baloncesto de este país, el equipo de Canadá no estaría donde está hoy.


Esta campaña online es nuestra oportunidad de devolver a la afición y demostrar que juntos, somos una nación de baloncesto".

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« Reply #45 on: Sep 03, 2012, 05:31:42 AM »

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Paralympic 's tournament as much a toss-up as Women's

It’s a bit like the sea, the  and Paralympic Games, a series of tides washing in and rolling out, influxes of elation followed by the ebbs of melancholy.

It begins with the first announcement of which city has won the games, which is soon followed by the harsh realities of what it takes to stage them and how that plays out over the next seven years.

Then comes the great joy as the  finally arrive; it seemed they would never get here, then like they would never end.

The tide stays high but the next couple of weeks speed by like the Javelin train and suddenly the games are gone and a sadness, much like the loss of a loved one, settles in.

And then, after a couple of weeks the anticipation rebuilds as the Paralympics approach and the joy is back.

That’s where we are today in London, the rain giving way to the glory of the thousands of athletes who marched into the opening ceremonies at the London /Paralympic Stadium.

The preparation is over. As I last wrote about the competitive balance of the women’s tournament, this will focus on the men’s bracket.

Not to be redundant but this is going to be just as much a toss-up as the women’s side with no less than four teams having a valid shot at taking it all.

In the opening games, first-timer Turkey open their Paralympic account against the United States and one-time contender Spain look to find the magic once more against Italy.

Australia, the Beijing titlists, will open their defense against newcomers South Africa later in the day.

The Aussies are a real threat to repeat their success in Beijing but Canada, the 2000 and 2004 gold medalists, the Americans, and host Great Britain all have realistic designs on the top step of the podium.

The USA may see themselves as the current version of the Yanks’ 2008 Olympic squad which called itself the “Redeem ”.

Wheelchair  has enjoyed global parity much longer than the stand-up game – six different countries have won Paralympic gold compared to just three in the  - and the USA haven't taken gold since 1988, a major motivator for the game’s originators.

Canada, who made it to the Beijing Final after a double-overtime defeat of the Americans, are older but no doubt boast the talent to make the Final again.

Great Britain have taken three medals in the last four games, including a silver in Atlanta and bronze in both Athens and Beijing. Having the home crowd behind them might just be the sixth man needed for a run at the gold.

By no means though is this just a four- tournament. Germany have been steadily improving and have the capability to win against anyone here.

Columbia, another debutant from the Americas, could be a spoiler as they were in the Parapan American Games upsetting Canada.


Turkey will show what they’ve learned by hosting one of the world’s top professional wheelchair basketball leagues.

Some will win as expected while others will be exposed. There will be heroes and villains, the celebrated and the unsung.

This is what the games are about. Let the games begin.

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« Reply #44 on: Aug 31, 2012, 10:41:46 PM »

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Final thoughts on London

The Olympics are done and dusted.

Looking back, almost every team in the Men’s Tournament had something to be happy about in London.

Only China, who lost all five of their games, looked completely overmatched.

The United States beat Argentina in the Semi-Finals and then Spain in the title game for the second Olympics in a row.

Remember Athens 2004, when the Americans lost to Puerto Rico, Lithuania and Argentina?

The days of the American national team crisis are long gone.

All hail USA Basketball President Jerry Colangelo, the managing director who had a vision of creating a national team program for the Americans before the 2006 FIBA World Championship.

The only loss for the USA since Colangelo’s involvement remains the 101-95 setback to Greece at the Worlds in Japan six years ago.

We haven’t seen the last of the USA v Spain rivalry, either.

The Americans have qualified for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup as Olympic champions while Spain will compete as the host nation.

Don’t bet against these sides meeting in the Final of that event.

Team USA’s Kobe Bryant and Spain’s Felipe Reyes have retired from international basketball but everyone else should be available for 2014.

The biggest challenge for both teams will be which players to include.

Spain’s Ricky Rubio will be fit again after missing this summer with a knee injury.

There is a tantalizing prospect of having both Rubio and Sergio Rodriguez in the Spanish squad.

Derrick Rose will be back for the Americans at the point, possibly replacing Chris Paul.

Neither USA coach Mike Krzyzewski nor Spain boss Sergio Scariolo has ruled out remaining with the teams in 2014.

In London, Russia reached the podium in a Men's Olympic tournament for the first time.

David Blatt’s team had to beat a veteran-laden Argentina, 81-77, in a thrilling Bronze Medal Game to do it.

The Argentinians, eight years removed from their gold-medal win in Athens, had plenty of highlight reel plays with 35-year-old Manu Ginobili, Andres Nocioni and Luis Scola (both 32) strong.

As Scola said after Argentina's 82-77 Quarter-Final win over Brazil: "To be in the Semi-Final stages of the Olympics can never be a minimal aim, but rather the maximum.

"It's something great to reach the last four."

He knew how difficult it was going to be for Argentina, bronze-medal winners in 2008, to get back to the podium for a third Olympics in a row.

The question for Argentina now is how to move forward.

Olympic rookie Facundo Campazzo, the point guard who drew the ire of Team USA by hitting Carmelo Anthony with what the Americans called a “cheap shot”, will be a part of the Argentinian future.

For Russia, the main objective has to be to keep Blatt involved but that may prove difficult.

He took over the Russia team in 2006.

London may have been his swan song.

Brazil didn't capture a medal but did come in fifth in their first Olympic experience since 1996.

All signs point to Ruben Magnano's team being a force at the World Cup in Spain, and in 2016 when Brazil host the next Olympics.

France appeared in their first Summer Games since 2000 and came in sixth.

Les Bleus should use their gritty and determined effort against Spain in the Last Eight as a launch pad for bigger things.

The only two defeats for Vincent Collet's team came against sides that played in the title game, and the future is bright with a vast pool of talent to draw from.

Australia battled back from a second consecutive 0-2 start at an Olympics to reach the Quarter-Finals and might have done even better had they not continued their tradition of taking on the USA in their first knockout game of a major tournament.

In 2006 at the World Championship, the USA beat Australia in the Last 16 and at the last two Olympics, the Americans beat the Aussies in the Quarter-Finals.

The Boomers introduced youngsters Pat Mills and Joe Ingles to the world in Beijing and they were twice as good in London.

Mills had a buzzer-beating shot at the death to down Russia in Australia’s last Preliminary Round game and Ingles was a star in the defeat to the USA.

Don’t be surprised if Ingles joins San Antonio guard Mills in the NBA in the near future.

Lithuania had their string of Semi-Final appearances, which dated back to the 1992 Games, snapped with a hard-fought defeat to Russia in the Last Eight.

But the Baltic side did well just to reach London.

They had to pull out all stops at the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Venezuela to claim one of the three spots on offer.

Great Britain claimed just a single win against China.

The host nation of the Olympics nearly upset Brazil and never quit against Spain, losing by just a single point to Scariolo's team.

The Brits will compete at the EuroBasket in Slovenia next year and will hope to have the solid nucleus of Joel Freeland, Dan Clark, Eric Boateng, Andrew Lawrence and Devon van Oostrum in the squad.

Britain’s Luol Deng of the Chicago Bulls is in his prime but was non-committal about next summer after the Olympics.

Maybe the chance to play at the first World Cup in Spain will provide him with the incentive of staying involved.

London marked the first time two African nations competed in the Men’s Tournament.

They were Olympic newcomers Nigeria and Tunisia.

The former can remember its successful qualifying campaign in Caracas when it knocked out Greece in the Quarter-Finals and claimed one of three spots for London.

Had the Nigerians not lost point guard Ade Dagunduro to a knee injury in just their second game at the Olympics, maybe they would have scraped another win or two and progressed to the last eight.

The Africans were much better than their historic 156-73 drubbing to the United States indicated.

The Americans' tally was a record number of points scored by a team at an Olympic Games.

Tunisia are in unchartered territory.

They have played at a World Championship, won an African title and completed at an Olympics in a three-year spell.

Injuries limited their point guard Marouan Kechrid to just two appearances.

When all of the games had been played, and the Americans stood atop the podium, there was no doubt about the dominant side in the world.

They hold the number one spot in the FIBA Men's Ranking and deserve to as well.

What the London Olympics proved more than anything else is that international basketball continues to grow, with seemingly tougher competition around the world than ever before.

In two years, at the 24-team FIBA Basketball World Cup, the United States will once again start as favorites.

At no time can you expect them to take any opponent lightly.

To do so would be asking for trouble.

The biggest certainty of all is that the FIBA Basketball World Cup is going to usher in a new era of the sport, and it’s going to happen in a country with a huge appetite for the game.




The Americans and Spaniards will be there, but who will join them?

It’s going to be an exciting two years finding out.

See you in Spain.

Jeff Taylor from FIBA Today



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