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« Reply #36 on: Nov 17, 2013, 01:03:47 AM »

Torneos & Eventos de Baloncesto del Mundo Hispano • Basketball Tournaments, Events & News from the Hispanic World

"What's all this fuss about leagues?"
The reason is that they are really important !

William Rosario's Somewhere in the Americas
Someone, a good guy, a real basketball guy, posed this question to me in the midst of the Intercontinental Cup, a two-day event that pitted the Euroleague champions (Olympiacos of Greece) against the champions of the FIBA Americas League (Pinheiros of Brazil), for the first time in 17 years.

And I know why he asked. He saw all the work being put into making this a world class event and wondered, like all regular and basketball 'philosophers' do, what was the purpose of it all.
So, on this particular day, this particular philosophical query came my way - "What's all this fuss about leagues?"

I took it, thought about it and drew a blank. I had no answer for the guy other than "well, what kind of question is that? Because they are important. All this fuss about them is that they are really important."

The conversation ended there, of course, because of my vague and dry response. But there's a more articulate answer.

Now don't get me wrong. There's nothing more beautiful and exciting than a national team tournament. Watching the best players from each country defending their colors by leaving everything out on the court is a wonderful thing. It is patriotism that at its best, is basketball when you strip it down to the core where all of it is about just one thing: passion.

But, how do you get there? How do you develop players to be up at the level required by a national team tournament?

This is where the national leagues come into play.

Prior to the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship there was a lot of talk from journalists and 'experts' outside of Argentina about how the dominance from the South American and number 3 ranked country in the world would end this year. No more Manu Ginobili, Andres Nocioni, Fabricio Oberto, Carlos Delfino or Pablo Prigioni meant they would disappear off the map, and that's a more than fair opinion...if you were not paying attention to their national league.

If you were, as I was from having watched the professional teams from Argentina up close on both the South American and FIBA Americas League, then you knew they were definitely going to be in contention for one of the four spots for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup that were awarded in Caracas. They are just doing things the right way.

"Tell me what's your plan in terms of education for your children", said FIBA Americas Secretary General Alberto Garcia to a journalist in a press conference in Mexico. "Do you take them to school two months out of the year? And then 10 months of vacation? No, you do it the other way around because it works that way."

"Now, in school, do they give them tests every single day? Or do they learn, learn, learn and then go and take tests on what they were taught?" he continued. "Basketball needs to be treated the same way."

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I could not agree more. And this is the way things are done in Argentina.


Eulis Benjamin Baez (born March 18, 1982 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic), looking here one portion of pizza after a game, is a basketball player who currently belongs to the staff of the Gran Canaria Basketball Club who play in the ACB. In this photograph by Adre Kang from Primera Hora presented by eBA Stats Basketball Statistics Analysis .
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They have a national league that runs from September through to May (nine months), with two games per week, leaving the rest of the days off for practice. Yes, practice.

These coaches and players, who have climbed up the different divisions of professional basketball in the country, have time to go over their fundamentals and it shows. I have seen starless Argentinean basketball teams manhandle teams from other countries with huge budgets and recognizable names on the back of their jerseys.

Why? They know how to play the game.

How did they learn to play the game? They have a more consistent workshop. They have a solid national league. A league that has not only developed today's stars, but also elite international coaches like Ruben Magnano, Sergio Hernandez and Julio Lamas, among others.

How does all of this national activity translate to international success? Well, here's where I go back to the question asked by the basketball 'philosopher'. Those players, those young players that made a splash this year in Caracas had played in the international stage before. These cats are no strangers to the bright lights.

Facundo Campazzo, Marcos Mata, Selem Safar, Nicolas Laprovittola and Adrian Boccia had all played South American and FIBA Americas Leagues. They had played against Brazilian, Mexican, Puerto Rican, Uruguayan, Venezuelan and Dominican teams. They had matched up against other types of basketball styles and won (Campazzo and Mata won the 2009 FIBA Americas League, and Argentina's teams won 3 of the first 4 editions).

And their 'doing things the right way' has helped others too. The best thing about these international leagues is that their methods to success have been contagious. Brazil, Mexico, Venezuela have all followed suit.

In Mexico, the darling of this year's continental championship, the national league has been reformed. It assimilated the international calendar, while lengthening the schedule (they started in October this year) and shortening the load of games during the week.

Also, their involvement in international leagues have been key for them. Nine of the 12 players on the Caracas roster had played the FIBA Americas League before, including the MVP of the tournament, Gustavo Ayon. In fact, five players won it with Pioneros de Quintana Roo two years ago.

Brazil has been revolutionary. With a national league that is even younger (just five seasons) than the FIBA Americas league, they are an economically solid venture with huge participation from states across the board, as well as great TV exposure and fan participation. They play under international calendar, with eight-nine months of competition.

Coaching was their Achilles heel but they have begun to fix that with their great economic structure. Big names are being imported such as Sergio Hernandez from Argentina, who now coaches Brasilia. Young players will develop, that is a lock. They go to school now for the right amount of time, now under the right personnel, great and proven teachers. These year might have been disastrous for Brazil in Caracas, but it won't happen again and you can count on that.

The only exceptions are both Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic. Both of them have three-month competitions, out of international calendar, with four and even five games a week.

Why are they doing so well on the international level? Can this work? Maybe. But take a look at this names:

Puerto Rico: JJ Barea (NBA), Carlos Arroyo (Europe), Ricardo Sanchez (Argentina), Daniel Santiago (Argentina), John Holland (Spain/France)

Dominican Republic: Francisco Garcia (NBA), James Feldeine (Spain), Eulis Baez (Spain), Jack Martinez (just in 2013 played in Argentina, Venezuela, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico).

What do they have in common? They have developed or currently make their living in leagues that do it right. Leagues that allow them to constantly work at mastering their craft.

The same with coaches. The top five coaches this year in Caracas were: Sergio Valdeolmillos (Spain), Paco Olmos (Spain), Sergio Lamas (Argentina), Orlando Antigua (NCAA) and Nestor 'Che' Garcia (Argentina).

So, what's all this fuss about leagues?

Well, when a national league is good, it develops fundamentally sound coaches and players, and when an International League is solid, it gives them a platform in which they can learn what it is to represent a country, so that when they arrive at the big stage, they are ready and prepared for their opportunity to shine.

You know, it was a vague and dry answer after all...but I stand by it.


Because they are important. All this fuss about leagues is that they are really important.

William Rosario from FIBA

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« Reply #35 on: Jul 27, 2013, 08:07:14 PM »

Torneos & Eventos de Baloncesto del Mundo Hispano • Basketball Tournaments, Events & News from the Hispanic World

How and why was Flor Melendez fired
as Puerto Rico's coach?

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How and why does a coach who has been there for the past two years and produced good results find himself leaving his position only a week before the national team gets together to prepare for the most important tournament of the year?

Flor Melendez has always been there. If he has failed - and sometimes he has - it's definitively not the time to change him and put someone else in charge.
Paco Olmos, a Spaniard who has been coaching in Puerto Rico's national league for less than a year, will take his place.

How did this happen?

Puerto Rico National Basketball Federation President Carlos Beltran decided to change coaches because he can. I'm sure he has his reasons as Flor has made lots of mistakes during his stay as Puerto Rico's national team coach. But he decided it late and in a strange way.

The two are friends, but apparently Melendez himself didn't know what Beltran did until the same morning when we all found it out.

"I think the team needs a different structure for this new Olympic cicle. The teams needs a change," said Beltran.

That's absolutely fine. But what did it change in the past few weeks to fire a coach just a week before the beginning of a new season.

"I've seen Olmos working in Puerto Rico, how he gives everything everyday, his passion, he comes from an important league with a winning culture. He knows our basketball and our approach to him was quite easy," added Beltran.

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In other words, Beltran decided to hire Olmos before he fired Melendez.


How and why was Flor Melendez fired as Puerto Rico's coach? Photograph: José Jiménez/FIBA AMERICAS
Photograph: José Jiménez from FIBA AMERICAS



Melendez played for Puerto Rico and was a member of their 1968 Olympic team in Mexico.

A long-time coach in the Puerto Rican top flight, he also walked the sidelines as the boss of the country's women's national team.

He was an assistant coach to Julio Toro nine years ago when Puerto Rico’s men played at the 2004 Olympics and upset the United States on the opening day of the tournament.

Melendez deserved something better than just a call saying that he was out.

Once it's clear how bad the move was made, it's time to say that the arrival of Olmos can help.

He was a champion in Spain a decade ago and his mind could make a team - that always has the talent - defend more and play more as a team.

Actually, those were his first words after the announcement.

"Besides those two things (defense and team play), I want to help them to feel how important is playing for their country. It's quite common to look at the NBA in Puerto Rico but when you play in FIBA basketball you need to play as a team," said Olmos.

Once it's clear he's a good coach, we could also ask ourselves why didn't they choose a Puerto Rican like Eddie Cassiano, who had a great season as a coach.

What is done, is done.

Olmos' debut will be playing at home (22-26 August) in the Tuto Marchand Cup and after that the FIBA Americas Championship will be held in Caracas, Venezuela, starting on 30 August.


Now Flor is gone and Olmos is in. The best thing for fans now is to see Puerto Rico playing at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup - with or without Flor.

Martín Seldes from FIBA



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« Reply #34 on: Mar 11, 2013, 07:54:54 PM »

Torneos & Eventos de Baloncesto del Mundo Hispano • Basketball Tournaments, Events & News from the Hispanic World

The FIBA Americas Championship draw has spoken

As you may or may not know, the most interesting things to write about are always the national teams. And, even better is writing about competitions that involve national teams.

On Thursday, a beautiful theatre in Caracas was the venue for the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship draw that allows us to start analysing each team’s possibilities to make it directly to the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

The draw has spoken. But it’s only the draw.

In a tournament in which the eight best teams will play against each other, the draw is something relative.

Anyway, these are the groups.
Group A - Uruguay, Puerto Rico, Canada, Jamaica, Brazil.
Group B - Mexico, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Paraguay, Argentina.

After a quick glance and with six months to go, we can divide the teams in four tiers.

Argentina, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Venezuela will have the pressure of fighting it out for the top four places - with automatic berths to the 2014 World Cup in Spain at stake - but we can add Canada and Jamaica as those tough teams that will fight for one of the four spots too.

In a third tier, we should place Uruguay and Mexico and the team that will go to Caracas as the Cinderella story will be Paraguay.

Actually, the host team Venezuela decided to be in Group B only after hearing that Paraguay would be there.

If Javier Martínez - a very good Paraguayan point guard who plays in the Argentine league - reads this, he could get angry and then use it as a motivation to avoid the last place of Group B. We hope so.

If we compare the past FIBA Americas Championships with this one, we can see that in Mar del Plata there were only four (maybe five) teams that could fight for the top spots.


In Caracas, we will see at least seven (plus any underdog) teams that will fight for the big prize.
Let’s see.

The Dominican Republic will walk behind the amazing Al Horford as much as Venezuela will do it with Greivis Vasquez. The two are having such a great season with their NBA teams that is very likely they will prevail in Caracas as well.  Photgraph Diario Antillano
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Mexico and Paraguay should fight for the fourth place in Group B and it’s really hard to think that they will make it to Spain 2014.

All the other teams in the same group will try to get as many wins as they can in order to collect more points before they play the other group’s teams.

Group A is going to be tough. We could say Uruguay will need everything from Martín Osimani, Esteban Batista and Co. in order to advance to the second round.

Canada and Jamaica are two teams that could hardly go for the title but they can win any game.

Steve Nash’s turn as General Manager should change the team’s mentality together with the training camps they’ve been doing in the last year. Canada also have Jay Triano as the head coach of a young and very talented team.

Jamaica have a couple of guys who have been playing in the NBA in the past few years. They play fast, their athleticism is far better than most of the other teams and their legs can stand 10 games in 12 days.

That’s something to think about. I haven’t seen many tournaments in which a team has to play 10 games in 12 days. It’s true that the most important games are the first eight (in nine days) but you need more than good players to clinch the goal. You need great legs or rotation.

Puerto Rico have a great chance to make everything happen this year. As coach Flor Melendez said, they’ve had a big progress in the past two years as they’ve added some new players to their classics.

"Some of our guys have been playing internationally and we hope we can count on them this year," he said.

The Dominican Republic will walk behind the amazing Al Horford as much as Venezuela will do it with Greivis Vasquez. The two are having such a great season with their NBA teams that is very likely they will prevail in Caracas as well. However, neither of the two should be enough. Both teams are looking for a head coach and their teammates should do more than what they did in 2011 and 2012.

Argentina and Brazil will have to deal with big absences such as Manu Ginobili for the defending champions and the pair of Anderson Varejao and Leandrinho Barbosa for the runners-up last time around.

Even if more players join those stars and take holidays during those days, the two South American teams remain the biggest title contenders.

Caracas will be organising the second tournament in two years and that means that it has to be as good as it was last year or even better.

And everything should be close to perfection, if Venezuela hopes to become a candidate to organise the 2019 World Cup.


The draw was only a draw. But in our heads, the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship has already begun.

Martín Seldes from FIBA



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« Reply #33 on: Mar 07, 2013, 11:19:17 PM »

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TRECEAVA EDICIÓN de la COPA DE CLUBES BÁSQUET,
para categorías formativas 2013 del 4 al 7 de mayo del 2013

CAP EVENTOS, se complace en invitarlo a participar de sus TRECE años de labor en la organización de eventos deportivos de la COPA DE CLUBES BÁSQUET, para categorías formativas 2013.

La Copa de Clubes Básquet, se jugará del 4 al 7 de mayo del 2013, siendo ésta la TRECEAVA EDICIÓN, y comprenderá las siguientes categorías: sub13, 15, 17 y 19, tanto masculino como femenino. Llevándose a cabo simultáneamente un encuentro de mini y premini. Pudiendo participar en una o más categorías, según lo deseen.

Categorías

 • Sub 13: 2000 - 2001 (Femenino y Masculino)
 • Sub 15: 1999 - 1998 (Femenino y Masculino)
 • Sub 17: 1997 - 1996 (Femenino y Masculino)
 • Sub 19 : 1995 - 1994 (Femenino y Masculino)

Premiación

- Copa y Medallas para 1º y 2º
- Premio al jugador más valioso de cada categoría
- Premio Fair Play

Este torneo es de carácter Latinoamericano, participando hasta el momento, en las Doce Ediciones anteriores equipos provenientes no sólo de Argentina, sino también Chile, Brasil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, México, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Uruguay y Venezuela.

El valor del evento contempla no sólo, canchas, arbitrajes oficiales, atención médica primaria en cancha, oficiales de mesa, etc, sino también el alojamiento durante las 3 noches, 4 días de duración del mismo, con media pensión (desayuno y cena). Los complejos hoteleros abocados al torneo, junto con el Hotel Antártida Argentina, son todos de primer nivel tanto en su atención, como en su servicio gastronómico; estos complejos hoteleros se encuentran ubicados estratégicamente en el centro de la ciudad a metros del mar.

Para realizar la preinscripción, sólo tendrá que enviarnos un mail aclarando categorías y género, así como NOMBRE Y APELLIDO, NOMBRE DEL EQUIPO, TELÉFONOS DE CONTACTO, LOCALIDAD Y PAÍS para una comunicación segura y efectiva.

Lo invitamos a visitar nuestra web: www.capeventos.com.ar, donde encontrará toda la información de este torneo, para recabar informes y antecedentes, así como todos los equipos participantes en los doce años de realización del mismo, así mismo nuestro calendario de eventos para este año que no sólo contempla este torneo sino también:


 • Mayo: Copa de Clubes Básquet Formativas y Futbol 7
 • Junio: Gala de Gimnasia
 • Agosto: Copa de Clubes Handball y Voley
 • Septiembre: Argentino de Maxibásquetbol Femenino (FFEMAR)
 • Septiembre: V Encuentro de Minibásquet Peñarol
 • Octubre: Maxi Copa de Clubes



Cualquier otra pregunta no dude en escribirnos, estamos para responderte.

Enviamos un saludo, esperando poder recibirlos.

    CAP EVENTOS S.R.L.

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