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« Reply #37 on: Jun 27, 2012, 08:20:20 PM »

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LeBron finally takes care of business

He came, he saw and after stumbling in the NBA Finals before, he conquered.

LeBron James can breathe a sigh of relief because at long last, he is an NBA champion.

That was assured after Miami’s 121-106 Game 6 wins in the NBA Finals against Oklahoma City on Thursday night.

Let’s see here, NBA MVP?

Check.

Olympic gold medal?

Check.

NBA title?

Check.

A basketball phenomenon before he played a professional game, the player that signed a seven-year endorsement deal with a certain shoe and apparel company straight out of high school worth $90million , can say he's done it all.

Michael Jordan had to wait seven years before he won a title with the Chicago Bulls.

LeBron James, now 27, had to wait nine years for his.

From an international basketball perspective, King James' finest hour came in Beijing.

And that is going to be hard to top in London.

The USA had Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard and Dwyane Wade and numerous other superstars in their team, but James had a presence that was more commanding than all of them.

No team really came close to the USA in 2008 until they faced Spain for the second time, the gold-medal clash.

The game ranks as one of the best ever played at an Olympics.

The Americans won 118-107, although the contest was much closer than the score indicated.

After breezing through the Preliminary Round and romping to big wins in the Quarter-Finals and Semi-Finals, the United States had to pull out all stops to deny Spain.

James had 14 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals in that game.

You know what he’s like in action, when he’s playing in the NBA?

He’s the same LeBron with Team USA.

What stands out most about James on the court is the power in his game.

You see this when he’s in the open floor and especially when he’s flying towards the basket with the ball.

One has to be a brave man to try and block a LeBron James dunk.

James’ most commanding performance at the 2008 Olympics, though, came in the press conference after the Americans’ gold-medal win.

He went so far as to tell his teammates, including Wade, where to sit before the assembled media began peppering the players with questions.

James was the unofficial spokesman for that USA team that day, not shy about answering questions or telling the world about the accomplishment of the team and how everyone had pulled together.

He also had kind words for Spain.

The respect that Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski had for James grew at the Beijing Games.

On Thursday, Coach K spoke about his the Team USA leader.

Coach K, a university coach and therefore a teacher, understood that even with all the money in the world, and the individual accolades and the gold from Beijing that James had lacked fulfillment because he’d yet to win that NBA crown.

"I'm proud of LeBron and where he's at right now, and I do think that when you're that great a player, that great a talent, that you learn openly," Krzyzewski said.

"You don't go learn in private. You're out there while you're learning, and while you're learning, you're going to be criticized for the things that you're in the process of learning. ...

“There's some things you cannot learn unless you're in that moment. Like, you can't rehearse it.

"You can't feel it until you're in the moment of a finals, a gold medal game, a seventh game, a national championship. He's been in two of those moments, and I think he's shown in this series that he's learned from those moments."

After pouring in 26 points, handing out 13 assists and grabbing 11 rebounds in Game 5, James was named the NBA Finals MVP.

He deserved the title and the award.

Now USA fans and the rest of the world are in for another treat.


LeBron James, no doubt after giving countless interviews and taking a well-deserved holiday somewhere, will finally turn his attention the Olympics.

By Jeff TAYLOR from FIBA



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« Reply #36 on: Jun 23, 2012, 11:38:37 PM »

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Leo’s not done yet

Leo Gutierrez hasn't played in the bright lights of the NBA like some of his countrymen.

Luis Scola, Manu Ginobili, Fabricio Oberto, Carlos Delfino, Andres Nocioni, Walter Herrmann, Pepe Sanchez and Ruben Wolkowisky are all Argentinians that have had their time in 'The League'.

But special basketball careers are not exclusive to the NBA and Gutierrez, whose nickname is 'Cabeza' (Spanish for head) is proof of that.

His is a household name in places like Cordoba, Mar del Plata and Buenos Aires, too.

Gutierrez is, quite frankly, the stuff of legend in Argentina and for different reasons.

Turn the clock back to December, 2010, when the 2.01m sharpshooting forward scored 48 points in a game for Peñarol against Boca Juniors.

In that game, Gutierrez, who was 32 at the time, hit a Liga Nacional record 15 three-pointers.

He surpassed the 13 made by Leo Zanassi in the 1996-97 campaign.

"You don't look for records,” he said.

“It just happens.”

Two years before that, Gutierrez had spent most of his time on the bench at the Olympics in China when the coach at the time, Sergio Hernandez, needed him in a big way.

He called on Gutierrez in the Bronze Medal Game against Lithuania with Ginobili and Nocioni both injured and unavailable.

The South Americans trailed 27-26 nearly three minutes into the second quarter when Gutierrez came off the bench and nailed two momentum-changing three-balls in a row.

Argentina went on to beat the Baltic side, 87-75, and celebrated as if they’d won gold.

"Many people don't know Leo but he has been very successful in our country, winning league titles, earning MVPs, he has been our man there,” Scola told everyone after.

"He was ready for the big shot."

There was also the time in March, two years before.

Argentina were gearing up for the 2006 FIBA World Championship in Japan.

They had beaten the United States in 2002 on the way to the Final in Indianapolis and again in 2004 in the Semi-Finals of the Olympics in Greece.

Gutierrez endeared himself to many Argentinians when he spoke about the American team, saying the version at the time bore no semblance to the Dream Team in Barcelona that the world had fallen in love with.

"We do not have to respect them anymore,” Gutierrez said.

“We do not play against them to take photos - never again."

Only recently, Gutierrez led Peñarol to the Argentina league title with a championship series victory over rivals Obras Sanitarias.

His young teammate, Facundo Campazzo, was named MVP of the Finals but the 21-year-old said afterwards: "I'm not interested in the award.

"For me, the best player is Leo. He gives my game more power on the court and he gives me a lot of advice off the court.

"He's a winner that is worth all the gold in the world."

How special is Leo Gutierrez?

That Liga Nacional championship for the Marcos Juarez-born player - who turned 34 in May - was the ninth of his career.

The latest title was one of the most significant because last year, Gutierrez had an arrhythmia problem.




The veteran had a heart operation which prevented him from playing at the FIBA Americas Championship in Mar del Plata.

The time off the court, perhaps, made Gutierrez love the game more.

The story of his career is still being written.

On Thursday, Argentina coach Julio Lamas named Gutierrez in the 15-man squad for the London Games.

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« Reply #35 on: Jun 15, 2012, 10:29:59 PM »

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Greece’s rising star

For someone still a couple of months shy of his 22nd birthday, Kostas Papanikolaou already owns a curriculum vitae that many players can only dream about.

Every year, he’s reaching finals and often he’s winning them.

Consider what Papanikolaou has achieved already.

At the 2007 U18 European Championship, he captured a silver medal and in the same age group the following year in his own country, he helped the Greeks capture gold.

Next, he played two years at the U20 European Championships and in 2009, Papanikolaou and Greece again played at home, this time in Rhodes, and won the gold medal.

The following year in Austria, France edged the Greeks in the title game.

It’s not often that a player leaves the youth ranks and immediately takes a prominent role in the senior team, but Papanikolaou did last year at the EuroBasket in Lithuania.

After impressing for Olympiacos, Ilias Zourous drafted the forward into his squad and Papanikolaou rewarded him with one steady display after another, first in Alytus and then in Vilnius.

Papanikolaou and the Greeks then moved on to Kaunas and accomplished their pre-tournament aim of a top-six finish to earn a trip to the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT) for the second consecutive time.

After pushing France very hard in the Quarter-Finals before falling, 64-56, the Greeks rebounded with an 87-77 victory over Serbia, who are led by Papanikolaou’s Olympiacos coach, Dusan Ivkovic.

That triumph over the Serbians punched the Greeks’ ticket to the OQT.

Now, Papanikolaou has just completed a season in which he not only won a Turkish Airlines Euroleague crown with Olympiacos, something they achieved despite trailing CSKA Moscow by 19 points late in the third quarter, but he also celebrated a Greek league title after the Reds’ 3-2 series win against giants Panathinaikos.

The season could hardly have been any better.

Now, those three letters that are often associated with promising young players – N-B-A – are often mentioned in the same breath with Papanikolaou.

"The NBA is on my mind,” he admitted.

“I want to play in premier league in the world.

“It's a dream that one day should become a reality.

“I don’t mean that I want to go this year.

“There is no need to do something in a hurry (because) I have more time in front of me…”

Papanikolaou is working on his legend in Greece.

“Besides, I have a contract with Olympiacos. And I want to stay…” he said.

There could not be a better environment for Papanikolaou to learn in, and continue to win, than at Olympiacos.

He was just one of several youngsters to play a significant role in the Olympiacos success story this year.

The club’s future is bright.

Far more pressing is the OQT in Caracas, Venezuela.

He’s already shifted his focus to Greece’s national team.

"Participation in the Olympic Games is another big dream for an athlete,” he said.

“When you have such a challenge ahead, you’re not thinking about anything else.”

The adrenaline is already flowing.

Papanikolaou has seen his country compete in the big tournaments the past several years, including the last couple of Olympics.

He wants to experience that for himself.

“There is fatigue as we have had very little time to rest, but never mind,” he said in remarks to the Greek media.




“The national team awaits us and we must give everything.

“Our work in the pre-Olympic is difficult, but we must do everything to qualify in London.”

A word to the wise – don’t bet against Papanikolaou making it.

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« Reply #34 on: Apr 20, 2012, 06:04:05 AM »

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Allen, Wade open up a can of worms

One of the good things about the Olympics for the United States before the 1992 Barcelona Games was that college players would do anything to put on the USA jersey.

They were amateurs, and to represent America was the highest honor and all that mattered.

It was an opportunity to experience something that most basketball players could only dream about.

The idea that players might receive pay for donning the American shirt wasn't really an issue.

Olympic Games were the ultimate event for any player to take part in, even those who had had the chance to play in NCAA title games.

For the American basketball players, the honor of wearing the red, white and blue was enough.

Now, 2000 USA Olympian Ray Allen and current Team USA star Dwyane Wade have said the players should be compensated.

Professionals began representing the United States at the 1992 Olympics, and Allen played on the American side that captured the gold medal at the Sydney Games.

No one can question Allen's or Wade's love of the game, their competitive spirit or the passion they have for competing in a USA shirt.

But part of what drives NBA players is also their desire to earn money.

So in a way, when Allen said this week that USA national team players should be paid, it should not have come as a surprise.

Nor should Wade’s response when he was asked about Allen’s comments on Wednesday.

"It's a lot of things you do for the Olympics - a lot of jerseys you sell," Wade said.

"We play the whole summer.

"I do think guys should be compensated.

"Just like I think college players should be compensated as well.

"Unfortunately, it's not there. But I think it should be something, you know, there for it."

Both have been involved in charitable works during their hugely successful careers.

Each has won NBA titles.

Wade and Allen are filthy rich, too.

However, Wade doesn’t talk about the scholarships that go to college players.

Considering the soaring costs of a university education these days, most parents of students would say that college players are compensated plenty.

If a basketball player doesn’t want to go to college, he or she should sign a contract to play overseas as Milwaukee Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings did after leaving high school, when he signed for Lottomatica Roma in Italy’s Lega A.

To put on the USA shirt only enhances the reputation of a superstar.

It cements his place in history as an elite player in the game.

When companies look for athletes to endorse products, they want role models.

What better role model is there than a USA Olympic basketball player who gushes with pride about representing his or her country?

With that in mind, Wade and Allen have benefitted from playing for their country.

"Most of the players, and in fact until this comment today, I would have said 100% of them, understand that there's some great value to them individually for participating if they so choose to," USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo told USA Today.

Even if the USA were to pay the players, what would the fee be?

How much money would USA Basketball have to pay?

"When I took over the program in 2005," Colangelo said, "they were in a terrible losing situation financially.

"During the next four years, I quadrupled the revenue, but that only brought us to break even. That covers all of the expenses for the men, women, boys and girls, all the way down. We sell sponsorship, sell tickets to exhibition games."

Wade talked about playing all summer and being tired.

How would being paid make him less tired?

Then there is the issue of the Olympics coming every four years.

Wade has not played in a USA shirt since the Beijing Olympics.

Allen and Wade were bold to speak their minds on a potentially controversial issue.

There will be many an American to disagree with both.

A stance that would resonate with a larger section of the population would be for a member of the USA team to announce he intends to pay his own way to take part in the London Games.

Wade later tried to backtrack on his comments.

He said on Twitter: "I responded 2 a specific question asked by a reporter on my thoughts of Olympians being paid. I never asked to be paid to PLAY.




"What I was referencing is there is a lot of Olympic business that happens that athletes are not a part of - and it's a complicated issue.

"BUT my love 4 the game & pride 4 USA motivates me more than any $$$ amount.

"I repped my country in 2004 when we won the bronze medal and stood proudly to receive our gold medal in 2008 in Beijing.

"It's always been an honor for me to be a part of the USA Olympic family and I'm looking forward to doing it again in London this summer."

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« Reply #33 on: Mar 28, 2012, 11:09:12 PM »

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Nike Hoop Summit changes perspectives for world players

The perspectives of 10 young international basketball players will change greatly very soon as the World Select Team roster for the 2012 Nike Hoop Summit is expected to be released this week.

And the future of those top talents will shine a bit brighter just by virtue of having been named to the roster. For the Nike Hoop Summit - taking place on April 7 at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon - offers international players a chance to change their fortunes forever.

If ever a showcase event can change a player’s future, then it is this annual highlight, which started in 1995 and pits the best 10 American U19 players against 10 of the best U19 players the rest of the world has to offer.

You don’t think one game can have that big of an impact? Just look at Bismack Biyombo. The über-athletic big man from the Democratic Republic of Congo went from a scout's secret playing for Fuenlabrada in the Spanish ACB to a high-rising sensation at last spring’s Summit.

First, he wowed NBA scouts and executives by measuring a 7-foot-7 wingspan despite standing just 6-foot-7 ¾ without shoes. Then Biyombo dazzled those same observers by registering the first triple-double in the Summit’s history with 12 points, 11 rebounds and 10 blocks.

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Watch highlights of Congolese forward Bismack Biyombo at the 2011 Nike Hoop Summit International Basketball All-Star Game. Listen in as Biyombo and World Team Head Coach Roy Rana (Canada) discuss the game, Biyombo's record-setting triple-double performance (12 points, 11 rebounds, 10 blocks; First recorded triple-double in Nike Hoop Summit game history) and his possible future in the NBA.


It was all the more impressive that Biyombo was able to dominate against the likes of future NBA lottery picks such as Anthony Davis, James McAdoo and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist – the latter two members of the USA's gold medal-winning team at the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship.

And it's safe to say that Biyombo's showing played a huge part in landing him a spot in the 2011 NBA Draft lottery – he was selected with the 7th overall pick by the Charlotte Bobcats.

Running down the list of past international participants, it’s hard not to spot some of the game’s biggest and brightest stars. Among them are Dirk Nowitzki (1998), Tony Parker (2000), Luis Scola (1996), Nicolas Batum (2007), Patrick Mills (2006), Yi Jianlian (2004), Wang Zhizhi (1996), Serge Ibaka (2008), Omri Casspi (2007), Andrea Bargnani (2004), Alexis Ajinca (2007, 2008), Bostjan Nachbar (1999, 2000) and Enes Kanter (2010).

A couple of the more recent European players at the Summit are still starring on the old continent but could make their presence felt in the NBA soon, including Donatas Motiejunas (2009) and Nikola Mirotic (2010).

And because of that past pedigree, the stature of the game has grown year after year – though NBA scouts and executives have recognised it as a great chance to see foreign talent since its inception.

“I didn't know how big this game was going to be,” Nowitzki said a few years back. The German star scored a then record 33 points and had 14 rebounds at the 1998 Nike Hoop Summit.

“I had played the Euros (European championship) with my under-16 national team and there were a couple of colleges there. This game was broadcast live on ESPN2 — there were hundreds of scouts there. Without that game, my transition to the NBA wouldn't have been as easy.”

Another future NBA star to shine at the Summit was Batum, who scored 23 points in the 2007 game. And the Portland Trailblazers ace said the event provides a big chance for the international players.

“This experience is big for us because you can make a name in the U.S.,” he said last April.

“You play against the best Americans players so you can show your skills against those guys. That’s what makes this game so special. You can play good in Europe and people can see you there, but if you have a good game against those guys it means you can in the U.S. and the NBA. So it’s a good game for us.”

Batum for his part actually decided against declaring himself eligible for the 2007 draft because he didn’t feel he was ready for the NBA and then was picked 25th in the 2008 draft.

One player from last year’s world team who has a strong chance of making this year’s team as well is Croatian point forward Dario Saric, who also played at last summer’s FIBA U19 World Championship and turns 18 one day after this year’s Summit.




Saric, considered one of Europe’s biggest talents, helped KK Zagreb to the 2011 Nike International Junior Tournament title as MVP – with a triple-double in the final – and has his team back into this May’s NIJT finals.

He would be the eighth player making an encore showing at the Nike Hoop Summit, following Jovo Stanojevic (1995, 1996) Yugoslavia; Aleksandr Bashminov (1996, 1997) Russia; Matthew Nielsen (1997, 1998) Australia; Antonis Fotsis (1998, 1999), Greece; Olumide Oyedeji (1999, 2000) Nigeria; Nachbar (1999, 2000) Slovenia; Ajinca (2008, 2007).

Regardless who plays for the World Select Team, those 10 players will have a different perspective and chance – just by being connected to this game.

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