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EuroBasket 2015: Romania the odd team out on the final night +++ Gran Canaria gets the Phantom treatment for USA vs Slovenia +++ TrueHoop breaks down how David Blatt will work with LeBron James +++ FIBA World Cup Preview: Group D +++ BiE’s editor takes the ice bucket challenge, nominates Basketball Ireland boss +++ Žydrūnas Ilgauskas considering a comeback? Wow LeBron has power +++ The Dream Team’s children +++ Highlights: Belgium beat Belarus, Germany stay alive +++ EuroBasket 2015: Bosnia, Belgium, Israel, and Latvia lock up spots +++ First Person: Follow the FIBA World Cup through BiE’s eyes +++
Aug
0

EuroBasket 2015: Romania the odd team out on the final night

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The final night of the second round of qualification (QR2) for EuroBasket 2015 is in the books and we now know which 13 teams will progress from this stage to join the 11 teams who have already qualified for next year’s tournament. Emmet Ryan rounds up the action for the final time.

Remember, the seven group winners and six best group runners-up progress to next year’s competition to join the 11 teams already qualified.

We’re going to go group by group to tell you who progressed and who is out (thanks Oprah). First, a reminder of the teams already through before we even got to QR2: Croatia, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Lithuania, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Ukraine, and Turkey. Estonia won the first qualifying round while the other 10 are in because they are in the 2014 FIBA World Cup of Basketball. And now, the teams that will join them.
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Aug
0

Gran Canaria gets the Phantom treatment for USA vs Slovenia

The NBA Phantom videos are always fun, although we long for one involving the most boring acts in basketball (Phantom scorers table, make it happen) and the super slow motion cameras were out to find the best bits from the USA’s win over Slovenia in FIBA World Cup warm-up action.
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Aug
0

TrueHoop breaks down how David Blatt will work with LeBron James

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ESPN’s Henry Abbott broke down the partnership between Cleveland Cavaliers (and and former Maccabi Tel Aviv) coach David Blatt and LeBron James. Watch Henry Abbott and David Thorpe discuss whether the duo will clash.

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Aug
1

FIBA World Cup Preview: Group D

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We’re going group by group with what you need to know to enjoy the 2014 FIBA World Cup of Basketball. Today we complete our look at the opening round with Group D.

The teams
Angola
Qualified: Won the 2013 FIBA Africa Championship, their 11th time to claim that title and their seventh time making it to the World Cup.

Australia
Qualified: Won FIBA Oceania Championship. Their participation was secured merely by being in Oceania but we won’t make any barbs because at least they won it.

Lithuania
Qualified: Silver medal winners at EuroBasket 2013 and they come to Spain having impressed in warm-up games.

Mexico
Qualified: The power didn’t really work at FIBA Americas 2013, that roughly bothered Mexico to the tune of…nothing. With MVP Gustavo Ayon leading the charge, Mexico claimed the title for the first time ever to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1974.

Slovenia
Qualified: The EuroBasket hosts took fifth place in front of their fans to book a third consecutive trip to the World Cup.

South Korea
Qualified: South Korea 75 Chinese Taipei 57. That result locked up third place in the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship and a return to the World Cup for the first time since 1998.
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Aug
0

BiE’s editor takes the ice bucket challenge, nominates Basketball Ireland boss

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Well it had to happen. Watch me dunk a bucket of water with around 2kg of ice in it over my head. The €22 donation goes to the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association. For Irish readers, donate €22 because the IMNDA get some extra tax break when you go up to that level.

And now it’s time to get wet.
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Aug
0

Žydrūnas Ilgauskas considering a comeback? Wow LeBron has power

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Retired Lithuanian big man and 15-season NBA veteran Žydrūnas Ilgauskas is considering a comeback according to what would best be described as reports tonight.

That isn’t a critique on the source, rather that literally all anyone has to go on right now is a single tweet from a trusted source.

Ilgauskas hasn’t laced up on a NBA or indeed any competitive court since 2011, having followed LeBron James to Miami for a single season with the Heat before hanging up his kicks. At 39, you’d have to wonder what he can offer a team that retired his jersey last season. Bob Cousy’s return at 41 after 7 years retired is a good comparison, albeit a touch more extreme in terms of time off the court. The two things in his favour are the Cavs could probably do with another big and he is plenty familiar with LeBron but you have to think there are better options out there for a roster spot.

Whatever Ilgauskas, who due to assorted commitments in the NBA only played three internationals for his home nation, ends up doing or being asked to do, that it’s even a question is a sign of the influence of LeBron James in the sport right now. His mere presence in Cleveland has made a man retired three years consider making a comeback.

Aug
2

The Dream Team’s children

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The now elder statesmen of international hoops often speak about the influence the Dream Team had on them but what about the players who were born in the wake of that defining event in international basketball? Emmet Ryan looks at the most interesting young players at the 2014 FIBA World Cup of Basketball.

This seems like as good a time as any to talk about youth at the World Cup given Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk has been named in Ukraine’s squad. For the purposes of this we’re defining these players as any born from 1992 onwards. That means one or two were born before the 1992 Olympics but we’re going to allow them those couple of months when it’s safe to say they didn’t develop all that much as ballers.

What was stunning in our look across the squads was how few young players feature on teams from the Americas. Outside of Team USA, it’s a string of veteran heavy outfits. Europe, by and large, is sending more balanced squads but there are plenty of younger players knocking around.
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Aug
0

Highlights: Belgium beat Belarus, Germany stay alive


Belgium booked their place in EuroBasket 2015 with a big road win over Belarus yesterday. The comprehensives 99-73 win means they don’t need to worry about their final game of the second qualifying round on Wednesday night.
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Aug
0

EuroBasket 2015: Bosnia, Belgium, Israel, and Latvia lock up spots

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The field for EuroBasket 2015 took a step closer to being set but the somewhat confusing tie-breakers means there are still places up for grabs. Here’s what happened on Sunday.

Bosnia and Herzegovina saw off a spirited Great Britain charge 74-68 to move to 3-0 and formally book their place out of Group A. Mirza Teletovic had another big night for the hosts as he led all scorers with 25 while Ben Mockford nailed five from deep for the visitors.

Group B saw Israel secure their spot with an 83-60 win over the Netherlands. Montenegro beat Bulgaria 85-73 on the road. Montenegro will play the Dutch to decide second spot although, and we’ll explain in a bit, victory alone may not be enough for either side.

No-one is securely in the finals after today’s games in Group C. Poland trounced Luxembourg 100-64 to move to 4-1 but they still need to beat Austria in their final game to be safe. Germany stayed alive with an 88-69 win over Austria. Germany need to win against Luxembourg to have a shot at second spot but a win for Austria in Poland would make things really messy.
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Aug
0

First Person: Follow the FIBA World Cup through BiE’s eyes

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BallinEurope editor Emmet Ryan is going to give followers of the FIBA World Cup of Basketball a different view when he gets to Spain. With the Epson Moverio BT 200 Smart Glasses, Emmet will record short videos to give BiE’s fans a look at what we’re seeing in Spain.

Here’s a taster of what it’s like to view life through theses glasses.
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