Aug
0

BiE’s coffee guy worried about World Cup impact on business

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BallinEurope is a full-time passion but not a full-time job. Our editor, Emmet Ryan, is off to Bilbao for the 2014 FIBA World Cup but the guy who runs the coffee shop next door to his day job is worried about the impact Emmet’s absence will have on business.

Last night I left my desk in the Sunday Business Post for the last time before my holidays and it caught Karl Purdy, who run the coffee shop next door, by surprise when I posted a temporary farewell from my personal account.

I’m in Karl’s shop roughly four times a day and, well, he’s not sure how he’s going to cope. I had previously warned him by asking about cafes in Bilbao, Barcelona, and Madrid.

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Aug
0

Watch Sube la Copa, official song of the 2014 FIBA World Cup

We’ve already heard the song, FIBA and Huecco released the audio version earlier in August, but now we get to see the nonsense. That hair, that beard, you have to see it too right? Huecco is actually a clone made from the DNA of Rudy Fernandez and Sergio Rodriguez.

To watch all the games at the 2014 FIBA World Cup of Basketball for just €6.99, click on the banner below.

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Aug
0

Good morning, here’s an elephant dunking

It’s the eve of the 2014 FIBA World Cup of Basketball, my flight leaves in just over four hours, but somehow there’s still time for utter nonsense. Here’s an elephant dunking. Enjoy.

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Aug
2

Fearless Predictions: 2014 FIBA World Cup of Basketball

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It’s a tradition here at BiE. Whenever there’s a major event in basketball, the editor steps up and put the whole site’s neck on the line. It began with Os Davis and it continues with Emmet Ryan. Here are our Fearless Predictions for the 2014 FIBA World Cup of Basketball.

The normal tone of these pieces is to build you up with a series of less important picks and then get to the big one but that always seems a bit harsh on readers who don’t skip to the end. Big picks first, the rest can follow.

Winners – USA
I am more torn over the gold medal pick than I expected. Part of that is due to the US roster losing Kevin Love, Paul George, and Kevin Durant. As I wrote earlier, Durant is a bigger loss to the tournament than to his own team. Spain’s run through the prep games has been impressive and I am nowhere near as wary of their back-court defence as I was just a couple of months ago. They seem to be clicking but Coach K has a selection here that should be able to live with Spain on the inside and beat them on the outside. One thing I am certain off, if I’m right the party won’t be half as good on Sunday the 14th as if I’m wrong.

Silver – Spain
Their side of the draw looks the tougher but damn they look ready, so very ready. At full strength, I’d probably say France over them, but Noah and Parker are the type of pieces France need to win the clash of Euro superpowers. I expect to see Spain hit the floor in front of their home fans on the final night of the tournament.
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Aug
0

It’s Jet-er not Jee-ter, watch Pooh get ready for the World Cup


Pooh Jeter has just dropped a fascinating video about his preparation for the 2014 FIBA World Cup of Basketball. The Ukraine point guard talks about his excitement at helping Ukraine make history by qualifying, the chance to play against his homeland USA in Bilbao, his team mates and coach Mike ‘The Czar’ Fratello, how his career path led him to declare for Ukraine, his Olympic gold medal winning sister Carmelita, and shows what he did in training to get ready for the biggest competition of his life.

The video is 12 minutes long and worth watching all the way through. Remember you can watch all of the games at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup at LiveBasketball.tv. You can subscribe by clicking on the banner below.

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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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