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Fearless Predictions: 2014 FIBA World Cup of Basketball +++ It’s Jet-er not Jee-ter, watch Pooh get ready for the World Cup +++ 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 +++
Aug
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Aug
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Tight knit Iceland too much for Great Britain

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Great Britain had hope at half-time but in the end, they fell yet again. George Rowland was in the Copper. Here’s his take on what happened on a big night for Iceland.

In what was a crucial game for both team’s hopes of Eurobasket qualification Iceland prevailed 69-71 in a closely run affair at the Copper Box. With GB leading by ten at half time it was a second half collapse that cost them a win that would’ve rekindled any hopes of Eurobasket qualification, while Iceland’s victory all but guarantees them a spot in next summer’s tournament.

The game was ultimately decided by two aspects, Iceland’s rebounding on both ends of the court, and the effort on both ends of the floor of the Icelandic guards, specifically Jon Arnor Stefansson and Hordur Viljhalmsson against an inexperienced GB back court.

Beginning with the guard play; Devon van Oostrum demonstrated some flashes of his brilliance in the first half, with a slick behind the back assist in transition highlighting what was probably his best half of basketball this summer. But once again for van Oostrum it seemed like it was style over substance as he struggled as he was often the only ball-handler and playmaker on court. His 5 assists were matched by 5 turnovers along with a 0/6 shooting night, as the Icelandic defenders contently dared van Oostrum to shoot, and with their improved rebounding in the second half the transition opportunities died out and van Oostrum struggled.
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Aug
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EuroBasket 2015: Round-up and Highlights from Wednesday’s qualifiers


Latvia remain undefeated while Iceland are on the brink of qualification. Here’s what happened in Wednesday’s EuroBasket 2015 qualifiers.

In case you need a re-cap on what the teams involved need to do to qualify, the seven group winners progress to EuroBasket 2015 along with the top six second-placed teams from the seven qualifying groups.

Iceland overcame a 10 point half-time deficit to beat Great Britain in the Copper Box. That win leaves them on 2-1 in Group A and odds-on to qualify for next year’s finals. We’ll have a full report from George Rowland later today.

In Group B wins for Israel over Montenegro (80-65) and Netherlands over Bulgaria (66-57) moved both sides to 3-1. Montenegro are third on 2-2.

Austria needed to work for their Group C win away to Luxembourg, eventually taking the honours 80-71, but they were rewarded well as Germany fell 88-76 at home to Poland. Those results leave Austria and Poland on 3-1 while Germany are third on 2-2.
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Aug
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EuroBasket 2015: Wins for Macedonia, Belgium, and Georgia

It was a day of upsets in EuroBasket 2015′s second qualifying round. A few groups that looked like processions got turned upside down.

In case you need a re-cap on what the teams involved need to do to qualify, the seven group winners progress to EuroBasket 2015 along with the top six second-placed teams from the seven qualifying groups.

Mirza Teletovic had another big day for Bosnia and Herzegovina, scoring 29 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in a 72-62 victory in Group A. That win keeps Bosnia on top at 2-0.

There was an offensive feast in Sofia but a bad day for the home team as Bulgaria fell 100-84 to Israel in Group B. The Netherlands pulled off a big upset 65-60 at Montenegro, with 18 points from Roeland Schaftenaar. That leaves the Netherlands, Montenegro, and Israel on 2-1.
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