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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 +++ Basketball World Cup of Beer: The Final – USA vs France +++ Tight knit Iceland too much for Great Britain +++ EuroBasket 2015: Round-up and Highlights from Wednesday’s qualifiers +++ FIBA dropped a sweet promo for the World Cup +++
Aug
0

Two-time Euroleague winning coach close to Wakayama deal


The Japan Times has reported that Zeljko Pavlicevic is in discussions with Wakayama Trians ownership to return to lead the team for the 2014-15 season.

Pavlicevic, who led KK Split to two of their three straight Euroleague titles at the start of the 1990s. Pavlicevic, 63. has spent a large chunk of the latter part of his career in Japan, coaching the national team through the 2006 FIBA World Championships and led Wakayama to a second-placed finish in the NBL last year, having spent three seasons prior to that with the bj-league’s Shimane Susanoo Magic, before parting ways at the end of the season. The cash-strapped club, still without a coach, now looks set to be re-signed to Wakayama.

Aug
0

This is how LeBron does the ice bucket challenge

LeBron James may not be suiting up for Team USA at the 2014 FIBA World Cup of Basketball but that didn’t stop him from accepting the ALS ice bucket challenge from the American team. Of course, being the King, he had to do it in style.

Aug
0

Highlights: USA win gold, Serbia take bronze at FIBA U17s


Saturday saw the climax of the 2014 FIBA Under 17 World Championship for men with the USA beating Australia 99-92 in an exciting gold medal game. Tournament MVP Malik Newman had a double-double as the USA claimed its third straight title at this grade.
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Aug
0

FIBA U17: USA complete three-peat with 99-92 win over Australia

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Australia came out playing far smarter basketball. Looking calm and confident, the Aussies were far slicker moving the ball around and had no trouble creating opening shots. Tom Wilson and Dejan Vasiljevic were particularly impressive with their movement inside and out to keep the American defence honest. After trading buckets early, Australia ran out into a 17-7 lead which they thoroughly deserved from the early exchanges. The USA called a time out to calm things down and the switch in play became immediately obvious.
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Aug
0

Giannis Antetokounmpo with the big dunk against Lithuania


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The Greek Freak continues to bring his exciting style of play to the FIBA World Cup warm-up games. The Milwaukee Bucks man made this jams during today’s international between his native Greece and Lithuania. We’ll have more on this game later on BiE.

Aug
0

Highlights: USA and Australia book their places in FIBA U17 final

The FIBA Under 17 World Championship for men final is a re-match of the 2012 decider as the United States take on Australia. The USA were pushed hard for half the game by Serbia in Friday’s first semi-final but Diamand Stone (12 points, 8 rebounds) and Josh Jackson (8 points, 11 rebounds) kept their bid for a three-peat on track as they eventually ran out 89-68 winners.
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Aug
0

Josh Jackson did this, good luck everybody

FIBA are unfortunately a touch slow at doling out the highlights from the knockout stages of the World Under 17 championships. For those of you out of the loop, the United States were pushed hard before pulling away from Serbia in the first of today’s quarter finals. We don’t have a clip from that 89-68 victory but we can show you what Josh Jackson did in the previous round against China.
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Aug
2

AUDIO: Team GB’s Rachael Vanderwal on her move to Spain

Rachael Vanderwal in action for the UL Huskies. Pic: The Courtside Collective

Great Britain international Rachael Vanderwal is leaving the Irish women’s league after eight years to go pro with Gernika Bizkaia of Liga Femenina in Spain. We spoke to the point guard about her big move, listen below.

At 31, Vanderwal is entering the professional ranks pretty late in her career. Having won a string of league titles in Ireland, including a treble in the 2012/13 season, Vanderwal is taking a big step up here with newly promoted Gernika. You can check out some quick highlights of her in action in that treble season here.

The former Boston University Terrier, who original hails from Canada but qualifies for Team GB through parentage, helped her national squad qualify for EuroBasket 2015 earlier this summer.

Aug
1

Basketball World Cup of Beer: Quarter Finals – Part 2

BWCB Opening Ceremony
We are in the latter stages of the 2014 Basketball World Cup of Beer. It began with 24 beers, one for each of the nations in the FIBA World Cup of Basketball. Now we’re down to the elite eight. It’s time to find out our first two semi-finalists.

Here are your match-ups on day two of the quarter-finals:
Ozusjko (Croatia) vs Admiral Benson (France)
Al-Ahram Stella (Egypt) vs Old Harbor Kofresi Stout (Puerto Rico)

It’s time to turn 4 into 2…
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Aug
0

Photos and reaction from Bosnia’s win over Great Britain

Mitrovic puts one up - Credit: George Rowland
George Rowland was in the Copper Box on Wednesday night to find out what the players and coaches made of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s 80-67 win over Team GB. First the reaction from the visitors.

Nemanja Mitrovic (Guard/Forward-Bosnia & Herzegovina): I think we played well and accomplished our goal was here, get an important road win to start the qualification round. But we lost a little bit of concentration in the second half and we almost let it slip so we have to tighten up some of those things that we didn’t do well in the second half and prepare for these two games coming up that we have at home when Great Britain and Iceland come to us so we can get those two important wins.

Coach Dusko Ivanovic (Head Coach- Bosnia & Herzegovina-Translated by Nemanja Mitrovic): I think we got an important win tonight, with the importance that we win the next two games at home then it will really have a lot of meaning. We had some moments where we played well and controlled the game, but we also had some moments where we had an unexplained lapse, which we did not want. Part of it is due to a lapse in concentration, and the other part was the players of Great Britain playing well and putting in a great effort, playing aggressively and coming pretty close to coming back into the game.

Asked about Nemanja Gordic and his ability to run the team as a playmaker: I think Nemanja played a solid game, there were times when he controlled the game but there were also moments where he lost concentration offensively and defensively. It was fortunate that Muhamed Pasalic came after the start of training camp to help the team with that position. But in my opinion and by my standards Nemanja did not have a good enough a game and he needs to play much, much better.
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