Fiba – Eight FUT http://eight-fut.com/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 18:19:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://eight-fut.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/icon-2022-01-26T105543.185-150x150.png Fiba – Eight FUT http://eight-fut.com/ 32 32 “Why the fuck LeBron [James] Here?: FIBA ​​shares its own take on iconic Lionel Messi-Cristiano Ronaldo image sends NBA Twitter into Mayhem https://eight-fut.com/why-the-fuck-lebron-james-here-fiba-shares-its-own-take-on-iconic-lionel-messi-cristiano-ronaldo-image-sends-nba-twitter-into-mayhem/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 21:46:00 +0000 https://eight-fut.com/why-the-fuck-lebron-james-here-fiba-shares-its-own-take-on-iconic-lionel-messi-cristiano-ronaldo-image-sends-nba-twitter-into-mayhem/ As the world’s biggest sporting event got off to a historic start, fans are overjoyed at the Qatar FIFA 2022 World Cup. However, the billions of eyes on the tournament for the next few months will focus on the two of the biggest names in the sport. Celebrating what could be Lionel Messi and Cristiano […]]]>

As the world’s biggest sporting event got off to a historic start, fans are overjoyed at the Qatar FIFA 2022 World Cup. However, the billions of eyes on the tournament for the next few months will focus on the two of the biggest names in the sport. Celebrating what could be Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s final World Cup races, Lois Vuitton released an iconic snap that broke the internet.

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The splendid shot of the two legends playing chess on a Lois Vuitton case has reached every corner of the internet. Therefore, FIBA ​​pulled out all the stops and recreated the iconic photo featuring Michael Jordan and LeBron James. However, FIBA ​​couldn’t imagine the absolute chaos that would ensue after the post.

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NBA fans go wild after FIBA ​​recreates iconic LV shot with LeBron James and Michael Jordan

The consensus among football fans favors Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as two of the sport’s greatest players. Messi and Ronaldo have etched a vibrant image of No.10 and No.7 in the minds of billions after decades of dominance. But unlike football, where the crown can end up on either of those two, in basketball, the GOAT debate has multiple contenders.

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However, the two most popular names still appearing in these debates are LeBron James and Michael Jordan. However, a significant portion of the fanbase also vehemently rejects this idea. Either way, the GOAT debate was the most contentious debate in the NBA that divided the fanbase for decades. Likewise, after FIBA ​​recreated the iconic LV shot and dubbed it “Two Kings, Checkmate” unsurprisingly, a social media storm ensued.

Here are some of the reactions from fans on Twitter:

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Over the NBA’s rich 75-year history, more than 4,500 players have lined up on the court; however, only a handful have achieved all-time greatness status. Additionally, among those greats, another elite group have differentiated themselves from the rest and cemented their legacy on basketball’s Mount Rushmore. For decades, the debate has revolved around household names such as Jordan, James, Abdul-Jabbar, Bryant, O’Neal and a handful of others. However, over the past decade, James’ historic run has exalted his status atop all the leaderboards alongside Jordan.

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What do you think of FIBA’s recreation of the photo featuring James and Jordan? Let us know in the comments below.

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Three NBL stars battling for FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup berth https://eight-fut.com/three-nbl-stars-battling-for-fiba-basketball-world-cup-berth/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 21:01:06 +0000 https://eight-fut.com/three-nbl-stars-battling-for-fiba-basketball-world-cup-berth/ Credit: FIBA With last week’s win over Kazakhstan, Australia have officially clinched their ticket to the FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup 2023. While the World Cup qualification system can be brutal, with treks to every corner of Asia across multiple game windows, the end result was never really in doubt for the green and the gold. […]]]>

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With last week’s win over Kazakhstan, Australia have officially clinched their ticket to the FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup 2023. While the World Cup qualification system can be brutal, with treks to every corner of Asia across multiple game windows, the end result was never really in doubt for the green and the gold. A remarkable 15-game winning streak, including nine qualifiers separated by an Asian Cup title, made the Australian Boomers the first team to emerge from Asia.

That decisive game against Kazakhstan was a microcosm of the entire qualifying journey. The Boomers were simply too talented compared to their opponent, with a 31-point quarter-time lead slamming the door on the hosts. With all 11 players in their roster on the scoreboard, Australia were once again able to show off their enviable depth on the world stage.

That depth was key to a qualifying and Asian Cup campaign that featured none of Australia’s NBA stars except for a brief appearance by Matthew Dellavedova before he signed with the Sacramento Kings. . It has seen backup coach Mike Kelly look to the NBL for his team’s stalwarts through every window. To date, the Boomers have used 31 standout players throughout the World Cup playoffs – of that group, 18 are currently on NBL rosters, while three others were in the league at the time of their draft.

“I think [the NBL] has improved tremendously lately,” Kelly said after the win over Kazakhstan. “Great young players showed they were very good on the international stage…it gave the guys a great opportunity and experience to improve.”

Of course, these aforementioned NBA stars will all emerge when the World Cup takes place next year. With ten Australians currently playing at the highest level and only 12 places available for the tournament, competition for selection will be fierce. There are also plenty of talents playing overseas who will be in contention, such as Nick Kay in Japan and Duop Reath in China, national team regulars with major tournament experience.

“We’ve got everyone lined up to play and everyone wants to play, so I think it’s going to be a really tough decision around this time next year,” Kelly said.

However, some of the NBL’s top players received extended auditions during the qualifiers and Asian Cup, and they will be firmly in contention for a ticket to the main event. With another qualifying window and plenty of NBL games to come, three players are ready to champion their case as the tournament draws near.

In every window since their Olympic triumph, the Boomers have fielded a relatively inexperienced roster. only two of that bronze-medal team have played since, and in their place there have been 16 national teams beginners.

Even with these new rosters, a handful of senior players have formed the core of the team throughout, with Adelaide keeper Mitch McCarron leading the way. With an Asian Cup gold medal already in his pocket and a long NBL career filled with accolades, he was a natural candidate for a managerial position. McCarron has appeared in six qualifying matches so far, tied for most of any Boomer, as well as the entire Asian Cup tournament, and has been a mainstay in the FIBA ​​competition. for about a year.

“Mitch was the captain that went on this trip, and he did a great job with that voice and by example,” said teammate Thon Maker after the Asian Cup final. “There’s not a moment where he hasn’t told everyone to huddle up and just say ‘it’s okay, stay together’.”

It helps that McCarron’s style of play and personality fully lend themselves to leading from the front.

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Luka Doncic will play for the Slovenian national team at the FIBA ​​World Cup 2023 https://eight-fut.com/luka-doncic-will-play-for-the-slovenian-national-team-at-the-fiba-world-cup-2023/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 18:33:28 +0000 https://eight-fut.com/luka-doncic-will-play-for-the-slovenian-national-team-at-the-fiba-world-cup-2023/ Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic loves playing for his country in international competitions. He helped them win EuroBasket 2017 before finishing fourth at the 2020 Olympics. Luka was leaving at EuroBasket 2022 before Slovenia suffered a shock upset in the quarter-finals. Doncic wants to help his country win all the biggest tournaments, and he will […]]]>

Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic loves playing for his country in international competitions. He helped them win EuroBasket 2017 before finishing fourth at the 2020 Olympics. Luka was leaving at EuroBasket 2022 before Slovenia suffered a shock upset in the quarter-finals. Doncic wants to help his country win all the biggest tournaments, and he will have another chance next summer.

Slovenia clinched a World Cup spot without Doncic last week. Luka helped them qualify over the summer, but the remaining games were during the NBA season, so they had to finish the job without their best player. Slovenia have earned their place and will be ready to face the best teams in the world next summer.

Doncic has already signed up to represent his country at the FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup 2023. It should come as no surprise, but here’s a look at what Slovenian basketball president Matej Erjavec had to say about Luka playing in the first event.

Doncic wasted no time committing to play for his country as Erjavec told RTV in Slovenia.

“Luka confirmed his participation one minute after the game against Germany, when he was certain that we would go to the championship.”

The World Cup is the second biggest competition on FIBA’s four-year calendar behind the Olympics. Slovenia have never won a World Cup medal and Doncic plans to change that next summer.

The 23-year-old superstar is committed to developing the game in Slovenia, and he still wants to represent his country. Remember, Doncic could have played for Spain but he opted to stay with his home country as he tries to put them on the basketball map. Slovenia failed to qualify for the 2019 World Cup but finished seventh in 2014 before Doncic made the squad.

Luka Doncic won’t be happy until Slovenia win the FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup 2023, and fans know he’ll put on a show for his country. It won’t miss the TV, so be sure to tune in next summer and enjoy the games.

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Spain overtake USA for top spot in FIBA ​​Men’s Rankings | Sports https://eight-fut.com/spain-overtake-usa-for-top-spot-in-fiba-mens-rankings-sports/ Fri, 18 Nov 2022 16:12:27 +0000 https://eight-fut.com/spain-overtake-usa-for-top-spot-in-fiba-mens-rankings-sports/ For the first time in 12 years, USA Basketball did not top the men’s world rankings. FIBA, the sport’s governing body, updated its rankings on Friday – and Spain moved up to the top spot, slightly ahead of the United States. × This page requires JavaScript. Javascript is required for you to play premium content. […]]]>

For the first time in 12 years, USA Basketball did not top the men’s world rankings.

FIBA, the sport’s governing body, updated its rankings on Friday – and Spain moved up to the top spot, slightly ahead of the United States.

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USA Men’s Basketball Team Drops FIBA ​​World Rankings https://eight-fut.com/usa-mens-basketball-team-drops-fiba-world-rankings/ Fri, 18 Nov 2022 13:54:29 +0000 https://eight-fut.com/usa-mens-basketball-team-drops-fiba-world-rankings/ ice dancers Madison Chock and Evan Bates led a group of five American figure skaters to qualify for the December Grand Prix Final after the NHK Trophy event ended on Saturday. Chock and Bates, three-time world medallists, finished second to Canadians Laurence Fournier Beaudry and Nikolaj Sorensen at NHK in Japan, the fifth of six […]]]>

ice dancers Madison Chock and Evan Bates led a group of five American figure skaters to qualify for the December Grand Prix Final after the NHK Trophy event ended on Saturday.

Chock and Bates, three-time world medallists, finished second to Canadians Laurence Fournier Beaudry and Nikolaj Sorensen at NHK in Japan, the fifth of six events in the Grand Prix series that serve as qualifiers for the final, which takes the top six per discipline of the season.

The final is often a taste of the world championships in March.

Chock and Bates qualified for the finals by combining their victory at Skate America in October with their second place finish at NHK.

They became the first American skaters in any discipline to qualify for seven Grand Prix finals (if last year is included, when the final was canceled after the qualifying series ended). They will equal the American record of six Grand Prix final starts held by the 2014 Olympic ice dance champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White.

Bates, 33, broke the record for oldest American to qualify for a final held by a pair skater Todd Sable of the 1996-97 season. Bates is already the only American figure skater to have competed in four Winter Olympics and the oldest to win a medal (in the team event).

Chock and Bates will seek their first Grand Prix Final title, and the biggest international title of their careers, after silver medals at the event in 2014, 2015 and 2019.

They rank fifth in the world this season with the best total score (209.13 points). Canadians Piper Gilles and Paul Poirierwho has not faced Chock and Bates this season, ranks first with 215.70 points.

None of February’s Olympic medalists will compete this fall: Frenchman Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron at least take this season off. Viktoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov are banned indefinitely, along with all Russian skaters, due to the war in Ukraine. Americans madison hubbell and Zachary Donohue retired.

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Also Saturday, world champion Shoma Uno of Japan won the men’s event with the second best total score in the world this season (279.76). only american Ilia Malinin scored highest this season (280.37 to win Skate America).

Uno and Malinin will face off for the first time this fall in the Grand Prix Final, should Malinin get a decent result in his second Grand Prix start next week in Finland.

Still at NHK, Yelim Kim selected world champion Kaori Sakamoto of Japan becomes the second South Korean to win a Grand Prix after the 2010 Olympic champion Yuna Kim.

NHK results also secured the Junior World Championship title Isabelle Levito secured a place in the final thanks to its second places in two previous Grands Prix. Levito, 15, is the youngest American to qualify for a final since Caroline Zhang in 2007.

American compatriots Star Andrews and Amber Glenn followed their first Grand Prix podiums earlier this season by finishing ninth and 11th at NHK. They needed podiums to stay in contention to qualify for the final.

from Japan Riku Miura and Ryuichi Kihara won the NHK Pairs title, improving on their world best score this season. Americans Emily Chan and spencer howe were second to join the Japanese in the Grand Prix Final. Americans Brandon Frazier and Alexa Knierimworld champions and Canadians Deanna Stellato – Dudek and Maxime Deschamps qualified for the final earlier this month.

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FIBA World Rankings Explained: Why Spain has overtaken USA Basketball for the top spot in 20 years https://eight-fut.com/fiba-world-rankings-explained-why-spain-has-overtaken-usa-basketball-for-the-top-spot-in-20-years/ Fri, 18 Nov 2022 13:32:21 +0000 https://eight-fut.com/fiba-world-rankings-explained-why-spain-has-overtaken-usa-basketball-for-the-top-spot-in-20-years/ Three things to know Spain are now ranked No. 1 in the FIBA ​​World Rankings after winning EuroBasket in September. The United States falls to No. 2, marking the first time in the rankings’ 20-year history that it is not number one. The FIBA ​​World Rankings are based on a weighted point system that takes […]]]>

Three things to know

  • Spain are now ranked No. 1 in the FIBA ​​World Rankings after winning EuroBasket in September.
  • The United States falls to No. 2, marking the first time in the rankings’ 20-year history that it is not number one.
  • The FIBA ​​World Rankings are based on a weighted point system that takes into account the date a match was played, the level of competition and the round of a match, among other factors.

Move over, USA.

For the first time in two decades, there is a new No. 1 team in the FIBA ​​World Rankings. Following their triumph at EuroBasket 2022 in September, Spain now sit in first place as FIBA ​​released their latest rankings on Friday.

Not only is this the first time Spain have held the top spot, but it’s the first time a team other than the United States has been ranked first since the rankings debuted nearly 20 years ago.

Here’s everything you need to know about how the rankings work, the history between the USA and Spain, and the dates for the next big competition.

How the FIBA ​​World Ranking Works

FIBA uses a weighted point system that takes into account all matches played during the most recent eight-year period. Games played in the past year are given the most weight with decreasing value in years 2-3, 4-5, and 6-7. The newer the game, the greater the impact.

High level competitive matches (i.e. Olympics, FIBA ​​World Cup) are awarded more points than lower level matches such as qualifiers or regional tournaments.

Additionally, games played in later rounds of tournaments are also given a heavier weight. For example, the gold medal match of a FIBA ​​World Cup counts for more points than a match played in the group stage.

In order to take into account the strengths of the relative regions (i.e. Europe or Oceania), the games are also weighted accordingly to reward performance based on the strength of the schedule. For example, if New Zealand beat France and then beat Fiji, those matches would be weighted differently.

Click here for a more detailed explanation of the FIBA ​​World Ranking and point system.

FIBA World Ranking Update

The only change from the last ranking occurs at the top with the exchange of places between Spain and the United States. In fact, the only other move inside the top 10 is Brazil moving up one spot to 13th and Poland to 14th. You can see the full list of 164 teams here.

FIBA World Rankings – Nov. 2022
Rank Country Points To change
1. Spain 758.6 +1
2. UNITED STATES 757.5 -1
3. Australia 740.3
4. Argentina 734.3
5. France 715.0
6. Serbia 710.9
seven. Slovenia 704.3
8. Lithuania 669.5
9. Greece 665.9
ten. Italy 646.6

Why did the United States drop in the rankings?

The United States has fallen in part due to lackluster performances in recent tournaments.

Earlier this year, they finished third in the AmeriCup, a tournament involving countries from North and South America. No current NBA player has competed for an American team led by former NBA player Norris Cole.

Although USA won gold at the 2020 Summer Olympics (played in 2021 after a year-long delay due to COVID), it followed a disappointing seventh-place finish at the FIBA ​​World Cup. 2019 in China.

FIBA World Cup matches weigh more than the Olympics in the FIBA ​​Rankings and, given that the Olympics are now over a year ago, that seventh place now matters more than the Olympic gold.

Coupled with Spain’s victory at EuroBasket 2022, these results provided enough points for Spain to take first place.

Head-to-head results USA vs Spain, record

Naturally, Spain taking the top spot perhaps opens the door to conversations around which team is actually the best.

The United States and Spain recently contested the 2020 Summer Olympics, with the United States taking a 95-81 win in the quarterfinals. At the Olympics, the United States is 13-0 against Spain.

They haven’t played in a FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup since 2002 when Spain won 81-76. The United States is 4-2 all-time against Spain at the world championships.

When is the next FIBA ​​World Cup?

Pending the results of the qualifying matches, there is a good chance that Spain will participate in the next FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup as the No.1 ranked team in the world.

The next FIBA ​​World Cup will take place in August and September 2023. Japan, the Philippines and Indonesia are co-hosting the 32-team event, the first time multiple nations have hosted.

The United States have yet to qualify despite currently sitting first in their pool at the 2023 Americas Qualifiers. They are one of 16 teams vying for seven Americas berths.

Spain has already won its place. While the defending champions don’t qualify automatically, Spain have officially clinched their ticket as one of 32 European teams vying for 12 places.

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Why baby boomers shouldn’t choose Simmons for the FIBA ​​World Cup https://eight-fut.com/why-baby-boomers-shouldnt-choose-simmons-for-the-fiba-world-cup/ Thu, 17 Nov 2022 02:35:32 +0000 https://eight-fut.com/why-baby-boomers-shouldnt-choose-simmons-for-the-fiba-world-cup/ Former NBL star Corey Williams doesn’t think the Boomers should select Ben Simmons for the FIBA ​​World Cup 2023 next August. While Simmons may be the most talented basketball player Australia has ever produced, he has yet to make the national team after opting out of the Boomers for the Tokyo Olympics. Many believe that […]]]>

Former NBL star Corey Williams doesn’t think the Boomers should select Ben Simmons for the FIBA ​​World Cup 2023 next August.

While Simmons may be the most talented basketball player Australia has ever produced, he has yet to make the national team after opting out of the Boomers for the Tokyo Olympics.

Many believe that Australia is in the midst of a golden generation of basketball, the addition of Simmons could be the spark that helps the team win gold at a World Cup or the Olympics after having won bronze in Tokyo.

While Simmons at his best is an NBA All-Star, Williams doesn’t think Australia should select him as he battles form issues with Brooklyn after missing the entirety of last NBA season.

“I don’t think he’ll play, I don’t think he’ll be a Boomer at the next World Cup,” Williams said on SEN The Race Home.

“Look, this team is stacked, and I also think he hasn’t played enough in the last year at a year and a half.

“He shouldn’t get into this, it’s too much pressure, especially after Australia got a medal (in Tokyo).”

Williams believes the Boomers need to retain the cohesion and consistency that saw them win a medal in Tokyo, while adding that Simmons may not be ready to step into a situation where the pressure will be on him to improve the game. ‘crew.

“Now it’s like we have to keep consistency,” Williams said.

“So if you’re jumping on this team now when you’re not healthy yet and there’s still a lot you have to overcome in terms of a professional career in the NBA.

“Mentally to jump into a whole different situation which is going to add to the pressure that you would be under, not ready yet or not yet the time.”

Williams thinks Australia and Simmons should focus on getting the former no instead. 1 draft pick ready for the 2024 Olympics in Paris.

“I think he would want to play at the time of the biggest stage in the world, which is the Olympics, Paris, it’s way bigger than the World Cup,” Williams said.

“If I’m going to try to play for the Boomers, me if I were him… I would try to go there at the time of Paris in 2024.”

The FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup 2023 kicks off next year on November 25, featuring Indonesia, Japan and the Philippines.





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ESPN: Markkanen’s success with Jazz Mirrors FIBA https://eight-fut.com/espn-markkanens-success-with-jazz-mirrors-fiba/ Tue, 15 Nov 2022 22:08:01 +0000 https://eight-fut.com/espn-markkanens-success-with-jazz-mirrors-fiba/ SALT LAKE CITY – Lauri Markkanen is off to the best start of his career in his first season with the Utah Jazz, and ESPN credits his success to the FIBA ​​EuroBasket Tournament. In an article on ESPN, Ramona Shelburne explored Markkanen’s impressive performance at Utah. “What really showed Markkanen’s potential was how he was […]]]>

SALT LAKE CITY – Lauri Markkanen is off to the best start of his career in his first season with the Utah Jazz, and ESPN credits his success to the FIBA ​​EuroBasket Tournament.

In an article on ESPN, Ramona Shelburne explored Markkanen’s impressive performance at Utah.

“What really showed Markkanen’s potential was how he was used by the Finnish national team this summer in the EuroBasket Championships,” Shelburne wrote.

The Finnish star averaged 28 points and eight rebounds during the tournament, including a 43-point outing in an upset against Croatia.

“His skill set is so wide it’s hard to put him in a box,” Finland captain Shawn Huff told ESPN. “It kind of gives him more freedom when he can do anything: run, pick and roll, set picks, get off screens, put down screens.”

The Jazz mirrored some of Finland’s actions with Markkanen playing a prominent role in the team’s attack.

“For us, he is all those [roles]jazz coach Will Hardy told ESPN. “It’s like, why would we try to categorize it into just one thing?”

Markkanen always showed flashes of star potential, but a lack of consistency during stops in Chicago and Cleveland kept him from breaking through as one of the NBA’s best players.

This season, the Jazz striker partly credited a sports psychologist for his improved game.

“I’ve always been a bit too thoughtful,” Markkanen told ESPN. “Like, I was missing shots. If they felt good but they didn’t come in, I would come down. But then, at some point, I remember it just clicked. Like, ‘Who cares if I miss?’

Markkanen is averaging 21.8 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 15 games with the Jazz.

Half Court Hoops Breaks Down Jazz’s Offense

Speaking of Markkanen, the popular YouTube channel “Half Court Hoops” ended the Jazz offense after their 10-5 start to the season.

Gibson Pyper ran through the Jazz’s five-out offense and how Hardy used wide-spacers on the ground like Markkanen and Olynyk to create open shots.

The Jazz are using less pick-and-roll than in past seasons after trading Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert, and are instead relying on cuts at rim and pindown screens to force defenses to scramble.

Hardy and the Jazz currently hold the fifth-best offensive rating in the NBA and attempt the fourth-most threes.

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Slovenia qualify for the FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup 2023 next summer https://eight-fut.com/slovenia-qualify-for-the-fiba-basketball-world-cup-2023-next-summer/ Mon, 14 Nov 2022 20:29:29 +0000 https://eight-fut.com/slovenia-qualify-for-the-fiba-basketball-world-cup-2023-next-summer/ Luka Doncic is in line for a busy summer – again. The Slovenian national team qualified for the FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup 2023 by beating Germany on Monday and Israel last Friday. The pair of victories saw Slovenia finish in the top three of Group J in the European qualifying rounds, meaning Doncic’s homeland will […]]]>

Luka Doncic is in line for a busy summer – again.

The Slovenian national team qualified for the FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup 2023 by beating Germany on Monday and Israel last Friday.

The pair of victories saw Slovenia finish in the top three of Group J in the European qualifying rounds, meaning Doncic’s homeland will claim one of 12 European spots for the 32-team international tournament when of the next NBA offseason.

The 2023 World Cup will take place from August 25 to September 10 in the Philippines with first-round venues also in Japan and Indonesia. The top World Cup finalists from the Americas (2), Europe (2), Africa (1), Asia (1) and Oceania (1) will qualify for the 2024 Olympics at the sides of host France.

Doncic appeared in four World Cup qualifiers this summer in the June-July and late August windows. But he could only hope – and show Dallas’ support – that Slovenia were done securing their place during the oft-criticized FIBA ​​windows that conflict with NBA and EuroLeague schedules.

Doncic takes great pride in representing his nation of 2 million whenever possible, and the Mavericks support his offseason play despite mixed returns to start in previous NBA seasons.

In 2021, Doncic propelled Olympic newcomer Slovenia through the qualification process and then to the medal rounds at the Tokyo Games, but returned to Dallas out of form after taking weeks off to train. recover from the Olympic grind.

This year, Doncic played for Slovenia for around three months in total, including seven physical and grueling EuroBasket games in 14 days to start September, but he credited the constant work as the reason he started the Mavericks campaign with more dominance at MVP level than fatigue.

The Mavericks are also in the running to compete in the 2023 World Cup: Josh Green (Australia), Maxi Kleber (Germany), Dwight Powell (Canada) and Davis Bertans and former Mavericks Kristaps Porzingis (Latvia).

Those whose national teams are still in the qualification phase: Facundo Campazzo (Argentina), Frank Ntilikina (France), Tyler Dorsey (Greece) and Team USA.

Bertans said he teased Doncic this week about Latvia securing their World Cup spot ahead of Slovenia.

“But he had an answer to that because we weren’t at EuroBasket and then EuroBasket before, they were the ones who knocked us out in the quarter-finals,” Bertans said. “You know, you can take a few shots at it, but you have to be able to take it back.”

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Canada thrash Panama in FIBA ​​World Cup Qualifier in Edmonton https://eight-fut.com/canada-thrash-panama-in-fiba-world-cup-qualifier-in-edmonton/ Mon, 14 Nov 2022 02:28:00 +0000 https://eight-fut.com/canada-thrash-panama-in-fiba-world-cup-qualifier-in-edmonton/ The Panamanian national team came to Edmonton with no illusions of grandeur. The players knew they were likely to lose their FIBA ​​World Cup qualifier against Canada. They knew they were probably going to lose a lot. But, even though they knew they were overwhelmed, they were still impressed with the clinical and ruthless side […]]]>

The Panamanian national team came to Edmonton with no illusions of grandeur. The players knew they were likely to lose their FIBA ​​World Cup qualifier against Canada. They knew they were probably going to lose a lot.

But, even though they knew they were overwhelmed, they were still impressed with the clinical and ruthless side of the Canadian team.

Canada remained the only undefeated team in the Americas Zone FIBA ​​World Cup Qualifier, beating Panama 112-71 on Sunday night at the Edmonton Expo Centre.

Panama coach Flor Melendez Montanez said he was happy the Panamanians were able to keep the Canadians close for a quarter and a half, but after that “they just destroyed us”.

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Canada still undefeated after easily beating Panama

Canada remain the only team undefeated in the Americas zone in FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup qualifying, having beaten Panama 112-71 on Sunday in Edmonton.

Canada, now 10-0, qualified for the FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup 2023 on Thursday with an emphatic win over Venezuela.

Canada is the only undefeated team in the Americas. This is something the basketball giants of the United States, Brazil or Argentina cannot boast of.

“That says a lot about Team Canada,” said associate head coach Nate Bjorkgren. “And, I’ll tell you this: we’re talking about 10 of them, and we had the same approach for all of them. The focus, the continuity of this group, they step in and I wish we could be together more a long time. It goes very quickly.

Panama move to 2-8 and find themselves bottom of the qualifying group.

Panamanian veteran guard Trevor Gaskins, who grew up in the United States and played college ball with Ole Miss, said his team could learn a lot from the way Canada dismantled them.

“The coach said in the locker room, even though they were 30 or 40 ahead, they were playing as a team and running the system and the things that they worked on. It’s so they can be better at the future or play in the World Cup. So I think [Panama’s players] can take from that, to see how hard you have to play, to see how hard you have to play.”

Canada managed to develop continuity and a 10-game system, despite the fact that the roster fluctuates from window to window, as NBA players are only available for a small number of FIBA ​​windows. No NBA players were available for the Edmonton window.

But the depth group filled out admirably. Canada was led by a 22-point performance and two assists from Aaron Best. Kassius Robertson had 13 points and three assists.

On Sunday, the Canadian Kassius Robertson will try to beat the Panamanian Eugenio Luzcando. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press)

Panama got 14 points and nine rebounds from Ernesto Ogilvie.

After the match, Bjorkgren praised Best, who won a CEBL title in 2022 with the Hamilton Honey Badgers.

“We ask him to run on the ground, we ask him to break the glass, he shoots the three, he does everything a coach wants him to do and a team wants him to do. He always does the good game.”

Canada beat Panama in an entirely different way from how it beat Venezuela. Against the Venezuelans, the Canadians dominated the cup, and extended possession with offensive rebounds. On Sunday, Canada didn’t need to be great rebounders, they were just great shooters.

As a team, Canada shot 53 percent against the Panamanians, while holding the visitors to a 39 percent shooting accuracy rate.

Canada’s 12 players are listed on the score sheet.

“It’s always fun to play well, execute and do the things you want to do,” said Canadian forward Melvin Ejim, who had 12 points. “We went out, we executed our game plan, we did what we wanted to do and we were able to enjoy it.”

Sunday’s game had the feeling of a post-qualifying celebration. A 10-0 streak late in the first quarter affirmed Canada’s dominance, and fans were treated to the thrill of seeing a Canadian team attempt to score some baskets like it was an all-star game.

I felt like every time Canada fell apart, the home team was interested in putting on a show.

Trae Bell-Haynes gasped the crowd when his cross dribbling left Panamanian defender Eugenio Bocaz on the ground. Center Connor Morgan finished off a circus pass from Kassius Robertson with a thunderous dunk. Melvin Ejim launched a thunderous dunk after a quick break. Thomas Scrubb threw a cross fastball to his brother, Phil Scrubb, who passed it to Robertson for a three. Jean-Victor Mukama kicked a dunk after rising above the rim for a rebound.

Canadian guard Trae Bell-Haynes rounds Panama’s Ernesto Ogivie. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press)

“With the continuity that we’ve been able to establish within the group, you get an idea of ​​the guys,” Best said. “You know where some guys are going to be, you know where some guys like the ball and when we get that kind of synergy, and we play defense like we do, it makes everything easier for everybody, offensively. is why you see the alley-oop plays and the backdoor cuts and all that.”

For a group of Canadian players who don’t play in the NBA, who aren’t household names, it was a chance to show just how deep this country is when it comes to basketball talent.

And, the Canadians rained down three-point territory, shooting a total of 19 from behind the arc.

The players all return to their club teams. Canada’s next FIBA ​​qualifier is scheduled for February 23, 2023, away to No. 4-ranked Argentina.

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