International Basketball – Sneer Tue, 28 Jun 2022 14:04:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 International Basketball – Sneer 32 32 Keenan names final 12 for EuroBasket qualifiers Tue, 28 Jun 2022 14:04:53 +0000

Aidan Harris Igiehon is set for his international debut after being selected in the last 12 for this week’s FIBA ​​EuroBasket 2025 Qualifiers against Austria and Switzerland.

CJ Fulton and Will Hanley, who won the European Small Countries Championship with Ireland last summer, both return and are in contention for their EuroBasket debuts.

Former Dublin Lions player Igiehon currently plays for Grand Canyon University in the NCAA Division 1. Fulton and Hanley are also based in the United States and this is the first EuroBasket window available.

Fulton, who is now with Lafayette College, was recently named to the Patriot League All-Rookie Team after an impressive first season in NCAA Division 1.

Of the 12 selected, Ireland head coach Mark Keenan said: “I’m very happy with our final selection. The pool of players who were available for selection for this window made it very difficult for us to make this final selection. Things are also looking up with new blood in the team. CJ Fulton, Will Hanley and Aidan Harris Igiehon are great additions to the team and have fitted into the team very well.

John Carroll is the team’s captain after Kyle Hosford announced his international retirement on Monday, with Sean Flood as vice-captain.

James Gormley, Neil Lynch, Conor O’Sullivan, Ciaran Roe and Matt Treacy are on a five-man reserve roster.

Ireland take on Austria in Salzburg on Thursday, followed by a home game against Switzerland on Sunday at the National Basketball Arena.

The Irish are third in Group A, behind their next opponents by one point. The group winners and the two best runners-up from three groups will advance to the second round of pre-qualifiers, which begin in August, with another two-match window in November.

International prospect Youssef Khayat commits to Michigan basketball Sun, 26 Jun 2022 18:02:00 +0000

Michigan’s men’s basketball program has chosen the international route to complete its roster for next season.

Youssef Khayat, a native of Lebanon who has played in recent years for a professional team in France, signed up for Michigan on Sunday afternoon (June 26).

Khayat is a 6ft 8in forward for the Limoges Under-21 team. Once the 19-year-old decided he wanted to play college basketball, he narrowed his options down to four schools, ultimately choosing Michigan over Xavier, Wake Forest and DePaul.

He informed On3 of its decision. “I chose the program for their experience developing international wings,” Khayat said. “They have one of the best coaches right now, coach Juwan Howard, who I grew up watching and looking up to. The coaching staff immediately put me at ease. And Michigan has one of the largest Lebanese communities in the United States, which certainly had an impact.

After Michigan’s roster movement offseason — NBA departures, transfers in and out — Khayat’s commitment may have kept the carousel from spinning. Michigan is now using its full 13 scholarships for the 2022-23 season.

In addition to his professional basketball experience, Khayat played for the Lebanon national team.

The Basketball Association eyes the start of the national season in October Sat, 25 Jun 2022 01:02:24 +0000
Association Premier League could draw in October

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The national basketball league could kick off later this year with the second division scheduled for October and the marquee first division a few weeks later.

This is according to the President of the Antigua and Barbuda Basketball Association (ABBA), Michael Freelandwho said the action could start sometime before with another popular tournament.

“We are going to start the commercial league on September 4, then we hope to start the regular season the second week of October with the second division, then we will move to the first division, so hopefully both divisions will start before the end of the We are going to have a meeting with the various general bodies, obviously to share the plans and get their feedback, and that is because of the national programme,” he said.

Freeland also hinted that an International Basketball Federation (FIBA) coaching course which had been postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic could also take place later this year.

“Because of the whole situation with Covid, they [FIBA] have had a few setbacks so they have indicated that July or August might be the best time for them to come to Antigua for this level one training course; we told them that in August we will have this course. We are just looking at the schedule in terms of two full days when we can accommodate them,” he said.

The basketball association in March 2020 canceled its national leagues following a directive from the Ministry of Sports that all competitions must be halted as part of efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

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Basketball ban in Nigeria – Tribune Online Thu, 23 Jun 2022 02:43:37 +0000

On May 12, following the protracted crisis in the Nigerian Basketball Federation (NBBF), the federal government announced Nigeria’s withdrawal from international basketball for two years, putting players, coaches, administrators and other stakeholders in the limbo. According to the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the decision is, among other things, to allow the authorities to reorganize the game in the country and end the struggle for the leadership of the NBBF once and for all. As a follow-up, on May 23, the government appointed a 10-person Interim Management Committee (IMC) to manage basketball in the country until normalcy returns. The committee headed by Henry Nzekwu was inaugurated on June 4 by Sports Minister Mr Sunday Dare, who urged him to “re-engineer basketball from the ground up”. Its terms of reference were “to develop programs that will revamp basketball from the ground up, attract corporate sponsors and revive moribund national leagues for the development of the game within two years, and ensure the development of facilities basketball throughout the country, and anything else that will facilitate the development of basketball in Nigeria.

The struggle for leadership in the NBBF dates back to 2017, when Musa Kida and Tijani Umar became NBBF presidents following factional elections won in two places on the same day. In fact, for three consecutive years, basketball league games have stopped in the country following a protracted dispute. The crisis, however, did not prevent Nigeria’s women’s basketball team, D’Tigress, from winning AfroBasket 2019 and retaining the title in 2021. Indeed, they also qualified for the Olympics in Tokyo 2020. Kida’s faction, which had since taken over running basketball in the country until January this year when another election was held which kept him (Kida) in power , is recognized by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA). January’s election was in many ways a repeat of 2017: while Kida was elected from Benin City, Mark Igoche, who reportedly did a lot of work to grow grassroots basketball by sponsoring the annual Mark D for men and women, was elected in Abuja. This obviously provoked the anger of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, which had previously set up a commission to ensure a single ballot according to the procedure provided.

Following the obviously misguided decision by the federal government, D’Tigress will not have the opportunity to show off their skills at the Sydney 2022 World Cup. The team have worked hard to qualify for the tournament, but it is Mali, designated by FIBA ​​​​as a substitute for Nigeria, who will be in the world championship. The men’s team, D’Tigers, will also miss the 2023 World Cup qualifying series to be held in July. This means that Nigeria will also miss the 2024 Olympics. That’s not all: in the continental championship next year, the D’Tigers will not have the opportunity to defend the AfroBasket title won three times in a row. .


To say the least, the federal government’s ban on Nigeria’s international basketball participation is misdirected. It’s a step reminiscent of the proverbial absurdity of ignoring leprosy while treating ringworm. It is ridiculous to close the doors of Nigerian international sport to long-suffering players and to deprive the Nigerian basketball faithful of the pleasure of seeing their teams participate in this thrilling game just because of the bickering among administrators. The ban becomes even more absurd when you consider that the solution to the crisis is under the nose of the government, but it prefers to chase shadows. We declare, without fear of being contradicted, that since the Kida faction, for lack of a better word, is the globally recognized authority of basketball in Nigeria, it amounts to a total waste of time and energy to lend Watch out for other factions. In pitching its tent with FIBA, Nigeria has pledged to abide by its rules and regulations, including non-interference in its internal affairs. It is therefore slippery, fraudulent and absurd to withdraw from this commitment just because of the crisis within the NBBF.

In case the government needs a reminder, sorting out basketball’s administrative issues is FIBA’s business, not the Department of Sports’. Indeed, even if all the Kida-led administration has is a slum, that slum remains the headquarters of basketball in Nigeria unless and until Nigeria decides to withdraw from the association and , by implication, international basketball. Compliance with FIBA ​​rules does not amount to a violation of Nigeria’s sovereignty; it is a demonstration of integrity. In any case, it is quite disconcerting that the federal government thinks that the NBBF “crisis” can be definitively resolved in two years. If the crisis-promoting issues persist, what guarantee is there that all will be well once the government lifts the ban in 2024? And is the government even thinking about the damage it will have done to gambling in Nigeria by the time its ban ends?

We approve of D’Tigress’ reaction to the ban. He said: “We would love to have the opportunity to play for our country which we love to represent in this upcoming FIBA ​​Women’s Basketball World Cup competition. We have worked very hard to be three time AfroBasket champions, Olympians and now we We are blessed to have another opportunity to continue this representation for Nigeria. We want Nigerian basketball to continue to grow and succeed at all levels; from local leagues, grassroots football and even on the international stage! We believe that all levels of Nigerian basketball can excel with the proper care, solidarity and organization.This position is unassailable.

Jović and Dieng highlight international prospects in NBA draft | Basketball Tue, 21 Jun 2022 06:20:49 +0000

LONDON (AP) — Ousmane Dieng of France has moved to Australia for a season to hone his skills. Nikola Jović stayed at home in Serbia.

The two are expected to meet up in the NBA, however, as they are among the top international prospects in Thursday night’s draft.

Both are versatile 6-foot-10 wingers who just turned 19 after completing their first professional season.

Dieng played for the New Zealand Breakers in the Australian National Basketball League under its Next Stars program, which became a hotspot for nba prospects. Jović was voted the ABA League’s top prospect following his first full season for club Belgrade Mega, which produced reigning NBA MVP Nikola Jokić.

Here’s a look at some of the best international players in the draft:

STRENGTHS: Multifaceted scorer with vision for the field and playmaking skills. He averaged 11.7 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists this season and shot 36.5% at from 3 points.

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Jović told The Associated Press that he trained for the Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs – both teams had three first-round picks on Monday – the Denver Nuggets (the 21st and 30th picks), the Chicago Bulls (No. 18), the Minnesota Timberwolves (No. 19) and the Milwaukee Bucks (the 24th pick). He also had workouts scheduled with the Miami Heat, who have the 27th pick, and the champion Golden State Warriors (No. 28).

“My basketball IQ is really good, I’m very good at shooting, as well as passing. These are things that I can immediately translate to the NBA,” Jović said.

CONCERNS: Jović does not have an explosive first step. Going into the season at 200lbs, there were also concerns about his strength, but he has bulked up and now weighs 224lbs.

“I work on my whole body. Core stability is really important to me,” said Jović, who turned 19 this month.

Rafael Barlowe, Director of Scouting at NBA Grand Councilsaid Jović projects himself as “an average league defender” and said the right fit will be vital: “He could end up in a bad situation like Deni Avdija (Washington Wizards) on a team where he doesn’t have the possibility of managing the ball and it is stuck in a corner.

The lanky Frenchman has recovered from a slow start in Australia to show why he could be a potential lottery pick.

STRENGTHS: Perimeter skills, playmaking potential, can defend multiple positions. He averaged 8.9 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. His 3-point shooting percentage was in the single digits early on, but over the last 12 games of the season it was 35%.

“I just needed to find my rhythm and keep working on my game,” he said.

Dieng has worked with “lots” of teams but declined to name them.

“I can fit into any team because I’m pretty versatile so I can do whatever the coach wants me to do,” he said. “I’m a pretty hard worker and really versatile with good vision and I can do anything on the floor.”

CONCERNS: Consistency of shot and framing. It needs to add volume. At 215 pounds, he’s about 10 pounds heavier than he was at the start of the season, when he looked lost at times.

“The gap between the French third division and the NBL is really big. Everything is faster and everything is more physical,” he said, adding that playing with former NBA players “was really good for me”.

Some other internationals without American experience:

— ISMAEL KAMAGATE: A 6-foot-11, 230-pound center for Paris Basket. The 21-year-old Frenchman averaged 11.8 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game. He stopped nine shots in a match against Roanne. All-star of the French championship.

– KHALIFA DIOP: Senegal’s last big man, a 7-foot-1, 240-pound center for Gran Canaria in Spain. He averaged 6.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and 0.8 blocks per game.

— HUGO BESSON: The 21-year-old full-back played with Dieng for the New Zealand Breakers. The 6-4 Frenchman averaged 13.9 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. Shot 30.8% from 3-point range.

— GABRIELE PROCIDA: A 6-7 athletic Italian who shot 38.3% from behind the arc for Bologna.

The 7ft 3in Frenchman Victor Wembanyama might have been the first choice this year – possibly also last year. The 18-year-old will finally be eligible in 2023.

With his height and skill set – ball handling, shooting, rim guarding – Wembanyama is considered a generational talent. He finished with 22 points, eight rebounds and eight blocks against a stacked American team that included Chet Holmgren. in the FIBA ​​Under-19 Basketball World Cup Final last July. He plays for ASVEL, Tony Parker’s French team.

“If he maximizes all of his gifts,” Barlowe said, “he could easily be one of the best players of his generation.”

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A Facebook image of a ‘giant reunion’ that left basketball fans in awe Sun, 19 Jun 2022 14:08:43 +0000

Former Indian international basketball player Subash Shenoy stunned his Facebook followers by posting a picture on Sunday.

It was a picture of him at waist height with a friend. The man he held against him was at least half a foot taller than him.

In case you were wondering what is special about him, Subash Shenoy is 202cm (6ft 7in) tall and he is one of the tallest basketball players in Kerala.

“Subash doesn’t look big at all,” someone replied from under the post. “Are you on your knees? asked another. Shenoy, in his uniquely friendly way, shared a hearty laugh with everyone.

But it wasn’t until she posted a few more photos to the series and gave a better caption that her followers realized the significance of the “reunion.” “With India’s greatest active basketball player in our playing days…now both sport a paunch,” wrote Shenoy, who is a superintendent at Central Excise and Customs.

“How tall is she, Shenoy?” someone asked. “He’s 7-foot-3,” was the response.

Interestingly, none of the photos Shenoy posted captured the two in full. “I think I managed to get one later,” Shenoy said before sharing the same with this reporter (check cover image).

For those unfamiliar with the duo, Shenoy and Mobin (Mohammed Islahuddin) were Indian basketball stars from the late 1990s to early 2000s. They were part of the national team that triumphed in the tournament of the South Asian Basketball Association in 2001.

In their heyday, they raised their eyebrows not only for being tall, but also for being good enough with a basketball. Shenoy is considered to be one of the best centers India have seen who stood out for his ball handling skills.

The two had met after a long stretch the other day at a Masters event in Thiruvananthapuram.

“Mobin is a Maharashtrian from Nanded who works with South Central Railways. At the time he was with TISCO (Tata Iron and Steel Company Limited) and we also participated in many tournaments in Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Mumbai and Kerala.

“I remember people asking about the scores from outside because they couldn’t get into the galleries which were packed.

“Unfortunately, there are no such tournaments anymore. It would be nice if we had more tournaments now. But for that too, the sponsors have to step in. Because more and more professional tournaments are essential for the development of our young players,” said Shenoy, the star of yesteryear.

Adam Sandler’s ‘Hustle’ is one of the best basketball movies of all time Fri, 17 Jun 2022 14:19:27 +0000

One of the most controversial points of debate in my house is my wife’s insistence that there are two universal truths: there is no such thing as a bad macaroni and cheese or a bad Adam Sandler movie. They are his two greatest loves, and I like to remind him that cafeterias exist, just like Don’t mess with the Zohan.

Suffice it to say, I don’t share his dogged determination when it comes to Sandler films. So my expectations were at rock bottom for Hustlethe latest sports film from Sandler’s “Happy Madison” production company – which gave us the final Home team, the movie about Sean Payton that was so bad it hurt me. I am amazed to tell you now not only Hustle really good, it might be one of my favorite basketball movies of all time.

Stanley Sugarman (Sandler) is a longtime international scout for the Philadelphia 76ers whose aspirations have always been to get off the road and become a coach. His dream finally comes true when team owner Rex Merrick (Robert Duval) informs Stanley that he is going to the bench – only to die before the promotion is achieved.

Forced to deal with new owner Vince Merrick (Ben Foster), with whom he still has heads-up, Stanley is back on the road with a mandate: find a difference maker, or be relegated to staying on the road as a as a scout forever.

It’s not a one-size-fits-all approach to sports moves. Hell, the story is no different than 1994 The air up there, but without the disgusting racial stereotypes of Africans. However, where Hustle exceeds is to take the concept of “hidden gem” and recontextualize it in a way that feels real, fresh and unique.

That’s largely down to Utah Jazz forward Juancho Hernangomez, who plays Bo Cruz, the Spanish basketball prodigy Stanley finds in Mallorca while on a trip to see another player. Hernangomez is an on-screen revelation, showing incredible range as he deftly weaves his basketball chops with true dramatic range that the role demands. Yes, there are the same “troubled player from a broken home” tropes we’ve seen in sports movies before – but the progression of Bo and Stanley’s relationship from player-coach to father-son is organic. and looks natural.

I will not tell Hustle is perfect, by all means. There are times when the film’s treatment of Bo is inconsistent. At one point, he is a provider, immersed in construction to support his young daughter and mother. A few scenes later, he’s infantilized, worshiping free bread on the plane to the United States and buying five cheesesteaks at once. Bo’s uneven treatment is a small issue, but takes away from what the character really is: a young man who feels like the weight of the world is on his shoulders, finally having someone to lean on in Stanley. .

Much of what gives Hustle his chops come from the ungodly amount of NBA involvement in this film. Co-produced by LeBron James and Maverick Carter’s “SpringHill Company,” it’s clear that a lot of favors were called for this film. Anthony Edwards stars as the hilariously named antagonist “Kermit Wilts,” a much-touted prospect from Kentucky who grows frustrated with Bo’s rising fame – but beyond that, the film is littered with cameos from some of the most big names in NBA history. Julius Erving, Dirk Nowitzki, Allen Iverson, Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley all make appearances – and that’s before we get to the other current NBA stars with their fingerprints everywhere Hustle.

One of the film’s final scenes is Bo’s buyout game, a privately arranged pick-up game between top prospects and current players, as NBA front office personnel watch. In this sequence alone, you can count the number of stars that have come to work on Hustle, from Trae Young, Kyle Lowry and Jordan Clarkson, to Celtics general manager Brad Stevens – as well as the majority of the 76ers, who are frequent throughout Philadelphia-based history. The notable omission is Joel Embiid, who is mentioned but sadly never appears on screen.

The epilogue rocks the redemption of Stanley and Bo with a surprise that holds Hustle to be too generic. We are truly left with one of the best sports movies of the last decade and one of the best basketball movies of all time.

These are the kinds of films I hope Sandler will continue with. It’s an easier watch than the 2019 one Uncut Gems, but shows that the comedian is at his best when he’s toning things down. It’s clear that everyone involved in this project has been invested in telling a good basketball story, and that’s what makes it thrive over something like Home teamwhich tried so hard to be a comedy that it lost all semblance of humor.

Let’s be real: Sandler’s Netflix movie series has been mostly awful, but Hustle absolutely worth taking the time and watching. It’s fun, it’s heartfelt, the basketball scenes are awesome, and it’s a breath of fresh air.

Basketball Ireland and TG4 agree international basketball deal in 2022 Wed, 15 Jun 2022 13:43:30 +0000

BASLETBALL IRELAND and TG4 have agreed a three-game deal for FIBA ​​EuroBasket matches in 2022, which will see the senior men’s and women’s teams broadcast live on the station. The first game takes place on June 30ewhen the Irish seniors face Austria in Salzburg, followed three days later by their home game against Switzerland on July 3rd.

Ireland remain firmly in contention in Group A, they are third, just one point behind Switzerland and Austria, co-leaders. The group winners and the two best runners-up from three groups will advance to the second round of pre-qualifying, which begins in August, with another two-match window in November.

Ireland’s senior women return to play on November 27eat home to the Netherlands in their FIBA ​​Women’s EuroBasket 2023 Qualifiers, which will also be broadcast live on TG4.

Basketball Ireland CEO John Feehan said: “This agreement reinforces TG4’s commitment to top-level Irish international and domestic basketball. They already provide excellent coverage of our National Cup and featured our return to FIBA ​​EuroBasket last year. This announcement for our 2022 internationals is another sign of the appetite for basketball in this country.

Rónán Ó Coisdealbha, Head of Sports at TG4, added: “TG4 is delighted to be broadcasting Ireland’s senior international basketball teams, as they take on Europe’s top teams at FIBA ​​EuroBasket. Both the men’s and women’s teams have put in extremely impressive performances since their return to EuroBasket level, and our viewers have enjoyed watching and supporting them. TG4 is delighted to make even more of these games available to the public on free-to-air television and this deal means more top-flight basketball will be shown for Irish audiences in 2022.”

Ireland senior men’s head coach Mark Keenan said: “This is great news for our sport, the guys are extremely excited about the upcoming matches against Austria and Switzerland in a few weeks. It’s wonderful to see both games broadcast live on TG4, the station has been a big supporter of Irish basketball. We’re looking to give our fans something to look forward to in the next two matches as we aim to reach the next stage of FIBA ​​EuroBasket qualification.

Ireland Women’s Senior Head Coach James Weldon added: “It’s great news that TG4 will be covering our home game against the Netherlands again in November. It gives the wider basketball community and beyond a chance to see our players in action at the highest level of European basketball.

Austria v Ireland on June 30e advice at 7:20 p.m., with live coverage on TG4 from 7:05 p.m. Three days later, Ireland host Switzerland at the National Basketball Arena, live coverage begins at 5:00 p.m. and the game begins at 5:15 p.m. Cispheil Beo from TG4 will be presented by Galway sports broadcaster Máire Treasa Ní Cheallaigh, who will be joined by a team of expert basketball analysts. The series is produced by Fogarty Fenwick Services.

FIBA EuroBasket 2025 Pre-Qualifiers

Thursday June 30e

Austria versus Ireland, Alpenstrasse Sports Hall, Salzburg, 1920, LIVE ON TG4 from 1905

Sunday July 3rd

Ireland v Switzerland, National Basketball Arena, Dublin, 1715, LIVE ON TG4 from 1700

June 15, 2022; TG4 presenter Máire Treasa Ní Cheallaigh with Irish internationals, h. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile ***NO REPRODUCTION FEES***
Pelicans value Willy Hernangomez more than Adam Sandler hustle Sun, 12 Jun 2022 22:56:51 +0000

New Orleans Pelicans Enjoy Willy Hernangomez More Than Adam Sandler’s New Netflix Movie Hustle. He made himself virtually untouchable in the NBA trade market, but his teammate jokingly excluded him from the list after seeing Bo Cruz try. Cruz is portrayed by Willy’s brother, Juancho Hernangomez. Willy appears as himself.