This week FIBA announced Indonesia’s World Cup qualification process for the 2023 FIBA event. It is flawed, lacks creativity, and does nothing to promote basketball in Indonesia nor its national team. It also does not give them much of a chance. Three-game winner-gets-the-last-spot play-in series in Indonesia in a sold-out arena I just set a […]
Panathinaikos must leave the EuroLeague and go to FIBA [Basketball Champions League). Whoa! Shots fired! Will Panathinaikos BC, founded in 1919 (parent club founded in 1908), be the first to bail on the EuroLeague for the Champions League? Will other teams follow suit? That statement was made Tuesday by the 38-time Greek league and six-time […]
Both China and Mexico are sleeping giants who just can’t their basketball on track. Despite the potential and talent. What’s going on? China China just cannot get it right under CBA president Yao Ming (the best Asian basketball player of all time). I give him a lot of credit for thinking out-side-the-box and trying new […]
In recent weeks, with basketball fans on the edges of their sofas waiting desperately for the NBA to start back up, the G League has been making headlines with the signings of top American draft prospects to their revamped G League pathway program. This type of G League pathway program should have been implemented 20 […]
Capitanes Ciudad de Mexico will be the first G League team outside the USA and Canada. It has been speculated and rumored for years. Now the NBA finally made it official last month during its annual NBA Mexico City Games. The NBA will finally have a team in Mexico, the largest market in Latin America… […]
For the first time ever, the FIBA World Cup format included a staggering 32 teams in the 2019 final phase. They came from FIBA’s five regions. In the end, the Marc Gasol-lead Spanish squad reigned supreme in China, beating out tournament surprise and fan-favorite Argentina to secure Spains's second World Cup title.
Isn’t 32 teams a bit too much? That depends on how you look at it. FIBA has 213 national federation members. Some simple math tells us that 15% of them qualified for the World Cup. That’s three out of every 20 teams. That percentage is on par with other similar international competitions, but low compared […]