Monday, August 23, 2010

About the Spain vs USA match...

Ricky Rubio was the best player in that game, even tho the stats don't show it. He outclassed all the american guards and lead the Spanish comeback that almost toppled Team USA.

Via twitter from John Schumann

Via @in_the_deep ... Calderon was a -20 on Sunday, while Rubio was a +19

Yup, that's about right to me.

And thank god Kevin Durant's jumper finally showed up.

Also notice during the last 2 minutes, Team USA initially went to billups/durant pick and roll, but switched to rose/odom in the last 2-3 plays. Smart move since i'd rather Billups and Durant be the spot up 3pt shooters during pick and roll play than Rose or Odom.

Also, Spain weren't holding back vs USA to hide their capabilities, unlike what some feared. Played hard and competitive basketball.

Why FIBA chose Lebanon over the Philippines in hosting next FIBA Asia Championship

lots of complaining over here.

the philippines isn't serious about it's international basketball participation anymore (just look at the PBA's actions of denying their players for the NT), that's why we got spurned. ginamit lang nila ang FIBA para mapatalsik ang BAP, and the PBA pretended for a short time to support RP basketball. mas mabuti pa ibalik na lang tayo ulit sa suspension. tama na ang charade. puro bata at college players lang ang ipapadala natin sa FIBA at olympic qualifiers.

Drahow ein Ente: ^is the PBA the Philippines?

Unfortunately, yes in FIBA's eyes and in terms of basketball, when you consider that they have cornered 90% of the best players in the country--the PBA has effectively hijacked basketball in this country.

Dangling the possibility of the PBA allowing it's players to participate with a new basketball entity if only the bap was abolished was used to deceive FIBA and abet the coup.

The final results were:

1) new people were in charge
2) the pba still went back to it's old ways (pre-noli eala)
3) we still ended up sending college and amateur players to major basketball tournaments.

Fiba got a wind of that, and since we've given up on sending our best players just to protect the PBA's business interests and their brand of basketball entertainment, I can't blame FIBA. If i were patrick baumann, i'd reinstate the RP back on the suspension list for allowing the PBA to continue it's existence.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Team USA could be in big trouble

Bill Simmons on Twitter:

sportsguy33 Not crazy about USA Hoops Final 13. Too small, too many G's, not enough boards. I'd dump Iggy & Westbrook for Blake Griffin.

sportsguy33 Also: Howard was foolish for skipping this thing. Dwight, we've seen you play. Nobody needs the alpha dog reps more than you.


John Hollinger:

johnhollinger Somebody want to explain to me why US is keeping five PGs -- three of whom can't shoot 3s -- and only one C?


Marc Stein:

STEIN_LINE_HQ RT @sportsguy33: Not crazy about USA Hoops Final 13. (LEADERSHIP/SHOOTING VOIDS, TOO. EXOS ON HOSTILE WOOD V SPAIN/GREECE = RUDE AWAKENINGS)


Since my last post on Team USA, their other center Brook Lopez has dropped out as well.

The remaining players on that 13-man squad are Rondo, Curry, Billups, Rose, Westbrook, Igoudala, Gordon, Gay, Odom, Love, Granger, Chandler, and Durant.

This is too late, but if I were Colangelo I would have considered Jason Richardson (watch the Suns playoffs, he's an excellent spot-up shooter behind the 3pt line) and Anthony Morrow. As for the lack of size of this team, there are no solutions left since most of the bigs have either refused to join or are not worth it.

Spain and USA will meet in the semis and the USA team is in danger or missing the finals here. Greece and Argentina will likely meet in the other group semis.

China's meaner new-look basketball Uniforms

Unveiled today when they went up against Puerto Rico.

It's not the traditional red unis anymore.

The Back side.

Another view.
(Photo source: Reuters)

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Maybe the best Latino duo in NBA history?

Mark Aguirre and Rolando Blackman of the Dallas Mavericks during the eighties. Aguirre (pronounced like Mark Mcgwire) is half Mexican. Rolando Blackman was born in Panama. Aguirre was a dominant scorer. Blackman was a terrific shooter. And they almost derailed the Lakers repeat attempt in the 1988 WCF.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Why does the UK suck at Basketball?

I posted that question at Yahoo! Answers, and I really didn't really like the answers.

UPDATE: The Man Who Will Save British Basketball

Will Spain win FIFA + FIBA World Championships this year?

They've already won the soccer part. Will they be also 2010 FIBA Champs in Turkey? They are currently ranked #1, with Greece and USA right behind them.

Why Lebron should be insulted with Pippen Comparisons

Scottie Pippen may be a great defender and unselfish ballhandler and distributor, but he's one of the biggest chokers on that Bulls team, playing alongside one of the best clutch players in NBA history. He really can't shoot, and most of his shot conversions are layups, dunks or short shot attempts. He's a career 70.4% shooter. If teams were allowed to play zone during that time, his half-court offensive efficiency would be even worse-- with him shooting around 42-43% FG/season very likely.

I remember when Penny Hardaway was in his second year, I rated him higher than Pippen. And during that same time, Grant Hill I also considered a much better player than Pip.

Pippen may have led his team to 55 wins the year after Jordan's first retirement, but i chalk that up as them overachieving. The 2006 Suns also made it to the WCF without Amare, and this year's Blazers team won 50 games despite injuries from Roy, Oden, Pryzbilla, Batum, Fernandez. One thing you'll notice is that that 1994 Bulls team near the end was beginning to fall apart under Pippen's leadership. In 1995, they started so poorly they almost missed the playoffs, with the season saved by Michael's comeback.

So back to Lebron James. Yes, be insulted. You're the biggest star in the NBA and 2-time MVP, and they compare you to Pippen? Dwayne Wade is no Michael, but Wade > Pippen. IMHO.

ADD: At the end of the 1994 Bulls season, everybody wanted out of that team. Including Pippen.

2nd ADD: The rehabilitation of Scottie Pippen continues.

3rd ADD: Do you recall any Pippen game-winning shot moments?