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2008 Olympic Men's Basketball

Posted on: July 9, 2008 1:28 am
Edited on: July 20, 2008 9:22 pm

Tracking 2008 Olympic Men's Basketball


Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: July 15, 2008 8:25 pm

2008 FIBA/Olympic Basketball

Official Olympic Qualifying Games, Athens, Day 2, 7/15/08

Tracking performance of NBA players and players taken in the 2008 NBA draft:

Rasho Nesterovic, Slovenia (Indiana Pacers):  31 minutes, 14 pts, 9 rebs, 2 assists, 2 steals, 1 turnover, 4 blocks, 3 fouls
Goran Dragic, Slovenia (draft trade to Phoenix Suns): 19 minutes, 3 pts, 1 reb, 2 assists, 0 steals, 1 turnover, 1 block, 0 fouls

Samuel Dalembert, Canada (Philly Sixers): 22 minutes, 4 pts, 2 rebs, 0 assists, 0 steals, 2 turnovers, 0 blocks, 3 fouls
Joel Anthony, Canada (Miami Heat): 22 minutes, 9 pts, 6 rebs, 1 assist, 0 steals, 2 turnovers, 2 blocks, 2 fouls

Chris Kamen, Germany (LA Clippers): 20 minutes, 10 pts, 10 rebs, 1 assist, 0 steals, 5 turnovers, 2 blocks, 3 fouls
Dirk Nowitzki, Germany (Dallas Mavs): 21 minutes, 16 pts, 5 rebs, 1 assist, 0 steals, 1 turnover, 0 blocks, 1 foul

Juan Barea, Puerto Rico (Dallas Mavs): 20 minutes, 13 pts, 2 rebs, 0 assists, 0 steals, 1 turnover, 0 blocks, 3 fouls
Carlos Arroyo, Puerto Rico (Orlando Magic): 26 minutes, 16 pts, 5 rebs, 3 assists, 1 steal, 2 turnovers, 0 blocks, 4 fouls

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: July 15, 2008 7:50 pm

2008 FIBA/Olympic Basketball

Official Olympic Qualifying Games, Athens, Day 2, 7/15/08

Group A
;    94
Lebanon   54
(Greece did not play today)

Group B
Germany    &nbs
p;   104
Cape Verde     68
(New Zealand  did not play today)

Group C
Slovenia    86
Canada     70
(Korea  did not play today)

Group D
Puerto Rico     &
nbsp;  81
Cameroon    &nb
sp;    72
(Croatia did not play today)

Notable happenings:  The team from Cameroon put in their bench in the second half and closed the game to 3 points (70-67) at one point.  They had a much better showing today than yesterday, but it doesn't look as if they will advance to the next round.

Canada must beat Korea tomorrow to clinch one of the spots moving on to the next round.

Chris Kamen made his debut as a player for Germany today.  He had not played international ball so the feel of the ball and the rules were very different for him.  He is on a team that has played together for 10 years, but he fit in well for his first game with Dirk Nowitzki's team.  Tomorrow they play New Zealand, which should be a far more competitive game. 

Brazil will face off with Greece on Wednesday, which should be another good game.  I noticed that Leandro Barbosa of the Phoenix Suns, who plays for Brazil, is not on the roster for the official games.  I'm still looking for a reason why he isn't on the roster--injury, pressure from the Suns, cut from the team, etc.  Curious, because he was a team leader and scored well in last summer's FIBA Americas tournament.

After tomorrow's games, the quarter finals begin Thursday. 

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: July 14, 2008 7:08 pm

2008 FIBA/Olympic Basketball

Official Olympic Qualifying Games, Athens, Day 1, 7/14/08

Tracking performance of NBA players and players taken in the 2008 NBA draft:

Luc Richard Mbaha Moute, from UCLA drafted and signed by Milwaukee Bucks) is not on the active roster for Cameroon today.

Goran Dragic, from Slovenia's Olympic team and under contract to Tau Ceramica, drafted by Spurs, traded to Suns:
18 minutes of play, 11 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 turnover, 1 steal, no blocks, 3 fouls, 2/2 from 2 point range, 1/1 from 3 point range, 4/4 from free throw line, shooting 100%


Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: July 14, 2008 6:29 pm

2008 FIBA/Olympic Basketball

Official Olympic Qualifying Games, Athens, Day 1, 7/14/08

Group A
Greece    119
Lebanon   62
(Brazil did not play today)

Group B
New Zealand 77
Cape Verde    50
(Germany  did not play today)

Group C
Slovenia 88
(Canada did not play today)

Group D
Croatia    &nbs
p;   93
Cameroon 79
(Puerto Rico did not play today)

Notable happenings:

The team from Cameroon still has not been paid or received equipment money from their government or from FIBA for last summer's participation in the FIBA Africa games.  The team made a last minute decision to go ahead and play in the Olympic qualifiers anyway, for pride in the country and for their families.  The UCLA players originally on their rosters were cut except for Alfred Aboya, who had a mediocre performance of 1 block, 1 turnover, 4 fouls and no points in 10 minutes of play.  Cameroon plays Puerto Rico next (if they decide to keep playing) and is unlikely to move on to the second round of play.

Cape Verde lost to New Zealand today and has to play Germany tomorrow, so it is not anticipated that they will qualify to move on to the next round of play.

Rasho Nesterivic for Slovenia led the team with a good game.  He played 32 of the 40 minutes in the game.  His stat line:  26 points, 9 rebounds, 1 turnover, 1 steal, 1 block, 1 assist, 3 fouls, 72% shooting from 2 point range, no free throws given, no 3 point shots taken.  When asked about his intention to play for the NBA next year, Slovenia's Goran Dragic (drafted by the Spurs and traded to the Suns) gave this quote after the game:   “I don’t know,” Dragic said.  "San Antonio drafted me but then traded me to Phoenix, and there would also have to be a buyout at my club, Tau (Ceramica).  It would be great to play in Phoenix and learn from a point guard like Steve Nash. We’ll see.”  Dragic wasn’t sure if he’d make it over (to the NBA) this year.   (Nice job, Steve Kerr!)

Greece and Croatia are expected to qualify for the Olympics (there are only 3 spots remaining, and Germany, Brazil, Canada, and Puerto Rico are also in contention for those 3 spots).  Greece has remained undefeated in all preliminary games and the first day of qualifying games.  Greece plays Brazil on Wednesday--that should be a good game.

Tomorrow's games:
Slovenia v Canada
Cape Verde v Germany
Cameroon v Puerto Rico
Lebanon v Brazil

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: July 9, 2008 4:11 am

2008 FIBA/Olympic Basketball

On rosters of other countries, I bolded the names of NBA players, noted/skilled foreign club players, and American college students.  Note that detailed info is not available yet for all rosters; some rosters have yet to be trimmed to the 12 player limit.

Coach: Sergio Hernández

Player, Current Club
Pablo Prigioni, Saski Baskonia
Antonio Porta, Spartak Saint Petersburg
Nicolás Gianella, CB Granada
Manu Ginóbili, San Antonio Spurs
Carlos Delfino, Toronto Raptors
Andrés Nocioni, Chicago Bulls

Federico Kammerichs, CB Murcia
Leonardo Gutiérrez, Club Atlético Boca Juniors
Fabricio Oberto, San Antonio Spurs
Luis Scola, Houston Rockets

Coach: Jonas Kazlauskas

Player, Current Club
Yi Jianlian, New Jersey Nets
Wang Zhizhi, Bayi Rockets
Wang Shipeng, Guangdong Southern Tigers
Zhu Fangyu, Guangdong Southern Tigers
Zhang Qingpeng, Liaoning Hunters
Du Feng, Guangdong Southern Tigers
Chen Jianghua, Guangdong Southern Tigers
Wang Lei, Bayi Rockets
Zhou Peng, Guangdong Southern Tigers
Zhang Kai, Dongguan Leopards
Sun Yue, Beijing Olympians
Li Nan, Bayi Rockets
Ding Jinhui, Zhejiang Horses
NOTE:  Yao Ming's name has yet to appear on the roster.

Coach: Ramūnas Butautas

Player, Current Club
Šarūnas Jasikevičius, Panathinaikos BC
Marius Prekevičius, BC Lietuvos Rytas
Mantas Kalnietis, BC Žalgiris
Rolandas Alievas, CSK VSS Samara
Tomas Delininkaitis, Azovmash Mariupol
Rimantas Kaukėnas, Mens Sana Basket
Ramūnas Šiškauskas, PBC CSKA Moscow
Mindaugas Lukauskis, BC Lietuvos Rytas
Martynas Pocius, Duke Blue Devils
Steponas Babrauskas, BC Lietuvos Rytas
Artūras Milaknis, BC Žalgiris
Jonas Mačiulis, BC Žalgiris
Linas Kleiza, Denver Nuggets
Simas Jasaitis, Saski Baskonia
Paulius Jankūnas, BC Žalgiris
Darius Songaila, Washington Wizards
Donatas Zavackas, BC Lietuvos Rytas
Kšyštof Lavrinovič, Mens Sana Basket
Darjuš Lavrinovič, UNICS Kazan
Robertas Javtokas, MBC Dynamo Moscow
Marijonas Petravičius, BC Lietuvos Rytas
Antanas Kavaliauskas, Panionios Forthnet
Michailas Anisimovas, BC Lietuvos Rytas

Coach: Brian Goorjian

No, Player, Position, Age, Current Club
5, Patrick Mills, Guard, 20, Saint Mary Gaels
8, Brad Newley, Guard, 23, Panionios BC
9, CJ Bruton, Guard, 32, New Zealand Breakers
4, Andrew Bogut, Center, 23, Milwaukee Bucks
11, Mark Worthington, Forward, 25, South Dragons
7, Luke Kendall, Guard, 27, Sydney Kings
?, Chris Anstey, Center, 33, Melbourne Tigers
12, Glen Saville, Forward, 32, Wollongong Hawks
14, Matthew Nielsen, Forward, 30, Lietuvos Rytas
13, David Andersen, Forward, 28, Barcelona
24, David Barlow, Forward, 24, Melbourne Tigers
23, Shawn Redhage, Forward, 27, Perth Wildcats
20, Joe Ingles, Forward, 20, South Dragons
NOTE:  By Olympic rules, players' numbers must be #4 through #15, so these players should be wearing different numbers in competition.

Coach: Rajko Toroman

Player, Current Club
Amir Amini, Kaveh Tehran
Javad Davari, Petrochimi Bandar Imam
Mehdi Kamrani, Mahram Tehran
Mohammad Reza Akbari, Zob Ahan Esfahan
Iman Zandi, BEEM Mazandaran
Hamed Afagh Eslamieh, Saba Battery Tehran
Houman Rezaei, Mahram Tehran
Jaber Rouzbahani, Zob Ahan Esfahan
Hamed Hadadi, Saba Battery Tehran
Asghar Kardoust, Saba Battery Tehran
Samad Nikkhah Bahrami, Mahram Tehran
Oshin Sahakian, Zob Ahan Esfahan
Aren Davoudi, Zob Ahan Esfahan
Saeid Davarpanah, Kaveh Tehran
Hamed Sohrabnejad, Mahram Tehran

Coach: Alberto Carvalho

Player, Current Club
Joaquim Gomes, Clube Desportivo Primeiro de Agosto
Olimpio Cipriano, Clube Desportivo Primeiro de Agosto
Carlos Almeida, Clube Desportivo Primeiro de Agosto
Armando Silva, Clube Desportivo Primeiro de Agosto
Felizardo Ambrosio, Clube Desportivo Primeiro de Agosto
Vladimir Geronimo, Clube Desportivo Primeiro de Agosto
Abdel Aziz Boukar, Clube Desportivo Primeiro de Agosto
Eduardo Mingas, Atlético Petróleos Luanda
Milton Barros, Atlético Petróleos Luanda
Victor Muzadi, Atlético Petróleos Luanda
Luis Costa, Atlético Petróleos Luanda
Carlos Morais, Atlético Petróleos Luanda
Domingos Bonifacio, Atlético Petróleos Luanda
Paulo Leonel, Atlético Petróleos Luanda
Francisco Horacio, Atlético Petróleos Luanda
Ildefonso Kitekulo, Atlético Petróleos Luanda

Coach: David Blatt

Player, Position, Age, Current Club
Sergei Bykov, Guard, 25, Dynamo Moscow
Fedor Dmitriev, Forward, 23, Triumph Lyubertsy
Vitali Fridzon, Guard, 22, Khimki
Sasha Kaun, Center, 23, CSKA Moscow (Kansas 2008 NCAA Champion Team)
Viktor Keirou, Forward, 24, CSKA Moscow
Travis Hansen, Guard, 30, Dynamo Moscow
Jon Robert Holden, Guard, 31, CSKA Moscow
Viktor Khryapa, Forward, 26, CSKA Moscow
Dmitri Khvostov, Guard, 18, Dynamo Moscow
Andrei Kirilenko, Forward, 27, Utah Jazz (2007 Euro Champion MVP)
Kelly McCarty, Forward, 32, Khimki
Sergei Monya, Forward, 25, Dynamo Moscow
Nikita Morgunov, Center, 33, Khimki
Nikolai Padius, Guard, 27, UNICS Kazan
Zakhar Pashutin, Guard, 34, CSKA Moscow
Anton Ponkrashov, Guard, 22, Khimki
Petr Samoylenko, Guard, 31, Dynamo Moscow
Alexei Savrasenko, Center, 29, CSKA Moscow
Nikita Shabalkin, Forward, 21, Khimki
Alexey Shved, Guard, 19, CSKA Moscow
Dmitriy Sokolov, Center, 23, UNICS Kazan
Yuri Vasiliev, Center, 27, Dynamo Moscow
Andrey Vorontsevich, Forward, 21, CSKA Moscow
Egor Vyaltsev, Guard, 22, Triumph Lyubertsy
Alexey Zozulin, Guard, 25, Ural Great
NOTE:  This roster has to be reduced to the required 12 players.

Coach: Aíto García Reneses

No, Player, Position, Age, Current Club
4, Pau Gasol, Power forward/Center, 27, Los Angeles Lakers
5, Rudy Fernández, Guard, 23, Portland Trail Blazers
6, Raül López, Guard, 28, Real Madrid
7, Juan Carlos Navarro, Guard, 28, Barcelona
8, José Manuel Calderón, Guard, 27, Toronto Raptors
9, Felipe Reyes, Power forward/Center, 28, Real Madrid
10, Carlos Jiménez, Foward, 32, Unicaja Málaga
11, Ricky Rubio, Guard, 17, DKV Joventut
12, Berni Rodríguez, Shooting guard/Small forward, 28, Unicaja Málaga
13, Marc Gasol, Center, 23, Memphis Grizzlies
14, Álex Mumbrú, Forward, 29, Real Madrid
15, Jorge Garbajosa, Power forward/Center, 30, Free agent
16, Víctor Sada, Guard, 24, Akasvayu Girona
17, Víctor Claver, Power forward/Center, 19, Pamesa Valencia
18, Juan José Triguero, Center, 24, Cajasol
OK, Spain is a little scary!!  They won the 2006 World Games and have several 7 foot centers and talented shooters and ball handlers!

These rosters may be changed.  I'll post updates before the 8/8/08 Olympic games.

I will post the rosters of the teams in the July play-in games.  There is some scary talent on those teams as well.

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: July 9, 2008 2:52 am

2008 FIBA/Olympic Basketball

Oops!  Fun with formatting!  Sorry!

Coach: Mike Krzyzewski

No, Player, Position,  Age, Current Club

4, Carlos Boozer, Power forward/Center,  26, Utah Jazz
5, Jason Kidd, Point guard, 35, Dallas Mavericks
6, LeBron James, Small forward/Point forward, 23, Cleveland Cavaliers
7, Deron Williams, Point guard, 24, Utah Jazz
8, Michael Redd, Shooting guard, 28, Milwaukee Bucks
9, Dwyane Wade, Shooting guard, 26, Miami Heat
10, Kobe Bryant, Shooting guard, 29, Los Angeles Lakers
11, Dwight Howard, Center/Power forward, 22, Orlando Magic
12, Chris Bosh,  Power Forward/Center,  24, Toronto Raptors
13, Chris Paul,  Point guard,  23,  New Orleans Hornets
14, Tayshaun Prince,  Small forward,  28,  Detroit Pistons
15,  Carmelo Anthony,  Small forward,  24, Denver Nuggets

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: July 9, 2008 2:21 am
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Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: July 9, 2008 2:16 am

2008 FIBA/Olympic Basketball

I will post the rosters of the teams already qualified and the teams participating in the July play-in games.  LET THE DEBATE BEGIN!!

Would you change the USA roster and if so, who would you add and who would you remove? 

Personally, I'd rather see Tyson Chandler on the roster.  We have only one true center in Dwight Howard, and he is playing with a fractured sternum.  If injury or foul trouble occurs, I am not satisfied that we have a viable second option at that position.

Should players who are not citizens of the country they are playing for be allowed to play for a country's national team?

If you check the rosters, almost every team has players that are playing because they are under contract to a country's national team, regardless of whether they are citizens.  There are many American college players on foreign rosters.  There are American NBA players who did not make Team USA who are being given passports/dual citizenship to foreign countries so they can play.  Chris Kamen of the Clippers will play for Germany; for the women's competition, the WNBA MVP, Becky Hammond, is not on the USA team; she will be playing for Russia.  Other countries are doing the same thing--putting players on their rosters regardless of citizenship.

Check the rosters!  You may be surprised at who is playing for which countries.  Not all rosters are set yet.  Team USA's roster has been determined.

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: July 9, 2008 2:01 am

2008 FIBA/Olympic Basketball

For the July 2008 play-in games, the following teams are grouped:

Group A
Greece, Lebanon, Brazil

Group B
New Zealand, Cape Verde, Germany

Group C
Korea, Slovenia, Canada

Group D
Croatia, Cameroon, Puerto Rico

Qualifying games will be played July 18-20 in Athens.  Only 3 of the above teams will make the Olympic competition.

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: July 9, 2008 1:54 am

2008 FIBA/Olympic Basketball

Some general information:

Olympic rosters are limited to 12 players, 5 fellow athletes who are allowed to travel with the team in addition to coaching staff, trainers, and medical staff.  Some countries have already established their 12 player rosters (USA is set).  Others are still working on rosters, especially those teams facing play-in games in July and teams with injury problems (Germany has lost 3 key players).

In Olympic basketball, players are eliminated after 5 fouls, not 6.  Usually, far more physical contact is allowed in international play, but there is still the concern of players fouling out more easily.

There are four ten-minute quarters in the game.

The basketball has fewer panels than the ball used in the NBA game so there is a different feel to the ball.

It is legal to take the ball off the rim without getting a goal tending violation.

For anyone interested, I will post a link to the official rules.  There is one rule book for games officiated by 2 referees and a separate rule book for games refereed by 3 refs.  International play will be moving toward 3 refs, but I'm not sure that 3 refs will be used in the 2008 Olympic games. 

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