Tag:FIBA
Posted on: September 1, 2010 8:06 am
Edited on: September 1, 2010 8:07 am
 

Shootaround 9.1.10: Evans putting the J back in

Evans' J, Love's weird way, and the James kiddos' first day, today in the Shootaround.
Posted by Matt Moore


The Hawks aren't planning on taking their time with Al Horford's extension. They're planning on offering him a near-max extension before the October 31st deadline, meaning they'll have given up $190 million in salary for two players the year before the CBA dramatically shifts. Horford is an All-Star center, young, versatile, and extremely aware on both sides of the ball. Kelly Dwyer pointed out that the Hawks have some options with Horford. Unfortunately, they seem ready to rush into the breach with wallets wide open. You have to wonder how they're going to find salary room for any of the other players, let alone Jamal Crawford, who also wants an extension... or a trade.

Tyreke Evans has reinvested himself in his jump shot. What's interesting is that he was a terrible shooter (32%) from midrange, 16-23 feet last season, but a very decent one from 10-15 feet (43.2%). As Sam Amick's profile reveals, Evans used to be a tremendous shooter, he just needs to reacquaint himself with his shot. It could be a significant leap forward in his offensive development. Which is terrifying, considering how good he was last year.

A Wolf Among Wolves discusses Kevin Love's Team USA summer, and the fact that he's best suited for a third option role. Which makes sense, since the Wolves have buried him in the past for Darko Milicic and just traded for Michael Beasley who most scouts agree is best suited for the power forward role. You know. Third best option.

It's kind of a shame that Shaq's teams didn't end up meeting the Spurs over the years. Because the Duncan-Shaq rivalry is prett good.

George Karl was surprised at the firing of Mark Warkentien. He speaks highly of Warkentien, as well as Masai Ujiri. You have to wonder just how spread to the four corners the entire Nuggets organization is at this point.

LeBron James is a human . No one really seems to think so at this point, but it's true.

Ersan Ilyasova is tearing up FIBA play . Which could be a good thing for the Bucks as he develops and takes on more of a leadership role. Or it could cause him to wonder why he's been shoved to the back of the line in the Bucks' forward feeding trough with the additions of Drew Gooden, Larry Sanders, and others.

A fascinating look at roster balance on the wings for the Knicks, not in terms of skillset, but shot performance on the right versus the left side of the floor. Interesting note: Ramond Felton took exactly as many shots from the right side as the left, and hit the same percentage.

The numerous discussions of Marquis Daniels have overlooked one aspect: Doc Rivers completely took him out of the rotation in the playoffs, despite him having recovered from injury. The trust is simply not there on a team that depends on it so much.

The Bucks hope and expect Andrew Bogut to be back for the season opener. It's close, but don't hold your breath.


Posted on: August 24, 2010 1:58 pm
 

Rajon Rondo withdraws from Team USA

Celtics guard asks to be cut for personal reasons, final roster set.
Posted by Matt Moore

A shocking development came down the pipeline of Team USA today, as Rajon Rondo has been cut from the team, after asking to withdraw for personal reasons . Head of USA basketball Jerry Colangelo thanked Rondo for his effort and commitment and issued a statement of support for the Celtics guard. Rondo had been the starter for Team USA, but had also looked lackadaiscal and dispassionate for long stretches.

The final cut was widely talked about being between Stephen Curry, whose game fits well on the international stage but who has been battling injury, and Russell Westbrook, the lowest name guard on roster. With Rondo out, they both make the team. Losing Rondo hurts in several key areas however. While a lot of talk has been about the lack of shooting on Team USA, an area Rondo was not equipped to help in, his pressure perimeter defense and distribution skills were unmatched among the plethora of guards Coach K and Colangelo decided to take overseas. Losing him means Derrick Rose will need to step up considerably on both sides of the ball to be the distributor, with Chauncey Billups primarily playing shooting guard for the club.

The final Team USA roster, finalized today with Rondo's withdrawal:

Chauncey Billups (Denver Nuggets)
Tyson Chandler (Dallas Mavericks)
Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors)
Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder)
Rudy Gay (Memphis Grizzlies)
Eric Gordon (Los Angeles Clippers)
Danny Granger (Indiana Pacers)
Andre Iguodala (Philadelphia 76ers)
Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves)
Lamar Odom
(Los Angeles Lakers)
Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls)
Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder)

The 2010 FIBA World Championships begin Saturday.
Posted on: August 23, 2010 2:04 pm
 

Jose Calderon to miss World's

Raptors' guard injured in Spain-USA exhibition, will miss FIBA World Championships.
Posted by Matt Moore


Scratch another NBA player from the FIBA World Championships. Raptors guard Jose Calderon, playing for Spain, tore an unspecified muscle in his leg and is out. The good news for Toronto is that he's not expected to miss more than four weeks, meaning he should be good to go for training camp. For Spain, the news is unfortunate, but not terrible.

Spain's already strong on guards with both Juan Carlos Navarro and Ricky Rubio on roster, among others. With a limited number of games, depth isn't a terribly important issue, but you still don't like losing a reliable shooter in international play, which is so reliant on perimeter shooting.

The real pressure may move to Rubio, whose perimeter shooting is subject to quie a bit of doubt. Navarro can be relied on, but the kiddo's jumper is going to have to be better as the team prepares to take on the world.


Posted on: August 17, 2010 11:26 pm
Edited on: August 17, 2010 11:43 pm
 

Varejao injured overseas, taken to hospital

Cavs forward injured in international play, taken to hospital after player falls on his leg.
Posted by Matt Moore

Sam Amico of NBA.com reports via Twitter that Anderson Varejao was injured during an international exhibition against Spain. Former Magic draft pick Fran Vasquez landed on Varejao's leg, and injured his right ankle . Varejao was taken to the hosptial for tests.

We'll keep you updated on Varejao's condition, which could be minor for all we know. However, anything significant will 1. severely hurt Brazil's chances in FIBA play in the coming weeks, 2. spur the calls from NBA ownership who want to limit players' international participation,and 3. cast an even darker shadow over the start of a Cavs season that's pretty much pitch black as can be. We're talking "Battlefield Earth " bad, that's how bad the season is looking, after losing just one player.

Hopefully it's just a tweak and the tests will come out negative for the player affectionately referred to as "Flopsy."

UPDATE 11:39 p.m. EST: Julian Carlos Mozo reports via Twitter (translated) that the injury is "slight" and Varejao should miss one week, which is a huge sigh of relief for Brazillian fans, Cavs fans, and floppy hair fans. (HT: Filipe Furtado )

Posted on: August 10, 2010 9:15 am
Edited on: August 10, 2010 11:45 am
 

Shootaround 8.10.10: LeBron goes on rides

Posted by Matt Moore
  • In a fitting retrospective of their careers , Michael Jordan will introduce Scottie Pippen at Friday's Hall of Fame induction ceremony.  Hopefully Jordan won't stop to make time to list off the remainders on his personal hitlist like last year. Pippen's speech is expected to be more of the traditional Hall of Fame speech, filled with gratitude toward teammates and humility. Though from what we know of Scottie, anything's possible.
  • Steve Nash has entered into business with a new firm merging venture capital and brand management. It's yet another indication that Nash's influence likely won't stop when his playing days are through. Nash has diversified his interests into business, charities, media, the works.
  • The NBA's overseas expansion continues, as the Raptors and Nets will play two regular season games in London next season. It's a fine effort for the league to try and grab some headlines with and to expand its global presence, but it's a back to back with an overseas flight bookending the games. That's going to wreak havoc on those team's schedules. Even with the low expectations for those two teams this year, that's a rough turn.
  • Donnie Walsh's contract must be extended by March 11th, 2011 . The Knicks will decide on whether to extend Walsh for that fourth year by then. Keep that in mind with all this talk of Isiah Thomas returning to the fold.
  • Eric Musselman has been tabbed as the Reno Bighorns' newest coach in the NBA D-League. Musselman was a D-League commentator last year for Versus.
Posted on: July 28, 2010 5:37 pm
Edited on: July 29, 2010 12:12 am
 

Team USA makes odd cuts to roster

Posted by Matt Moore

Not everyone gets to go to Istanbul (not Constantinople ). Today Team USA officials revealed the roster finalists that will head to New York for the last round of cuts before starting international play for this summer's FIBA World Championships. Royce has told you all about who made it. But who got cut?

Just as we told you earlier that FanHouse had reported , Tyreke Evans, Gerald Wallace, O.J. Mayo and JaVale McGee were cut from the roster before the team heads to New York.  Evans was known for a while, as he tweaked his ankle at the start of camp and was going to be unavailable for the team regardless. The others, though, represent a set of confusing decisions that aren't extremely perplexing, but are enough to make you scratch your head, especially when you examining who they were replaced with. Some of these could be due to conflicts, personality clashes, or injury, but based on basketball, there are some question marks.

These players who made the cut were locks, and should have been:

1. Kevin Durant: Best player available.
2. Chauncey Billups: Veteran leadership.
3. Lamar Odom: Who doesn't want a space cadet small forward with great length who occasionally is dominant?
4. Danny Granger: Good at basketball.
5. Andre Iguodala: His reputation preceds his game. By miles.
6. Tyson Chandler: Big, which USA has none of right now.
7. Brook Lopez: Ditto, despite his game not being well suited for FIBA play.
8. Stephen Curry: A prolific shooter with passing skills and range. Perfect for Coach K, perfect for FIBA.
9. Kevin Love: Seriously. No bigs. Need bigs.
10. Rudy Gay: Has looked like he actually is worth the money he earned this summer, and they need a true SF with multiple combo-forwards on roster.

But then there are these five.

11. Jeff Green: Tweener that's not a great rebounder, provides range and versatility on a roster stacked with perimeter players.
12. Rajon Rondo: Not a great mid-range shooter, seemed to dog it in the Team USA scrimmage. Coach K did say on a conference call that he and Rondo have a good relationship.
13. Russell Westbrook: Fiery, great penetration guard, but it's a roster chock full of them. Seems superfluous next to Curry, Rondo, and Billups.
14. Derrick Rose: Same deal.
15. Eric Gordon: Wait, what?

Wallace is able to play the 3 or the 4, unlike Gay, is a better rebounder than Iggy, and is a better defender than Granger. If you're shopping for a versatile player that doesn't have to score (due to the roster being stuffed with scorers), Wallace is a great combination of all of the above. Sure, he doesn't have Iguodala's inability to create his own shot or Gay's penchant for electing for 20 foot jumpers, but it's hard to see how they could have thought his effort wasn't enough.

McGee makes sense, from the perspective of needing a more well-rounded offensive attack at center. Except why then is Tyson Chandler likely to start? Terrific defender, no doubt, but his injury issues have to be a concern (even more so for the Mavs), and unless Chris Paul is lobbing him alley-oops from the other side of the planet, his offensive weaponry is largely a bust. Green was put on roster, despite being a perimeter stretch four among a sea of great three point shooters. Wouldn't McGee's energy and size been a better fit for the roster?

Mayo, however, makes up the most egregious exclusion. Apparently the plan is to throw out multiple point guard lineups and have the other spread the floor. Except that Rondo's not a tremendous three point shooter. But they did throw in Eric Gordon. Who Mayo has shown to be better at in nearly every relevant shooting and scoring category. Considering Gordon's size, defense can't be the reason. In the end, you have to wonder if this was simply a case of Mayo not being a "Coach K kind of guy" and with no real advocate on roster, fell to the side. Either that or he suffered an injury. It just seems odd to have a plan of versatile fast shooters, then leave one at home.

But then, the man did win Gold two years ago, so obviously he knows a thing or two about what he's doing. We'll see if he can pull it off without the monster-roster he had then.

The next round of cuts should come next month before the team leaves for Europe in a series of warm-up matches to the World Championships.
 
 
 
 
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