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World and Cup Update... by... Tim Shea - Sep 9, 2014

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I am going to repeat it: When they defend like they can, if they want, there is no one in this 2014 FIBA World Cup that can beat them. They are
not perfect but they can be... on the defensive end.
It can lead them to a happy end.

Since Victor Claver went to USA he now looks more like Tiago Splitter than Victor Claver! When he plays SF he looks muscle bound, uncoordinated and downright uncomfortable on the court.

Ricky Rubio

Although still not the same as before his knee injury RR's shot still looks as uncomfortable as Claver playing SF. Muscled up shot, flat, rigid
posture plus incorrect to no balance.
I ask, "Who is and what are they teaching him?"
I suggest that he just practice with JC Navarro! Nobdoy else.

Miroslav RADULJICA of Serbia is 6' 12" tall on the FIBA site.
U cud look it up.

World Cup 2014 Best Comeback - From Brian Mahoney who Tweets: A Classic World Cup/U.S. moment when a European journalist asks DeMarcus Cousins: "Do you know where Slovenia is?" Cousins: "No,... do you know where Alabama is?" Twitter @briancmahoney

There otta be a law (there is) Dept:
1. After the ball goes through the net the ball cannot be touched by anyone except the in-bounding team! The net or the rim is not allowed to be touched by any defensive body when the ball is in play under the basket... end of story.
2. Was a time when respect was the rule and when it was only the captain that could approach and complain, chat or cry to the refs. Nowadays, in some games, after almost every referee decision, especially re: personal foul calls, we get a five minute discussion break.
3. With the use of the (BASEBALL) term "stepping up" (oft used by NBA gurus especially when talking playoff talk or title talk) its the FIBA's "Stepping up to the Plate" in regard to World Cup game moving blocks. The FIBA World Cup Refereeing so far? Good stuff! Good for the
game and less danger of injuries too. (Maybe somebody important reading me over there?) (If there is can I expect that the check is in the mail?)

Side Notes Dept:
I really, really don't want to talk about the TV coverage of the World Cup event but if we wanted to see constant head shot close-up of the hair in a players nose we could watch a soccer game. Oh yeah!! and the constant replays of replays! Or trying to even focus our eyes on the tubes three second flashes of the Name and Stats of an "on the court" player. I mean, if you are going to show STATS then ...SHOW THEM!
Right now even a fly and its compound eyes could barely focus them and for us humans, "To see with a resolution comparable to our simple eyes, humans would require very large compound eyes, around 11 meters in radius"

OK That works... but until then (dear TV producers), take care of the basketball business. Unlike soccer our game is ALL about numbers not
hairy noses or replays.

On the home front Dept: International BBall has seen that many Euro teams by and large in recession and clubs disappearing whereas in
China the CBA is in expansion with 2 more teams coming aboard making a total of 20.

And with all that said: Spain NT for just a first round elimination game got more than 20% of TV audience playing against Senegal. Wait till the final. On the other hand the TV number (s) for the USA back home is around 1%.Ooops... only titles count back home.

Finally (and sadly) Dept:
It is reported Atlanta GM Danny Ferry while reading a background report in a front office conference call with owners and directors said Loul
Deng has, "got some African in him", though Ferry said he, "Didn't mean that in a bad way". OH! OK. He says he meant it in a good way But wait there's more: "He has a little African in him. Not in a bad way, but he's like a guy who would have a nice store out front but sell you counterfeit stuff out the back".
Wonderful. Great. Lets see?. I need to make an analogy. I just need to find the the right, inherent, inverse racism ingredients that D Ferry used.
Turns out, I can't. It would need an equal, ugly undertone. It would need supreme stereotyping with WASP and Caucasian colorings. It would need
to be a superiority complex conversion to places that are hard for me to fathom. It would have to be inhumane. It would have to be real ugly.
Now D Ferry has publicly stated that he has reached out to L Deng. Uhhh, Ummm, there's a little bit more he needs to do it says here.
I suggest he start by finding his fears, then get down on his knees and praying for forgiveness.
It all starts with self-curing.
There's no other way.

Personal Dept:
Ike D please take note of the above and maybe this answers some of our questions.

Tim Shea is a long time European basketball coach and former NBA International Scouting Director residing in Spain. He is a FIBA Certified Coach no. 2012025500 and he is a frequent contributor to Eurobasket.


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World Cup Standings
 1. USA
 2. Serbia
 3. France
 4. Lithuania
 5. Spain
 6. Brazil
 7. Slovenia
 8. Turkey
 9. Greece
 10. Croatia
 11. Argentina
 12. Australia
 13. Dominican R.
 14. Mexico
 15. N.Zealand
 16. Senegal
 17. Angola
 18. Ukraine
 19. P.Rico
 20. Iran
 21. Philippines
 22. Finland
 23. S.Korea
 24. Egypt
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Jose Juan BAREA
  Avg: 22
 1. Barea, PUR22.0 
 2. Blatche, USA21.2 
 3. Bogdanovic, BIH21.2 
 4. Gasol, ESP20.0 
 5. Scola, ARG19.5 
 6. Haddadi,18.8 
 7. Moreira, ANG17.8 
 8. Ayon, MEX17.6 
 9. Garcia, DOM17.6 
 10. Baynes, AUS16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Blatche, USA13.8 
 2. Haddadi,11.4 
 3. Dieng, SEN10.7 
 4. Bourousis, GRE9.2 
 5. Scola, ARG8.5 
 6. Valanciunas, LTU8.4 
 7. Asik, TUR8.4 
 8. Moreira, ANG8.2 
 9. Varejao, BRA8.0 
 10. Faried,7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Petteri KOPONEN
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Koponen, FIN5.8 
 2. Dalmeida, SEN5.3 
 3. Rubio, ESP5.1 
 4. Jeter, USA5.0 
 5. Teodosic, SRB4.4 
 6. Nikkhah Bahr.,4.4 
 7. Zisis, GRE4.3 
 8. Campazzo, ARG4.3 
 9. Dragic, SLO4.3 
 10. Prigioni, ARG4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Ricky RUBIO
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Rubio, ESP3.6 
 2. Kamrani, IRI2.6 
 3. Harden,2.1 
 4. Balkman, USA2.0 
 5. Irving, AUS1.9 
 6. Dieng, SEN1.8 
 7. Prigioni, ARG1.8 
 8. Ingles, AUS1.8 
 9. Saric, CRO1.7 
 10. Barbosa, BRA1.6 
Blocks Per Game
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Gasol, ESP2.3 
 2. Davis,2.1 
 3. Kim,2.0 
 4. N'Diaye, SEN1.8 
 5. Asik, TUR1.6 
 6. Dieng, SEN1.5 
 7. Vargas,1.5 
 8. Gasol, ESP1.4 
 9. Ibaka, CGO1.3 
 10. Garcia, DOM1.2 
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