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Abu El Kheir is well prepared for Marie's absence - Aug 22, 2014


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Egyptian team head coach Amr Abu El Kheir has used well the long training camps and succeeded in increasing the chemistry between his players to a much higher level. The players fitness became really impressive and their movement with and without the ball is the major difference and would help the team scoring ability a lot to overcome the major loss of its star and leading scorer Assem Marei.

Despite Egypt didn't play any world class opponent during their friendly games before world cup, but I must say that the team is in a better shape compared to their performance in the previous African cup of nations.

On the defensive end, the whole team's defense as a group is improving. The main problem is that they didn't play in any of their friendlies against a team with a dominant big man scoring threat in the paint which they will face in world cup against Spain (Gasol brothers & Ibaka), Brazil (Nene, Splitter, & Varejao), Serbia (Nenad Kristic), and Iran (Hamed Haddadi).

The team's highest scoring efficiency comes when both Wael Badr and Ibrahim El Gammal are playing together at the back court; their leadership, chemistry and creative ability can surprise some teams this world cup. When the Egyptian team find their offensive rhythm they would be dangerous.

Ibrahim El Gammal must play as PG when Wael Badr is on the bench, he has high IQ and currently at his best form. Mohannad El Sabbagh is a good PG but his size isn't helping him. When he gets double teamed we are really in trouble.

I must say that Haytham Kamal is the most improved player on this roster. He knows well how to take the best positions on the floor which is one the main reasons his scoring and rebounding has became better.

Rami Ibrahim is an important player in the squad. He shot 50% from beyond the arc at William Jones cup which is more than excellent figure. His major problem is that he can't stop himself from making easy fouls and was fouled out 3 times in this tournament.

The team still need its captain Wael Badr at least for 2 more years. He's the real brain of the team and provides a lot of confidence to the players.

Despite Omar Oraby is still not ready to play at the world championship but in a few years with more matches and experience he would turn to be the best defensive center in Egyptian basketball history; an excellent shot blocker with 218 cm tall. He's not selected in the final 12 man roster.

We lack perimeter defender specialists; a player who can defend multiple positions the guards and SF positions . Such type of player can come from training, doesn't depend most on the talent but off course speed and athleticism is very important. Hopefully Mohamed El Leithy and Moamen Abu El Eineen fills this void.

I must say that we all miss Assem Marei. He's the best player this group and no doubt his injury is affecting the team but what makes me confident is that Abu El Kheir has improved the game and fitness of most his players.
  



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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
  PUR
  (183-PG-84)
  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
 Andray BLATCHE
  USA
  (211-F/C-86)
  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
  FIN
  (194-PG-88)
  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
  ESP
  (193-G-90)
  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
 Pau GASOL
  ESP
  (213-F/C-80)
  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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