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Slovenia down the Boomers, probably call it revenge for FIBA World Cup

Fairfax: Delly, Exum and Bairstow couldn't get the job done vs Slovenia.

Fairfax: Delly, Exum and Bairstow couldn’t get the job done vs Slovenia.

Slovenia have defeated the Australian Boomers 79-70 in today’s first warm-up match between the two teams. The result means that the Boomers have now lost their last 5 games on the trot, stemming back to the controversial game against Angola in the FIBA World Cup.

Speaking of that Angola game, it was a shame Goran Dragic, who called out Australia for tanking that match-up didn’t suit up for Slovenia…

…so it was his brother, Zoran Dragic who drank the haterade and lead the way for Slovenia finishing with 22 points and shooting 4/6 from beyond the arc.

For Australia, Brock Motum was rested and Andrew Bogut only played 8 minutes early on as coach Andrej Lemanis continued to tinker with the rotation in preparation for the upcoming FIBA Oceania Series vs New Zealand.

The Boomers struggled to hit their shots from three, shooting 5/23 with the only big highlight from downtown being a Matthew Dellavedova pull-up three early on in the 4th to cut Slovenia’s lead to 14:

Dante Exum had a quiet night, going 1/5 from the field to finish with 2 points, 3 rebounds and 1 assist. However, his only field goal of the game was a nice reverse layup off the Chris Goulding assist in the 4th Quarter:

Slovenia lead 26-23 after the end of the first period and the Boomers looked like they were in the contest… However, it was a 7-0 run towards the end of the half off the back of some poor executions by the Australians that blew the game out for Slovenia and Australia never really looked like they were in the contest until Ryan Broekhoff started to get the offense going towards the end of the game, cutting the lead down to as much as 5 points with some nice finishing at the rim including this tip-in of a Cameron Bairstow miss:

Broekhoff finished the game going 8/8 in the paint and had the line of 20 points, 10 rebounds and 4 steals.

The Boomers and Slovenia will match-up again tomorrow night with the game live on Sportklub SK1 in Slovenia at 8:30pm local time and the replay on Fox Sports 3 in Australia at 8:30pm Wednesday Night.

Here’s the box score for the game:


VIDEO: Tony Parker talks about the French National team, his career & Spurs

France24: TP... French basketball legend... Could have been an architect.

France24: TP… French basketball legend… Could have been an architect.

This week Tony Parker sat down with France24 for a chat about the French National Team’s chances at defending their Eurobasket title, the future of the team, getting into the NBA, the growth of the game in Europe, the evolution of basketball and looking ahead to the Spurs season next year.

Furthermore, Parker also speaks about how if he wasn’t a basketballer, he’d be either a footballer or an architect…

Check it out here:

Jahlil Okafor doesn’t care if you’re a child… he will still block your shot

The Philadelphia 76ers have officially become the meanest team in the NBA. Last month we saw Nerlens Noel dunk all over children at a basketball camp, now the Sixers draft pick Jahlil Okafor has joined in the fun/mean-ness of using size and skill advantage over young kids.

Today at ‘Sixers Beach Bash’, Okafor wasn’t going to let this young kid get a nice corner look up… He proceeded to do this:

I mean… C’mon 76ers… We know that we’ve all had fun over the last few years with the whole “Could Kentucky beat the 76ers” joke. But you’ve proved your point, Eight Year Olds can’t beat the 76ers. Now please stop being such meanie-poos.


Spurs Jesus now fights crime, you guys

SA Express: Spurs Jesus isn't just a superfan... He's a super hero.

SA Express: Spurs Jesus isn’t just a superfan… He’s a super hero.

Yep. You read that headline correctly… San Antonio Spurs superfan ‘Spurs Jesus’ has now taken his hand at fighting crime in the San Antonio area.

Whilst at home earlier this week, ‘Spurs Jesus’ came across a man inside his home, he then chased the guy and helped the San Antonio law enforcement bring him to justice.

Check out this video from Fox San Antonio on the encounter:

Just remember that Spurs Jesus isn’t a vigilante… A vigilante is just a man lost in the scramble for his own gratification. He can be destroyed, or locked up. But if you make yourself more than just a man, if you devote yourself to an ideal, and if they can’t stop you, then you become something else entirely… a legend… or a god… Or at least a guy who dresses up as a god and goes to basketball games.

via Sporting News

Episode 316 – Kristaps, or how I learned to stop worrying & love the East

Getty Images: Could Kristaps become the Knicks next rap GAWD?

Getty Images: Could Kristaps become the Knicks next rap GAWD?

Today on Believe The Hype, Jared Zwerling from Bleacher Report joins Tom and Benyam for a chat about how the off-season has treated the New York Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat. The guys discuss how Kristaps Porzingis looked during Summer League and what to expect from him this season, the Knicks acquisitions of Arron Afflalo, Robin Lopez, Kyle O’Quinn and Derrick Williams, the future of Carmelo Anthony in New York, the Cavs confirming and finalizing the return of key guys such as LeBron James, Kevin Love, Matthew Dellavedova, Tristan Thompson and J.R. Smith, how a full strength Miami Heat team may look in 2015/16, the growth of the NBA the last few years and more!

Follow Jared on twitter: @JaredZwerling and check out his work at Bleacher Report.

Don’t forget that that you can follow us on twitter @traread @benyamkidane and using the#BTHype tag to ask questions to be answered in next weeks episode. Download:

Closing Song: Transleiteris – #PORZINGIS

Russia suspended by FIBA… Could miss Eurobasket & Rio Olympics

Getty Images: Shved & Kirilenko hug it out after winning Bronze in London.

Getty Images: Shved & Kirilenko hug it out after winning Bronze in London.

The Russian Basketball Federation (RBF) plan to fight a ban layed down on them by FIBA today that could see them in-eligible to participate in the upcoming Eurobasket 2015 Championships and the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

The RBF has had some internal issues recently and due to confusion over the RBF’s management structure has lead to FIBA laying down the ban on the Federation.

On the ban, FIBA released the below statement:

The FIBA Executive Committee decided on Wednesday to suspend with immediate effect the Russian Basketball Federation (RBF) in view of the fact that the RBF has been unable to resolve longstanding institutional and legal issues preventing the Federation to work under proper conditions and maintain full control and governance in the country, as proven by the recently published Court decision against the RBF.

As a consequence, the RBF forfeits its rights as member of FIBA, and its teams and officials may not participate in official competitions or activities.

Considering the calendar of upcoming events and meetings, the suspension will not affect the status of Russian national teams and officials currently in competition or in the U18 European Championship Women starting on Thursday 30 July, as well as in the youth 3×3 Competitions.

In order to exhibit FIBA’s continuous efforts to regularise the situation of the RBF, the Executive Committee invited the RBF to give a report on the situation at the upcoming FIBA Central Board meeting to be held in Tokyo on 8-9 August.

It is FIBA’s hope that the situation be resolved by this date so that the suspension may be lifted to allow for the healthy development of basketball in Russia and the participation of Russian national teams in FIBA events.

Later on today, Russia confirmed that they had received the ban from FIBA on their website and said that they plan to fight the sanctions.

Former NBA star Andrei Kirilenko spoke to TASS on the situation:

“This is not news for me, but once again nobody wants to assume responsibility for this.

“We are losing more and more of our positions and the sooner the issue with (RBF) elections is settled the sooner the work will start.”

“The most important for FIBA is the legitimacy and transparency in all legal aspects,” he said. “We do not have it at the moment and we received a relevant reaction.”

The Russian Men’s National Team is currently ranked 6th in the World and picked up the Bronze Medal at London 2012. It’s Eurobasket squad was expected to include Brooklyn Nets wing Sergey Karasev and former Knick Alexey Shved. Star center Timofey Mozgov had ruled himself out of the tournament due to knee surgery.


Andrew Bogut makes his return to FIBA basketball in a loss to Lithuania

Getty Images: Bogut's finally back in green and gold.

Getty Images: Bogut’s finally back in green and gold.

It’s been a long time coming, seven years to be precise, but Andrew Bogut made his return to international basketball today as the Australian Boomers fell 80-68 in a warm-up game against Lithuania.

The performance certainly won’t be regarded as one of Bogut’s best in the International arena, finishing with 0 points after shooting 0-7 from the field whilst also finishing with four fouls. Lithuania were able to contain him defensively in what was definitely an un-Bogey like rusty performance after a long NBA season as can be seen in his shot-chart:

Bogut Shot Chart

Despite having shooting struggles, Bogut was still able to make himself an integral part in the offense. He finished the game with three assists including a great touch pass to a cutting David Andersen, a bounce pass from the perimeter to Brad Newley at the rack and this nice pass from the top of the three point line to a cutting and open Dante Exum:

For Australia, Brock Motum lead the way finishing with 19 points whilst shooting 9/12 from the field including this great drive:

and a nice dunk in transition off a Ryan Broekhoff dime:

The Boomers started off the game well, finishing the first quarter with a 26-18 lead. However, Lithuania would crawl back and tie up the game at 41-41 the half and again 57-57 at the end of the third period before blowing out the game with a 23-11 final quarter.

Matthew Dellavedova and Cameron Bairstow were both rested for this game and it’s not known if they’ll play in 2 days time in the next game in the series.

Here’s Australia’s box-score from the game (via basket hotel):


Watch the full replay here (H/T Delfi TV)

Episode 315 – Upgrades in the West

Getty Images: Lance is looking for a fresh start in Los Angeles.

Getty Images: Lance is looking for a fresh start in Los Angeles.

Today on Believe The Hype, Nate Duncan from the Dunc’d On Podcast joins Tom and Benyam for a chat about some of the big moves in the Western Conference over the course of free agency. The guys talk about how the Spurs signing LaMarcus Aldridge and David West and Houston making a trade for Ty Lawson and the Clippers bringing back DeAndre Jordan along with bringing in Paul Pierce, Lance Stephenson and Josh Smith elevates them into the conversation with the Warriors as the ‘best in the West’. Furthermore, the guys chat about the underrated trade by the Portland Trail Blazers for Noah Vonleh, the Sacramento Kings doing Sacramento Kings kinda things, the Lakers pretty good off season haul, Enes Kanter and more!

Follow Nate on twitter: @NateDuncanNBA and check out the Dunc’d On Podcast on iTunes and at RealGM.com.

Don’t forget that that you can follow us on twitter @traread @benyamkidane and using the#BTHype tag to ask questions to be answered in next weeks episode. Download:

Closing Song: Dribble (Wiggle Kevin Durant Parody)

Tony Parker trying to complete a puzzle whilst being stalked by a tiger is classic French television

YouTube: Tony Parker is really good at figuring out puzzles in life-or-death situations.

YouTube: Tony Parker is really good at figuring out puzzles in life-or-death situations.

In France… They have no problems sending their star athletes into potentially dangerous situations.

For an upcoming episode of the hit game-show ‘Fort Boyard’, Tony Parker formed a team with his fellow basketball countrymen Boris Diaw, Nicolas Batum and Ronny Turiaf to take on all the challenges that ‘the Fort’ would throw at them.

In one of the challenges, Parker had to drive a rusty old mini-caged car around a tiger cage and solve a really obscure puzzle whilst getting water transferred from his team-mates into a watering target.

This is probably the best slash strangest thing I’ve ever seen on the internet in the last hour.

On a side note… Boris Diaw got to tick off entering a roaring match with a lion from his bucket list…


via BDL

Here’s the winners of the first ever NBPA Awards


Getty Images: James Harden accepts his MVP award from Jay Pharoah.

Last night on BET, the first ever annual NBPA Awards Ceremony aired. The show, taped on July 19th in Las Vegas was hosted by SNL comedian Jay Pharoah, who’s Shaquille O’Neal impersonation has always been on point, and also had performances from Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, Jason Derulo, Fifth Harmony, Monica, Kid Ink and DJ Khaled as the house DJ.

The winners were:

The event also performed well on social as was highlighted in the NBPA Press Release:

On the digital front, Instagram partnered with BET and the NBPA to deliver a unique and fun new photo experience onsite: The InstaStudio. Players, Presenters, Performers and other VIPs took portraits onsite and shared them exclusively with the BET (@betnetworks) and NBPA (@thenbpa) Instagram accounts.  Select images were also included in the broadcast of the show. “This is the first time this photo experience is being unveiled at an award show, and we’re excited to be sharing this content with the world via Instagram,” said Dan Reed, Global Head of Sports Partnerships at Facebook.

The first ever “Players’ Awards” also left a lasting impression on social media.  The official hashtag #PlayersAwardsBET trended on Twitter for over three hours and was the top hashtag used for the show. According to Nielsen Twitter TV Ratings from SocialGuide, “The Players’ Awards” ranked as the #1 most social new/live non-sports, primetime show on all of TV and it garnered a total of 45.3K tweets & 5M impressions by 22K unique authors.

This was a great start to a new initiative and something that definitely has a lot of traction to become a mainstay event on the already crowded NBA calendar moving forward. NBA players have spoken for a while now about not being able to vote for the major NBA awards, this event allows them to have their say and reward their peers.

As the event grows, it’d be great for it to be shown live and also have a wider international reach. However, for a first time, you can’t really fault it for how it all went down.