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Episode 213 – FIBA Fever: Final Preview

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Today on Believe The Hype, Nate Duncan from Basketball Insiders joins Tom & Benyam to preview the Final of the FIBA World Cup between the United States & Serbia. The guys discuss Milos Teodosic’s awesome World Cup so far & whether or not he’s shaken the choker tag, what Serbia could do to trouble the USA, USA’s unheralded defense & more. Furthermore, the guys chat about how to fix tanking in FIBA tournaments, what we saw from Serbia’s big win over France & the French’s performance against Spain.

Follow Nate on twitter @NateDuncanNBA & catch him over athttp://basketballinsiders.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.

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Basketball Australia release a statement regarding the Boomers game vs Angola

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In response to FIBA’s statement regarding an upcoming investigation into the result of Australia’s performance in the Boomers final group game vs Angola at the Basketball World Cup (as spoken about on today’s podcast), Basketball Australia has released a statement in response to the allegations that they purposely set out to lose in a play to make sure that they avoided the United States until at least the Semi Finals.

The statement reads as follows:

Basketball Australia categorically rejects any suggestion that the Australian Boomers were a party to contriving the result of the 2014 FIBA World Cup game between Australia and Angola.

The Australian Boomers went into the game against Angola to win – plain and simple.

Claims to the contrary are widely speculative, insulting to the Australian sporting culture and to our playing group who gave their very best throughout this tournament. They’re downright wrong.

Basketball Australia has put a strong and detailed case to FIBA outlining why the decision was made to rest injured players and restrict playing time for fatigued players during the last game day of Group D.

That decision was supported by clear and definitive medical advice.

The health and wellbeing of our players is paramount. The World Cup group stage schedule of five games in six days is, put simply, gruelling.

It takes a significant toll on athletes – and is precisely the reason why FIBA allows a roster of 12 active players.

Basketball Australia will cooperate fully with FIBA’s investigation.

And let us be extremely clear on this point: we, as Australians, always compete the right way.  The Australian Boomers are renowned for their tenacity, competitiveness and hunger to win.

Basketball Australia supports a clean game, playing to win, and above all, integrity in the sport.

As a world leader in integrity education, we welcome FIBA’s scrutiny – and we look forward to a resolution which closes the book on these fundamentally inaccurate allegations.

Some of Australia’s greatest basketballers, have thrown their support behind Basketball Australia & the Boomers program. Former Boomers captain & NBA player Andrew Gaze said the below on SEN Radio this morning, as transcribed by Boti Nagy of The Advertiser:

“Aron Baynes was having injections into his knee so he could participate so they decided, in a game which meant nothing, to rest him,” Gaze said.

“Joe Ingles had been carrying a load and some wear and tear so they gave him a rest.

“The other players participating in the game played to win.

“It is (a waste of time). It’s not dealing with the facts.

“I will be gutted and there should be people fired if they intentionally tanked.

“But I see this as player management, not as tanking.

“And now that we’ve lost, everyone’s wants to go ‘ah, the karma bus hit you’.

“If they had won that game against Turkey, we wouldn’t even be talking about this.”

Hear Gaze’s comments in full conversation here:

After hearing Gaze’s radio comments, Golden State Warriors star Andrew Gaze took to twitter & said the below:

Furthermore, Bogut had these comments on twitter prior:

Episode 212 – FIBA Fever: Quarter Finals Preview

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Today on Believe The Hype’s FIBA Fever Podcast, Tom & Benyam look ahead to the 2014 World Cup Quarter Final stage. The boys break down the match-up between Spain & France, Brazil & Serbia, USA & Slovenia and Lithuania & Turkey. Furthermore, the guys chat about what players have impressed them so far this World Cup. Also, the guys talk about the latest from the Australian ‘tanking’ situation… Discussing what the outcome could be, whether or not it’s warranted, why Australia should be considered innocent until proven guilty & whether FIBA needs to take notice & change the structure of their tournaments to prevent situations like this happening again…

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.

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FIBA World Cup: Day 6 wrap – “D.R.A.M.A”

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Please note, today’s wrap will be quite quick, due to the fact i’m about to jump on a flight… We released a podcast today with Sam Meyerkopf from Euroleague Adventures that covers most of the below & more!

The Results

Group A

  • Brazil 128 Egypt 66
  • France 81 Iran 76
  • Spain 87 Serbia 67

Group B

  • Philippines 81 Senegal 79
  • Croatia 103 Puerto Rico 82
  • Greece 79 Argentina 71

Group C

  • New Zealand 67 Finland 65
  • United States 95 Ukraine 71
  • Turkey 77 Dominican Republic 64

Group D

  • Angola 91 Australia 83
  • Mexico 87 Korea 71
  • Lithuania 67 Slovenia 64

The final 16 is set… Here’s how the knock out stage looks

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Highlights

1) I guess the biggest talking point from today was Angola’s win* over Australia & the implication that had on the rest of the tournament for Australia, Lithuania & Slovenia.

We covered most of this off with Sam Meyerkopf from EuroleagueAdventures.com in today’s podcast.

Australia rested Aron Baynes, Joe Ingles & played only four minutes of Matthew Dellavedova. Which is fine. They are playing five games in six days, so it’s all good to strategically rest your players in a two-week tournament full of back-to-back basketball.

However, towards the end of the second quarter… Australia were settling for some suspect defensive sets & poor shot selection.

Like this:

& this:

In Australia’s defense… That was still a better defensive effort than James Harden… ba doom tish! I’m here all week… Try the veal.

The loss by Australia meant that If Lithuania beat Slovenia, they’d win the group, Slovenia would finish second & Australia third… Meaning that Australia would avoid the United States until at least the semi-finals.

Goran Dragic had this to say about the situation.

Lithuania would go on to beat Slovenia, setting them up with a Round of 16 clash against New Zealand, Australia vs Turkey & Slovenia in a match-up with Dominican Republic with the USA looming in the quarter finals.

Australian coach Andrej Lemanis had this to say post-game:

“That game proves that everyone at the World Cup is a good basketball team… and Angola is a good team with lots of international experience,”

“We shoot the ball pretty well (51% FG and 56% 3FG), our offense wasn’t too bad, but in defensive transition we were found lacking tonight.

“Certainly we got outrebounded and we had 18 turnovers, and that’s frustrating for how we want to play as a group.

“Obviously we rested some players tonight, knowing that we were going to go to Barcelona (for the knockout rounds), but still that second half performance was disappointing.”

2) New Zealand knocked off Finland 67-65 to qualify for the knockout round.

Massive props to New Zealand. After losing their first three games of the tournament, they’ve crawled back into the knockout stages.

Big-man Isaac Fotu top scored off the bench with 18 points, shot 7/9 from the field including a big three!

Here’s the highlights:

3) Team USA disposed of the Ukraine 95-71, rounding out their group stage at a perfect 5-0.

In a game that was a lot closer than it should have been for stretches, the USA eventually found their mojo to rack up a 24 -point win.

Good news for the USA, James Harden had his best game of the tournament with 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting.

A slight scare for Kyrie Irving who fell hard on his right hip going to the rim in the fourth quarter, but he was quick to re-assure everyone he would be ok.

Here’s the highlights:

….and for a bit of fun, here’s Kenneth Faried with his usual beast play of the game.

Random Notes of the night

1) DANTE EXUM TO NATHAN JAWAI IS ALL OF THE JAY-Z BEYONCE CONCERTS!!!

2) Andray Blatche guaranteed everyone that Philippines would beat Senegal… & they did. I’m going to miss Andray Blatche & Gilas Philipinas. They were so much fun to watch.

3) This child couldn’t quite understand what he was seeing in the Angola vs Australia game…

Episode 211 – FIBA Fever: Playing the Tournament Game

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On today’s episode of Believe The Hype, Sam Meyerkopf from EuroleagueAdventures.com joins Tom & Benyam to chat about the World Cup. Sam’s in Gran Canaria, so the guys have a chat about how Group D is playing out, discussing Australia’s interesting loss to Angola, the future of the Australian National Team, how Slovenia & Lithuania have been performing & the outlook for these teams moving towards the knock-out stages. Furthermore, Tom & Benyam chat about Team USA’s tournament so far, how awesome Spain have looked, #SummerOfBlatche, Boris Diaw’s selfie game & more!

Follow Sam on twitter at @HoopLikeDrazen & check him out at EuroleagueAdventures.com & @Euro_Adventures

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.

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FIBA World Cup: Day 5 wrap – “No Spain, No Gain”

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The Results

Group A

  • Iran 88 Egypt 73
  • Brazil 81 Serbia 73
  • Spain 88 France 64

Group B

  • Puerto Rico 77 Philippines 73
  • Argentina 81 Senegal 46
  • Greece 76 Croatia 65

Group C

  • New Zealand 73 Ukraine 61
  • Turkey 77 Finland 73
  • United States 106 Dominican Republic 71

Group D

  • Australia 70 Mexico 62
  • Slovenia 93 Angola 87
  • Lithuania 79 Korea 49

The standings with 1 group game remaining:

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Highlights

1) Spain defeated their Euro rivals France 88-64 to all-but tie up Group A

Marc Gasol finised with 17 points & 6 rebounds to lead the Spanish in a huge statement game directed straight at the USA. The three headed monster of Gasol, Pau Gasol & Serge Ibaka finished with 42 points, 18 rebounds & shot 64% from the field. When Rubio, Calderon & Llull are feeding these guys… They are unstoppable. Once again, the Spanish pick & roll game was tough to defend. They are definitely looking like the team to beat.

Speaking of the three headed monster… How the hells do you defend this?!?!

France really struggled to deal with the Spanish’s pressure defense. The team finished shooting 5/25 from beyond the arc & Batum was never able to find his shot, equal top scoring with 11 points whilst shooting 33% from the field.

2) Australia defeat Mexico 70-62 to all-but assure themselves 2nd place in Group D

Riding high of the confidence from their big win against Lithuania yesterday, Australia struggled to find their rhythm early.

Australia had some good looks throughout the first half, but Aron Baynes had an uncharacteristically bad start to the game, missing easy looks at the rim & Ryan Broekhoff shot 0-5 from three point land in the half. Mexico would eventually get on-top of Australia in the 2nd quarter. However, Brad Newley pulled out his Toyota Auris Brad Newley & drove to the hole for a buzzer beating lay-up to give Australia a 33-32 lead at the half.

Australia would eventually re-gain the lead with a huge 3rd Quarter lead by 4 big 3 pointers from Ryan Broekhoff to take hold of the game.

Call me Nostradamus…

A lot of the credit in this game has to go to Matthew Dellavedova’s floor leadership. Delly was able to ensure that even with shots not dropping, the offense was still flowing & even hit a big open-three in the 2nd quarter when the team really needed it. Defensively, he did a great job locking down Jorge Guttierez to ensure that the Mexicans couldn’t get into a good offensive rhythm.

Highlight of the game was definitley “The Outback Shaq”, or “Jawaiberwocky” or “Nathan Jawai” depending on who you are… Throwing down this dunk that was all of the chocolates on Easter Sunday.

3) New Zealand defeat Ukraine 73-61 to keep their hopes of advancing alive.

Kiwi dangerman Kirk Penney finished with a game-high 17 points along with 7 rebounds and 2 assists.

New Zealand’s young big-man Isaac Fotu finished with 10 rebounds & showcased the future of New Zealand basketball as he held his own against a much more advanced Ukraine front-line lead by Slava Kravtsov.

New Zealand now find themselves in a must win situation. If they defeat Finland tomorrow night, they’ll go through to the next stage… At the expense of Ukraine who face the USA in their final game.

Here’s the highlights of the game:

4) Team USA defeated the Dominican Republic… Obviously.

DeMarcus Cousins & DeMar DeRozan were given good opportunities in this game… DMC finished with 13 points & 5 assists in 12 minutes & DMDR had 11 points in more playing time than he’s seen so far.

DeMar will also dunk on your hearts…

Random notes of the night

1) Kenneth Faried really wanted to go to a museum… But it was closed.

#PrayForFaried

(via: Ball In Europe)

2)  The #SummerOfBlatche was really hulking up the crowd in the Philippines loss to Puerto Ruico

3) This Juan Carlos Navarro buzzer beater is pretty cool.

4) I’ve mentioned this a few times before… But, I love the French sleeved jerseys!

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FIBA World Cup: Day 4 wrap – “Harden v Haka”

The Results

Group C

  • Ukraine 64 Turkey 58
  • United States 98 New Zealand 71
  • Dominican Republic 74 Finland 68

Group D

  • Mexico 70 Angola 55
  • Australia 82 Lithuania 75
  • Slovenia 89 Korea 72

Highlights

1) Kenneth Faried starred once again as the United States easily disposed of New Zealand 98-71.

Faried finished with 15 points & 11 rebounds & Anthony Davis had 21 points & 9 rebounds as the Kiwis had no answer to the dominance of the United States big-men.

The Manimal has been in awesome from this tournament… He shot 7-9 from the field & is currently shooting 80.8% from the field through 2 games.

BJ Anthony was New Zealand’s highest scorer with 11 points.

Play of the day was definitely this lob from Steph Curry to Faried. HEY KENNETH… DON’T HURT ‘EM!?!?!?!

2) Aron Baynes & Joe Ingles lead Australia to a huge 82-75 win over Euro powerhouse Lithuania.

In what is one of Australia’s biggest victories in recent memory, the Boomers showcased a complete game to easily handle the Lithuanians. Aron Baynes got the Boomers rolling at the start, taking it to Jonas Valancunias on the first few posessions. Baynes ended up scoring 10 of the Boomers first 15 points.

A day after NBA rumors began circulating, Joe Ingles was also on-fire. Finishing with 18 points on 7-of-11 from the field along with 4 assists & 3 steals. Jingles had the twitter world abuzz, hitting a few massive step-back threes, including a crucial one in the 4th Quarter that beat the shot-clock.

After being up 30-20 at the end of the first quarter & then having a 19 point lead at half-time, the Boomers became complaisant in the 3rd Quarter & allowed Lithuania to get back in the game.

Credit has to go to the Boomers defense, Australia did a great job at disrupting Lithuania’s offensive flow & not letting them get a lot of easy looks. Valancunias especially had a rough day in the office, Lithuania’s leading scorer was held scoreless throughout the first half.

Coach Andrej Lemanis praised Australia’s defensive effort.

“I thought we came out as planned – very aggressive and disruptive defensively,” Lemanis said.

“Our guys did a great job forcing some turnovers and getting a flow for us going early – we forced them into 22 turnovers and that ignited some of our offense.

“We didn’t do that as well in the second half and they showed that if you don’t disrupt them they are very good offensively and they are hard to play against.

“I was pleased with the way we managed (the game). They were always going to make a run and we did a good job of playing out the game, finding a way to win.”

3) Slovenia easily disposed of Korea 89-72 to put themselves in the drivers seat of wrapping up Pool D.

Goran Dragic finished with 22 points & shot 71.4% from the field in a pretty one sided affair.

The big take-away from this game is that Slovenia will now more than likely wrap-up Pool A. Pending all going to plan, there’s a good chance that Lithuania will ‘tank’ their final pool match against Slovenia as a way to avoid crossing over with the USA until the Semi-Finals. This means that at the moment, it looks like Australia will finish in 2nd place.

Here’s the highlights from the game.

Random notes of the night:

1) New Zealand’s haka was pretty cool… The best part about it was the expression on James Harden’s face! Full respect to the USA for treating the haka with respect, unlike Turkey.

2) Boris Diaw wants you to know… Tapas is so much better with friends.

3) Lithuania are such gracious losers… Here’s some quotes from Lithuanian coach Jonas Kazlauskas post-game.