Shane Lawal (NGR) - Angola v Nigeria, Afrobasket 2015, Radès (Tunisia), Final, 30 August 2015

BARCELONA (FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019) - One thing you have to know about Nigeria's emotional leader Shane Lawal is that he not only plays big, but thinks big.

When he goes up for a dunk, or a swat, he does so in a ruthless way. When he grabs the rim on a slam, he shakes it and sends a charge into his teammates.

He'd wanted to make such plays at his first Olympics in Rio de Janeiro but after just three minutes against Argentina, Lawal went down with a knee injury that knocked him out of the tournament.

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FIBA World Cup

BEIJING (FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019) - FIBA confirmed Shanghai as a host city for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 and announced it had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with global partner Beijing Enterprises Group (BEG) to set up a basketball academy as part of the event's legacy.

Speaking at a press conference in Beijing's Wukesong Stadium on Thursday, FIBA Executive Committee Member and FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Coordination Committee Chairman Burton Shipley provided a progress report on the preparations leading up to the next staging of FIBA's flagship event in a little over three years' time (31 August-15 September 2019).

He confirmed that, following the positive result of an evaluation visit, Shanghai is to replace Suzhou as one of the eight cities hosting the World Cup.

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MVP legacy: PH return to World Cup (October 09, 2015)
Nelson Beltran [ Source: Philippine Star ]

Under MVP leadership at SBP, the country saw its return to the FIBA World Cup last year after a long absence. FIBA photo

MANILA, Philippines -- Manny V. Pangilinan’s term as president of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas has expired, and fresh faces are coming in to run the national cage federation early next year.

The SBP, under the leadership of Pangilinan for two four-year terms, has set a special general assembly to elect a new set of officers in January.

Ricky Vargas, Bernie Atienza, Pete Alfaro, Danny Soria, Fr. Paul de Vera, Nick Jorge and Raul Alcoseba are seven other SBP board members whose terms of office have expired. They will serve on holdover capacity until January.

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FIBA World Cup

The ability of China to host the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup even “next week” cost the Philippines its chance to win the rights for the prestigious tournament, according to Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Manny V. Pangilinan.

Pangilinan, who led the country’s presentation before the FIBA board in Tokyo, Japan last week, said China is a “safe choice” as host of the Basketball World Cup as it already has infrastructure in place. The economic giant previously hosted the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2010 Asian Games, among others, while it was also chosen as host of the 2022 Winter Olympics.

“Sa presentation ng China, sabi nila they’re ready to do this next week. Ready na sila eh tayo hindi pa tayo ready dahil ‘yung arena sa Cebu hindi pa gawa at tsaka yung Araneta Coliseum, kailangan ma-i-renovate. Kaya we’re not ready until 2019, so mas safe ang China,” Pangilinan said in an interview with News5 chief Luchi Cruz-Valdes.

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No bidding in ’78 (August 13, 2015)
Joaquin Henson [ Source: Philippine Star ]

FIBA World Cup

Believe it or not, the Philippines won the hosting rights of the 1978 FIBA World Cup, then known as the World Championships, without a bid. It was unlike what happened in Tokyo last Friday when the FIBA Central Board chose to award the hosting rights of the 2019 World Cup to China over the Philippines on a vote of 14-7. While there was an actual bidding event in Tokyo, it was just a handshake that sealed the deal in 1978.

SBP senior consultant Moying Martelino, a former FIBA Asia secretary general, recalled that in 1978, things were so much simpler and less tedious.

“The Philippines qualified to play at the 1974 FIBA World Championships in Puerto Rico by virtue of winning the FIBA Asia title the year before in Manila,” said Martelino. “I wasn’t in Puerto Rico but Lito Puyat, who was president of BAP (Basketball Association of the Philippines), went with the team. Lito was with two newspapermen Tony Siddayao and Gus Villanueva.”

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2019 World Cup stint next SBP goal (August 09, 2015)
Musong R. Castillo [ Source: Inquirer ]

FIBA World Cup

WHAT’S the next best thing for the Philippines after failing to bag hosting rights for the 2019 Fiba World Cup?

Get into the event proper.

After the bitter loss of the country’s bid to China  Friday night, business tycoon Manny V. Pangilinan and the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas are setting their sights beyond the Fiba Asia Championship set in China next month just to make sure that the country earns a second straight stint in the Worlds.

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Manny V. Pangilinan. AFP

Despite falling short of securing the rights to host the FIBA Basketball World Cup, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Manny V. Pangilinan believes that the country still reaped some benefits in its attempt to host the sports’ biggest international tournament.

Pangilinan said that the country’s bid provided an opportunity for FIBA to take notice of the Philippines’ huge love for the sport.

“I think the FIBA board saw the passion of Filipinos, of what we can do, what we are capable of doing,” he told News5′s Chiqui Roa-Puno. “It benefited the country. Of course, it would be better if we had won.”

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