International Basketball

NEW YORK (FIBA EuroBasket 2017) - Lithuania forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas has had plenty of time to digest what went wrong with his national team’s Rio Olympic campaign and in his opinion, the Baltic side simply peaked too soon.

The European juggernauts started with a win over Brazil and followed that with victories over Nigeria and Argentina, but a 109-59 defeat to Spain set them on the road to ruin.

They next lost badly to Croatia, 90-81, before capitulating against Australia, 90-64.

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Jong Uichico.

After winning nine championships in 17 years as head mentor, Mr. Uichico is temporary leaving the PBA scene.

He was replaced as head coach of TNT at the end of last season when TNT was knocked out in the semifinals by Meralco in the Governors Cup.

But Mr. Uichico isn’t leaving the coaching scene totally as he’ll be helping out Chot Reyes, who was appointed as coach of Gilas Pilipinas anew.

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International Basketball

Since his appointment two years ago, Kenji Hasegawa has firmly developed the Japan men’s national team.

But with the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo on the horizon, for which the team has not been guaranteed a spot, the Japan Basketball Association made a daring decision.

The nation’s basketball governing body announced on Thursday that it had parted ways with Hasegawa at the end of November.

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DeAndre Jordan a perfect fit for USA (December 02, 2016)
[ Source: FIBA ]

Jordan was vital on both ends of the floor for the USA in Rio

LOS ANGELES (Rio 2016 Olympics) - When DeAndre Jordan patrols the paint like he owns it in international basketball for the USA, he wears an intimidating look that makes all opponents think twice before they attempt a shot.

Don't let his glare fool you, though, because as mean and nasty as he is on the court, Jordan is about as funny as they come off it. The USA's Olympic gold-medal winning hero has spoken to FIBA.com.

FIBA.com: There are always plenty of options for Team USA to consider when putting their team together. Did you expect to be on the Olympic team before it was announced?

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21 Jinqiu Hu (CHN) - Kazakhstan v China, 2016 FIBA Asia Challenge (IRI), Tehran(Islamic Republic of Iran), Preliminary Round, 11 September 2016

ZHEJIANG - When the FIBA Asia Challenge 2016 rosters were announced, coach Li Nan's China was criticized for lacking star power and experience, especially in the absence of China's more established stars. With an average age of only 23, China found themselves on the short end of the stick when faced with more seasoned foes like India and Iraq. China eventually missed the podium, finishing the championship in 5th position, but one silver lining was the emergence of young center Hu Jinqiu, who has become a dominant big man for the Zhejiang Guangsha Lions.

Now with senior national team experience under his belt, Hu has become the epitome of improvement, bettering his numbers in all aspects and becoming a reliable starter for the Lions this 2016-2017 season in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA). In fact, his playing minutes have increased from just 15.1mpg last season to 31.1 mpg in the current campaign.

Standing at 2.11m, the 19-year-old has been averaging 15.9 points and 9.0 rebounds after 12 rounds of play in the CBA. His best game so far was against the Golden Bulls, a club team also based in Zhejiang province. Hu imposed his will in that contest, recording 26 points on 12-of-13 field goal shooting to go along with 9 rebounds and 1 steal. The Lions prevailed in that encounter, 130-102.

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For the second straight week, Creighton University jumped in the Associated Press college basketball rankings.

The Bluejays entered the Top 10 for the first time this season after moving up two spots in the latest list released Monday (Tuesday in Manila).

Creighton's new No. 10 ranking is also the highest for the school since being no. 9 two years ago.

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Must-win for Gilas in SEABA (November 30, 2016)
Joaquin Henson [ Source: Philippine Star ]

International Basketball

MANILA, Philippines – There are no ifs and buts about it. The Philippines must win the SEABA championship in March or April next year to advance to the FIBA Asia Cup in August for the chance to make it to the home-and-away qualifying series leading to the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China. A loss in the SEABA tournament will relegate the Philippines to Division B in Asia/Oceania and strike out the possibility of Gilas clinching one of seven spots from the zone to play in the FIBA World Cup.

Jong Uichico, who has joined Gilas head coach Chot Reyes’ staff on a full-time basis, said the other day the Philippines can’t afford to underestimate the importance of playing in the SEABA tournament with a full deck. Second place in SEABA won’t do because only the winner earns the right to represent the Southeast Asian sub-zone in the 16-team FIBA Asia Cup in August.

Under the new FIBA competition format, the FIBA Asia Cup will determine 14 of the 16 teams to play in six home-and-away windows in November 2017, February, June, September and November 2018 and February 2019. The six windows will decide the seven teams to represent Asia/Oceania in the 2019 FIBA World Cup. China will be the eighth team from Asia/Oceania with the automatic seed exempted from going through the qualifying process as host nation.

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