ROME, Italy - Seven leading European national federations met in Rome on Thursday to discuss the current remodeling of the European club competitions.
Under the leadership of FIBA President Horacio Muratore, FIBA Vice-President and FIBA Europe President Turgay Demirel and FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann, the basketball governing bodies of France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Russia, Spain and Turkey took note of the new European competitions announced recently by Euroleague Basketball.
The participants unanimously decided to continue the ongoing work on the Basketball Champions League project, making the necessary modifications to take into consideration the desired sporting principles and openness of a top level club competition system in order to launch the competition as planned for the 2016-17 season.
MANILA, Philippines -- Texas Legends' Fil-Am guard Bobby Ray Parks, Jr. would love to play for Gilas Pilipinas in the near future.
In a conference call with the Filipino reporters on Wednesday, Parks reiterated his desire to represent the country in FIBA-sanctioned tournaments.
"If I had the privilege of doing that, then I would love to. I mean I’m not only representing the country by just playing with Gilas ball but also wherever I go, I always have the Philippines on my back." said Parks, who skipped this year's Southeast Asian Games to pursue his NBA dream.
Ray Parks may have seen limited action in the developmental league, but the 22-year-old Filipino standout knows there’s no shortcut to chasing his NBA dream.
Parks, the first Philippine-born player to suit up in the NBA D-League with the Texas Legends, admits that he misses home but manages to stay on track of his goals despite the rigorous competition.
“We all know that the D-League is a grind,” Parks said in a conference call with the Philippine media Wednesday.
The scheduled third practice of Gilas Pilipinas pool was postponed after national team head coach Tab Baldwin had to leave for the US due to a “family emergency,” according to team manager Butch Antonio.
Antonio also said training will resume next week.
The 17-man pool, in which the latest batch of Gilas willl be formed to compete in the Olympic qualifiers slated in June next year, was supposed to meet for the third straight Monday and continue its once-a-week practice.
XINJIANG (2016 Rio Olympics) - An eagerly awaited Olympic debut for basketball fans in China will be that of Zhou Qi at next summer's Rio de Janeiro Games.
The 19-year-old center is less than two months removed from helping China reach the top of the podium at the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship in Changsha-Hunan, a result that booked the Far East Giants' spot in Brazil.
Zhou had some stunning displays in front of the home fans.
Kiefer Ravena’s journey may have ended in heartbreak but the player dubbed as “Phenom” looks forward to a new journey.
With the PBA draft still months away, Ravena is hoping to lend his services to the Gilas program.
Ravena hopes he could become a practice player to help the big boys in preparing for the Olympic Qualifiers set next year in June.
“I still have time [between my graduation and thePBA Draft in August],” Ravena said Ateneo dropped a 74-76 decision to Far Eastern University in the UAAP Final Four.
MANILA, Philippines -- Bobby Ray Parks, Jr. played his shortest stint in his young NBA D-League career as the Austin Spurs spoiled the Texas Legends' home opener, 110-103, on Saturday morning (Manila time) in overtime at the Dr. Pepper Arena in Frisco, Texas.
Parks, Jr. played only two minutes in the second quarter grabbing a rebound and missing his only field goal attempt while committing two fouls and never returned to the floor again. Legends coach Nick Van Exel relied heavily on an eight-man rotation as they fell short in their season debut at home attended by 5,150 fans hoping for a redemptive win.
Instead, the Spurs made it two in a row against the Legends. They beat them on their home court, 106-81, in their season opener.