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2014 FIBA World Cup.

MANILA, Philippines -- Before we start cheering for Gilas Pilipinas at this year's FIBA World Cup, let's take look back at an era in Philippine basketball when the country last competed in the world championships.

Considered one of the most important decades in terms of Philippine sports, the 1970s saw some of the country's biggest achievements in international basketball, including a gold medal finish in the 1973 Asian Basketball Confederation Championship (now known as the FIBA Asia Championship) and its last appearance in the Summer Olympics.

It was also in the '70s when the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) was born, paving the way for the likes of Robert "Sonny" Jaworski, Ramon "El Capitan" Fernandez, Atoy Co, Abet Guidaben, Philip Cesar to shine and become legends.

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Report: Ian Mahinmi 'leaves' Team France (August 29, 2014)
C. Cooper [ Source: Yahoo! ]

Ian Mahinmi in NBA action. Yahoo!

According to various reports from European news outlets, injury has likely caused Ian Mahinmi to leave Team France prior to the official start of the FIBA World Cup.

According to various news outlets, Pacers' reserve center Ian Mahinmi will no longer be representing Team France when the 2014 FIBA World Cup commences on Saturday, August 30:

Relying loosely on Google Translate for details about the Frenchman's withdrawal from competition, a news release from BeBasket indicates that Mahinmi's exit is due to a shoulder injury he apparently suffered during his team's Thursday morning training session.

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Gilas Pilipinas 12 all set for Spain (August 29, 2014)
Bong Lozada [ Source: Inquirer ]

2014 FIBA World Cup.

MANILA, Philippines—And with the final roster trimmed down to the official 12, the Smart-Gilas Pilipinas is set to embark on an   epic battle in the 2014 Fiba World Cup.

Gilas head coach Chot Reyes has the marching orders for the 2014 lineup who will go up against the world’s best in international basketball.

See Player profiles below (click image to view full profile):

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Detroit Pistons' Andre Drummond makes a dunk during a USA Basketball minicamp scrimmage Monday, July 28, 2014, in Las Vegas. / John Locher/Associated Press

BILBAO, SPAIN — Two days before Team USA opens the FIBA World Cup against Finland, Pistons center Andre Drummond was an active participant in Thursday’s practice. Working on back-to-the-basket drills with assistant coach Monty Williams, Drummond spent the last 15 minutes of media-accessible practice time practicing individually with Team USA assistants.

Recently turned 21, Drummond is Team USA’s youngest player on an inexperienced roster that includes eight first-time senior team participants. One of four Team USA centers along with New Orleans’ Anthony Davis, Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins and Brooklyn’s Mason Plumlee, Drummond isn’t initially expected to see much playing time in Saturday’s opening game.

But for Drummond, the chance to represent his country on the highest level international stage has so far been a “wild ride.”

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 After a month of rigorous preparation following the FIBA Asia Cup, the Philippine national basketball is now in Seville, Spain for the FIBA Basketball World Cup.

 Gilas Pilipinas received a warm welcome from Filipinos waiting for their arrival at the Seville airport, displaying the national flag at the railings in proud support of the national team.

 Gilas members turned to their social media accounts to express their excitement on setting foot in a major international basketball tournament.

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SBP not giving up hope on Blatche case (August 29, 2014)
Musong R. Castillo [ Source: Inquirer ]

International Basketball

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas is clinging to slim hopes of fielding Andray Blatche in the Asian Games while at the same time appealing for more time for Gilas Pilipinas to name a replacement in case their naturalized player is deemed ineligible due to residency rules.

The Inquirer learned yesterday that the SBP, through the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), had written the Incheon Asian Games Organizing Committee (Iagoc) asking for an extension to a new deadline given the SBP last Monday.

The Philippines—should the former Brooklyn Net be allowed to play—looms as one of the favorites for the basketball gold in the Asiad in Incheon, South Korea.

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International Basketball

The 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup hits Spain with a field of 24 teams competing in the rebranded version of the sport’s flagship inter­national event.

Gone is the “World Champion­ship”, now replaced with “World Cup” in an effort to bring more attention along the lines of its foot­ball counterpart.

All eyes will once again be on the United States, who earned an auto­matic bid by winning the gold med­al in Turkey in 2010 to end a 16-year drought. They’ve established them­selves as the top basketball nation and carry a reputation which makes them the team to beat.

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International Basketball

Even in Spain, members of the Philippine national men’s basketball team couldn’t help but show off their dance moves.

Japeth Aguilar, Gabe Norwood and Ranidel De Ocampo joined some of the world’s basketball superstars in the music video of the 2014 FIBA World Cup’s official song, Sube La Copa, by award-winning Spanish singer Huecco.

Also in the video are Pau Gasol, Serge Ibaka, Jose Calderon and Ricky Rubio of Spain; Luis Scola, Andres Nocioni and Pablo Prigioni of Argentina; Ante Tomic, Bojan Bogdanovic and Dario Saric of Croatia; Marcelinho Huertas of Brazil; and Gustavo Ayon and Jorge Gutierrez of Mexico.

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Dante Exum in training for the upcoming World Cup. Photo: Rohan Thomson

The Australian Boomers won't be saddling NBA draft pick Dante Exum with high expectations in their FIBA World Cup campaign.

The Boomers begin their tournament against Slovenia in Gran Canaria, Spain on Sunday morning and coach Andrej Lemanis is expected to bring Exum off the bench, charging his young star with using his speed and athleticism to make an impact.

Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Matthew Dellavedova and Besiktas swingman Ryan Broekhoff are expected to start in the guard positions.

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Gilas sees rough Asiad off, on court (August 29, 2014)
Nelson Beltran [ Source: Philippine Star ]

International Basketball

MANILA, Philippines - With hardly a rest from the FIBA World Cup, Gilas Pilipinas goes into another battle, trying to keep its spot among the Asian elite teams in the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, Korea set Sept. 19 to Oct. 14.a

After Gilas’ second-place finish in the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship in Manila, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Manny V. Pangilinan wants the team to go all the way to win the Asiad gold medal though knowing the climb to the top is not easy.

In fact, the team is already facing a battle even before the start of the competition in Incheon.

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