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London 2012 Olympics the goal for GB as Luol Deng
returns in EuroBasket qualifiers

Luol Deng, having been prevented from appearing in the warm-up matches by an insurance dispute with the NBA and the Chicago Bulls, finally reappears for Great Britain tonight as they kick off their qualifying campaign for the 2011 European Championships against Hungary in Szolnok.

Luol Deng will return for Great Britain's basketball team against Hungary in the Eurobasket qualifiers that will determine whether the team plays at

Deng, who averaged nearly 18 points and six rebounds a game for the Bulls last season, last appeared for Great Britain during their successful EuroBasket 2009 qualifying campaign but was forced to miss the finals in Poland with a stress fracture of the leg.

His reassuring presence is timely because Great Britain face a tricky qualifying tournament, playing eight matches in the next three weeks with home and away fixtures against Hungary, Ukraine, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Macedonia.

GB go into the tournament without the injured or resting trio of Joel Freeland, Rob Archibald and Andrew Betts who have been outstanding in recent seasons while the debut of the Detroit Pistons' Ben Gordon has been delayed again after he failed to recover from ankle surgery.

On a more positive note Pops Mensah-Bonsu has been able to attend the training camp and warm-up matches and a clutch of Britain's most promising talents - Matthew Bryan-Amaning, Ashley Hamilton, Justin Robinson, Dan Clark and Ogo Adegboye - are about to get an extended campaign to prove their worth.

"We still have a strong squad and it's the best opportunity some of the young players will ever have to step up and become part of that Olympic dream," said coach Chris Finch. "We have nucleus of players who have been on the programme for the last three years or so and the new talent coming in can provide fresh impetus. They played with a lot of excitement in our warm-up games.

"If we had everybody available I would say we would be strong favourites to qualify automatically - certainly we would be the scalp others would looking for - but it's probably a bit more even now. We have got a big job to do but I am enjoying the way things are coming together."

"I'm not the slightest bit worried by the interesting road trips we have. We have lived on the road for the last three years, it's part of what we are and we have produced some very good performances and results under pressure in hostile arenas. I see that as a positive."

For every other team sport at the London 2012 Olympics Great Britain have been granted an automatic right to field a side but basketball's world governing body FIBA are making life as difficult as possible for the new kids on the block.

In fairness there are probably 15-20 teams who fancy they might just have a shout at a medal in the 12-team Olympic tournament so a place in the competition is highly prized and not given away lightly.

FIBA have already moved the goalposts once, however, going back on a previous assurance that reaching last year's European Championship Finals in Poland would be deemed sufficient evidence of Great Britain's "competiveness". There, weakened by injury, they lost all three games in a 'Group of Death' but did lead world champions and subsequent European champions Spain with less than three minutes to go. GB were nothing if not competitive.

"We need to know that the basketball family in the UK has a clear view of where it wants to go when the Games are finished," said FIBA secretary Patrick Baumann recently. "How is the game going to be structured? What are they going to be doing over the next four to eight years to make themselves competitive with other nations? If these things come together, there's no reason why GB should not be at the Olympic Games."

Which all seems a bit beyond FIBA's brief. This is the Olympics, not the world championships which is their fiefdom. And the last time the Olympics was held in a non Basketball nation - South Korea in 1988 - the hosts were included from the off and aquitted themselves with honour in both the men's and women's competitions.

Finch is well aware of the bigger picture. "We have got three plans running concurrently. There is the 2010 plan - qualify for the European Championships and secure Olympic inclusion. There is 2012 itself and our target of a quarter-final place and then there is 2016 and beyound when we want Great Britain to be genuine medal contenders in all major competitions."

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Great Britain Eurobasket 2011 qualification fixtures

Aug 2: Hungary v GB (Szolnok)
Aug 8: GB v Macedonia (Northumbria University, Newcastle)
Aug 11: Bosnia-Herzegovina v GB (Novi Grad)
Aug 14: GB v Ukraine (Birmingham NIA)
Aug 17: GB v Hungary (Birmingham NIA)
Aug 23: Macedonia v GB (Skopje)
Aug 26: GB v Bosnia-Herzegovina (Liverpool Echo Arena)
Aug 29: Ukraine v GB (Dnipropetrovsk)

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European Basketball: Is Rubio going to be the next star out of Europe?
« Reply #3 on: Jun 03, 2010, 04:37:52 AM »
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Is Rubio going to be the next star out of Europe?

Merhaba! Yes, you may hear it all before, but it's undeniable that this kid out of Spain could be elevating himself to a legitimate star if he succeeds in the World Championships this year.

The 19-year old (!) point guard already proved to belong to the best by winning the Euroleague-title a month ago and his team Regal FC Barcelona is also on route to be crowned champions of the domestic league.

Now the sole question is, will be Ricky able to lead the Spaniards to a surprising win over the heavily-favored U.S. Americans?

If he does, even without the support of Pau Gasol, then Ricky should be considered as the next big star out of Europe following the footsteps of players such as Drazen Petrovic, Dirk Nowitzki, Tony Parker or Dejan Bodiroga.

His next goal would have to be winning the NBA-title to prove doubters wrong. Compared by many to legendary "Pistol" Pete Maravich, the speedy Catalan is acting calm and relaxed under the circumstances given.

Needless to say, that he loves being at home surrounded and protected by his family in Catalonia after turning down to play for the troubled Minnesota Timberwolves in the NBA and opted instead to join Barca to snatch "Euroleague Rising Star" honors this year.

With a backcourt consisting of Barcelona-teammate Juan Carlos Navarro and Rubio, along with NBA-center Marc Gasol, NBA-guard Rudy Fernandez and charismatic forward Jorge Garbajosa, the Spaniards should be having no problems to advance at least to the quarter-finals if not the final itself.

The month of August and the World Champs are just two months away, but after checking out the highlights of Ricky on the videos below, I wish they would start within some minutes.

I'm out like doubters.

Kris Santiago from FIBA

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Italy - Bargnani ready as Italy prepare for ‘group of death’
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2010, 06:54:48 AM »
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Italy - Bargnani ready as Italy prepare for ‘group of death’

Andrea Bargnani would prefer to compete for a world title this summer.

Instead, he’ll have to settle for being the talisman in the Azzurri squad when Simone Pianigiani’s men attempt to qualify for EuroBasket 2011 in Lithuania.

Bargnani held a press conference in Rome to remove any doubts about his availability this summer.

“We are going through a difficult time and I feel that responsibility but there's also the willingness to return to enjoy myself having an important role at international level,” he said.

Italy received a wild card to play at the 2006 FIBA World Championship and advanced from the Preliminary Round, but they failed to reach the Quarter-Finals of EuroBasket 2007 in Spain, which knocked them out of contention for a spot at the 2008 Olympics.

They also didn’t qualify for EuroBasket 2009 in Poland.

The Italians will take on Latvia, Israel, Montenegro and Finland in a Division A ‘group of death’ this summer.

Sitting alongside Italian Basketball Federation president Dino Meneghin, Bargnani said: "I didn't need to be convinced by Dino Meneghin or by coach Simone Pianigiani.

"My decision (to play) has been spontaneous at a time when Italian basketball is going through a period of an ugly crisis.”

Italy have been a hugely important team on the international stage over the years, but Bargnani says no side deserves to have anything given to it.

"It's right that this new cycle brings the Azzurri back to the level it merits,” he said.

As far as the intentions of his Toronto teammate, Marco Belinelli, Bargnani said: "Belinelli? I cannot speak for him, but I obviously hope that he also returns to the national team."

The other player in the NBA Italy would like to have is Danilo Gallinari of the New York Knicks.

Injuries have kept him out of action for the Italians dating back to before EuroBasket 2007 in Spain.

Italy will play eight games in three weeks as they attempt to reach EuroBasket 2011 in Lithuania.


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