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Confident Abrines rising to the occasion

The 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup may come too soon for Alex Abrines to make his senior team bow but then again, who knows? He could force his way into the reckoning for a spot on the team.

A standout in Spain's youth teams who made a major splash with Unicaja Malaga a couple of seasons ago before choosing to sign with Barcelona, Abrines could not be in a better position to demonstrate his worth to national team coach Juan Antonio Orenga.

A little over two years ago, I got my first good look at Abrines at the U18 All-Star Game that was staged during EuroBasket 2011 in Lithuania.

He had been the MVP of the U18 European Championship after leading Spain to the gold medal.

It was evident in Kaunas that Abrines was headed to the big time.

He took part in the dunking contest at half-time of the U18 All-Star Game and on one attempt, showed how much confidence he has in his ability.

Before a huge crowd, Abrines went up to the free-throw line and threw a behind-the-back pass off the glass and tried to catch the ball in flight before flushing it with two hands.

He wasn't able to pull it off.

His creativity didn't go unnoticed as both the fans and the judges - including then Russia coach David Blatt - smiled and clapped.

I figured at that time, Blatt would make an attempt to bring Abrines to Maccabi Tel Aviv but was wrong.

Anyway, I asked Abrines about his aims and he said: "I've got a lot of dreams, to play for the first team of Unicaja and to be here with Spain.

He had watched in person Spain's Semi-Final win over The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (MKD), when Juan Carlos Navarro exploded for 35 points.

"Juan Carlos Navarro," Abrines said, "I believe that one day, I can be like him.

"But you have to work hard every day."

Well, there is only one Juan Carlos Navarro, but Abrines was right in thinking he could grow up and become a terrific player.

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He returned to Unicaja and eventually broke into the first team as an 18-year-old.

Abrines showed enough potential to make the Oklahoma City Thunder draft him 32nd overall last June. Now, in his second season with Barca, I'm convinced Abrines made the right decision to join the club, and that greatness is in his future. Abrines, who turned 20 on 1 August, has been getting a lot of playing time. In this photograph from La Opinion de Malaga presented by eBA Stats Basketball Statistics Analysis .
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In a game against Estudiantes in March 2012, Abrines erupted for 31 points - the highest tally by a Spanish player of any age in the Spanish league up to that point in the season.

Abrines later decided his future was not with Unicaja, but Barcelona and became Navarro's teammate.

Though he didn't receive a lot of minutes in his first year with Barca, Abrines didn't sound like a player who believed he'd made a mistake.

When he travelled with Xavier Pascual's side last year to Valencia, I asked him about the playing time issue.

"I know that I have to work every day to earn minutes in the games but it's what I'm doing," he said.

"It's great playing with guys like Navarro, Marcelinho (Huertas), Victor Sada - amazing players.

"I have to learn so much, first of all."

What really struck me was Abrines's answer to my next question.

"Which players could he learn the most from?" I asked.

He said: "I need to learn the talent of Navarro and the attitude of Pete Mickeal.

"Every practice, Pete gives like 200%. It's great to see."

Mickeal, because of a heart ailment, had to quit playing before the end of last season.

Abrines showed enough potential to make the Oklahoma City Thunder draft him 32nd overall last June.

Now, in his second season with Barca, I'm convinced Abrines made the right decision to join the club, and that greatness is in his future.

Abrines, who turned 20 on 1 August, has been getting a lot of playing time.

In the electric, heart-stopping atmosphere of the Pionir on Thursday night against Partizan Belgrade, Abrines led Barcelona with 19 points in an 82-64 triumph.

It wasn't so much that Abrines was fearless.

He may as well have been playing in the U18 All-Star Game because he was relaxed and confident, and just made one great play after another.

Everything he did came in the flow of the offense.

He forced nothing.

It helps that Abrines is surrounded by hugely talented teammates, but at no time did he look out of place against Partizan.

He finished eight of 14 from the floor, including three of six from the arc.

"I like to play in this kind of atmosphere," he said.

"It's amazing.

"The game was pretty good from the first moment."

Watch Abrines in the coming months and I'm sure you'll see even more to like.

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ESP - Orenga makes the step up

Juan Antonio Orenga became the 17th head  of Spain's ’s national  this week.

The   Federation (FEB), unable to convince Sergio Scariolo to continue leading the side after a hugely successful four-year run, opted for continuity and promoted assistant national team coach Orenga.

The 46-year-old Orenga was not only an assistant on Scariolo’s  that captured  at EuroBaskets 2009 and 2011, and silver this past summer at the London , but he also served as head coach of Spain at three U20 European Championships dating back to 2007.

At one of them, last year in Bilbao, Orenga’s team won the title.

He is currently Down Under, sharing his coaching expertise at clinics in Australia.

That is where the FEB contacted him to offer him the head coaching job of Spain.

"This has been a surprise that has filled me with joy and responsibility,” Orenga said in remarks published on the FEB website.

"I am very thankful to  José Luis Sáez, to the Sporting Director Ángel Palmi, and to all the people who have put their trust in me and have helped me these years to grow as a professional and reach this point.

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"I want to thank especially Sergio Scariolo for his dedication and help during these years.

Juan Antonio Orenga (c) que sustituirá al italiano Sergio Scariolo como nuevo seleccionador nacional de baloncesto. (EFE)

“There has been a very good job done in the past and we have to continue on this line that has made us a European power, only surpassed by the United States at world level.”

Spain have been a leading nation in  for nearly decade.

At EuroBasket 2003, when Pau Gasol and Juan Carlos Navarro were blossoming into two of the finest  in  , a Spain side led by Moncho Lopez reached the Final and lost to Lithuania.

The following year, under Mario Pesquera, Spain went unbeaten in the Preliminary Round of the Athens Olympics before falling 102-94 to the United States in the Quarter-Finals.

Following the appointment of Pepu Hernández in 2006, Spain won the world title in Japan and the next year silver at the EuroBasket in Madrid.

Spain may not have been a super power during Orenga’s days as a player with the national team, but they were nevertheless very good.

In his first tournament with the national side in Rome 21 years ago, Orenga helped the Spaniards claim a bronze medal.

That team was led by Antonio Díaz Miguel, a legendary coach in Spain who had guided the national side to its first  silver medal at the Los Angeles  in 1984.

After two summers playing for Díaz Miguel, the second at the Barcelona Olympics, Orenga played for La Selección under Lolo Sainz, another of the great  tacticians.

His last year with Spain as a player was 1999.

There are many questions about Spain heading into next year’s EuroBasket, where they will take on hosts Slovenia, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Georgia and Poland in Group C.

As Spain have already qualified for the 2014 FIBA Basketball , it remains to be see how many of the veteran players will  themselves available next year.

The temptation of snatching a third consecutive European title could entice some, or all, to take part.

A solid showing by Spain could also see Orenga retain the national team reins when Spain host the World Cup.


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17th FIBA Basketball World Cup 2014 Barcelona-Spain • 17ª Copa d' Mundo de Baloncesto FIBA 2014 Barcelona-España

Central Board gives green light to new format and calendar of competition

FIBA announced at its Central Board meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, that it will go ahead and implement a new format and calendar of competition beginning in 2017.

After being presented with the conclusions from the latest consultations with stakeholders – including a study of the economic parameters carried out by external experts – FIBA’s Central Board on Saturday agreed to move ahead and to introduce a new format and calendar of competition.

The key principles agreed for the new competition format and calendar for men from 2017 are the following:

• After the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain, the next edition will be moved to 2019 (instead of 2018) and will be played every four years from then on. A total of 32 teams (increased from 24) will participate in FIBA’s flagship event.

• The qualification period for the FIBA Basketball World Cup will be held over the course of two years and consist of six windows which will be in November (2017), February, June, September, November (2018) and February (2019). The exact period and length of these windows will be defined in the coming months in collaboration with all stakeholders. The national teams will be divided into two divisions – Division A and Division B – with groups of three or four teams in an open system with promotion and relegation. Games in the qualification period will be played in a home-and-away format.

• Asia and Oceania will play in a combined Asia-Pacific region to qualify for the FIBA Basketball World Cup, but universality will remain in place for the qualifying process to the Olympic Games.

• As of 2017, the continental championships will take place every four years (2017, 2021, 2025) with a similar system of qualification as for the FIBA Basketball World Cup and which will come into action after FIBA’s flagship event in 2019. The windows will follow the same principle as the qualifying process to the FIBA Basketball World Cup but will be adapted in the Olympic years (2020, 2024).

• The qualification for the 2020 Olympics will be through the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup and four Olympic Qualifying Tournaments to be held in four zones.

The format and calendar of competition was identified as being one of FIBA’s main priorities and has been intensively worked on over the last two years. The modification of the current system is essential to further stimulate the global growth of basketball, increase its visibility around the world and further develop FIBA’s National Federations. This new competition format will give more prominence to the FIBA Basketball World Cup by placing it in a year where it can enjoy more exclusivity.

The home-and-away format will allow fans from around 140 countries to see their national teams play regular games and offer a “Road to the FIBA Basketball World Cup” over a two-year qualification period, with a similar system for the continental championships. There will be a total of more than 1,200 games played over a four-year cycle.

The FIBA Central Board recognises the fundamental role played by clubs and leagues worldwide and the need for appropriate insurance for players competing for their national teams. The new competition format takes the health of top players into consideration by reducing their current summer workload and responds to the clubs’ concerns about player fatigue and injury. The FIBA Central Board looks forward to cooperating with all stakeholders to make this new calendar a success for the world of basketball.

FIBA President Yvan Mainini explained the rationale behind making the change at this moment in time.

“Basketball needs to expand its reach and generate a new, dynamic stimulus for its growth. This can only happen if each country grows the game and plays regularly in front of its own fans,” he said.

“I’m delighted that the Central Board has taken this decision because it is fundamental in our goal of harmonising the global calendar and developing basketball worldwide.”

FIBA Secretary General and International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Patrick Baumann added: “National teams are the locomotive of basketball in each country. We need to protect and enhance their role. At the same time, clubs invest daily into our sport and their investment also needs respect and protection.”

“Therefore, in each country, it is the joint responsibility of clubs, leagues and National Federations to cooperate for the success of the national championships and the national team in this new integrated system.”

FIBA also plans to review the women’s calendar and system of competition within the next year.

Reaction to change is positive

There has been positive reaction to the new format and calendar of competition announced by FIBA at its Central Board meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, over the weekend.

Many of the changes are related to the FIBA Basketball World Cup, which is to increase from 24 to 32 teams starting in 2019.

The qualification period for FIBA's flagship event will be held over the course of two years and consist of six windows - November (2017); February, June, September, November (2018); and February (2019).

Under the new format, fans from some 140 countries will be able to enjoy regular national team games throughout the year during the qualification period to the FIBA Basketball World Cup. These games will be part of an estimated 1,200 international top level contests to be played over a four-year cycle.

A leading international coach in the men’s game, Vincent Collet of France, weighed in with his opinion on the changes.

"It’s a complete overhaul in the sense that FIBA is finally taking into account the incredible rhythm that’s put on these players," he said.

"It will allow the participation of the very best players at international competitions. Overall it’s a good thing."

Collet, who was speaking to French sports daily L’Equipe, added: “You have to make sure that you don’t reach the point where you have too many competitions like in handball where you have some every year.”

One of the changes affects the continental championships, which will be held every four years instead of two, beginning in 2017.

"Having a EuroBasket every four years will also take the pressure off of some players and allow them to position themselves more closely to their teams," Collet said.

Important decisions

Ingo Weiss, the President of the German Basketball Federation, also endorsed the changes.

"After very good and constructive discussions, we made some strategically important decisions for basketball," he said.

"With the changes, the FIBA Basketball World Cup will increase in importance as an event. That is an important step to position our sport – also compared to other sports."

Across the Atlantic Ocean, FIBA Americas Secretary General Alberto Garcia was optimistic that smaller basketball nations would benefit from hosting big games.

"It is a more complex process but it allows more participation and local games to federations that right now are not strong," he said in a phone interview with Primera Hora.

"It will allow us to increase the sport at the level of America in places like Barbados and the Lesser Antilles.

"The same will happen in Europe, Asia and Africa.

"This will get federations to make an effort to search in depth of talents, using prospect players in the first round of qualifying and keeping their stars for their final phases."

Combined Asia-Pacific region

At the Central Board, FIBA also announced that Asia and Oceania will play in a combined Asia-Pacific region to qualify for the FIBA Basketball World Cup, but universality will remain in place for the qualifying process to the Olympic Games.

The decision was well received by the Philippines.

Sonny Barios, the Executive Director of the Philippines Basketball Association (SBP), welcomed the move, one which will come into effect for the 2019 staging of the leading international men's basketball tournament, when the field will consist of 32 teams for the first time.

“We were part of discussions in Geneva in November 2011 and March 2012,” Barrios told the BusinessMirror on Monday.

“We supported the idea with the understanding that it will effectively result to more slots for Asia and that means a better chance for the Philippines to qualify.”


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Harkening back to 1986

There is already a buzz in Spain about the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup, which is expected to be the biggest and most important hoops tournament ever staged in the country.

The 24-team event will have games in Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, Bilbao, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Granada.

The best players from all over will converge on the Iberian Peninsula and go after gold.

Two sides are known.

Spain have a spot reserved as the host nation and the United States qualified by winning the gold medal at the London Olympics.

The forerunner of the FIBA Basketball World Cup, the FIBA World Championship, was held in Spain 26 years ago, just as the international game was beginning to undergo monumental change.

That tournament was a spectacle, and it was won by the United States.

While the Americans have always been the dominant force at the Olympics, it wasn't that way in World Championships.

Their gold medal in 1986 was the first for the Americans at a World Championship in 32 years.

The American squad was full of collegians.

It wasn’t until the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona that the USA team began to have NBA players.

It was, nevertheless, a squad of household names in America.

Tyrone 'Muggsy' Bogues, David Robinson, Steve Kerr, Kenny Smith, Sean Elliott, Tommy Amaker, Armon Gilliam, Tom Hammonds, Derrick McKey, Rony Seikaly, Brian Shaw and Charles Smith were huge names at the collegiate level.

The 12 travelled to Spain to play for coach Lute Olsen.

USA boss Olsen coached Kerr and Elliott at the University of Arizona.

Of all the players, one that really captured the imagination of the Spaniards was Bogues who, standing 1.59m (5'3") tall, proved that basketball was not only a game for tall men.

The Spanish media nicknamed him ‘la Chispa Negra’ (the black spark).

Spain had a squad famous players, too.

There were basketball icons Juan San Epifanio Ruiz, Fernando Martin, Fernando Romay, Candido Sibilio Huguesis, Jose Maria Margall and Jordi Villacampa.

In 1986, Brazil had their scoring machine Oscar Schmidt while Antonello Riva and Walter Magnifico represented Italy.

In a tremendous Yugoslavia squad that won bronze were Drazen Petrovic, Vlade Divac and Drazen Dalipagic and with the runners-up, the Soviet Union, were Sasha Volkov, Tiit Sokk, Valdis Valters, Rimas Kurtinaitis, Valdemaras Chomicius and the great Arvydas Sabonis.

Israel had a fine team with their basketball hero Mickey Berkowitz and Canada had Jay Triano, who was recently named head coach of the national team for the second time.

As had always been the case at World Championships, there were surprises in 1986.

The biggest occurred when Argentina took on the United States and won their showdown, 74-70, in the first game of the Semi-Final Round.

Carlos Romano (18pts) and Esteban Camisassa (17pts) were among five Argentinians to hit double-digits that game.

The result suggested that the Americans would once again be denied in their quest for gold.

Needing to win their next two games to maintain hope of claiming a spot on the podium, the USA defeated Canada and Yugoslavia.

The United States then thumped Brazil, 96-80, to reach the Final before edging the Soviets, 87-85, to claim gold.

The Americans almost suffered a late collapse as the Soviets, led by Sabonis, hit back from a 78-60 deficit with 7:45 left to trail by just two 50 seconds from the end.

Kenny Smith scored on a daring drive over the giant Sabonis with 15 seconds to go to extend the lead 87-83 and the Americans held on.

While the USA are number one in the FIBA Ranking and likely to be favorites to win the inaugural FIBA Basketball World Cup in 2014, they will take nothing for granted.

Since that gold-medal triumph in Spain in 1986, the Americans have won just two of a possible six World Championships, with their latest coming a couple of years ago in Turkey.

The break-ups of the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia occurred several years after 1986.

While it removed two behemoths from the international game, the end result was that international basketball had more competitive national sides.

Of them, Lithuania (5), Russia (6), Serbia (12), Slovenia (14) and Croatia (16) are currently in the top 20 of the FIBA Rankings.

Other national teams became stronger after 1986.

Greece, whose Nikos Galis led the World Championship 26 years ago in scoring at 33.7 points per game, fired his team to gold at the European Championship the following year.

The Greeks also won the European title in 2005 and silver at the 2006 World Championship.

Both Spain and Argentina have had golden generations, with the former moving from strength to strength since winning the world title in 2006 and the latter reaching the top of the podium two years before that at the Athens Olympics.

The MVP of Spain’s world title win in 2006, Los Angeles Lakers superstar Pau Gasol, will be 34 when the World Cup is held.

He recently sounded like a player who intends to take part.

"After the European Championship in Madrid in 2007, our enthusiasm for the World Cup is at its maximum,” he said.

Spain finished runners-up to Russia in 2007.

“Let's see if we can win it (the World Cup),” Gasol said.

"It's going to be a very special tournament and to play it at home gives us an added motivation.

“I hope that we will all arrive in good health and with a lot of will to face this new challenge."


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