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FIBA BASKETBALL WORLD CUP - SPAIN 2014
« on: September 01, 2014, 05:51:23 am »
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http://www.fiba.com/basketballworldcup/2014

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Re: FIBA BASKETBALL WORLD CUP - SPAIN 2014
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2014, 02:53:42 am »
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Australia smashed Korea the other day. Pretty sure Australia will dominate against all the Asian countries but they'll struggle against the European heavyweights.
USA looking strong and deserved favourites so far.
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Re: FIBA BASKETBALL WORLD CUP - SPAIN 2014
« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2014, 04:55:59 am »
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Crazy Philippines team. Troubled way better teams than them with their 40 minutes run&gun 'anti-tactical' play.
A bit sad though to see their coach congratulate their player for punching one of ours ( Greece ).
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Re: FIBA BASKETBALL WORLD CUP - SPAIN 2014
« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2014, 05:03:26 am »
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I thought Greece played pretty cool, actually. I'm very annoyed by Spain with all their complaining at EVERY play, and their disgusting floppers. They are good though.

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« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2014, 05:27:11 am »
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Well, we played nice so far but the opponents were much weaker so you can't make any safe assumptions. Following games of the group vs Croatia and Argentina will show more.
We have many significant absences ( e.g. Spanoulis, Koufos ) but we finally have the best ( imho ) Greek coach in the national team.
As a squad, our main disadvantage is the center position, only 1 very good center ( Bourousis ) and one mediocre sub ( Vougioukas ).
In all other positions we are good.
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Re: FIBA BASKETBALL WORLD CUP - SPAIN 2014
« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2014, 09:39:54 am »
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my only observation so far, because football has begun and baseball is about to enter the playoffs with my team on a roll, and therefore all other sports are relegated to fifth-tier status, is that every single player on team USA except rudy gay is younger than i am. and rudy's only a few months older.

fuck.
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Re: FIBA BASKETBALL WORLD CUP - SPAIN 2014
« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2014, 08:52:50 pm »
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Australia beats Lithuania!  :trolldance:
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Re: FIBA BASKETBALL WORLD CUP - SPAIN 2014
« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2014, 05:36:36 am »
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USA looking good but not that good. The personalities absence compared to previous tournaments ( Kobe, Lebron, Wade, Durant, Melo ) is showing.
Spain looks #1 candidate for the trophy currently, given they are playing in their home too.
USA looks like they could even fall as a surprise victim and not reach final ( like the 2006 tournament where Greece won the semi-finals  ;D ).
Still too early though, gonna be very interesting.
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« Reply #8 on: September 03, 2014, 06:08:53 am »
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Yes^^^

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« Reply #9 on: September 03, 2014, 09:21:06 am »
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the main highlight ESPN showed of usa-NZ was the haka dance and the US players looking confused as shit. haka dance is baller but much more so when the team has a chance of actually being intimidating, as the all blacks do.
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Re: FIBA BASKETBALL WORLD CUP - SPAIN 2014
« Reply #10 on: September 04, 2014, 02:13:58 am »
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Australia beat Mexico. Australia had the game in the bag at the end of the 3rd quarter but they should've put them away instead of giving Mexico a glimmer of hope for the first half the of the 4th quarter.
Australia v Angola is coming up soon. Australia should win by 10+ points.
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« Reply #11 on: September 04, 2014, 02:15:01 am »
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the main highlight ESPN showed of usa-NZ was the haka dance and the US players looking confused as shit. haka dance is baller but much more so when the team has a chance of actually being intimidating, as the all blacks do.

Yeah it's tokenism using the haka dance in basketball.
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Re: FIBA BASKETBALL WORLD CUP - SPAIN 2014
« Reply #12 on: September 04, 2014, 08:19:23 am »
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the main highlight ESPN showed of usa-NZ was the haka dance and the US players looking confused as shit. haka dance is baller but much more so when the team has a chance of actually being intimidating, as the all blacks do.

Yeah it's tokenism using the haka dance in basketball.

yeah, there's also that.

ETA: http://deadspin.com/andre-iguodala-pokes-fun-at-haka-dance-steven-adams-is-1630284063
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Re: FIBA BASKETBALL WORLD CUP - SPAIN 2014
« Reply #13 on: September 05, 2014, 04:24:54 am »
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^^^ lol, interesting grammar iggy, "New Zealand thought they dance was gone intimidate us...."

In other news:

-Very convincing play and win from Greece vs Argentina.

-Australia deliberately lost to Angola to avoid USA : http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/basketball/australian-basketball-team-accused-of-tanking-at-world-cup-in-bid-to-avoid-usa/story-fni2u9cl-1227048327778?nk=66e911921850d1db715b6fe64e2c032b

I am a bit annoyed from the reactions. Yes, deliberately losing  does not follow the 'olympic' athletic ideology. this is not new though, teams that are not the strongest always do that. It is hypocrisy to take it all out in Australia, suddenly, like we just discovered this.
I guess it was just too obvious because it was Angola, if it was an equally strong team nobody would care.

There was a Greece vs France game a few Eurobaskets ago, that both teams wanted to lose. We were going point-by-point. Eventually we were tied and they had the last ball. And a youngster ( DeColo i think ) disobeyed the coach orders and scored.
There was another game, famous here, it must have been Mundobasket again, many years ago. We wanted to lose a game with over 9 points to avoid playing with Spain too early in the knockouts. We were at 9pts at the end and we had free throws. Coach told the player to lose them. He indeed threw the ball to lose it... and it went in, lololol. To make it even crazier, in the other game China surprisingly won Spain so we did avoid them.

Found the Greece-France video, look at his teammates , they are not so happy with the win :
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejjor_ab3Ec" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejjor_ab3Ec</a>
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Re: FIBA BASKETBALL WORLD CUP - SPAIN 2014
« Reply #14 on: September 05, 2014, 05:10:42 am »
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Good strategic move by the Australians.
Lose the battle to win the war.
Lithuania beat Slovenia 67-64 so now Australia avoids facing the USA until the Semi Finals.

I watched the Australia v Angola game and it was obvious Australia could've won it if they really wanted to. In the 3rd quarter Australia was up by 15 points. Australia didn't even use 3 of it's starting 5 players at all throughout the game. That's fair enough though because they got a rest for bigger and better things.
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