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September 8, 2014 Updates

Basketball's governing body is investigating if Australia deliberately lost a World Cup game to delay a possible matchup with the United States. FIBA says "it is widely suspected that Australia lost" on purpose to Angola in a Group D game last Thursday in Las Palmas, Spain. The Angolans won 91-83. FIBA says Australia's "on-court behavior... generated huge disappointment by basketball fans and experts." Associated Press

Brazil scored 14 fast break points to Argentina’s zero. Prigioni and Scola ended the game in foul trouble, and for the latter, he knew that Brazil had him figured out. Afterwards in the mixed zone, he answered every question hurriedly, and became agitated when asked about Argentina’s group of players, most notably himself, Manu Ginobili and Carlos Delfino, the latter two, not playing in this World Cup due to injury. “What group,” Scola said. “Manu is not here. Manu hasn’t been here in a couple of years. Delfino’s not here. What is this group? We keep talking about a group but it doesn’t exist. We keep changing players every year and it’s probably two or three players that played in the Olympics before that won medals so what is exactly this group?” TalkBasket

Enes Kanter, who was voted most valuable player of the 2009 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship while leading Turkey's junior national team to the bronze medal, stated that he has always been proud of serving the Turkish National Basketball Team, saying; “I love my county more than those who accuse me of turning my back on it.” Today's Zaman

“Many people on social media have claimed that the national team lost the games because I chose not to join the team. They created this image that I had done this arbitrarily. They even accused me of being a traitor for not playing for Turkey. But those claims are just false. I am in love with my country. I am honored to represent Turkey. I have always tried to be patient with any kind of slander and preferred to act with moderation according to the requirements of my culture. Those who know me also know that I have nothing to hide. I would never betray my country, as some claim.” Today's Zaman

September 7, 2014 Updates

Alvaro Martin: Says @Pablo Prigioni in @BasquetPlus: "A generational change is coming. I'd rather end up in this spot [12th in BWC] w/o naturalizing players." Twitter @AlvaroNBAMartin

September 5, 2014 Updates

So when Irving said he’s fine Friday was to feel the collective sigh of relief from all involved, especially considering what’s on the line as of this weekend. Mexico awaits in the Round of 16 Saturday, with single-elimination finally beginning and the gold medal defense still on track so long as Irving is taking part. “I’m all right,” Irving told reporters inside the same Palau Sant Jordi venue where the American Dream Team made hoops history during the 1992 Olympics. “I mean it was a little bit of a concern when it happened. I was a little bit worried. It was a tough fall on my back, just a light bruise that I took in the fourth quarter. But it’s part of the game … I’m all right. I’m a little bit more sore than I thought I would be, but like I said it was just a tough fall that I took yesterday and I’m just glad I’m OK.” For The Win

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Delegates from the 116 national federations in attendance at the FIBA World Congress on Thursday elected 13 of the potential 29 members that will make up the Central Board for the 2014-2019 term of office. Horacio Muratore, who succeeds Yvan Mainini in becoming the new President of FIBA, was elected by acclamation. Sportando

August 28, 2014 Updates

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. Sydney Morning Herald

August 20, 2014 Updates

The devastating injury of Paul George reignited the fire in a debate which, practically, never ended. NBA owners are more than reluctant to let their stars play for their countries’ national teams despite the agreement between FIBA and the NBA which even includes every possible detail about their practices. According to Eurohoops sources, the current agreement, ratified back at 2010, is very specific and strict. NBA players are not allowed to train more than five weeks prior to the FIBA tournaments with their national teams, they are not allowed to deviate from “safe training practices”, like running on uneven terrain at mountains and they can’t have a full contact practice for more than two hours per day. Of course the national teams’ medical stuffs are obliged to send detailed medical reports to NBA teams for their players who can’t play for their country if there are medical concerns. That’s how Manu Ginobili is not able to participate in the upcoming FIBA World Cup and one may assume that the deviation from “safe training practices” was the reason behind the absence of Jusuf Nurkic from the Bosnian national team. EuroHoops.net

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