HoopsHype Great Britain rumors


January 28, 2013 Updates
January 21, 2013 Updates

Euroleague Basketball and the NBA will enhance their ongoing collaboration by developing several marketing and promotional activities in Europe to increase the awareness of basketball. This was one of the main conclusions reached in a meeting on Wednesday in London between executives of both leagues, headed by NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver, the designated successor to current NBA commissioner David Stern, and Jordi Bertomeu, the president and CEO of Euroleague basketball. Euroleague.net

January 16, 2013 Updates

The recent success of the national team in Great Britain, the Olympic basketball spectacle in August, the notion England will play host to the EuroLeague Final Four in May and the increased participation in the sport are signs there may one day be an NBA team wearing London on its chest. Former Knicks general manager Ed Tapscott is in the process of forming a second pro league here beginning in 2015, trying to make it more than a niche sport. “Why not?’’ Moreland said of a London NBA team. “How many years? I don’t know. But it’s still David Stern’s decision.’’ New York Post

Moreland points to NBA games now appearing on TV network Sky Sport and the ESPN feed Londoners get on satellite. According to Moreland, a study shows basketball is the second- highest participation sport among 11- to 15-year-old boys after soccer. “There’s just an increasing amount of NBA product new in our media,’’ Moreland said. New York Post

December 5, 2012 Updates

The NBA will finally return to British TV screens this week after the league signed a deal with ESPN until the end of the current season. The coverage begins on Thursday night with New York Knicks versus Miami Heat and will include three live games per week, NBA All Star Game, First and Second Round NBA Playoff coverage, Western Conference Finals, and NBA Finals. MVP 24/7

October 3, 2012 Updates

However, a bit of a controversy flared up surrounding Deng’s decision to not have wrist surgery, which allowed him to continue playing for the Bulls last season, represent Great Britain in the Olympics and start the upcoming season on time. Deng is clearly weary of all of the debate, but while he’s learned to take the questions about his health in stride, the longest-tenured member of the Bulls is also very firm in his rationale not to have the procedure. “It took two questions before [the media asked about] the wrist,” he said Monday, while seated at the podium for the team’s media day. “The wrist is the wrist. It is what it is. I’m expecting to be asked about it all year, but I’ve just got to go out and play, play as hard as I can, do what I can do. Whether it’s one arm or two arms or no arms, I’m going to be the best that I can be. That’s the goal, just go out there and play as hard as I can. It felt great in the Olympics. Since I’ve been back practicing, it’s been feeling great and so far, so good. CSN Chicago

August 15, 2012 Updates

The Welsh, he said, will not be allowed to derail the move. And, in a stinging rebuke, he has ordered Basketball Wales to go back to the table and re-consider their intransigence. “By covering about 95% of the basketball family in this country, and while we have to respect the decision of the board of Basketball Wales, it’s unstoppable,” he said. “You have this almost unanimity to want to maintain a British programme and go and be successful. I think that we will be able to persuade Wales to join this party. “You want basketball in this country to be like Spain, France, Italy, and Greece. I think that if this is the case, it should be logical to move to a British system. Every stakeholder who is giving up something should put on the table what it wants. Keeping independent just for the sake of playing Division C in Europe? I’m sorry, that’s probably not the right argument. It’s not even supported by the Welsh Government. TalkBasket

August 10, 2012 Updates
August 7, 2012 Updates

Through the Olympics, Deng averaged 15.8 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.6 assists in five games, shooting 31.4 percent. "If the Olympics were next month, I'd play again," Deng said. "This is something no one will ever take away. I'm always going to remember this moment, walking out for the opening ceremonies and playing with guys I played with my whole life. Seeing my parents out there and (youth coach) Jimmy (Rogers), I can't explain it. It's one of those stories, if I missed the Olympics, I'd always think about that." Chicago Tribune

Indeed, Deng wore a broad smile as he linked arms with teammates as "God Save the Queen" played to a full stadium in full throat. And he deflected questions about his subpar play to broader issues. "I believe basketball is going to grow in this country," he said. "It would've been easy for me to say I don't want to play. But I feel I made the right decision. A lot of kids saw me play. "It's very similar to being at the All-Star Game and taking out my (Africa) T-shirt. A lot of people would disagree with it, but I know it's the right decision." Chicago Tribune

In his strongest implication yet that he either will forego surgery on the torn ligament in his left wrist altogether or postpone it until after the 2012- 13 season, Deng said he planned to start camp on time. "Did I look like I needed (surgery)?" Deng said Monday evening. "I'm fine right now. I feel great. There are a lot of things I want to improve in my game that I want to focus on now. I want to be a better player than I was last year. "I have time to make decisions and be healthy by the time we start (training camp)." Chicago Tribune

August 6, 2012 Updates

Britain had to go through a lengthy process to prove to governing body Fiba that they were good enough to play at London 2012, but with just one win, questions may now be asked about their progress on the global stage. "We would love to have advanced," Deng continued. "There were a couple of sleepless nights but it's all worth it. In the future it will make all of us hungry for more, and better players. "There were a lot of mistakes. We had turnovers and I made a lot of careless plays. Individually we all have to get better, but collectively we've got to do a better job," the Chicago Bulls player added. BBC

August 5, 2012 Updates

Patty Mills' 39-point haul against Great Britain has pumped up his teammates and inspired tweeters to get #Boomers trending in Australia on Sunday. The Boomers came from behind in the third quarter to smash Britain 106-75, securing their spot in the quarter-finals. Boomers player Joe Ingles tweeted his jubilation after the game: "So proud to be an Aussie and especially a Boomer!! Love playing with these guys and for my country! So proud of our team tonight! Maybe the best second half I have been apart (sic) of! Onto the next one... #boomers" Mark Worthington tweeted: "Love being an Aussie. True fighting spirit. Best when our backs are against the wall. Love being a BOOMER!!!!! #London2012" West Australian

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