On Wednesday, the JBA, one of FIBA’s 214 national federations, was suspended from all FIBA and FIBA Asia-related activities. The length of the ban has not been announced. As a result, all Japan national teams are barred from playing in FIBA-sanctioned competitions, including the women’s national team, which captured its first FIBA Asia title in 43 years in 2013. This could have a profound negative impact on Olympic qualifying and preparation for it.
Chinese Taipei hired former San Antonio Spurs coach Bob Hill as a consultant to the National Team and the team has shown some remarkable discipline in their approach dropping games only to tournament favorites Iran and Korea en route to their third successive entry into the last eight. “We have a lot of work to do,” Hill said in an exclusive chat with this website after the team made the cut into the play-offs. Excerpts: On the team’s performance: We still have a lot of things we can improve on. And at times we have shown tremendous improvement. I thought we played a really good game against Iran. But then there are times like against Korea, when we haven’t looked good at all. We looked a very badly coached team. We haven’t really played to our potential, which is a little bit disappointing. We kind of play to the level of our opponent. So the Philippines game (quarterfinal) will be good.
With the NBA lockout jeopardizing all or part of the 2011-12 season, Warriors guard Jeremy Lin would seem to be a perfect candidate to head overseas. After all, he’s not under contract for the upcoming season and — even with his improvement a year ago — could certainly use all the game experience he can get. Not to mention, Lin would no doubt make more money playing in Asia than he would in the NBA. But if you know anything about Lin, he’s not ready to make that move yet. “The No. 1 thing for Jeremy is to establish himself as an NBA player,” said Roger Montgomery, Lin’s agent, on Tuesday. “We’ve never talked about making this or making that in terms of money, which he could do in Asia. Jeremy wants to be an NBA player.”
Interestingly, Lin would likely make significantly more money playing in Asia, and there already have been inquiries about Lin’s availability. Another of Montgomery’s clients, Sonny Weems, recently signed with a team in Lithuania. “Every situation with Europe and Asia is unique,” Montgomery said. “And Jeremy’s is, too. He could make a nice living over there. But again, Jeremy wants to be an NBA player.”