FIBA Asia Rumors
According to a Team USA source, Robinson suffered a knee injury and missed the first two days of practice that began with an informal workout Sunday. He returned for two days but re-injured the knee Wednesday. Robinson is expected to miss Thursday’s set of scrimmages and practice. A member of the Knicks training staff is in Vegas with Robinson. A Team USA official did not know the specifics of the knee injury. The Vegas scrimmages end Friday.
Here’s a news item that was overshadowed by countless NBA Finals developments within the past week: Hall of Famer Yao Ming was elected as FIBA Asia chairman. Yao’s appointment came at the FIBA Asia General Assembly in Bengaluru, India, it was announced on June 9. The ex-Houston Rockets center joins the FIBA Asia leadership board for the four-year period ending in 2023. He also serves as the Chinese Basketball Association chairman. In February 2017, the CBA unanimously selected Yao for the position.
Former Baylor star Isaiah Austin has reached an agreement to play for the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas in the upcoming FIBA Asia Champions Cup (a tournament for Asian clubs organized by FIBA), according to Inquirer.net. Per the same report, the Pilipinas will also bring in Nigerian forward Bright Akhuetie. The Philippines men’s national basketball team has competed in FIBA competitions for basketball clubs such as the FIBA Asia Champions Cup under a club name (Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas).
This summer, Satnam Singh will return to the homeland to represent the Indian national basketball team in the FIBA Asia Championship. “In the last three years when I was drafted to Dallas, I’ve never been back home,” he said. “Becoming the first Indian-born player who gets drafted, other kids they can see we have a great opportunity, we can go play in the NBA.”
The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas remained hopeful Fil-Am NBA player Jordan Clarkson will be able to join Gilas Pilipinas in its campaign in the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship slated Sept. 23-Oct. 3 in Changsha, China. “It’s still a work in progress but with better clarity,” said SBP vice chairman Ricky Vargas after a meeting with Los Angeles Lakers team president Jeanie Buss and general manager Mitch Kupchak in LA.