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NBA, FIBA to host BWB global camp in NYC

NBA, FIBA to host BWB global camp in NYC

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) today announced a new, annual Basketball without Borders (BWB) Global Camp in conjunction with NBA All-Star.

The inaugural camp will be held February 13-15 at Baruch College in Manhattan as part of NBA All-Star 2015 in New York City, and Nike will be the official partner.

Basketball without Borders, the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development program, has reached more than 2 200 campers from 120 countries and territories, with 33 BWB campers drafted into the NBA.

The new camp will connect the top 40 players born in 1997 from Africa, the Americas, Asia/Pacific and Europe with select NBA, WNBA and FIBA players and coaches.

The campers will work on positional skill drills, while engaging in shooting and skills competitions and 5-on-5 scrimmages. The campers will also attend the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge and participate in additional All-Star activities.

As part of the league’s season long NBA Cares All-Star community efforts to reach half a million youth throughout the five boroughs with fun, fitness-related basketball activities, BWB Global campers will take part in the NBA FIT Celebration and work side by side with NBA, WNBA and FIBA players and legends to host basketball and fitness clinics throughout the five boroughs.

The campers will also participate in a life skills seminar addressing essential health-related issues.

Nike, a BWB global partner since 2002, will outfit the campers and coaches with Nike apparel and footwear.

Since its inception in 2001, the NBA and FIBA have staged 39 BWB camps in 22 cities across 19 countries on five continents. More than 150 current and former NBA, WNBA and FIBA players have joined nearly 140 NBA team personnel from all 30 NBA teams to support BWB all over the world

November 22, 2014 By : Category : Basketball Zone V English featured 0 Comment

Spurs snatch victory from James again

LeBron James

LeBron James

The San Antonio Spurs continued their success over LeBron James-led teams by edging the Cleveland Cavaliers 92-90 behind Tim Duncan’s double double and a key forced turnover by Manu Ginobili.

Duncan delivered 19 points and 10 rebounds and Boris Diaw also scored 19 points on Wednesday for San Antonio who posted their fifth victory in the last six games.

“It is a big one,” Duncan said. “A great victory on the road against a very talented team.”

The Spurs literally snatched the victory from the James’ hands Wednesday as they forced the Cleveland star to commit a turnover on the Cavs’ final possession of the game.

Ginobili scooped up the ball and ran out the clock for the defending champion Spurs in front of a crowd of 20 562 at Quicken Loans arena. James finished with 15 points and nine assists in 34 minutes of playing time.

The Spurs defeated James and the Miami Heat in five games to claim last season’s NBA title. James left the Heat in the off season to re-join his hometown Cavaliers.

NBA finals MVP Kawhi Leonard finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds and Cory Joseph came off the bench to score 10 points in the win.

“We are still trying to get ourselves together,” Duncan said. “We are not playing very well right now and we are missing some guys.”

Anderson Varejao tallied 23 points and 11 rebounds and Kyrie Irving scored 20 in the loss.

Ginobili split a pair of free throws to stake the Spurs to a 92-90 lead with nine seconds left before James lost the ball near midcourt.

Varejao rebounded Ginobili’s miss and James dribbled behind his back as Ginobili lunged for it, but he lost the ball off his left hand as he attempted a crossover.

Ginobili then threw the ball into the air from the left corner of the three-point line with no time left in regulation.

AFP

November 21, 2014 By : Category : English featured NBA 0 Comment

NBA suspends Taylor for domestic violence

Jeff Taylor

Jeff Taylor

Charlotte Hornets forward Jeff Taylor was suspended 24 games without pay by the NBA on Wednesday after pleading guilty last month to misdemeanor domestic violence assault and malicious destruction of hotel property.

Taylor had been on paid leave since the start of the National Basketball Association season, missing 11 games, and he will have to sit out the next 13 games.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said the 25-year-old Taylor, in his third season in the league, will suffer a financial penalty equal to 24 games.

“This suspension is necessary to protect the interests of the NBA and the public’s confidence in it,” Silver said in a statement. “Mr. Taylor’s conduct violates applicable law and, in my opinion, does not conform to standards of morality and is prejudicial and detrimental to the NBA.”

During an argument at an East Lansing, Michigan, hotel room in September, Taylor pushed a woman into the hallway, where she fell to the ground and slammed her head on a door, the player said.

The woman had marks on her upper arm and a bump on her head but declined medical treatment, police said, adding that there was also damage to a wall near the hotel room.

Taylor, who pleaded guilty last month, was sentenced to 18 months of probation. As part of his probation, he must complete 26 weeks in a domestic violence intervention program.

A second-round pick by Charlotte in the 2012 NBA Draft, Taylor has averaged 6.6 points a game during his two seasons with the Hornets.

Reuters

November 21, 2014 By : Category : English featured Players 0 Comment

NBA Africa seeks to develop Rwandan basketball

Espoir’s shooting guard Pascal Karekezi, left, attended the Basketball without Borders programme in 2011

Espoir’s shooting guard Pascal Karekezi, left, attended the Basketball without Borders programme in 2011

 NBA Africa has expressed support in developing Rwandan basketball according to the continental vice president Amadou Gallo Fall.

Speaking recently to local media, Gallo said, “We know that there is a lot of interest across the region. We were in Kigali three years ago with Luol Deng (Miami Heat) for Sprite clinics and we saw a lot of passion in the young people that we had in the camp.”

“The Rwanda Basketball Federation is very dynamic and we want to be part of that. We definitely realize the potential that is in this region and we are looking forward to starting programs and continue to take steps to grow the sport here,” he explained.

As one of the most successful countries in the East and central African region, Rwanda has represented the Zone 5 area four consecutive times at the FibaAfrobasket championships including the 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013 editions.

NBA Africa set up an office in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2010 headed by Amadou, who had earlier worked as the vice president of international relations at the Dallas Mavericks.

His vision in Africa was and is still to grow the game at the grassroots level on the continent and has so far seen tremendous success.

Through the Basketball without Borders (BWB), a global basketball development program set up by the NBA and FIBA, NBA Africa has been able to promote the sport and encourage positive change in the areas of education, health and wellness.

PheniasBagabo represented Rwanda this year at the BWB in Johannesburg and notably national team shooting guard Pascal Karekezi attended the 2011 edition.

November 11, 2014 By : Category : English featured NBA 0 Comment

More injury woe for Oklahoma City Thunder as Perry Jones ruled out

Mason Plumlee (left) of the Brooklyn nets drives against Perry Jones of the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first half at the Barclays Centre

Mason Plumlee (left) of the Brooklyn nets drives against Perry Jones of the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first half at the Barclays Centre

 The Oklahoma City Thunder, already reeling from injuries to stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, lost Perry Jones to a knee injury Tuesday in a 100-88 NBA loss at Toronto.

Jones collided with Patrick Patterson on a drive to the basket early in the third quarter and was helped back to the locker room to have his right knee examined.

Thunder head coach Scott Brooks described the injury as a knee contusion and said Jones would be re-examined on Wednesday.

Injury-hit Oklahoma City had just eight healthy players at tip-off, and Jones, who had arthroscopic surgery on the same knee in July, was one of their few playmakers.

The third-year forward was forced to take on a bigger role because of injuries to reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Durant and Westbrook, and was averaging 18.5 points per game over the first four contests of the season.

Patterson’s departure, coupled with Sebastian Telfair’s late ejection, forced the Thunder to play the last two minutes with just six healthy players.

“It was an effort that I’m encouraged with,” Brooks said. “These guys are scrappy. This is all new for all of us.”

DEPLETED BULLS BEAT MAGIC

The Chicago Bulls overcame their injury troubles, making do without Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah in a 98-90 victory over the Orlando Magic on Tuesday.

Jimmy Butler scored 21 points and Spanish big man Pau Gasol added 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Bulls.

Chicago were again without Rose, who missed his second game after spraining both ankles against Cleveland on Friday.

France’s Noah was sidelined by illness.

Taj Gibson returned for the Bulls after missing a game with a sprained ankle and had 16 points, and Aaron Brooks and Doug McDermott combined to score 25 off the bench for Chicago.

Nikola Vucevic contributed 19 points and 13 rebounds for Orlando, who fell to 0-4 for the first time since starting 0-6 in 1990-91, their second season in the NBA.

AFP

November 6, 2014 By : Category : English featured Tournament 0 Comment

Veterans basketball tourneykicks off on Nov 9

Veterans basketball tourneykicks off on Nov 9 

Fixtures

 Nov. 9

Group A

Patriots                 vs             CSK

Musanze              vs             Ferwaba

Group B

Espoir                    vs            30-Plus

KBC                        vs            UGB

Nov. 19

Group A

Ferwaba              vs            Patriots

CSK                        vs            Musanze

Group B

UGB                       vs            Espoir

30-Plus                                 vs            KCB

Nov. 23

Group B

Espoir                    vs            KBC

30-Plus                                 vs            UGB

Group A

Patriots                vs            Musanze

CSK                        vs            Ferwaba

A month-long veteran’s basketball tournament under the auspices of the National Basketball Federation is set to be launched on November 9 and will run until December 9 at Amahoro indoor stadium and Cercle Sportif courts.

Ferwaba secretary general Richard Mutabazi said on Monday that the tournament is aimed at encouraging senior citizens such as government officials and corporate people to continue supporting the sport.

He said: “We have a large following of basketball fans which includes former basketball players, government officials and people in the corporate world who we want to engage for support.”

This tournament will be a platform to not only play basketball but also talk about the sport and seek ways of developing it,” Mutabazi added.

The teams that will spice up the tournament include Patriots, CSK BBC, Musanze BC, Ferwaba Team, Espoir BBC, 30-Plus BBC, Kigali Basketball Club and United Generation Basketball.

November 5, 2014 By : Category : English featured inthespotlight Tournament 0 Comment

The LeBron James Factor And NBA Television Ratings

LeBron James

 How we consume sports on television can be a funny thing when it comes to measuring it. Numbers are numbers, but when Nielsen releases them, context is often missing.

Television is drastically changing. Or rather, the consumption of what was once the single domain of television is changing to streaming content to PCs, smartphones, and things like Google’s Chromecast in competition for the traditional TV.

And, each sport is a different animal. As we just saw with the 2014 World Series, if there isn’t compelling games, ratings will suffer. Major League Baseball has more weight placed on compelling play, rather than stars. For the NFL, it’s practically a wash. Sure, you want a star quarterback in the Super Bowl, but ratings will always be high for the game given its exceptional event quality.

And then there’s the NBA.

Out of the Big-4 sports in North America, the National Basketball Association is the one most keenly tied to its stars. Television ratings ebb and flow with which marquee players are in the NBA Finals, more than any other.

Which brings us to LeBron James.

King James is the league’s biggest star. He is seen, not only in games, but as a pitch man for a litany of companies. How LeBron goes drives how the NBA goes.

This is a large reason why the ratings for the last two NBA Finals were so robust. There are stars on every team, but there are very few super stars that can push the needle upward like LeBron James.

The true litmus test for this has been his return to Cleveland. In no other sport could such a radical swing in fan interest be created by just one player. Ask yourself, with possibly Peyton Manning the exception, what player could go to the Indians or Browns and be so incredibly impactful at not only the gate, but on television and in the sponsorship space?

While the 2014-15 NBA season is just now underway, we’re already seeing the LeBron effect on national television ratings.

Opening Night in the NBA on TNT saw a 48 percent drop in ratings and a 49 percent drop in viewership from last year. This year saw a 1.5 rating with an average of 2.3 million for the national broadcast compared to a 2.9 rating with 4.5 million viewers last season. Why the difference? It wasn’t because it went up against a World Series game (although that certainly was a factor). It was because the Cleveland Cavaliers and King James weren’t part of the programming.

Yet, on the second night of Opening Week of the NBA on TNT, the Cavs played the New York Knicks, and ratings were, as expected, high. That game pulled a 2.6 rating with an average of 4 million viewers, up 50 percent over the comparable telecast window last season which saw the Chicago Bulls play the Knicks for a 1.8 rating with 2,643,000 million total viewers.

Just how much of an affect did LeBron’s return to Cleveland have compared to overall regular season ratings on TNT? The telecast was up 117 percent in U.S. household rating and 111 percent among total viewers compared with TNT’s average audience for an NBA regular season game last year (1.2 U.S. HH rating; 1,870,000 total viewers).  The telecast – peaking with a 2.9 U.S. HH rating and 4.5 million total viewers from 10:30-10:45 p.m. – earned a 27.2 metered market rating in Cleveland and a 7.0 local rating in New York.

The Knicks/Cavs telecast also registered significant growth across all key demos including a 56 percent increase in People 18-49 and a 60 percent improvement among Men 18-49 over the same telecast window in 2013.  The Cavs-Knicks game on the second night of the NBA regular season was up 116 percent among People 18-49 and 122 percent in Men 18-49 over TNT’s average demos for the NBA regular season last year.

This is both good and bad, or more correctly, adds context. Flatly looking at the numbers and saying this year or that shows overall interest or decline in the NBA does not paint the picture properly. The NBA is so tightly tied to its super stars to generate interest that who is in game, outweighs the team that is competing. Ask yourself what the ratings would have been if LeBron doesn’t go back to Cleveland and it’s the same matchup.

For the NBA and its broadcast partners, no one thing drives viewership like super stars. If the Cavaliers miss the playoffs, and let’s say, it’s the Spurs again against say, the Knicks (I’m simply using that team as it’s in the league’s biggest market with Carmelo Anthony as a star), is there little doubting that ratings will be down considerably, even with New York in the mix?

Where LeBron James goes, so goes the NBA… and the television ratings.

Forbes.com

November 4, 2014 By : Category : English featured NBA 0 Comment

Spurs 101-100 Dallas: Spurs kick off title defence by edging Mavericks

Spurs 101-100 Dallas Spurs kick off title defence by edging Mavericks

Tony Parker (left), Tim Duncan (centre) and Manu Ginobili (right) of the San Antonio Spurs sit on the bench during the fourth Quarter of the NBA Finals

Tony Parker scored 23 points as the San Antonio Spurs began their title defence with a 101-100 win over Dallas in one of three opening-night NBA contests Tuesday.

The Spurs, despite their superb record in ring ceremony games, needed every minute of the contest to hold off their Texas-state rivals, who gave them their most difficult challenge of last year’s playoffs.

The Spurs rolled to their fifth title in June by dismantling the LeBron James-led Miami Heat. But first they had to get past the Mavericks in an epic seven-game series in the Western Conference semi-finals.

“We moved the ball much better in the second half,” said Spurs guard Manu Ginobili, who came off the bench to score 20 points. “The defence was great. Tony had a couple of big baskets it was a very close game. Anything could have happened.”

Tuesday’s three-game set to start the 2014-15 regular season also saw Anthony Davis fall one block shy of a triple-double as the New Orleans Pelicans pulled away from the Orlando Magic for a 101-84 home win.

LA LAKERS, ROCKETS CLASH

Kobe Bryant’s Los Angeles Lakers were taking on the Houston Rockets in the late contest.

San Antonio received their championship rings in a pre-game ceremony which also included raising their fifth championship banner in franchise history. The Spurs are now 5-0 in games where they received their championship rings.

“The ring ceremony got me emotional,” said Ginobili. “This is a great start. I can’t complain.”

Parker scored the go ahead three-pointer with under a minute left. Ginobili also had six assists off the bench and Tim Duncan totalled 14 points and 13 rebounds for San Antonio.

Monta Ellis led Dallas with 26 points on 11-of-21 shooting and Dirk Nowitzki added 18 points with six rebounds in the loss.

San Antonio returned almost everyone from last year’s team but they had to play the season-opener without NBA finals MVP Kawhi Leonard, who is sidelined by a right eye infection.

Tiago Splitter also sat with a calf injury and Australian Patty Mills will miss the first few months after shoulder surgery.

San Antonio has now won 10 straight regular-season games over the Mavericks, including eight straight at home.

AFP

October 30, 2014 By : Category : Afrobasket English featured Tags:
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Durant upbeat despite starting season on sidelines

Durant upbeat despite starting season on sidelines

Kevin Durat #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder reacts against the Memphis Grizzlies during Game six of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs

Four-time NBA scoring champion Kevin Durant, last season’s NBA Most Valuable Player, was upbeat Tuesday as he discussed starting the season on the sidelines.

The Oklahoma City Thunder star, talking for the first time since surgery on his broken right foot, insisted the situation was a “win-win” — giving him a chance to learn about the game from a different viewpoint as his team-mates honed their skills on court.

Durant, who arrived to meet reporters using a wheeled scooter to support his injured foot rather than using crutches, is expected to be sidelined at least another month.

STEP UP

With the NBA season tipping off on October 28, he said other players will have to step up and make the most of increased minutes on the floor.

“It gives guys opportunities to play, build confidence and build that chemistry as a team,” Durant said. “I’m looking at the positive side of it. It’s a win-win. I’m learning a lot about the game while I’m out.

“My teammates are getting a lot of opportunities because there are a lot of minutes out there to play and help contribute to the team.”

Durant said he was grateful for the support of the Thunder organization as he decided to have surgery to repair the Jones Fracture — a broken bone at the base of the small toe.

An aching pain alerted him to the problem, and he and team officials hope it was caught early enough to keep the rehabilitation process short.

“Everything is progressing,” he said. “I’m looking forward to these next few weeks of getting better.”

Durant’s on-court contribution will be hard, if not impossible, for the Thunder to replace.

He averaged 32 points, 7.4 rebounds and 5.5 assist a game last season, sparking the Thunder to the Western Conference finals, where they were eliminated by the eventual NBA champion San Antonio Spurs.

After winning last season’s scoring crown, he joined Michael Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain and George Gervin as the only players to win four NBA scoring titles in five years.

However, Durant says he’ll try to use his time on the sidelines as a learning experience.

“It’s a different position for me, but I’m looking forward to growing mentally by watching the game, learning from my teammates and helping them as much as I can,” he said.

Reuters

October 28, 2014 By : Category : Afrobasket English featured Tags:
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Basketball Federation plans a Rwf380m Gymnasium

Rwanda Basketball Federation (Ferwaba)

Rwanda Basketball Federation (Ferwaba) is looking for sponsorship to enable construct a Rwf380m gymnasium.

The Ferwaba president, Desire Mugwiza confirmed the development on Thursday, adding that they expect to kick off the construction of the gymnasium next year.

He said, “We did a feasibility study on the cost of the project and we will send it to the Ministry of Sports before securing land. After that we have a list of potential sponsors who we will approach with an offer,”

Rwanda has seven gymnasiums which include:  Lycee de Kigali, Amahoro Indoor Stadium, NPC Gymnasium, Kimisagara Youth Sports Centre, Group de la Sale (Byumba), UR (National University of Butare) and Green Hills Academy.

October 27, 2014 By : Category : English featured Rwanda basketball League 0 Comment