Marian Castillo

2021 Olympic Men’s Basketball: Things You Need to Know

With the Tokyo Summer Olympics postponed to 2021, we now have more time to discuss about Olympic basketball and things that are changed due to the postponement of the event.

How could the postponement of the 2020 Olympic change things?

The biggest difference will be the end of the 2020-21 NBA season. While the 2021 Olympics are the same weeks as the 2020, it is not known what the 2020-21 NBA plan might look like in these unprecedented times. If the NBA season goes a long way, and the brush is approaching the Olympic days, apparently the players will have less time to rest. This is important, because the main reason when healthy athletes bow to Olympic consideration means the need to rest during NBA seasons.

That said, more players can be found in the U.S. Kevin Durant, despite being selected as a finalist, was due to miss the entire 2019-20 NBA season with a broken Achilles, making his Olympic status look different. Other players who were not selected as finalists, at the time, were recovering from serious injuries: Cousins, Blake Griffin and John Wall.

Younger players who can be named as finalists who can get a long look include Zion Williamson.

How was the women’s Olympic basketball team formed, six months before the Games?

The entire Olympic participants were already set – the U.S., Canada, France, Spain, Puerto Rico, Australia, Nigeria, Belgium, Serbia, South Korea, China, and Japan. The top nine nations in the world are eligible, the only one being No. 6 Turkey, which has no Olympic history.

The U.S. It seeks the seventh straight Olympic title to match the basketball record held by U.S. national teams from the first seven Olympic tournaments from 1936-68. The American women have won 46 straight matches between the Olympics and the FIBA ​​World Cup which began in 2006, despite losing a spectacle at the University of Oregon in November.

US listing decisions again proved to be difficult. Stalwarts Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi are ready for their fifth Olympics. Maya Moore (focusing on criminal justice reform) and Candace Parker have announced that they are out (More about Parker’s condition here). The biggest question was left over who would succeed as a reliable point guard.

The AP preseason women’s Top 25 released

The Associated Press preseason women’s Top 25 has been released recently. South Carolina has already accomplished so much by Dawn Staley.

The Gamecocks, who came second in the pre-season survey, in 2014 and 2015, finished last season at No. 1 for the first time. Staley is hopeful that this year’s team will get a chance to compete in the national basketball league after the cancellation of last season’s NCAA tournament due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Gamecocks’ number 2 winner was Stanford, who received another vote in the national media. It has been at the highest level for the Cardinals in the preseason since the 2009 season when the team was second only.

Conn, Baylor and Louisville combined the top five. It is the 14th year in a row that the Huskies have been placed in the top five in the preseason.

The state of Mississippi was six. Arizona was the seventh, for the first time since 2004, to have the Wildcats put on the pre-season voting list. North Carolina State, UCLA and Oregon have collected the top 10.

Northwestern has been placed in pre-season voting for the first time since 2015, entering No. 17. There is a lot of excitement about the program thanks to the official Lindsey Pulliam, who was the first team at the conference last year, and Junior Veronica Burton, the Chief Defender of the Year.

ACC has four, and Big East and Big 12 each have two. The Missouri Valley and West Coast Championships each have one program in the Top 25. It is the first time since 2015 that two top midfield teams have been shortlisted for pre-season polls. It was also the second time Gonzaga had been in the Top 25 before the season. The Zags were ranked 25th in the first poll in 2013.

Below is the full preseason Top 25:

  • South Carolina
  • Stanford
  • UConn
  • Baylor
  • Louisville
  • Mississippi State
  • Arizona
  • NC State
  • UCLA
  • Oregon
  • Kentucky
  • Maryland
  • Texas A&M
  • Arkansas
  • Iowa State
  • Indiana
  • Northwestern
  • Oregon State
  • DePaul
  • Ohio State
  • Gonzaga
  • Notre Dame
  • Syracuse
  • Missouri State
  • Michigan

SEC announces men’s basketball timetable for 2020-2021 season

As announced by the league office on Friday, the LSU men’s basketball team is scheduled to host the 2020-21 season’s 14 games in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center, including nine Southeastern Conference games.

Capacity policies and ticket information for the Maravich Center will be announced in the coming days.

LSU will play four home non-conference games in December, including December 6th vs Louisiana Tech, December 16th vs UNO, December 19th vs North Texas and December 22nd vs VCU.

The Bulldogs and Tigers were planned to compete each other in an independently produced game at the CenturyLink Center in Louisiana later this month. However, the match has been postponed to early in the 2021-22 season.

VCU and LSU will play the second half of a home-and-home series. They met last year in Richmond.

LSU is planned to play against Texas A&M at the Maravich Center on the SEC play’s opening night on Tuesday, December 29th. LSU will host Georgia on January 6th, Arkansas Georgia on January 13th, South Carolina Georgia on January 16th and Alabama Georgia on January 19th. The month will be closed by the Tigers by hosting Texas Tech in the announced SEC/Big 12 Challenge.

In February, the Tigers will also host three consecutive Saturday games, including vs Florida on February 6th, Tennessee February 13th and Auburn February 20th. The regular season is scheduled to consist of with a game on March 2nd at home against Vanderbilt.

It was announced that the league will keep March 6th as an open date for games if any conference contests need to be rescheduled during the year. The Southeastern Conference Tournament is scheduled for Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, on March from 10 to 14.

LSU will start the season with three matches in Lincoln in a multi-team event that is scheduled for November 25, 26 and 28. Opponents for those games will be announced in the coming days.

Sam Hinkie won’t work in NBA again

Since he broke up with the Sixers in 2016, Hinkie has been out of the game.

During his tenure as general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers, Sam Hinkie was a somewhat polarizing figure. Some people praised his drastic team transformation strategy, while others railed against it. However, before Hinkie was with the Sixers, under General Manager Daryl Morey, he was a part of Houston’s front office. Therefore, when Morey was recently hired to be the new basketball operations president of Philadelphia, it led to some speculation that he might look to bring back his former protégée to the Sixers.

However, Hinkie quickly closed the door on this possibility. Hinkie said during an appearance with Pablo Torre on the ESPN Daily podcast that there is no possibility that he will take a job on Morey’s Sixers team.

Oh, zero, “Hinkie said when asked, via Real GM, about a possible return to the NBA.” “Zero. For sure, I’ve turned that chapter. That part of my life . I enjoy what I’m doing now quite much. I like to surround myself with people who think in the kind of timeframes I do, which is always longer. With long feedback loops, that’s very comfortable. That wants to do the kinds of things I do, which is to gamble on young people and watch them grow.”

But what has Hinkie been up to since 2016, when he parted ways with the Sixers?

To get there, a road. Capital, support and guidance are what they need. And a lot of great colleagues around them are always going to help them get there. That’s what I’m doing here.

Just because Hinkie isn’t interested in returning to the NBA doesn’t mean that he’s not yet involved in the league, especially in the Sixers. He thinks that the Morey hire was an excellent one when it comes to his former franchise, and he also thinks that it wouldn’t be a smart decision for Philly to trade either one of their young All-Stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, as others have suggested.

Don’t people know what it took for them to get them? For both of them. It’s not difficult to get a star player in the NBA, but near, “Hinkie said.” It’s not impossible, but close. It takes either an extraordinary amount of luck, or an amazing amount of time, or some other way to try to get at it. So what’s Jo? 26? Finding a young player who is nominally just entering his prime in a typical context, and thinking, ‘yeah, we’ve got to blank.’ No, you’ve got to get great players on your team, and he’s one. No, you’ve got to get great players on your team, and he’s one.

And so, I’m not alone in this, you’d be loathe to think that there’s anything we have to do, and we have to do something that needs you to be able to transfer a great match. For a reason, they don’t travel too often, and people rightfully don’t let them go for a reason very much.

When it comes to their approach to team building in the past, Morey and Hinkie have always been aligned. It will be important to see if they are aligned on this topic as well.

The Ten Most Famous NBA Stadiums in The World (part 1)

When it comes to grand stages, the NBA clearly knows how to supply. The league has some of the most famous arenas in the world, from historic structures to modern stadiums. But which are the most famous NBA stadiums?

Staples Center

Team: Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers

Location: Los Angeles, California

No of IG # mentions: 685,006

If you are planning a visit to Los Angeles, don’t prepare for a trip to the Staples Center for a selfie outside this glamorous arena, which regularly hosts the Grammy Awards.

The Staples Center has a capacity of about 19,000 spectators and has the snap-worthy Star Plaza outside, showcasing the statues of famous Los Angeles athletes and sports broadcasters.

This stadium has some advantages over its rivals as it is home to not one but two top-flight teams. The crowds of fans of both the Los Angeles Clippers and the Los Angeles Lakers gather to watch sport and take photos of themselves, surely giving this stadium double the IG presence.

Madison Square Garden

Team: New York Knicks

Location: New York City, New York

No of IG # mentions: 709,305

The Madison SquareGarden is the considered to be the queen of all NBA arenas, with more than 700,000 Instagram hashtag mentions.

The New York Knicks are not the powerhouse as they used to be. However, that can’t prevent them from having the most fans in the league. It can be tough to get tickets, so fans want proof they were there.

Having opened since 1968, the Garden is also the oldest still in-use NBA stadiums with a capacity of around 20,000.

The arena is also an NHL venue, attracting a ton of tourists thanks to its Manhattan location and hosting of pop concerts.

MSG and the Knicks are such a New York staple that they even popped up in the famous sitcom ‘Friends’ several times.

Top Ten Best Basketball Apps in 2020 (part 2)

6. SportsTG

The draw for your team is accessible through the SportsTG app, which is available on both Google Play Store and Apple Appstore. Accessing the latest match results on this app helps you keep up-to-date with your favorite teams as well as keep an eye on your rivals. Get directions to your next game, view your upcoming fixtures, and find out where your team sits on the ladder.

7. NBL

The only way to catch all the official news from the 2018/19 Hungry Jack’s NBL season is using the NBL app. Following all the latest news and getting up to the minute scores so that you won’t miss minute-streaming games and classic content via NBL TV. This is the mobile home of the NBL.

8. Basketball Queensland

The Basketball Queensland app is created with the aim to make your life easier. It provides a wide range of services that will help you reach where you want to go faster. This basketball app also contains content that isn’t available anywhere else.

9. HUDL Technique

Hudl Technique, formerly known as Ubersense, is used by thousands of coaches and athletes in more than 40 sports in order to improve their skills through slow motion video analysis. You can use the cameras of your iOS devices, including iPhone, iTouch, or iPad, to record and break down your technique for quick feedback during your practice, game, or race. With this app, you can also study your long jump frame by frame, compare your tennis serve side-by-side to a pro’s, or analyze your baseball swing in super slow motion. Hudl Technique helps you improve at any sport.

10. NBA LIVE Mobile Basketball

NBA LIVE Mobile Basketball is suggested to be the most downloaded basketball app in the world. It gives you the ability to live your NBA dream, build your ultimate team using your favorite stars and legends.

Top Ten Best Basketball Apps in 2020 (part 1)

Thanks to the development of smartphones, apps have become an important part of life. With more than 2 million apps in the Apple app store and more being added day by day, we have compiled this list of ten best basketball apps that can help you to develop your skills as a coach, referee, or player. Let’s have a look at them.

1. BQ Coaching (Coaching app)

The BQ Coaching app is a helpful portal for all coaches with a wide range of features, including: Training Drills, Current Coaching Jobs, Upcoming Coaching Events, and so many more.

2. FastDraw Basketball (Coaching app)

Using FastDraw Basketball, coaches can easily draw, organize, save, and share basketball plays. You can build your playbook with exclusive access to more than 4,000 plays and drills from other amateur and professional FastDraw coaches.

There are thousands of basketball plays that you can have the access through FastDraw and there is also a Mac or PC compatible desktop software available.

3. HomeCourt (Coaching app)

It is a sorry for Android users that HomeCourt is currently available only on iOS. This app is a revolutionary basketball training companion. It uses your iPhone camera to count and track basketball shots as well as provide instant video review along with deep statistical analysis of all the team’s workouts and shows.

4. FIBA iRef PGC (Referee app)

FIBA iRef PGC is particularly designed to assist with pre-game preparation. The app features basketball officiating glossary, videos, a checklist with the groups for technical manuals, FIBA basketball rules, and official interpretation, full and half court with referees, players, drawing tool, and coverage area symbols. It also can save your own play-situations. It offers everything that a referee needs for pre-game preparation.

5. ClipIt (Referee app)

ClipIt is created by a Queensland Referee. It allows referees to take clippings of referee calls, constantly records in the background and saves your selected time to the gallery if you press the button. This app allows you to take 3,5 and 10second clips while recording the game.

LeBron James Wants To Play In Olympics

Team USA is getting ready to return stronger than ever after a terrible stint in China in 2019, where they were knocked out of the competition by France in the quarter-finals, and to show the world that they are still the best team in the world.

They failed to take their best players to Asia last year and that could change next season, as USA Basketball could see their best names lining up in Tokyo to represent the country.

For Team USA, the 2021 Olympic Games would be the ideal time to show that they are still the world’s best national team and that they can get a big star to help them affirm their status. Sports Highlighted claims that, while he has not expressly said that he wants to play in Tokyo next year, LeBron James may be considering joining the team in Tokyo.

“I was advised he needs to anticipate having the option to play, yet nobody can thoroughly submit under these conditions,” USA Basketball overseeing chief Jerry Colangelo disclosed to Chris Sheridan of BasketballNews.com a week ago.

James has recently expressed his enthusiasm for playing for Team USA in the 2020 Summer Olympics yet he hasn’t yet made a strong responsibility. This ongoing report makes James’ craving sound somewhat more concrete.

One significant inquiry that should be posed preceding any official choice is the way the 2020-21 NBA mission will play out, given that the season isn’t probably going to start until the new year however could even now comprise of 82 games.

All things considered, the NBA lobby winds up playing through the Olympics, a contention that the alliance hasn’t needed to manage already.

Bron actually needs to affirm his craving to go speak to the nation in Tokyo yet there is no uncertainty his essence will cause more to notice the group from the media and will bring more players intrigued to join the crew that will go play in the 2021 Olympics. The last time he was in the Olympics was in 2012, where Team USA won the gold award drove by Bron, Kobe Bryant and more stars.

It would seem that they need their hotshots to say something one year from now and Bron gives off an impression of being prepared for the test.

Top Ten Best Basketball Leagues outside the NBA (part 2)

Lega Basket Serie

Founded in 1920 in Italy, Lega Basket Serie is considered to be the oldest basketball league. There is an interesting fact that every team includes 5 players selected from Italy and 5 players chosen from outside Europe. Currently, there are 16 teams participating in the league, and the defending champion is Olympia Milano.

LNB Pro

Established in 1921, LNB Pro is the top basketball authority in France with most of the basketball championships in the country won by this league. It is owned by Tony Parker and San Antonio Spurs. The league’s regular-season timing is in September with 18 teams currently participating in.

Greek A1 League

Based in Athens, Greek A1 League is one of the most talked about basketball leagues in the world. Its regular season is from October to April with 14 teams currently enrolled.

Basketball Bundesliga

Basketball Bundesliga is considered a middle-level league with good marketing strategies ensuring well-attended cricket events. Its regular-season timing is from September to May with around 18 teams taking part in. The last defending champion is Brose Bamberg.

Adriatic League

Adriatic League is a regional basketball federation with the countries Slovenia, Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina included in. Its sports events are commonly scheduled from September to March with 14 teams participating in.

National Basketball League of Australia

This league was founded in 1979. The regular seasons are arranged in October with 8 teams currently enrolled in.

LKL

Based in Lithuania, LKL is considered to be the second religion of Lithuania. There are 10 teams currently enrolled in this league with the defending champion Zalgiris.

Chinese Basketball Association

Established in 1995,Chinese Basketball Associationis the most eminent basketball leagues in Asia. The output of this league is so far middle level so only Chinese players play in this league.

There are 20 teams currently involved in this league. Its regular events are scheduled from October to February.

Top Ten Best Basketball Leagues outside the NBA (part 1)

Basketball is one of the most famous sports all over the world, especially in the US. The NBA (National Basketball Association) is the American basketball league featuring around 30 teams, including 29 based in the US and one based in Canada. Here is the description of the world’s top ten basketball leagues, except for the NBA.

Liga ACB

Based in Spain, Liga ACB was established in 1957. Interestingly, only two teams are dominating the tittle since then. 51 of the total 60 titles have been won by these two teams alone. The regular seasons of Liga ACB are held from October to May.

17 teams are currently enrolled in ACB and the defending champion is Real Madrid. Some famous NBA stars such as Marc Gasol are the productions of this league. It is an interesting fact that in the last season of the NBA, 39 players were chosen from Liga ACB.

The Euro League

Only the top clubs qualify to play every year in the Euro League. It is currently hosting 16 teams and is the second level league in Europe. The teams wanting to be included in this league need to win their domestic leagues as well as some other competitions.

Turkish Basketball Super League

Although Turkey entered basketball in 1904,Turkish Basketball Super League was founded in 1966. Turkey is putting immense finance into basketball with this league being the main beneficiary.

It is expected that thanks to huge financial resources, Turkish Basketball Super League is going to overtake the Liga ACB both in quality and in quantity. 16 teams are currently enrolled and the regular sessions are held from October to April. The defending champion is Fenerbahce.

VTB United League

Based in Russia, VTB United League is the top one including clubs from Kazakhstan, Latvia, Estonia, and Belarus. 13 teams are currently enrolled in the league and regular sessions are arranged from October to April. The defending champion was CSKA Moscow.