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Hoop dreams: Real Madrid president Perez asks for club’s basketball team to be adopted into the NBA

Hoop dreams: Real Madrid president Perez asks for club's basketball team to be adopted into the NBA

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Australia tops Canada in gritty FIBA World Cup opener

The overmatched, underdog Canadians played an extraordinary third quarter in their World Cup opener against Australia on Sunday, one of the best games we’ve seen in a long time, but the Aussies responded with an even better fourth. And now Canada faces a mammoth task to reach the second round after a 108-92 loss.

Cory Joseph (6) of Canada drives the ball during the 2019 FIBA World Cup, first round match between Canada and Australia at Dongguan Basketball Center on Sunday in Dongguan, China | Zhizhao Wu/Getty Images

DONGGUAN, CHINA (September 1, 2019) – The Canadian Senior Men’s National Team dropped a 108-92  decision to Australia in their first game at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 despite’s come-from-behind 37-point outburst in the third quarter. Continue reading

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FIBA writers make their picks: Will USA retain their crown; will Giannis win MVP?

BEIJING (China) – Keeping up the usual practice before a big event, we have gathered our writers who will be on site to give you all the news from China. Time for them to be in the role of interviewee for once. Continue reading

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Canada sets its roster for FIBA World Cup

Canada’s is appearing in the FIBA World Cup for the first time since 2010. Canada’s men’s basketball roster has been set, but it doesn’t much look like what many envisioned several weeks ago. Almost every celebrated Canadian player on a NBA contract – 17 in total – inexplicably pulled out of the World Cup with the exception of guard Cory Joseph (Sacramento Kings) and forward Khem Birch (Orlando Magic). Forward Kelly Olynyk (Miami Heat) – like Joseph a longtime combatant for the country – was forced to pull out due to injury suffered in an exhibition game against Nigeria in early August. Two players under contract with the Toronto Raptors also left the team. 

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Hello, World Cup: A record field set for FIBA’s main event

SHANGHAI (AP) — The biggest basketball World Cup is about to begin.

Many of the world’s top players — and a couple of the world’s top national teams — are not in China for the FIBA World Cup, a 32-team extravaganza that begins Saturday. At stake over the next 16 days: The world championship, along with seven of the 11 remaining available berths in next summer’s Tokyo Olympics. Continue reading

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Q&A with a new NBA champion: Marc Gasol

“I’ve been surprised how many people are genuinely happy about it,” Marc Gasol said of his having become an N.B.A. champion for the first time | Nick Turchiaro/USA Today Sports, via Reuters

By MARC STEIN

My old ESPN colleague Kevin Arnovitz was the first one to call me on it five years ago. Others in the business have noticed it since.

I’m apparently not very good at hiding how giddy I am when covering international basketball. Continue reading

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3-on-3 basketball: Yet another story of Canadian athletes scrounging to participate in the Olympics

Michelle Plouffe (right) jogs back to her defensive position with sister Katherine during women’s basketball action against Argentina at the Pan Am games in Toronto on July 17, 2015 | CHRIS YOUNG/The Canadian Press

By LORI EWING, Canadian Press

If Katherine and Michelle Plouffe qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, they will have done so on their own dime. Continue reading

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