Team USA London 2012 Olympics squad named

The Team USA squad that will compete for the 12 roster positions at the London 2012 Olympic Games has been named. There are no particular surprises, with Blake Griffin and LaMarcus Aldridge the two newcomers pushing for selection this time around. USA Olympic basketball squad: LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland), Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks), Chauncey Billups […]

The Iran Job: basketball, politics, life

One of the many things that I love about basketball is its global nature, providing a meeting point for numerous cultures. Outside of international tournaments, the most common gem thrown into the global melting pot is the American import in domestic leagues around the world. You know the drill: there are a semi-set of professional […]

What happens when thugs take the court

Some things are just infuriating to watch. This video, featuring Connell High School (I don’t know what their mascot name is, but I assume “Thugs” – no wait, it’s “Eagles” apparently) against Highland High School (in Washington) is one of them. The Connell players, particularly #34, as you’ll see in this video, make a mockery […]

Dunk of the year, 2011?

Sergio Kerusch, a 6’5″ German-American swingman, who plays for Aris Basketball Club in Greece, has provided what may be the dunk of the year. Forget the legality of the steps or the possible charge, just marvel at the way this man (formerly of Western Kentucky University) throws it down in the closing stages of the […]

4 year-old Cody Jordan will break your ankles

I have to admit, I didn’t really pick up a basketball until I was about 12 years-old. I often wish that I had started from birth, like this kid appears to have done. Cody Jordan is a ball-handling phenom, who at only 4 years of age has ball-handling skills disproportionate to his tiny frame. Check […]

The next big star of New Zealand basketball?

This kid is only 12 years old, but already has people like Southland NZNBL coach Richard Dickel standing up and taking notice.  Tim O’Neill sounds like quite the scorer: The dynamic point guard emerged from the New Zealand under-13 basketball tournament in Napier last week with two 50-point, one 40-point and two 30-point games to […]

FIBA 3×3 Youth World Basketball Championships are under way

FIBA is trying to introduce a new concept to the basketball aristocracy — one that has been confined to the streets for some time — 3 on 3 basketball. Yesterday the FIBA 3×3 Youth World Championships tipped off in Rimini, Italy. The tournament, running until September 11, is clearly designed to take a different tack […]

Death by the Three-Point Line

This guest post comes from Chris Jackson of the always-entertaining, Get Banged On, keeping you abreast of the best dunks, jams and slams from across the basketball world. Today Chris turns to another area of interest: the Australian Boomers and their current preparation for the London 2012 Olympics.  Australian basketball fans should be excited. The […]

Australian Boomers toy with China in London

[image:] The Australian Boomers destroyed China in a test event at the London Invitational Tournament to open the new London 2012 Olympics facility.  Australia took out the match 71-43, with Peter Crawford putting up 15 points (3/8 3PT), possibly scoring himself an outside shot at a Boomers berth when the Olympics roll around in […]

Universiade 2011 Stadium Photos

The University-level basketball talent of the world is currently competing at the 2011 Summer Universiade in Shenzhen, China.  Outside of the beautiful basketball on the court, amazing views can be seen around the court…  The stadia for the 2011 Summer Universiade games are some of the most impressive designs since, well, the Beijing Olympics in […]

Australian Boomers v China (YouYi Games) – what to expect

  This Friday the friendly YouYi Games series between Australia and China tips off in Perth. The series, coordinated by former Boomers great, Andrew Vlahov, was originally destined to be a three-game series, however a third game slated to be played in China has been canned. Game two will be played in Singapore on Sunday 26 June. […]

A new millionaire enters Australian basketball

As part of this month’s friendly basketball series between Australia and China, the YouYi (“friendship”) Games, it is interesting to read that a new face (with money attached) has entered the basketball landscape. Basketball in Australia has a had well-publicised financial problems in recent years and thus interested, benevolent benefactors to professional teams are always well-received. […]