Puerto Rico the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and called Porto Rico, is an unincorporated territory of the United States located in the northeast Caribbean Sea 1,000 miles southeast of Miami, Florida. An archipelago among the Greater Antilles, Puerto Rico includes the eponymous main island and several smaller islands, such as Mona and Vieques; the capital and most populous city is San Juan. The territory's total population is 3.4 million. Spanish and English are the official languages. Populated by the indigenous Taíno people, Puerto Rico was colonized by Spain following the arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1493, it was contested by French and British, but remained a Spanish possession for the next four centuries. The island's cultural and demographic landscapes were shaped by the displacement and assimilation of the native population, the forced migration of African slaves, settlement from the Canary Islands and Andalusia. In the Spanish Empire, Puerto Rico played a secondary but strategic role compared to wealthier colonies like Peru and New Spain.
Spain's distant administrative control continued up to the end of the 19th century, producing a distinctive creole Hispanic culture and language that combined indigenous and European elements. In 1898, following the Spanish–American War, the United States acquired Puerto Rico under the terms of the Treaty of Paris. Puerto Ricans have been citizens of the United States since 1917, enjoy freedom of movement between the island and the mainland; as it is not a state, Puerto Rico does not have a vote in the United States Congress, which governs the territory with full jurisdiction under the Puerto Rico Federal Relations Act of 1950. However, Puerto Rico does have one non-voting member of the House called a Resident Commissioner; as residents of a U. S. territory, American citizens in Puerto Rico are disenfranchised at the national level and do not vote for president and vice president of the United States, nor pay federal income tax on Puerto Rican income. Like other territories and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico does not have U.
S. senators. Congress approved a local constitution in 1952, allowing U. S. citizens on the territory to elect a governor. Puerto Rico's future political status has been a matter of significant debate. In early 2017, the Puerto Rican government-debt crisis posed serious problems for the government; the outstanding bond debt had climbed to $70 billion at a time with 12.4% unemployment. The debt had been increasing during a decade long recession; this was the second major financial crisis to affect the island after the Great Depression when the U. S. government, in 1935, provided relief efforts through the Puerto Rico Reconstruction Administration. On May 3, 2017, Puerto Rico's financial oversight board in the U. S. District Court for Puerto Rico filed the debt restructuring petition, made under Title III of PROMESA. By early August 2017, the debt was $72 billion with a 45% poverty rate. In late September 2017, Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico; the island's electrical grid was destroyed, with repairs expected to take months to complete, provoking the largest power outage in American history.
Recovery efforts were somewhat slow in the first few months, over 200,000 residents had moved to the mainland State of Florida alone by late November 2017. Puerto Rico is Spanish for "rich port". Puerto Ricans call the island Borinquén – a derivation of Borikén, its indigenous Taíno name, which means "Land of the Valiant Lord"; the terms boricua and borincano derive from Borikén and Borinquen and are used to identify someone of Puerto Rican heritage. The island is popularly known in Spanish as la isla del encanto, meaning "the island of enchantment". Columbus named the island San Juan Bautista, in honor of Saint John the Baptist, while the capital city was named Ciudad de Puerto Rico. Traders and other maritime visitors came to refer to the entire island as Puerto Rico, while San Juan became the name used for the main trading/shipping port and the capital city; the island's name was changed to "Porto Rico" by the United States after the Treaty of Paris of 1898. The anglicized name was used by the U.
S. government and private enterprises. The name was changed back to Puerto Rico by a joint resolution in Congress introduced by Félix Córdova Dávila in 1931; the official name of the entity in Spanish is Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico, while its official English name is Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The ancient history of the archipelago, now Puerto Rico is not well known. Unlike other indigenous cultures in the New World which left behind abundant archeological and physical evidence of their societies, scant artifacts and evidence remain of the Puerto Rico's indigenous population. Scarce archaeological findings and early Spanish accounts from the colonial era constitute all, known about them; the first comprehensive book on the history of Puerto Rico was written by Fray Íñigo Abbad y Lasierra in 1786, nearly three centuries after the first Spaniards landed on the island. The first known settlers were the Ortoiroid people, an Archaic Period culture of Amerindian hunters and fishermen who migrated from the South American mainland.
Some scholars suggest their settlement dates back about 4,000 years. An archeological dig in 1990 on the island of Vieques found the remains of a man, designated as the "Puerto Ferro Man", dated to around 2000 BC; the Ortoiroid were displaced
Brazil national basketball team
The Brazil national basketball team is governed by the Brazilian Basketball Confederation, abbreviated as CBB. They have been a member of the International Federation of Basketball, since 1935. Brazil's national basketball team remains among the most successful in the Americas, it is the only team besides the United States, that has appeared at every FIBA Basketball World Cup, since it was first held in 1950. Throughout its history, the Brazilian national team has won two FIBA World Cup gold medals, three Summer Olympic Games bronze medals, four FIBA AmeriCup gold medals, six Pan American Games gold medals. Basketball was introduced to Brazil by Professor Augusto Shaw in 1896. In 1912, he began organizing the first state tournament and in 1922 the first national team made its debut at games against Argentina and Uruguay; as in the case of football, South America was ahead of the rest of the world and in 1930 held the first edition of the FIBA South American Championship. In that decade, Brazilian basketball was supported by professional football clubs, to include it as a new sports section, although amateur in nature.
These clubs became professional and supported the national team with world-class players. In the following years, Brazil became a regular at major international competitions, its basketball squad participated in the first official basketball tournament at the Summer Olympics 1936 in Berlin. In 1939, the first continental championship was held in Rio de Janeiro. In the 40s, basketball left the elitist stigma; the sport received the ultimate accolade at the 1948 Olympic Games in London. There, against all odds, the team directed by Moacyr Daiuto managed to achieve the bronze medal; the team recorded six straight wins. In the bronze medal match, Brazil beat Mexico, they managed to feature ten amateur players. The pre-Olympic Brazil concentration was poor in resources. After its time-consuming journey to London, the team was astonishment when they saw how the U. S. team practiced: each player with a ball. Brazil only had two for the whole team. One of the fundamental pillars of Brazilian basketball was the boldness of its coaches.
The "father" of them all is Togo Renan Soares, "Kanela". Working in the shadow of the giant football, Kanela understood that basketball would add more followers if it could only offer new emotions, he aimed to get the influential media involved, so the game was conceived as a spectacle based on its dynamism and aesthetics. The formula worked. Besides the national team, he coached Flamengo which chained ten titles Rio de Janeiro State Championships in a row. Born in Joao Pessoa, he coached football and water polo. In his youth, he studied at a military college, his lengthy workouts alternated with authoritative teaching tone. The unstoppable rise of basketball was confirmed at the second World Championship in Rio; the Brazilian team, coached by Kanela, reached the final undefeated and proclaimed runner-up after losing to the global hegemonic basketball power from the U. S; that Brazilian team was equipped with experienced players who won the bronze medal at the 1948 London Summer Olmpic Games, supported through the arrival of two young men.
These young men were Amaury Pasos and Wlamir Marques, 18 and 17 years old, respectively. The bet of the visionary Kanela would give tremendous returns in years; the Brazilian player leap happened when the team was made up of willing and enthusiastic amateurs. These athletes, who were initiated into the game self-taught by imitation of American basketball players who had toured the country; the hard work of Kanela consisted of giving these players basic fundamentals and lecture them on team concepts. Amaury and Wlamir were his most successful students, their jump shots dazzled at the 54 FIBA World Cup. "Their scoring was smart and technically perfect." Said the Brazilian journalist Fábio Balassiano. Before playing basketball, who measured 1.91 m tall, had practiced swimming and volleyball, which provided him with much athletic ability. Amaury began his career playing as a typical center and power forward, but he learned to play away from the basket, to play as a play maker, his partner, was another former track runner.
Standing 1.85 m tall, Wlamir was a great shooter, had great ball handling skills, enormous agility and jumping ability, which helped him to become an excellent rebounder. Amaury and Wlamir fit well into Kanela's system: fast pace, quick transition, full confidence in the outside shooters. After three months of intense preparation at a Marine base, Brazil was presented at the 1959 FIBA World Championship in Chile, as a candidate for the podium. In addition to the U. S. a tough opponent emerged, absent in the previous tournament: the Soviet Union, the 1957 EuroBasket champions and 1956 Summer Olympics silver medalists. Kanela had the following starting lineup: Amaury Pasos as play maker, Wlamir Marques and the 33-year old veteran, Algodão, as wings. To complete his 7-player rotation, Kanela played his bench players, small forward Jatyr Schall and point guard Pecente Fonseca. There were some minutes for the young forward Rosa Branca, a great ball handler, who received an offer to join the Harlem Globetrotters.
In 2012, Brazil
Andrés Marcelo Nocioni is an Argentine-Italian retired professional basketball player. Early in his career he played as a small forward, but spent the latter years of his career as a power forward, he was a two-time All-EuroLeague selection before spending eight seasons in the National Basketball Association, from 2004 to 2012. Nocioni won a EuroLeague title in 2015. A regular member of the Argentine national team, Nocioni was a part of the team that won a gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, he helped the Argentine national team to win the bronze medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics and the silver medal at the 2002 FIBA World Championship in Indianapolis. His jersey number 13 was retired by the Argentinian Basketball Confederation. Andrés was the second son of Pedro José Pilo Nocioni and Ángela Palmira Roux, both born in Santa Fe. Though both he and his older brother Pablo were born in Santa Fe, the family lived in Gálvez, 80 km south of Santa Fe, where Andrés attended school. Andrés and his wife, fellow Argentine Paula Raquel Aimonetto, have two sons and Benicio.
Nocioni is known as Chapu after the children TV series El Chapulín Colorado, popular in Argentina. He holds Italian citizenships. Nocioni's professional career began in the Argentine basketball league in the 1995–96 season, in 1998–99 he was named Best Sixth Man. In 2001, Nocioni went to Vitoria-Gasteiz, where he spent three seasons as a refuerzo with Spain's TAU Cerámica of the top-tier level ACB Spanish professional league, he was the league's 2004 Most Valuable Player, his stellar play earned him an All-EuroLeague Second Team selection in 2003 and 2004. After winning the gold medal at the 2004 Olympics, Nocioni was signed as an undrafted rookie free-agent by the Chicago Bulls. Two of his countrymen, Manu Ginóbili and Carlos Delfino, were in the NBA at the time, he played in 81 games during his rookie season and posted averages of 8.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.5 apg and 23.4 mpg. Nocioni's physical style of defense created controversy around the league, he was suspended for one game after a hard foul to Detroit Pistons' Tayshaun Prince.
Nocioni had committed a hard foul on the Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade and was shoved past photographers and into the first row of spectators by Udonis Haslem. A spectator tossed a drink at Nocioni, similar to the incident that triggered Pacers–Pistons brawl at The Palace of Auburn Hills; the fan was ejected by security. For the incident, Nocioni received a technical. Haslem received an ejection. While giving a teleconference interview with NBA.com, Nocioni spoke about the hard fouls and his suspension, "First, the one with Wade was my fault. It was a bad reaction on my part. If I had received any penalties because of it, it would be a fair sanction. However, the sanction set after the game against the Pistons is unfair. I see it as a real play taken out of context in the game — nothing happened, it was an accidental blow. Without purposely trying to, I hit him. I apologized on the court. I asked Carlos Delfino to give my apologies to him, so I don't understand why there is a sanction for something normal in a game."
In Nocioni's first NBA playoff game, he scored 25 points and grabbed 18 rebounds while playing all 48 minutes. Due to his outstanding play, the sold-out United Center crowd in Chicago chanted his name; this game solidified Nocioni's status as a Chicago favorite. In Nocioni's second season with the Chicago Bulls, he averaged 13.0 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.4 apg, while playing in all 82 games, 43 of them starts. Nocioni was named the Chicago Bulls' Player of the Year for the 2005–06 season. In the playoffs Nocioni averaged 22.8 points, 9.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists including two double-doubles. In game two against the Miami Heat he scored 30 points shooting 13–15 overall from the field, including 3–3 in from the three-point line and 1–1 in free throws, with 6 rebounds and one steal in 40 minutes played. Nocioni scored 30 points again on November 19, during the 82–72 defeat against the L. A. Lakers, he scored a career high 31 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in the December 1st 111–108 road victory against the Hornets.
Nocioni missed a third of the 2006–07 NBA season due to plantar fasciitis. He returned to action late in the season on April 2007, against Toronto. Nocioni became a restricted free-agent following the 2006–07 season. On July 6, 2007, he agreed a 5-year deal with the Chicago Bulls worth a reported $38 million. Teams that were interested in Nocioni included the Memphis Grizzlies; the deal became official on July 18, 2007. In preparation for the 2008–09 NBA season, Nocioni admitted the knee tendinitis which had hampered his performance during the 2008 Olympics was still affecting him and he had hardly done anything in between winning the bronze medal and reporting for training camp. On February 18, 2009, Nocioni was traded to the Sacramento Kings along with Drew Gooden and Cedric Simmons for John Salmons and Brad Miller. Nocioni started for the Kings the last 23 games of the 2008 -- 09 season. Sacramento was in a rebuilding process however, Nocioni requested a trade following a decrease in playing time.
After the season ended, on June 17, 2010, Nocioni was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers along with Spencer Hawes for Samuel Dalembert. On December 29, 2010, he scored a season-high 22 points to go along with 12 rebounds, in a 123-110 win over the Phoenix Suns. During the 2011 NBA lockout, Nocioni trained with Peñarol de Mar de
Eduardo Alonso Nájera Pérez is a Mexican retired professional basketball player and a scout with the Dallas Mavericks. He is a pregame and postgame analyst on Mavericks Live on Fox Sports Southwest, where he is identified as Eddie. Before being promoted to a scout with the Mavs, he was head coach of the Texas Legends of the NBA D-League. Eduardo Nájera was only the second Mexican-born NBA player and was the first Mexican player to be drafted, he is the son of Rosa Irene Pérez. Nájera played college basketball at the University of Oklahoma, in Norman, United States, from 1997–2000, becoming a major star there, he helped the team to four consecutive NCAA tournament appearances during his college career, as well as finishing in the school's all-time top ten in nine statistical categories. Before being drafted into the NBA in 2000, Nájera received rave reviews from scouts, who boasted on Nájera's quick first step and extraordinary rebounding ability, he is only the second Mexican-born player to join the NBA.
He was the first Mexican player to be drafted into the NBA. Nájera played for the Mexican team in the 1997 World University Games and helped them achieve a fourth-place finish in the 1999 World University Games, he saw significant action as a member of the Dallas Mavericks in 2000–01 and 2001–02, but recurrent knee injuries limited his action in his last two years in Dallas. He coached at the first-ever Basketball Without Borders Americas tournament in Rio de Janeiro, during the 2004 NBA Summer of Goodwill. On August 24, 2004, Nájera was traded along with Luis Flores, Christian Laettner, Mladen Sekularac, cash, a 2007 first round draft pick, another future first round draft pick to the Golden State Warriors in exchange for Erick Dampier, Dan Dickau, Evan Eschmeyer, Steve Logan. In Golden State pop Najera was a solid contributor. On February 24, 2005, he was sent to the Denver Nuggets along with Luis Flores and a future first round pick in exchange for Nikoloz Tskitishvili and Rodney White, where he would have some of his most productive seasons as an NBA player.
In 2006, an exhibition match was played in Monterrey, between the Golden State Warriors and the Denver Nuggets. On April 27, 2006, Nájera started his first playoff game for the Nuggets in Game 3 of their first round series facing the Los Angeles Clippers, he replaced Kenyon Martin, suspended indefinitely for "conduct detrimental to the team". He was involved in the December 2006 Knicks–Nuggets brawl. While not involved in the actual fighting, he did try to separate the players, he was ejected from the game for leaving the bench. On July 11, 2008, he signed a contract with the New Jersey Nets for 4 years $12 million, he stated that he would make it a point to turn the Nets' young forwards Yi Jianlian and Ryan Anderson and center Brook Lopez into stronger, tougher players. Nájera turned down a chance to return to his college state, Oklahoma City Thunder, he turned down an offer from the New Orleans Hornets in order to take a chance to lead a young and talented New Jersey team. On January 11, 2010, he was traded to the Dallas Mavericks for Shawne Williams.
On July 13, 2010, Nájera was traded to the Charlotte Bobcats along with Erick Dampier and Matt Carroll in exchange for Tyson Chandler and Alexis Ajinça. In 2012, after he retired as a player, Nájera became head coach of the NBA D-League's Texas Legends. Prior to the 2015 -- 16 season, Texas replaced him with Nick Van Exel. In 2000, Eduardo Nájera was named Third Team All-American by both the Associated Press and the National Association of Basketball Coaches. In 2000, Eduardo Nájera graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in sociology. In 2000, Nájera received the Chip Hilton Player of the Year Award from the Basketball Hall of Fame, an award given to a player who has demonstrated personal character both on and off the court. In 2001, Nájera served as the United Nations Drug Control Programme Goodwill Ambassador for Sports Against Drugs. In 2004, he established the Eduardo Nájera Foundation for Latino Achievement, which provides college scholarships for outstanding Latino students facing barriers to their educations, in 2006, he received the Chopper Travaglini Award for demonstrating outstanding charity work in the Denver community.
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United States men's national basketball team
The USA Basketball Men's National Team known as the United States Men's National Basketball Team, is the most successful team in international competition, winning medals in all eighteen Olympic tournaments it has entered, coming away with fifteen golds. In the professional era, the team won the Olympic gold medal in 1992, 1996, 2000, 2008, 2012, 2016. Two of its gold medal-winning teams were inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in August 2010 – the 1960 team, which featured six Hall of Famers, the 1992 "Dream Team", featuring 14 Hall of Famers; the team is ranked first in the FIBA World Rankings. Traditionally composed of amateur players, the U. S. dominated the first decades of international basketball, winning a record seven consecutive Olympic gold medals. However, by the end of the 1980s, American amateurs were no longer competitive against seasoned professionals from the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia. In 1989, FIBA modified its rules and allowed USA Basketball to field teams with National Basketball Association players.
The first such team, known as the "Dream Team", won the gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, being superior in all matches. With the introduction of NBA players, the team was able to spark a second run of dominance in the 1990s. Facing increased competition, the U. S. failed finishing sixth. The 2004 Olympic team, being depleted by a number of withdrawals, lost three games on its way to a bronze medal, a record that represented more losses in a single year than the country's Olympic teams had suffered in all previous Olympiads combined. Determined to put an end to these failures, USA Basketball initiated a long-term project aimed at creating better, more cohesive teams; the U. S. won its first seven games at the 2006 FIBA World Championship in Japan before losing against Greece in the semi-finals. The team won gold two years – at the 2008 Summer Olympics – in a dominant fashion; this success was followed up at the 2010 FIBA World Championship, where despite fielding a roster featuring no players from the 2008 Olympic team, the U.
S. did not lose a single game en route to defeating host Turkey for the gold medal. The Americans continued this streak of dominance in the 2010s by going undefeated and capturing gold at the 2012 Summer Olympics, 2014 FIBA World Cup. At the 2016 Summer Olympics, the team, led by Mike Krzyzewski for a record third time, won its fifteenth gold medal, making him the most decorated coach in USA Basketball history; the US men were dominant from the first Olympic tournament to hold basketball, held in Berlin in 1936, going 5–0 to win the gold, joined by continental neighbors Canada and Mexico on the medal platform. Through the next six tournaments, the United States went undefeated, collecting gold while not losing a single contest in the games held in London, Melbourne, Rome and Mexico City. Participation in these tournaments were limited to amateurs, but the US teams during this period featured players who would go on to become superstars in professional basketball, including all-time greats Bill Russell, Oscar Robertson, Jerry West, Jerry Lucas.
S. roster until the formation of the 1992 Dream Team. Alex Groza and Ralph Beard, both NBA stars, made the 1948 squad as Kentucky Wildcats, with 3-time Oklahoma State All-American and 6-time AAU All-American, Hall of Famer Bob Kurland leading the way; the 1952 team included big man Clyde Lovellette of the University of Kansas, a future Hall of Famer and NBA star. Kurland once again led the team to victory; the 1956 team was led by San Francisco Dons Bill Russell and K. C. Jones; the 1960 team included nine future NBA players, including not just Robertson and West, but Bob Boozer, Adrian Smith, Jay Arnette, Terry Dischinger, Rookie of the Year in 1963, another Hall of Famer in Walt Bellamy. The 1972 Olympic men's basketball gold medal game, marking the first loss for the USA in Olympic play, is arguably the most controversial in Olympic history; the United States rode their seven consecutive gold medals and 63–0 Olympic record to Munich for the 1972 Summer Olympics. The team won its first eight games in convincing fashion, setting up a final against the Soviet Union, holding a 6–0 advantage over the Soviets in Olympic play.
With three seconds left in the gold medal game, American forward Doug Collins sank two free throws to put the Americans up 50–49. Following Collins' free throws, the Soviets inbounded the ball and failed to score. Soviet coaches claimed; the referees ordered the clock reset to three seconds and the game's final seconds replayed. The horn sounded as a length-of-the-court Soviet pass was being released from the inbounding player, the pass missed its mark, the American players began celebrating. Final three seconds were replayed for a third time; this time, the Soviets' Alexander Belov and the USA's Kevin Joyce and Jim Forbes went up for the pass, Belov caught the long pass from Ivan Edeshko near the American basket. Belov laid the ball in for the winning points as the buzzer sounded; the US players voted unanimously to refuse their silver medals, at least one team member, Kenny Davis, has directed in his will that his heirs are never to accept the medals posthumously. It was revealed that game officials might have been bribed by the Communist party.
After the controversial loss in Munich, 1976 saw Dean Smith coach the USA to a 7–0 record and its eighth Olympic gold medal in Montreal. The success at this tou
Emanuel David Ginóbili is an Argentine-Italian retired professional basketball player. Over a 23-season professional career, he became one of only two players to have won a EuroLeague title, an NBA championship, an Olympic gold medal. A four-time NBA champion, Ginóbili was a member of the San Antonio Spurs for his entire NBA career. Along with Spurs teammates Tim Duncan and Tony Parker, he was known as one of the "Big Three." Ginóbili comes from a family of professional basketball players. He spent the early part of his career in Argentina and Italy, where he holds dual citizenship, won several individual and team honors, his stint with Italian club Kinder Bologna was successful. Selected as the 57th overall pick in the 1999 NBA draft, Ginóbili joined the Spurs in 2002, soon became a key player for the team. In addition to his four NBA championships, Ginóbili was named an All-Star in 2005 and 2011, has been selected twice for the All-NBA Team. In 2007–08, he was named the NBA Sixth Man of the Year.
Ginóbili announced his retirement on 27 August 2018. Ginóbili comes from a family of basketball players, his oldest brother, retired in 2003 after seven years in the Argentine basketball league, while brother Sebastián has played in both the Argentine local league and in the Spanish 2nd-tier level Liga Española de Baloncesto. Their father Jorge was a coach at a club in Bahía Blanca, where Ginóbili learned to play the game. Given the proliferation of basketball clubs in Bahía Blanca and his idolization of Michael Jordan, Ginóbili's love for basketball grew rapidly. Ginóbili has dual citizenship with Italy, thanks to his Marchesan descent; as a result of his travels, he can speak Spanish and English fluently. In his free time, Ginóbili enjoys watching movies and traveling. In 2004, he married fellow Argentine Marianela Oroño. On 16 May 2010, his wife gave birth to twin boys and Nicola. On 21 April 2014, his wife gave birth to their third son, Luca. Ginóbili made his professional debut in the Argentine basketball league for the Andino Sport Club of La Rioja in the 1995–96 season, was traded to Estudiantes de Bahía Blanca the next year.
He played with his hometown team until 1998. He moved to Europe to spend the 1998–99 and 1999–2000 seasons with Italian team Basket Viola Reggio Calabria. In 1999, he teamed with Brent Scott, Brian Oliver and Sydney Johnson to earn promotion from the Italian 2nd Division to the Italian 1st Division. Ginóbili entered the 1999 NBA draft and the San Antonio Spurs selected him late in the second round with the 57th overall pick. However, he did not sign with the Spurs at this point. Instead, he returned to Italy to play for Kinder Bologna, which he helped win the 2001 Italian League Championship, the 2001 and 2002 Italian Cups, the 2001 EuroLeague, where he was named the 2001 Euroleague Finals MVP, he was named the Italian League MVP in 2000–01 and 2001–02, made the Italian League's All-Star Game three times during this period. At the 2002 FIBA World Championship in Indianapolis, Ginóbili made the All-Tournament team alongside future NBA star Yao Ming and established NBA stars Dirk Nowitzki and Peja Stojaković, helped lead Argentina to a second-place finish.
Ginóbili joined the Spurs for the 2002–03 NBA season, where he played backup for veteran guard Steve Smith. He spent much of the early season injured, found it hard to adjust to the NBA's style of play; as his injury improved, so did Ginóbili, winning the Western Conference Rookie of the Month in March, being named to the All-Rookie Second Team at the end of the season. Still, he only started in five games; the Spurs entered the playoffs eager to upend the defending champions Los Angeles Lakers, at which point Ginóbili rose to prominence. In contrast to his regular season, Ginóbili became an integral part of Gregg Popovich's rotation in the playoffs, playing in every game; the Spurs eliminated Phoenix and Los Angeles and in those games his scoring threat took opponents by surprise, giving them one more thing to cope with against the now favored Spurs. He helped guide them past the Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference Finals and the New Jersey Nets in the Finals, securing San Antonio's second championship.
After the win, Ginóbili won his first Olimpia de Oro as Argentina's sportsperson of the year, met Argentine president Néstor Kirchner. A gym in Bahía Blanca was dedicated in Ginóbili's honor as well. In the 2003–04 season, the Spurs began featuring Ginóbili more prominently, starting him in half of the 77 regular season games in which he played, his statistics improved in all major categories, as he averaged 12.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.8 steals per game. During the 2004 playoffs, the Spurs lost again to the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference Semifinals. Following Game 5 where Derek Fisher scored a buzzer-beating jump shot, the Spurs lost Game 6 and the series 4–2. While Ginóbili did not start in a single playoff game as he did in 2003, his playoff statistics improved with 13.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. After some initial issues with San Antonio over his contract, Ginóbili re-signed with the Spurs and started every game during the 2004–05 season.
This was his best season yet as he was selected as a reserve by NBA coaches to the 2005 Western Conference All-Star team, marking his debut in the elite mid-season showcase. During the playoffs, Ginóbili's play was pivotal to winning San Antonio's third championship; the Spurs first defeated Phoenix 4–1 in the Conference Finals, before
Canada men's national basketball team
The Canadian men's national basketball team is ranked 23rd by FIBA. Athletes for this team are selected by Canada Basketball; the team's head coach is Jay Triano and its general manager is Steve Nash, both former captains of the national team. In nine Olympic appearances, Canada has only won one medal in basketball – a silver at the 1936 Games in Berlin; the team finished fourth in 1976 and 1984. Canada has won six medals at the FIBA AmeriCup – two silver medals in 1980 and 1999, as well as four bronze medals in 1984, 1988, 2001, 2015; the team won its first medal at the Pan American Games, a silver medal, in 2015. Canada won its only gold medal at a university-level tournament, the 1983 Summer Universiade, which the country hosted in Edmonton, Alberta; as the country credited for bringing forth the inventor of the game, Canada's national team has been a major competitor at the global stage. Yet, it still waits for its first title at a major international tournament. In the 70s and 80s, Team Canada was placed among the top teams in the world.
The emergence of Steve Nash gave another boost to the team in the 90s. Yet, great performances became more scarce. In September 2009, Canada finished fourth in the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship; this guaranteed them a place in the 2010 FIBA World Championship held in Turkey. Canada finished last of the Group D, got ranked 22nd of the FIBA World Cup. Critics blamed the absence of Nash, Jamaal Magloire and Matt Bonner for Canada's disappointing performance at the 2010 FIBA World Championship. Ambitions to gather Canada's most outstanding basketball players for the 2010 squad failed as Nash retired from the national team in 2007, Bonner did not get his citizenship in time, Dalembert was cut from the team after issues with former head coach Rautins and Magloire opted not to play. On May 9, 2012, Steve Nash was named general manager of the national team of Canada; the Canadians made their debut at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, winning a silver medal. 2018: Silver 2000: 4th place 2007: 3rd place 2009: 3rd place 2011: 4th place 2013: 5th place 2015: Champions 1983: Gold 1985: Bronze 1991: Silver 1993: Silver 1995: Bronze 1997: Silver 2003: Bronze 2007: Bronze 2011: Silver The following is the 12-man roster for the 2019 FIBA World Cup qualifier matches against Chile and Venezuela on 21 and 24 February 2019.
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