Juan Carlos Navarro (basketball)
Juan Carlos Navarro Feijoo nicknamed as La Bomba, is a Spanish professional basketball player who plays for FC Barcelona of the Liga ACB. At 1.92 m and 91 kg, he is a combo guard, on March 14,2014, he was named a EuroLeague Basketball Legend. He earned two All-Eurobasket Team selections, and was the competitions MVP in 2011, Juan Carlos Navarro Feijoo was born in Sant Feliu de Llobregat, Spain. Navarro started playing for FC Barcelona at the age of 17 and that year he was selected to attend the Nike Hoop Summit, but he stayed in Europe, playing for the Barcelona pro team. He was not on the Spanish junior national team won the Albert Schweitzer Tournament in Mannheim in 1998. With the acquisitions of Dejan Bodiroga and Gregor Fučka in 2003 and it was the first time the club won the EuroLeague. By winning the Spanish ACB League, the Spanish Kings Cup, Navarro has helped Barcelona reach the EuroLeague Final Four seven times,2000,2003,2006,2009,2010,2012, and 2014. Navarro has been selected to the All-EuroLeague Team seven times,2006,2007,2009,2010,2011,2012 and 2013, in 2006, Juan Carlos Navarro earned the regular season Most Valuable Player award of the ACB.
He was named the ACB Finals Most Valuable Player in 2009 and 2011 and he was named the EuroLeague MVP in 2009, and the EuroLeague Final Four MVP in 2010. The contract included a fifth year, which brought the total contract to €12 million euros net income. Over the 2014–15 season, Navarro experienced several problems with his right leg, in late December 2014, it was announced that he would miss up to six weeks of action, due to a torn muscle in his right thigh. On June 29,2015, it was announced by Barcelona that Navarro would miss three months of action, due to plantar fasciitis on his right foot. Those injuries negatively impacted his performances over the season, in which he had averages of 10.5 points and 3.1 assists per game, on 37% shooting from the field overall, all NBA mock drafts started to set him as a first round pick. In the 2001–02 season Navarro was plagued by injuries and the Washington Wizards drafted Navarro in the round of the 2002 NBA draft. Navarro declined the offer, preferring to stay with FC Barcelona, on August 3,2007, the Washington Wizards traded the Navarros draft rights to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for a future first-round draft pick.
Navarro would be reunited with former FC Barcelona and Spanish national teammate Pau Gasol on the Grizzlies, in his rookie NBA season, Navarro was one of the Grizzlies team leaders in three-point shooting. He was named to the 2007–08 NBA All-Rookie Second Team, after averaging 10.9 points per game, on June 18,2008, Navarro signed a four-year deal worth €9.5 million euros net income with Barcelona, his former team. A qualifying contract offer that was tendered to Navarro by the Memphis Grizzlies was eventually rescinded on September 10,2009 and this allowed the Grizzlies to sign former NBA MVP Allen Iverson
The five basketball positions normally employed by organized basketball teams are the point guard, the shooting guard, the small forward, the power forward, and the center. While these position names are used, most modern teams use a point guard. The rules of basketball do not mandate them, and they are not used. Typically, the point guard is the leader of the team when on the court and this position requires substantial ball handling skills and the ability to facilitate the team during a play. The shooting guard, as the name implies, is often the best shooter and they are probably capable of shooting accurately from longer distances. Generally, they have good ball-handling skills, the small forward often has an aggressive approach to the basket when handling the ball. The center is typically the larger of the two, during the 1980s, as team strategy evolved, more specialized roles developed, resulting in the five position designations utilized today. Team strategy and available personnel, still dictates the positions used by a particular team, for example, the Dribble drive motion offense and the Princeton offense utilize four interchangeable guards and one center.
The point guard, known as the one, is typically the teams best ball handler and passer, they often lead their team in assists and steals. They are often quick and are able to hit shots either outside the three-point line or in the paint, point guards are looked upon as the floor general or the coach on the floor. They should study the game and game film to be able to recognize the weaknesses of the defense, good point guards increase team efficiency and generally have a high number of assists. They are often referred to as dribblers or play-makers, in the NBA, point guards are usually the shortest players on the team and are mostly 6 feet 5 inches or shorter. The shooting guard is known as the two or the off guard. Along with the forward, a shooting guard is often referred to as a wing because of its use in common positioning tactics. As the name suggests, most shooting guards are good shooters from three-point range, besides being able to shoot the ball, shooting guards tend to have good ball handling skills and the ability to drive the ball to the basket, often creating their own shots off the dribble. A versatile shooting guard will have good passing skills, allowing them to point guard responsibilities known as combo guards.
In the NBA, shooting guards usually range from 6 feet 4 inches to 6 feet 7 inches, the small forward is considered to be perhaps the most versatile of the main five basketball positions. Versatility is key for small forwards because of the nature of their role and this is why the small forward and shooting guard positions are often interchangeable and referred to as wings
Commonly known as Saski Baskonia or simply as Baskonia, is a professional basketball team that is based in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain. The team plays in the Liga ACB and the EuroLeague and it plays their home games at Fernando Buesa Arena. The club was founded in 1952 as the section of Club Deportivo Vasconia. It first played at Spains highest level in 1971, and emerged as a force in Spanish basketball in the 1990s. Baskonias first trophy of any kind came in 1995, the Spanish Kings Cup, the club was already making noise internationally too, reaching the Saporta Cup final in both 1994 and 1995. When it hosted the same game in 1996, Baskonia pleased its many fans by downing PAOK behind 31 points from Ramón Rivas. Baskonia made its first Spanish Championship playoff final in 1998 and added a second Spanish Kings Cup title in 1999 and they found quick success in the newly reborn EuroLeague. With winning momentum and the additions of Dejan Tomašević and Andrés Nocioni, Baskonia celebrated the next season with another Spanish Kings Cup trophy, trophy lifting became a habit now.
Baskonia snatched two more Spanish Kings Cups, in 2004 and 2006, as Luis Scola and Pablo Prigioni played decisive roles, back home, Baskonia again reached the Spanish League finals, only to lose in dramatic fashion. Baskonia returned to the EuroLeague Final Four in 2006, but once again Maccabi stood in its way, the team made it to the Spanish League finals, but was swept there. Nonetheless, eventual champion Panathinaikos downed Baskonia in the semifinals and once again in Spain. Coming so close, but walking away without any trophies is sure to make Baskonia as hungry as ever going forward, in 2016, Baskonia reached ten years to the Final Four but was defeated in the overtime of the semifinals by Fenerbahçe. The club was referred to for years as TAU Cerámica, a Spanish brand name of ceramics manufacturer TAULELL. Originally, TAULELL used another of its names, Taugrés, as the name of the team. TAU, Taugrés and TAU Vitoria were used to refer to the team. Baskonia, Saski Baskonia, and Saski Baskonia, S. A. D, refer to the name of the actual sports club itself.
In 2009, the Spanish credit union Caja Laboral became the new sponsor of the club. In 2016, Laboral Kutxa end its sponsorship naming to Baskonia, set a club record or won an individual award while at the club
Luis Alberto Scola Balvoa is an Argentine professional basketball player who last played for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association. A three-time All-EuroLeague selection with Tau Ceramica, he signed with the Houston Rockets in 2007, on, he played for the Phoenix Suns, Indiana Pacers and Toronto Raptors. Scola has been a member of the Argentina national team and won an Olympic gold medal in 2004. These successes enabled him to become Argentinas flag bearer at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Scola started his career with the Buenos Aires youth teams of Ferro Carril Oeste. He made his debut with the same clubs pro team in the Argentine league during the 1995–96 season. After the 1997–98 basketball season in the Argentine League, Scola moved to Spain and he was loaned to Gijón Baloncesto, where he helped the Spanish League Second Division club achieve promotion to the Spanish League First Division. He was loaned back to Gijón through the 1999–2000 season, before arriving at Baskonia, with Saski Baskonia, Scola reached the EuroLeague Finals in the 2000–01 season, and three consecutive EuroLeague Final Fours, between 2005 and 2007.
His outstanding performances earned him an All-EuroLeague Second Team selection in 2005, in the summer of 2005, the San Antonio Spurs of the NBA, attempted to negotiate with Baskonia to buy out his contract. After throwing around numbers as large as US$15 million, Baskonia settled on a number of over $3 million for the buyout of the contract, Scola would have been responsible for paying Baskonia the remaining $2.5 million amount of the buyout. When the deal to buy out Scolas contract fell through, the Spurs instead signed an Argentine national team teammate and friend of Scolas and he signed with the Rockets soon after and his sticky buyout situation was resolved a few days later. Scola signed a contract with the Rockets, at a salary of $9.5 million. Scola placed third in the NBA 2007–08 Rookie of the Year Award voting, on March 13,2010, he scored a career high 44 points against the New Jersey Nets. In exchange, the Rockets would have received Pau Gasol, and that night, after other team owners voiced their opposition, league commissioner David Stern nullified the trade.
On July 13,2012, he was waived by the Rockets using the leagues amnesty clause to provide salary cap relief, on July 15,2012, Scola was claimed off amnesty waivers by the Phoenix Suns. Reportedly, the Dallas Mavericks and the Cleveland Cavaliers were interested in acquiring Scola during the amnesty process, on November 21,2012, Scola was relegated to playing off the bench for the first time in his NBA career since the start of his rookie season. He regained his starting spot less than a later, and on December 29. While Scola did become a leader for the Suns, he finished the season with declining averages, on July 27,2013, the Suns traded Scola to the Indiana Pacers in exchange for Gerald Green, Miles Plumlee, and a future second round draft pick. In his two seasons for the Pacers, Scola played a power forward role to David West as he started just 18 games over his two-year stint
The Liga ACB, known as Liga Endesa for sponsorship reasons, is the top professional basketball division of the Spanish basketball league system. A total of 48 teams have competed in Liga ACB since its inception, six teams have been crowned champions, with Real Madrid winning the title a record 33 times and FC Barcelona 18 times. Real Madrid dominated the championship from the 1950s through the 1970s when was organized by the Spanish Basketball Federation, in more recent years, Baskonia has joined a coalition of now three teams dominating Liga ACB alongside Real Madrid and FC Barcelona. Liga ACB is one of the most popular professional sports leagues in the world. The competition format follows the usual double round-robin format, during the course of a season, which lasts from October to May, each club plays every other club twice, once at home and once away, for a total of 32 games. Teams receive one point for a win, and no points for a loss, teams are ranked by total points, with the eight highest-ranked clubs at the end of the season plays the playoffs and the winner of the playoffs is crowned champion.
A system of promotion and relegation exists between the Liga ACB and the LEB Oro and these three teams were CB Guadalajara and CB Cornellà in 1993 and CB Cajabilbao in 1994. Since 2012, due to the crisis that started in 2008. This fact started a discussion about the requirements of the ACB in order to promote, for clubs that promote and would make their debut in the ACB demands, An arena with a minimum capacity of 5,000 seats. For clubs that come back to the league after a promotion, a deposit of €1, 7m that would be returned in case of relegation to LEB Oro. In case of a new promotion, this deposit is required to be restored, the conversion into a Sociedad Anónima Deportiva if the club remains in Liga ACB after its first season. In 2012, Iberostar Canarias and Menorca Bàsquet achieved the promotion to ACB, Canarias finally played in ACB after buying the berth in the league of Lucentum Alicante, previously sold to the association. In 2013, neither CB Atapuerca, Ford Burgos by sponsorship reasons, the seconds resigned to play in the second league and joined the fifth division.
In 2014 and 2015, CB Tizona, Ford Burgos by sponsorship reasons, after its second failed promotion, the third in the city of Burgos, the club sued the Association and this one accused them of distorting the reality. However, ACB would admit Ourense for the 2016–17 season if it fulfill the requirements regardless of their position in the 2015–16 LEB Oro season. On June 2016, the two promoted teams from LEB Oro resigned to promote to the 2016–17 ACB season and requested to the ACB their sign in before the 2017–18 season, the second million delayed on the dates agreed between the club and ACB. A deposit of €1, 6m that would be returned in case of relegation to LEB Oro, in case of a new promotion, this deposit is required to be restored. The conversion into a Sociedad Anónima Deportiva before the start of their season in Liga ACB
The center, known as the five or the big man, is one of the five positions in a regular basketball game. The center is normally the tallest player on the team, and often has a deal of strength. The tallest player to ever be drafted in the NBA was the 78 Yasutaka Okayama from Japan, the tallest players to ever play in the NBA, at 77, are centers Gheorghe Mureșan and Manute Bol. Standing at 72, Margo Dydek is the tallest player to have played in the WNBA. The center is considered a component for a successful team. But recently, the NBA has turned into a point guard league, great centers have been the foundation for most of the dynasties in both the NBA and NCAA. In the 1960s, Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain further transformed basketball by combining height with a level of athleticism than previous centers. Following the retirement of George Mikan, the rivalry of the two big men came to dominate the NBA, many of the records set by these two players have endured today. Most notably and Russell hold the top eighteen season averages for rebounds, Bill Russell led the University of San Francisco to two consecutive NCAA Championships.
He joined the Boston Celtics and helped make them one of the greatest dynasties in NBA history, Russell revolutionized defensive strategy with his shot-blocking and physical man-to-man defense. His principal rival, Wilt Chamberlain, listed at 71,275 pounds, Chamberlain played college ball for the Kansas Jayhawks, leading them to the 1957 title game against the North Carolina Tar Heels. Although the Jayhawks lost by one point in overtime, Chamberlain was named the tournaments Most Outstanding Player. He won seven scoring titles, eleven rebounding titles, and four regular season Most Valuable Player awards, including the distinction, in 1960, stronger than any player of his era, he was usually capable of scoring and rebounding at will. Most notably, Chamberlain is the player in NBA history to average more than 50 points in a season. He holds the NBAs all-time records for rebounding average, rebounds in a single game, in contrast to the Celtics dynasty of the 1960s, the 1970s were a decade of parity in the NBA, with eight different champions and no back-to-back winners.
At the college level, the UCLA Bruins, under Coach John Wooden, built the greatest dynasty in NCAA basketball history, UCLA had already won two consecutive titles in 1964 and 1965 with teams that pressed and emphasized guard play. After not winning in 1966, Woodens teams changed their style when Lew Alcindor became eligible and he led UCLA to three championships-in 1967,68 and 69-while winning the first Naismith College Player of the Year Award. During his college career, the NCAA enacted a ban on dunking primarily because of Alcindors dominant use of the shot