India national basketball team
The India men's national basketball team represents India in international men's basketball. It is controlled by Basketball Federation of India. A 1936 founding member of FIBA Asia, India has one of Asia's longest basketball traditions. Throughout its history, Team India qualified for the FIBA Asia Championship 24 times and is placed in the top-5 in appearances in this tournament. Further, India's basketball team won three gold medals and one silver medal at the South Asian Games. Team India celebrated its most recent title at the 2014 Lusofonia Games after they finished the tournament with a 4-0 record and beat Angola in the final, its most famous moment came at the 2014 FIBA Asia Cup with the win against home favorites China men's national basketball team by 7 points. This win has been labelled as the "biggest basketball win in the nation's history." India appeared at the international stage for the first time at the 1965 Asian Basketball Championship where it started out as moderately competitive.
India became a regular at the event and had their most successful tournament in 1975 when the team reached the final four. Plagued by a lack of popularity and support for basketball at home, at times, India faded into oblivion and only had a handful of successful performances, its most noteworthy tournament appearance was at the 1980 Summer Olympics when the team got its chance to represent Asia due to the cancellations of some teams who took part in the American-led boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics. A few of the world's top basketball powers at that time withdrew from the tournament. India finished 12th out of 12 in the Olympics after getting knocked out in the Preliminary Round by losing all three of their matches and losing all five of their matches in the Classification round. While the results did not go India's way one game in particular caught the attention of basketball fans worldwide. India played against one of the world's top basketball teams. India, made up of voluntary basketball players competed against the elite team of Australia for the whole game until it ceded to the Boomers 75-93 after leading at halftime 41-37.
Many Indian players made headlines while in the Soviet Union as well. Ajmer Singh gained worldwide attention as he was amongst the top 10 shooters there and became the 10th best pivot player in the tournament there; the late 90s saw the emergence of, the first Indian basketball player who gained considerable international attention. Jaldeep led India to a surprising victory over one of Asia's top teams. In 2005, however, a player S. Robinson complained that the structure and support for basketball in India was still mediocre and government officials did not do enough to support the sport; as a protest, he retired from the national team. At the 2011 FIBA Asia Championship India was coached by former Sacramento Kings head coach Kenny Natt. Further, for the first time India had its own strength and conditioning coach. Though the team lost most games, its performance against Lebanon, which had made it to the final four at the previous tournament, superseded expectations. In 2012, former NBA D-League and U.
S. college coach, Scott Flemming, took over the team. Under his supervision, the team won the South Asia Championship in 2014. India had two wins and finished 3 places higher in the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship than in 2011. In 2014, the Young Cagers won the Lusofonia games with wins over Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde, Angola in the gold medal game; this was Team India's first title against non-Asian competition. In the 2014 FIBA Asia Cup India pulled off the biggest win in their 80-year history by defeated China on their home court 65-58; the establishment of a professional league will be a major step in continuing this recent success the Indian team has experienced. In 2011, plans for the establishment thereof were agreed upon. Roster for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup qualification. Scroll down to see more. 2015: Roox Basketball Federation of India Basketball in India India women's national basketball team India national under-19 basketball team India national under-17 basketball team India national 3x3 team Official website FIBA profile India Basketball Records at FIBA Archive Asia-basket - India Men National Team Presentation on Facebook India v Japan - Group B - Game Highlights - 2015 FIBA Asia Championship Youtube.com video
Albert Schweitzer Tournament
The Albert Schweitzer Tournament is an international basketball competition, played between national basketball teams of the Under-18 men age category. It takes place every 2 years in Mannheim, is contested between teams from 12 different countries. Since FIBA does not organize an Under-18 world championship, the Albert Schweitzer Tournament is internationally recognized and considered an unofficial world championship for the Under-18 age group; the tournament was an Under-19 age event. The organizers of the tournament are the city of Mannheim; the tournament is named after Albert Schweitzer. The first Albert Schweitzer Tournament took place in December 1958, it was contested between eight teams, won by Belgium. Hans-Joachim Babies, the German basketball pioneer, Hermann Niebuhr, asked the theologian and physician, Albert Schweitzer, if they could use his namesake for the name of the tournament. After the second tournament in 1960, there was a break in play until 1966. From that point onwards, a two-year tournament cycle was established.
From 1958 to 1971, the USA used players. Starting with the 1973 tournament, the USA began to use players that were selected from throughout the entire USA school system; the 1991 tournament was canceled, due to the Gulf War. Since 1994, the tournament has been held during even-numbered years; the USA has won the most titles. The USA is followed by Italy with four titles; the record attendance was 28,763 spectators. The tournament is an important event for professional basketball scouts from around the world. Over the years, many players that have played at the tournament have gone on to become well-known pro players, both in the NBA, the EuroLeague; some of the NBA players that have played at the AST, include: In addition to that, some of the players that have played in various international senior men's professional top-tier national domestic leagues, that have played at the AST, include: The Burkhard Wildermuth Prize, or Burkhard Wildermuth Award, was first awarded in 2006, is given to the player in each tournament, deemed to be the "Most Talented Player".
The award is named after Dr. Burkhard Wildermuth, the long-time co-organizer of the Albert Schweitzer Tournament. TBF Under-16 World Cup FIBA Under-17 World Cup FIBA Under-19 World Cup Official Website and Official Archive Website Albert Schweitzer Tournament History Albert Schweitzer Tournament Stars Albert Schweitzer Tournament Results 1958–2008 Albert Schweitzer Tournament Results 2010 and Albert Schweitzer Tournament Results 2012 Albert Schweitzer Tournament Results 2014
Great Britain men's national basketball team
The Great Britain men's national basketball team, known as Great Britain or GB, is the national team for Great Britain in basketball. The current governing body for the Great Britain team was formed by the national basketball organisations of England and Wales on 1 December 2005 to provide a competitive team for the 2012 Summer Olympics. Although Wales subsequently choose to remain independent and England decided to continue with the formal merger; this structure does not include the basketball association of Northern Ireland. British teams have made an impact on the international scene, only featuring in two Olympic games, both of which were hosted in London; the team at the 1948 tournament at the 2012 tournament only won one game. However, the England national basketball team did qualify for EuroBasket 1981 winning the game against the elite team of Greece. After London won the right to host the 2012 Summer Olympics, the organisers wanted competitive teams at every sport, including basketball.
The new Great Britain side was formed on 1 December 2005 from the existing teams from the UK. The new team secured the help of NBA's Chicago Bulls' star Luol Deng, he led the team to promotion from EuroBasket Division B to Division A. FIBA had stated that Great Britain must prove their competitiveness prior to being granted the spot in the Olympic tournament that would be reserved for the host nation. In Great Britain's first season at the Division A level in 2008, the team finished on top of a group which included Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic and Israel to qualify for EuroBasket 2009. During August 2010 Great Britain began their qualification campaign for EuroBasket 2011. Britain were drawn into a group containing Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary and Ukraine, they finished top of their group and qualified for back to back EuroBasket tournaments for their first time. On 13 March 2011, Fiba voted 17–3 in favour of Great Britain receiving their host nation spot at the 2012 Olympic games with one condition, they have until 30 June 2012 to decide on whether to merge the three nations that make up the team or disband after the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
On 21 June 2012, Basketball Wales confirmed their intent to reject the proposed merger on the grounds that the arrangement was always intended to be temporary in the build-up to the London Olympics, that it would not be in the best interests for the sport in Wales for the country to forfeit its national team, when the GB team contained no Welsh players. At EuroBasket 2011 Great Britain recorded their first EuroBasket win en route to a 2–3 record, good enough for 13th in the first 24 team EuroBasket tournament. For the 2012 Olympics in London, Great Britain were awarded automatic qualification. In the group stage, they lost to Russia, Brazil and Australia; the British team would be eliminated in the group stage but was somewhat of a surprise only falling to defending and eventual runners up Spain by 1, Brazil by 5, they led Australia by 10 at halftime before fading late. In the final group game they faced China, both teams unable to progress to the knockout stage, they won the game 90–58, making it only the second Olympic victory for Great Britain.
Throughout the tournament Luol Deng played 173 minutes, more than any other player, came in the top ten for points and assists. In June 2013, Brooklyn Nets assistant coach Joe Prunty was announced as the new coach, following the resignation of Chris Finch. Having participated in the previous Olympic tournament, Great Britain qualified automatically for EuroBasket 2013 in Slovenia, they went into the tournament short-handed: Luol Deng was recovering from illness, Pops Mensah-Bonsu did not participate due to an injury and Joel Freeland was absent, citing commitments with his club. Despite this, Great Britain won their first game against Israel in overtime, but subsequently lost to France and Belgium. Winning their fourth group game against favoured Germany put them on the verge of advancing to the second round of the tournament for the first time in their history; the team went into their final group game against Ukraine needing to win, but Ukraine had been performing better than expected and dispatched Britain 87–68.
They finished equalling their record from the previous tournament, with Daniel Clark leading the team in scoring and defence. Following their tournament exit it was announced that the governing body for British sports, UK Sport, were to cut the funding for the team after failing to reach the agreed-upon minimum final placing in the tournament. Funding from UK Sport would have been used to aid the team's efforts to qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. A defeat to Iceland on 20 August meant the team had failed to qualify for EuroBasket 2015; this outcome was attributed to British Basketball no longer receiving funding from UK Sport. Forward Kieron Achara spoke out about. Great Britain lost all 5 matches finishing last in EuroBasket 2017 Group D. After the tournament Tony Garbelotto took over as Head Coach from Joe Prunty. EuroBasket 2021 qualification Roster for the EuroBasket 2017. Great Britain announce
Luxembourg national basketball team
The Luxembourg national basketball team represent Luxembourg in men's international basketball tournaments. They are controlled by the Luxembourg Basketball Federation; the national team has qualified for the EuroBasket three times in 1946, 1951, 1955. Their best result came in 8th place at their first EuroBasket, in 1946. Though, they have yet to qualify for the Summer Olympics and FIBA World Cup. Luxembourg's first EuroBasket appearance was at the EuroBasket 1946, they found themselves over-matched in the preliminary round. Losing all of their matches and being outscored by 113 points over three games finishing in last place in the group; the semifinal round, a 7th–10th place classification round for Luxembourg, saw their first win. They defeated England 50–27; this advanced them to a playoff for 8th places. Luxembourg competed at the EuroBasket 1951 competition in Paris, they lost all four of their preliminary round games, putting them in fifth place in their group of 5. Since they were seeded into a group of five teams rather than a group of four teams, Luxembourg had to play an elimination game against Denmark for the right to advance into the classification rounds.
The winner could place as high as 9th. Luxembourg was able to get a final half-court shot off before time expired, but the ball bounced off the rim and the team was served their fifth and final loss of the tournament. At EuroBasket 1955 in Budapest was, they lost all four of their preliminary round games, were relegated to the classification rounds. In the first round, Luxembourg was able to win 2 games against Denmark and Sweden, finishing third in the group. There they lost their 13th–16th place semifinal, but won the 15th/16th place final to finish the tournament 15th out of the 18 teams. After EuroBasket 1955 the national team has struggled qualifying for major international basketball tournaments. Though, they have competed at smaller competitions such as the European Championship for Small Countries and Games of the Small States of Europe. Roster for the EuroBasket 2017 qualification. Basketball Federation of Luxembourg
Australia national basketball team
The Australian men's national basketball team, known as the Boomers, represents Australia in international basketball competition. The team is named after the slang term for a male kangaroo. Australia finished fourth at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Australia is a regional power in basketball. Placed in the weak FIBA Oceania region, the Boomers's qualification for the Summer Olympic Games and FIBA World Cup is a three-match competition against the other regional power, the New Zealand Tall Blacks. Before the formation of the National Basketball League in 1979, Boomers players were selected from state leagues around the country, with Victoria, South Australia, to a lesser extent New South Wales the dominant states. After the formation of the NBL, players began to be selected exclusively from that competition during the 1980s and 1990s. Players were selected from outside the NBL. Mark Bradtke made his Boomers debut in 1987 while attending the Australian Institute of Sport before he entered the NBL.
Luc Longley made his debut in 1988 while playing college basketball in the United States. Other Australian players enter the Euroleague and the National Basketball Association in the U. S; the Boomers's roster for the 2014 World Cup included five NBA players: Cameron Bairstow with the Brisbane Bullets, Aron Baynes with the Boston Celtics, Matthew Dellavedova with the Milwaukee Bucks, Dante Exum and Joe Ingles with the Utah Jazz. Three other players were ruled out of the World Cup due to injury play in the NBA, namely Andrew Bogut of the Los Angeles Lakers, rookie Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers and Patty Mills of the San Antonio Spurs. Several players on youth national teams are student athletes at the AIS or in the US college basketball system; some players made the senior national team while at US schools. By the early 21st century half of the squad was playing outside Australia. For the 2012 London Olympic Games, only two members of the Australian squad were based in the country – Peter Crawford and Adam Gibson, with the latter being the only Australia-based member of the 2014 World Cup squad.
The AIS has helped Australia's popularity worldwide. Australia has participated in the most Olympic men's basketball tournaments without winning a medal. Australia has participated in 11 FIBA World Cups without winning a medal, making Australia the nation with the second-most appearances at the tournament without winning a medal, behind Canada and Puerto Rico. Australia debuted on the international stage at the 1956 Summer Olympic Games held in Melbourne. Australia did not fare well in the competition, defeating only two sides, finishing 12th; the seeds were sown for Australia to become a regular team in international events. After not qualifying for the 1960 Summer Olympic Games in Rome, Australia returned to compete at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games; the Australians improved on their position in Melbourne, to be ranked ninth at the completion of the games. After failing in their bid to qualify for the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, the Australians were left in international isolation.
They did not play again in a major international tournament until 1970, when the team qualified for the FIBA World Championship for the first time. The team finished with their sole victory coming over the United Arab Republic; the 1972 Munich Olympic Games was a changing of the guard for the Australians. Lindsay Gaze made his coaching debut, after playing at the 1964 Summer Olympics. Australia again finished ninth, but close defeats to Czechoslovakia and Spain left the team close to advancing to the second round. Eddie Palubinskas was the holder of the second highest scoring average of the tournament. At the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games, Eddie Palubinskas finished as the top overall scorer, set three Olympic scoring records, including the most points scored in a single Olympics to that time, with 269 points; the Boomers defeated Mexico, 120–117, in an overtime game, defeated Japan, 117–79, as they moved to the second round of the tournament for the first time, on their way to an eighth-place finish.
In 1978, the Boomers headed to the Philippines for the 1978 FIBA World Championship. Australia played their most successful tournament to that time, defeating Czechoslovakia, the Dominican Republic, the Philippines, playing eventual gold medallist Yugoslavia, losing 105–101; the Boomers advanced to the semi-final round, placed seventh. In the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games, the Boomers played their best Olympic tournament to that date, equalling their 1976 finish of eighth place; the Boomers defeated eventual silver medallist Italy, 84–77, in the preliminary round, but due to a three-way tie with Italy and Cuba, the team failed to advance to the final round, despite 5 wins and 2 losses. Two years the 1982 FIBA World Championship was held in Colombia; the Australians finished in fifth place. The Boomers were captained at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games by Phil Smyth, introduced coach Lindsay Gaze’s 19-year-old son, Andrew Gaze, to the world stage. Australia advanced following victories over Brazil and West Germany.
A loss to Italy, a 16-point win over Egypt, left the Boomers in a must-win situation against Spain, to advance to the medal round. Spain went up big early in the first half, but the Boomers fought back losing by a score of 101–93, ending their medal hopes with an Olympic best seventh-place finish. Following the 1984 Olympics, Adrian Hurley took over as team coach from Lindsay Gaze; the 1986 FIBA World Championship was a bit disappointing for Australia. Losses to Uruguay and the Soviet Union during group play kept the Boomers from advancing, the team finished 17th. Due t
Basketball England is the governing body of the sport of basketball for England. The organisation operates the English Basketball League for both Men and Women, as well as the England national team; the organisation was involved in the establishment of the Great Britain team in December 2005, along with its compatriots – Basketball Scotland and Basketball Wales. Whilst the organisation governs the British Basketball League, the country's elite and only professional basketball league, they are not involved in the day-to-day running of the league, they offer the opportunity to play basketball. The organisation was founded in 1936, it is a non-profit organisation, an association of member clubs and players who elect an Executive Board to administer their affairs. The Executive Board employ a number of professional staff to enable it to undertake its duties and achieve its aims; the headquarters of the organisation is in Manchester. The logo changed in 2014. English Basketball League Official website
Scotland is a country, part of the United Kingdom. Sharing a border with England to the southeast, Scotland is otherwise surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the north and west, by the North Sea to the northeast and by the Irish Sea to the south. In addition to the mainland, situated on the northern third of the island of Great Britain, Scotland has over 790 islands, including the Northern Isles and the Hebrides; the Kingdom of Scotland emerged as an independent sovereign state in the Early Middle Ages and continued to exist until 1707. By inheritance in 1603, James VI, King of Scots, became King of England and King of Ireland, thus forming a personal union of the three kingdoms. Scotland subsequently entered into a political union with the Kingdom of England on 1 May 1707 to create the new Kingdom of Great Britain; the union created a new Parliament of Great Britain, which succeeded both the Parliament of Scotland and the Parliament of England. In 1801, the Kingdom of Great Britain and Kingdom of Ireland enacted a political union to create a United Kingdom.
The majority of Ireland subsequently seceded from the UK in 1922. Within Scotland, the monarchy of the United Kingdom has continued to use a variety of styles and other royal symbols of statehood specific to the pre-union Kingdom of Scotland; the legal system within Scotland has remained separate from those of England and Wales and Northern Ireland. The continued existence of legal, educational and other institutions distinct from those in the remainder of the UK have all contributed to the continuation of Scottish culture and national identity since the 1707 union with England; the Scottish Parliament, a unicameral legislature comprising 129 members, was established in 1999 and has authority over those areas of domestic policy which have been devolved by the United Kingdom Parliament. The head of the Scottish Government, the executive of the devolved legislature, is the First Minister of Scotland. Scotland is represented in the UK House of Commons by 59 MPs and in the European Parliament by 6 MEPs.
Scotland is a member of the British–Irish Council, sends five members of the Scottish Parliament to the British–Irish Parliamentary Assembly. Scotland is divided into councils. Glasgow City is the largest subdivision in Scotland in terms of population, with Highland being the largest in terms of area. "Scotland" comes from the Latin name for the Gaels. From the ninth century, the meaning of Scotia shifted to designate Gaelic Scotland and by the eleventh century the name was being used to refer to the core territory of the Kingdom of Alba in what is now east-central Scotland; the use of the words Scots and Scotland to encompass most of what is now Scotland became common in the Late Middle Ages, as the Kingdom of Alba expanded and came to encompass various peoples of diverse origins. Repeated glaciations, which covered the entire land mass of modern Scotland, destroyed any traces of human habitation that may have existed before the Mesolithic period, it is believed the first post-glacial groups of hunter-gatherers arrived in Scotland around 12,800 years ago, as the ice sheet retreated after the last glaciation.
At the time, Scotland was covered in forests, had more bog-land, the main form of transport was by water. These settlers began building the first known permanent houses on Scottish soil around 9,500 years ago, the first villages around 6,000 years ago; the well-preserved village of Skara Brae on the mainland of Orkney dates from this period. Neolithic habitation and ritual sites are common and well preserved in the Northern Isles and Western Isles, where a lack of trees led to most structures being built of local stone. Evidence of sophisticated pre-Christian belief systems is demonstrated by sites such as the Callanish Stones on Lewis and the Maes Howe on Orkney, which were built in the third millennium BCE; the first written reference to Scotland was in 320 BC by Greek sailor Pytheas, who called the northern tip of Britain "Orcas", the source of the name of the Orkney islands. During the first millennium BCE, the society changed to a chiefdom model, as consolidation of settlement led to the concentration of wealth and underground stores of surplus food.
The first Roman incursion into Scotland occurred in 79 AD. After the Roman victory, Roman forts were set along the Gask Ridge close to the Highland line, but by three years after the battle, the Roman armies had withdrawn to the Southern Uplands; the Romans erected Hadrian's Wall in northern England and the Limes Britannicus became the northern border of the Roman Empire. The Roman influence on the southern part of the country was considerable, they introduced Christianity to Scotland. Beginning in the sixth century, the area, now Scotland was divided into three areas: Pictland, a patchwork of small lordships in central Scotland; these societies were based on the family unit and had sharp divisions in wealth, although the vast majority were poor and worked full-time in subsistence agriculture. The Picts kept slaves through the ninth century. Gaelic influence over Pictland and Northumbria was facilitated by the large number of Gaelic-speaking clerics working as missionaries. Operating in the sixth ce