Power forward (basketball)
The power forward known as the four, is one of the five positions in a regulation basketball game. It has been referred to as the "post" position. Power forwards play a role similar to that of center, they play offensively with their backs towards the basket and position themselves defensively under the basket in a zone defense or against the opposing power forward in man-to-man defense. The power forward position entails a variety of responsibilities, one of, rebounding. Many power forwards are noted for their mid-range jump-shot, several players have become accurate from 12 to 18 feet. Earlier, these skills were more exhibited in the European style of play; some power forwards, known as stretch fours, have since extended their shooting range to three-point field goals. In the NBA, power forwards range from 6' 8" to 7' 0" while in the WNBA, power forwards are between 6' 1" and 6' 4". Despite the averages, a variety of players fit "tweener" roles which finds them in the small forward or center position depending on matchups and coaching decisions.
Some power forwards play the center position and have the skills, but lack the height, associated with that position
Tal Burstein is an Israeli professional basketball coach and a former professional basketball player. He played at the point guard position and as a swingman, he is 198 cm in height. He has been named as one of the best Israeli basketball players ever. Burstein is Jewish, was born in Petach Tikva, Israel. Tal Burstein began his basketball career with the Bnei-Herzliya junior team. In the 1997–1998 season, he made his professional debut and he was named the Israeli League Rookie of the Year, he became a team captain in the 1999–2000 season. In the 2001–02 season, he led the Israeli League in three-point field goal percentage, shooting 49.4%. Since 2000–01, he has played with Maccabi Tel-Aviv, he became a starter in his first season in Tel Aviv. With the club, Burstein has won 6 Israeli State Cups, he has won 3 European championships with Maccabi, the 2001 FIBA SuproLeague championship, the EuroLeague championships in the years 2004 and 2005. After the 2008–009 season, Burstein left Maccabi Tel Aviv and signed with the Spanish team Fuenlabrada.
A year Burstein returned to Maccabi on a three-year contract. In August 2012, he announced retirement from professional basketball after learning that he would have to undergo surgery on his injured hip, which would take him away from the whole next season. On June 29, 2017, Burstein returned to Maccabi Tel Aviv as assistant coach. Burstein has played for all of the Israeli junior national team's and for the senior men's Israeli national basketball team. In August 2000, he was the captain of the under-20 national team, which won a silver medal at the FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship in Ohrid, Macedonia. In August 2001, Burstein was a member of the Israeli Under-22 national team at the FIBA Under-21 World Championship in Saitama, where his team finished in 7th place, he played with the senior men's team, the Israeli national basketball team at the 2003 European Championship in Sweden, where his team finished in 7th place and at the 2005 European Championship. As of 2008, Burstein was a captain on Israel's national team.
He plays as the national team's first shooting guard and he can play as a point guard if needed. Euroleague.net profile http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/sports/basketball-rejuvenated-veteran-guard-tal-burstein-takes-over-the-reins-of-the-national-team-1.306634
Dan Shamir is an Israeli basketball coach, the head coach of Hapoel Holon of the Israeli Basketball Premier League. In his youth Shamir was a basketball player, he played for Maccabi Jerusalem youth team as a Point guard, but on, at the age of 16, Shamir started his coaching career at Hapoel Jerusalem youth program. In 1999, Shamir spent one year of entraining under Rick Pitino at the University of Kentucky, which according to him affected him dearly. In 2001, Shamir was named the assistant coach of Hapoel Jerusalem under head coaches Yoram Harush and Erez Edelstein. In 2003, Shamir was named the assistant coach of Maccabi Tel Aviv under head coach Pini Gershon, he won two EuroLeague titles with Maccabi in 2004 and 2005, as well as reaching the Euroleague's championship game in 2006. In 2006, Shamir was named the head coach of Hapoel Jerusalem. Shamir helped Jerusalem to win back to back Israeli State Cup titles in 2007 and 2008. In 2008, Shamir was named the assistant coach of Dynamo Moscow under head coach David Blatt.
On June 19, 2009, Shamir was named the head coach of Bnei Hasharon. In 2011, Shamir was named the head coach of Hapoel Holon. On June 26, 2013, Shamir was named the assistant coach of CSKA Moscow under head coach Ettore Messina. Shamir helped CSKA to win the VTB United League title, as well as reaching the 2014 Euroleague Final Four. On June 24, 2014, Shamir was named the new head coach of Hapoel Eilat. On November 27, 2015, Shamir returned to Hapoel Holon for a second stint. In the 2016–17 season, Shamir led Holon to reach the 2017 Israeli League Playoffs as the first seed, but they were eliminated by Maccabi Haifa in the Quarterfinals. On March 5, 2017, Shamir signed a two-year contract extension with Holon. In the 2017–18 season, Shamir led Holon to win the 2018 Israeli State Cup, as well as reaching the 2018 Israeli League Finals. On June 14, 2018, Shamir was named the Israeli League Coach of the Year. Basket.co.il profile
Basketball is a team sport in which two teams, most of five players each, opposing one another on a rectangular court, compete with the primary objective of shooting a basketball through the defender's hoop while preventing the opposing team from shooting through their own hoop. A field goal is worth two points, unless made from behind the three-point line, when it is worth three. After a foul, timed play stops and the player fouled or designated to shoot a technical foul is given one or more one-point free throws; the team with the most points at the end of the game wins, but if regulation play expires with the score tied, an additional period of play is mandated. Players advance the ball by bouncing it while walking or running or by passing it to a teammate, both of which require considerable skill. On offense, players may use a variety of shots -- a dunk, it is a violation to lift or drag one's pivot foot without dribbling the ball, to carry it, or to hold the ball with both hands resume dribbling.
The five players on each side at a time fall into five playing positions: the tallest player is the center, the tallest and strongest is the power forward, a shorter but more agile big man is the small forward, the shortest players or the best ball handlers are the shooting guard and the point guard, who implements the coach's game plan by managing the execution of offensive and defensive plays. Informally, players may play three-on-three, two-on-two, one-on-one. Invented in 1891 by Canadian-American gym teacher James Naismith in Springfield, United States, basketball has evolved to become one of the world's most popular and viewed sports; the National Basketball Association is the most significant professional basketball league in the world in terms of popularity, salaries and level of competition. Outside North America, the top clubs from national leagues qualify to continental championships such as the Euroleague and FIBA Americas League; the FIBA Basketball World Cup and Men's Olympic Basketball Tournament are the major international events of the sport and attract top national teams from around the world.
Each continent hosts regional competitions for national teams, like FIBA AmeriCup. The FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup and Women's Olympic Basketball Tournament feature top national teams from continental championships; the main North American league is the WNBA, whereas strongest European clubs participate in the EuroLeague Women. In early December 1891, Canadian James Naismith, a physical education professor and instructor at the International Young Men's Christian Association Training School in Springfield, was trying to keep his gym class active on a rainy day, he sought a vigorous indoor game to keep his students occupied and at proper levels of fitness during the long New England winters. After rejecting other ideas as either too rough or poorly suited to walled-in gymnasiums, he wrote the basic rules and nailed a peach basket onto a 10-foot elevated track. In contrast with modern basketball nets, this peach basket retained its bottom, balls had to be retrieved manually after each "basket" or point scored.
Basketball was played with a soccer ball. These round balls from "association football" were made, at the time, with a set of laces to close off the hole needed for inserting the inflatable bladder after the other sewn-together segments of the ball's cover had been flipped outside-in; these laces could dribbling to be unpredictable. A lace-free ball construction method was invented, this change to the game was endorsed by Naismith; the first balls made for basketball were brown, it was only in the late 1950s that Tony Hinkle, searching for a ball that would be more visible to players and spectators alike, introduced the orange ball, now in common use. Dribbling was not part of the original game except for the "bounce pass" to teammates. Passing the ball was the primary means of ball movement. Dribbling was introduced but limited by the asymmetric shape of early balls. Dribbling was common by 1896, with a rule against the double dribble by 1898; the peach baskets were used until 1906 when they were replaced by metal hoops with backboards.
A further change was soon made, so the ball passed through. Whenever a person got the ball in the basket, his team would gain a point. Whichever team got; the baskets were nailed to the mezzanine balcony of the playing court, but this proved impractical when spectators in the balcony began to interfere with shots. The backboard was introduced to prevent this interference. Naismith's handwritten diaries, discovered by his granddaughter in early 2006, indicate that he was nervous about the new game he had invented, which incorporated rules from a children's game called duck on a rock, as many had failed before it. Frank Mahan, one of the players from the original
The 2007 FIBA European Championship called FIBA EuroBasket 2007, was the 35th FIBA EuroBasket regional basketball championship held by FIBA Europe, which served as Europe qualifier for the 2008 Summer Olympics, giving a berth to the champion and runner-up teams. It was held in Spain between 3 September and 16 September 2007. Sixteen national teams entered the event under the auspices of FIBA Europe, the sport's regional governing body; the cities of Alicante, Madrid, Palma de Mallorca, Seville hosted the tournament. Russia won its first FIBA EuroBasket title since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, by defeating hosts Spain, with a 60–59 score in the final. Russia's Andrei Kirilenko was voted the tournament's MVP. Of the sixteen teams that participated in EuroBasket 2005, hosts Spain plus the eight European teams that participated in the 2006 FIBA World Championship qualified directly; the other seven teams earned their berths via a qualifying tournament. The draw for FIBA EuroBasket 2007 was held in Madrid, 19 October 2006.
The top three teams from each group advance to the qualifying round, in which they are separated into two groups. Results and standings among teams within the same group are carried over; the top four teams at the qualifying round advance to the knockout quarterfinals. The winners in the knockout semifinals advance to the Final, where both are guaranteed of berths in the 2008 Olympics; the losers figure in a third-place playoff. Before the tournament, the semifinal losers and the teams participating in the 5th-place playoff were assured of berths to the FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament 2008. Spain, which lost in the final to Russia, had qualified for the Olympics as reigning world champions. Since they occupied what would otherwise be a qualifying place, third-place Lithuania received a direct Olympic berth, seventh-place Slovenia advanced to the FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament 2008. Ties are broken via the following criteria, with the first option used first, all the way down to the last option: Head to head results Goal average in the games between the tied teams Goal average in all games in its group At the start of tournament, all 16 participating countries had 12 players on their roster.
Times given below are in Central European Summer Time. Game Statistics Legend: PTS = points, FT = free-throws, 2-FG = 2-point field goals, 3-PG = 3-point field goals, Rebs = Rebounds Bosnia and Herzegovina: BHRT Bulgaria: BNT Croatia: HRT Cyprus: RIK 2 Czech Republic: Česká televize France: Sport+ / Canal+ Germany: DSF Greece: ERT Israel: Sport 5/Channel 10 Italy: RAI Latvia: TV3 Latvia Lithuania: TV3 Lithuania Philippines: Basketball TV Poland: Polsat Portugal: RTP Russia: RTR Sport Romania: Sport.ro Serbia: RTS Spain: LaSexta Slovenia: RTV Slovenija Turkey: NTV Ukraine: Megasport / Sport 1 Ukraine Eurobasket 2007 Official Site 2007 EuroBasket, FIBA.com. Information on tickets and venues
Maccabi Tel Aviv B.C.
Maccabi Tel Aviv B. C. for sponsorship reasons Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv, is a professional basketball club based in Tel Aviv, Israel. The team plays internationally in the EuroLeague; the club started in the mid-1930s, as part of the Maccabi Tel Aviv Sports Club, founded in 1906. With 6 EuroLeague championships, one Adriatic League championship, 52 Israeli League championships, 44 Israeli State Cup titles, 7 Israeli League Cup titles, Maccabi has been the most successful basketball team in Israel, is one of the most successful basketball teams in Europe, its players, such as: Tal Brody, Miki Berkovich, Jim Boatwright, Kevin Magee, Earl Williams, Aulcie Perry. The Israeli Basketball Super League started in 1954, Maccabi Tel Aviv was the first champion, it has dominated the championship since, winning the title 51 times, including a run of 23 titles in a row between 1970 and 1992. The team has won the Israeli Basketball State Cup 44 times. Maccabi is considered Israel's national sporting representative in the world.
From 1969 until 2008, Maccabi Tel Aviv was sponsored by Elite, Israel's largest food company, carried its name. Since July 2008, Maccabi has had a new sponsor – Electra. In 2015 they switched their sponsor once again, this time to "Fox". Since 1963, the club's home court has been the Yad Eliyahu Arena] in Tel Aviv. An open-air court for 5,000 spectators, it is now a modern indoor arena with a capacity of 11,060. Most Maccabi head coaches have been former players of the club. Yehoshua Rozin was involved with the club for 40 years. Ralph Klein started as an 18-year-old player and had several spells as a coach, led the club to its first EuroLeague title in the 1977–78 season. Zvi Sherf played for Maccabi's second team, coached the team for three spells. Pini Gershon played in the Youth Section, as a coach, led Maccabi to three EuroLeague titles. Maccabi Tel Aviv has always provided the senior Israeli national basketball team with a large number of players. Five Maccabi players, headed by Avraham Shneur, were on the team that represented Israel in its first EuroBasket, in 1953 in Moscow.
Tanhum Cohen-Mintz was one of Europe's top centers in the sixties, was selected to the first FIBA European Selection European All-Star Team, which played in Madrid in 1964. Miki Berkowitz, Motty Aroesti, Lou Silver, Eric Minkin played a major part in winning the silver medal at the 1979 EuroBasket in Torino. Doron Jamchy played 16 years for the Israeli national team, holds the record for appearances and points scored. Maccabi Tel Aviv was the first Israeli club to enter the FIBA European Champions Cup in the 1958 season. Since it has played over 600 games in European-wide competitions, was the only Israeli club to play in a FIBA European Cup Winners' Cup Final, to win the European-wide top-tier level EuroLeague on six occasions. Maccabi has played in 15 EuroLeague Finals. In 1994 Tel Aviv, in 2004 in Tel Aviv, Maccabi organized the EuroLeague Final Four; the first basketball game between an NBA and a FIBA team, was held in Tel Aviv. Maccabi Tel Aviv beat the defending NBA champions, Washington Bullets, 98–97.
Maccabi has played a record 18 times vs. NBA teams, became the first European team to win on an NBA floor, when it beat the Toronto Raptors, 105–103, in 2005, it beat the Phoenix Suns and Brooklyn Nets in 1984, to win a tournament in Tel Aviv. 5 Israeli League championships, 3 Israeli Cups. Early success in the Israeli League. Rivalry with Hapoel Tel Aviv begins. 5 Israeli League championships, 5 Israeli Cups. Establishment as an elite club with FIBA European All-Stars, like center Tanhum Cohen-Mintz. Fierce rivalry with home-town foes, Hapoel Tel Aviv. Tal Brody came to Israel in 1966, from the United States, after having been drafted #12 in the 1965 National Basketball Association Draft just to take one year out of his life to play for Maccabi Tel Aviv. Ralph Klein, Israel's most successful coach at the time, said that up until the enthusiastic Brody's arrival, Israelis had only viewed basketball as a fun game, but within a year, with his serious attitude and his inspirational commitment, Brody had inculcated his teammates with his view of basketball as a way of life.
At his urging, the team doubled the number of practices. To capitalize on Brody's quickness and speed, the coach abandoned the team's slow pace, in favor of a fast-paced motion game, built around fast breaks. Brody was the most dominant player in the European-wide second tier level FIBA European Cup Winners' Cup in the 1966–67 season. In 1967, he was named Israel's Sportsman of the Year; the team made it through the first and third rounds of the European Cup Winners' Cup's playoffs, reached the Finals, finishing second in the league. For the first time, the Israeli Prime Minister, the Israeli Defense Forces Chief of Staff, Knesset members came to games. Demand for tickets to games in the team's 5,000-seat stadium was so high that they became exceedingly difficult to obtain. 1 FIBA European Champions Cup, 10 Israeli League championships, 8 Israeli Cups. The rise to the top in Europe
EuroBasket 2015 was the 39th annual edition of the EuroBasket championship, organised by FIBA Europe. It took place in four different countries, making it the first EuroBasket held in more than one country, it ended on 20 September. The top two teams qualified to the 2016 Summer Olympics; the next five teams advanced to the World Olympic Qualifying Tournaments. Latvia and Croatia qualified due to Serbia and Italy hosting two of the Olympic qualifying tournaments while Turkey qualified as an invitee. Spain won their third title by defeating Lithuania 80–63 in the final. France won bronze on home soil defeating Serbia; the final game was held in the Stade Pierre-Mauroy and set a new record for the highest attendance in a EuroBasket game, with 26,922. Pau Gasol was named the tournament's MVP. On 18 December 2011, FIBA Europe decided to let Ukraine host EuroBasket 2015, after France, Croatia and Italy withdrew their joint bid. On 19 March 2014, tournament director Markiyan Lubkivsky announced that EuroBasket 2015 would not take place in Ukraine because of the political and financial crisis and the championship would be relocated.
But FIBA Europe was forced to deny reports that Ukraine had given up the hosting rights for EuroBasket 2015 due to the continuous political situation and security issues in Ukraine. On 13 June 2014, FIBA Europe announced that Ukraine would not be hosting the championships. Sixteen countries expressed an initial interest to bid for the relocated event. National Federations were called by FIBA Europe to bid for hosting the tournament or parts of the tournament until 31 July 2014; the next day FIBA Europe announced eight official bids from potential organizers: All interested federations were provided the option to bid to stage either one of the four groups in the Group Phase of the tournament, one of the groups and the Final Phase, only the finals, or the entire tournament. FIBA Europe was scheduled to announce the details of the bids after 27 August 2014. Croatia, France and Turkey bid to host one of the four groups in the Group Phase and the Final Phase in the knock-out round. Additionally, Turkey bid to host the Final Phase only.
All other countries bid to host only one of the four groups in the Group Phase. Prior to the Board Meeting, Turkey withdrew their candidature from hosting any part of the tournament while Poland and Croatia withdrew their candidature to host the Final Phase of the tournament, leaving France as the only candidate to host the Final Phase. On 8 September 2014, it was announced that the FIBA EuroBasket 2015 tournament would be hosted in Germany, Croatia and France, with each of the countries hosting one respective group during the group stage of the tournament. France would be the hosts of the finals in the knock-out phase in the city of Lille at the multi-functional Stade Pierre-Mauroy, which has a 27,000 capacity for basketball. Qualification for the tournament took place in two phases; the remaining teams went into qualification with the remaining FIBA Europe sides. FIBA Europe released the seedings for the EuroBasket 2015 draw on 27 November 2014. According to the FIBA Europe regulations the participating nations, the 10 participants of the 2014 World Cup would be seeded first, based on their respective records in FIBA EuroBasket 2013, with the remaining teams seeded based on their qualification records.
The draw took place on 8 December 2014 at 16:00 at Disneyland in France. Criteria for the draw was as follows: The four hosts were drawn together, but as Latvia were amongst the third seeded teams and Germany the fifth, only three teams would be in fourth and sixth pot containing the remaining seeds and these teams could not be drawn into groups with Latvia and Germany respectively. France and Croatia, as hosts, were drawn first and the two remaining first seeds and Lithuania, were drawn separately into the remaining two groups not with a top-seeded team. In addition to this, following on from the exceptional circumstances leading to the relocation of EuroBasket 2015, each of the four hosts was granted the right to select a partner federation for commercial and marketing criteria; these teams would automatically be placed into the same group as their chosen partner country. The selections were. Venue: Montpellier, France Venue: Berlin, Germany Venue: Zagreb, Croatia Venue: Riga, Latvia Venue: Lille, France Olympic qualifying bracketThe winners of the 5–8th place semifinals advanced to the qualification tournament.
The 5–8th place semifinals losers played in the seventh place game to determine the last participant. Official final ranking by FIBA Europe. PG – Sergio Rodríguez SG – Nando de Colo SF – Jonas Maciulis PF – Pau Gasol C – Jonas Valanciunas