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Spain’s Struggles In Rio Continue Against Olympic Host

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Spain's Struggles In Rio Continue Against Olympic Host

All this basketball out of season. We must be dreaming. Right now between your T.V., tablet and smartphone you need more screens than ‘Minority Report’ to keep up with all this Olympic Games action.

And as expected Team USA (men and women) are making South America their own in Rio 2016. Even if nations like the Peoples Republic of China and Venezeula are looking competitive, like playing NBA 2K for the first time they just can’t keep it close. It’s like all the sliders are set to 100, even without champion LeBron and MVP Curry. In the first day of the five rings games the U.S. beat China by their biggest margin ever since the M.J. Dream Team of Barcelona ’92 and in their first week, veteran leader and multiple, consecutive Olympian statesman Carmelo Anthony just passed his Jordan Brand boss Michael in total points during these four yearly contests.

Many people believe the only country in this worldwide NBA heavy games that could possibly stop the U.S. charge is the big name laden Spain. But so far the European nation is 2 and nothing…and not in the way they’d like. Maybe it’s the absence of Memphis Grizzlies All-Star Marc Gasol upfront. Maybe the fact that his paint brother and newly acquired San Antonio Spur Pau is still a bag of nerves after freezing his sperm before travelling to Rio De Janerio…a place many sports stars like golfers Jordan Speith and Rory MclRoy refuse to travel to because of the deadly Zika virus. Or maybe it’s the fact that the Spanish teams coaches play writing dry erase looked more like a kids Etch a Sketch. Maybe that’s what shook them up.

Despite starting the game and last nights shooting with an airball, Pau Gasol was almost perfect in the post (13 points) with his inside post play. But on a DeAndre Jordan night from the line (5-12) he missed two clutch freebies from the line, leading Brazil to take a 65-64 lead with just a shot clock remaining in the game…and that was all the Olympian Basketball Gods wrote in stone.

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Spain may have the likes of Pau, his former Spanish Bull teammate Nikola Mirotic, Minnesota Timberwolf Ricky Rubio, Rudy Fernandez and Roudriguez but so far they have made little splash in the beaches of Rio like the Golden State Warrior brother who has been more “Clay” Thompson going 1 for 11 from the field so far on the floor. It’s still early days however and until these guys see red they are still one of the favourites in fanfare and how they should fare.

Recently re-signed Los Angeles Laker-who used to play for Barcelona’s basketball club like Laker legend Pau-Marcelo Huertas lead Brazil’s court carnival with a parade of 11 points, 7 assists and 4 rebounds. Dominant in a game which saw him match-up with Spains new fellow Laker reserve Jose Calderon. To think these guys have to play behind last years rookie and sophompre D’Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson in Hollywood. It looks like the post-Kobe changing of the guard in California is in safe hands.

Huertas put the hurt on Spain alongside the NBA muscle of Nene and the underrated, quick-jabbing, euro-step pace setter Leonardo Barbosa. So much so that the flash of Ricky Rubio was reduced to just 3 points and one hell of a De Janeiro tan. If Spain want to even make it to next weeks quarters than they have to pull something out the cape against Nigeria. Whereas host nation Brazil who now own more than just the tournaments hottest, lime neon highlighting jerseys look to continue this streak against Croatia.

Holding the torch its time for them to keep the flame lit.

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Father Of Dragons. Starbury To Coach In China

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Father Of Dragons Starbury To Coach In China
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Remade in China.

Stephon Marbury was one of the biggest NBA all  superstar’s in the early 2000’s. The Coney Island Point Guard product had placement in Fat Joe lyrics and Terror Squad videos. His shirtless, SLAM cover was as ‘Money. Power. Respect’ iconic as Allen Iverson’s ‘Soul On Ice’ best ever classic. And his ‘Showbiz and K.G’ Minnesota Timberwolves one with Kevin Garnett was remade by Kevin Love (K.L.) and Ricky Rubio too (what a dynamic duo both those perfect partnerships could have been more). Then the show-business of Star Marbury had the game of a big, blockbuster trade (before big, blockbuster trades), as the New Jersey Net was switched to the scorching and running Phoenix Suns for some guy named Jason Kidd (and we all know how that turned out). This former Jersey boy came back home as Starbury had the chance to be the king of New York like Carmelo Anthony leading the Knicks from the point. But like rotten Big Apple luck that all mellowed like ‘Melo too and Marbury seemingly made for Manhattan looked to escape from New York like the Statue of Liberty was ‘Cloverfield’ laying in the middle of Fifth Avenue.

It was time the Point God with a New York state of grind switched from the concrete blacktop jungle of New York to a whole new playground. Steph with a shot at redemption took his ball to the Far East. Known for changing the game and breaking down barriers and borders-his discounted sneakers, affordable for all really knew how to kick game with everyone-Starbury’s star turn wasn’t just another NBA flame-out trying to find some burn in another country like still capable stars Steve Francis or Michael Beasley (bring him back Lake Show). He really remade his name there. Possibly having not only a redemptive resurgence, but arguably the better and for sure the more enjoyable part of his career in a closing chapter that saw him soar.

Retiring at 40 in tears and iconic status in China like Chan for all the years he kicked game, Marbury ended his career with 20 points, a step-back dagger three and the win for the Beijing Royal Fighters, otherwise known as the Beijing Fly Dragons that this fighter breathed fire into. As the crowd cheered “Ma Buli MVP,” “Ma Buli, I love you,” and “My Hero,” and even cheerleaders cried as Stephon got his ‘Jerry Maguire’ on telling everyone in attendance that his career in China “completes me.” Getting poetic the biggest Basketball star in China after Yao Ming continued, “At one time I had no place for the blood to go, and you opened up a portal to your hearts for me to flow. You let me live when I was dying; I can’t explain how I feel as I’m crying”.

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Beautiful…but you had us at the Tom Cruise sports agent reference.

Now the man who was the same huge part of the best ’96 draft class with the likes of Kobe Bryant, Allen Iverson, Ray Allen, Steve Nash and Samaki Walker people has shown he was in a league of his own as a three time CBA champion and six time All Star. His time further East wasn’t a footnote like his season with the storied, legendary Boston Celtics. For him and the nation, it was everything. And now his next chapter reads from the dry erase of hoops history.

Because now these fighting dragons have named Stephon Marbury their new head coach. Imagine that! This Brooklyn born baller is about to rule the world from the same sidelines he closed out his playing days with his hands together in prayer as every camera taking an immortalized shot of a moment for life bowed before him. Now set to lead the likes of impressive former Laker Thomas Robinson (having his own Hollywood moment over there like Michelle Yeoh), this former Duck is about to be even more mighty.

This crazy, rich culture and a former NBA icon is showing you Basketball is bigger than just one border.

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Raptors’ Nick Nurse to coach Canada at 2019 FIBA World Cup

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Toronto Raptors Nick Nurse To Coach Canada At 2019 Fiba World Cup

Fresh off leading the Toronto Raptors’ to their first-ever NBA championship – Nick Nurse has been officially named head coach of Canada’s Senior Men’s National (SMNT).

Rocking a fresh suit alongside a red tie and a Canadian pin flag, Nurse expressed gratitude and humbleness “truly honored to be sitting here in this position, I’m really am. Obviously, the last couple of months have been very humbling and really amazing to see the country, the city and everybody get excited about basketball in this country.” opened up Canada’s newest head coach during the press conference.

Nurse’s contract obligations with Team Canada are expected to last through the 2020 summer Olympic games in Tokyo. No salary details were released.

Team Canada is expected to release its full training camp roster before the end of June

“I’m looking forward to working with this talented group of young players, and to seeing what we can do on the competitive global basketball stage. I love the international game.  I also see this as a real chance for me to learn from the world’s best, and for us to represent Canada with pride and distinction.”– expressed Nick Nurse.

Canada Basketball has been searching for a replacement since veteran head coach Jay Triano decided to step aside from the job on March 25, 2019 – as he was asked to re-apply for the position by general manager Rowan Barrett.

“Nick fits our Gold Medal Profile as he is a proven leader with extensive experience coaching FIBA, NBA and other professional leagues around the world.  His coaching pedigree shows his ability to win at some of the highest levels and he has a tremendous understanding of the FIBA game and our Canadian NBA players.  We strongly believe that this unique combination gives our players the best opportunity for success at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 and the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.” added Rowan Barrett.

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After a long a interview process that further extended due to the Toronto Raptors’ winning their first-ever NBA Championship — Peter Yannopoulos and confirmed on by various sources — that Nick Nurse who will be responsible for leading what is expected to be a star-studded Team Canada and the upcoming 2019 FIBA World Cup.

Gordie Herbert Canada Basketball Associate Head Coach
Gordie Herbert – Canada Basketball Associate Head Coach

Joining Nurse on the sideline will be Gordie Herbert as an associate head coach. Herbert recently left his Head Coach position with German BBL club Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt. Herbert helped guide Canada to two World Cup qualification wins and is a former Toronto Raptors assistant coach (2008-2009).

Herbert is also expected to take over the coaching duties at the 2021 FIBA AmeriCup Qualifiers formerly known as FIBA Americas Championship. The tournament pits together the top teams from the Western Hemisphere and currently scheduled for November.

The rest of the coaching staff will be announced in the coming days. Canada has loaded exhibition schedule and is expected to face tough opposition in the group of death at the 2019 FIBA World cup in China.

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