Basketball Wiretap

NBA, FIBA To Launch 12-Team League In Africa In 2020

Feb 17, 2019 12:35 PM

The NBA and FIBA will launch the Basketball Africa League (BAL), a 12-team league across Africa, in 2020.

"The Basketball Africa League is an important next step in our continued development of the game of basketball in Africa. Combined with our other programs on the continent, we are committed to using basketball as an economic engine to create new opportunities in sports, media and technology across Africa," said Adam Silver.

There will be a tournament for teams to qualify into the new league, with no more than two teams from one country in the league.

The NBA will also rebuild their direct-to-consumer offerings of NBA games to fans on the continent, as well as providing financial and support resources to help grow the game.

Tim Bontemps/ESPN

Tags: International, International Expansion

Shaq: European Prospects "More Fundamentally Sound" Than American Counterparts

Feb 16, 2019 6:21 PM

Luka Doncic's success has many current and former players weighing in on whether young European prospects are more prepared to play in the NBA than their American counterparts.

“One thing about the European prospects: They are a little bit more fundamentally sound, better than we are. Over there, they practice the basics. Over here, we rely a lot on our talents: jumping, shooting, running. Europeans have always been like that, and Doncic looks pretty good," said Shaquille O'Neal.

Wes Matthews pointed to the differences between a professional European setting and college basketball.

“A lot of rookies in the States right now, they’re young...they’re not quite as seasoned as far as practice times and film sessions and all that kind of stuff. If you would’ve drafted me after my freshman year in college, all I would’ve known is high school, where I could’ve essentially done whatever I wanted to do because I was the best player,” said Matthews.

The debate comes on top of Mark Cuban's comments comparing AAU basketball to Slovenia's basketball system, although Jaren Jackson Jr. defended AAU basketball. 

"I had fun playing AAU. I don’t really look at it like it’s a negative...I would just say, ‘Play more AAU games.’ They’re fun. I like them," said Jackson. 

Candace Buckner/The Washington Post

Tags: Wesley Matthews, Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks, NBA, International, NBA B-Ball IQ, International B-Ball IQ

Giannis Antetokounmpo To Play In FIBA World Championships This Summer

Feb 16, 2019 1:23 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo will suit up for Greece in the FIBA World Championships this summer.

The 32-team tournament begins in China on August 31st.

Greece has already qualified for the tournament. 


Tags: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, International, NBA B-Ball IQ, International Misc Rumor