Worthing Thunder boss Dave Titmuss has warned his side that the main threat to them this weekend, is themselves. His side face Cheshire Jets on Saturday evening at Worthing Leisure Centre with the ex-Great Britain Paralympic coach warning his injury-hit side to raise their games or face the consequences.
Thursday, 29 October 2009
Delme Herriman, who was released by Everton Tigers in the summer, has returned to basketball after signing for Welsh side Glyndwr Nets, who play in EBL Division Two.
The former international, now 36, was part of the England team that claimed a bronze medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, and spent four years of his early career playing for Wright State University in Ohio.
However Malaga remain in crisis domestically after a 0-4 start that has led to talk of roster changes. And GB centre Robert Archibald admits the Euro victory has not ended the problems.
"This is not going to change anything in the ACB," the Scot said. "We've arrived at the point where we're going to have two games a week ands we have to play them at a high level."
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Tuesday, 13 October 2009
Spice was joined by performance staff - including GB coach Chris Finch - as they reflected on the last 12 months of the men's campaign, which included a British debut at the European Championships.
While various facets were covered off in the debrief a significant amount of time was spent focusing on a performance plan for each player; relating to their current playing environment and where British Basketball expects them to be by the time they meet again in the next international window.
"The men's team debrief has proved again to be a valuable part of our programme," Spice said. "The time spent going through in detail each and every part of our preparation programme from scheduling, coaching, scouting, team administration, sport science and medicine and most importantly, performance at the EuroBasket tournament.
"We have key areas where we need to improve and a performance plan has already been agreed with Chris Finch and myself for the coming off-season.
"The competitive element of that plan will no doubt be impacted on by the tournaments we are scheduled to play next season.
"A wild card into the FIBA World Championships would be of great benefit to the team's Olympic 2012 preparation. If we are unsuccessful then the EuroBasket Qualifiers will be the important focus for 2010.
Monday, 12 October 2009
The duo, who called it quits in the summer after playing their final seasons with Sheffield and Everton respectively, are both now working as sales reps for competing copier companies.
"It's pretty funny," said Sanders. "I definately miss basketball, but I retired because I had to put my family first. I was never going to make enough money to retire and do nothing for the rest of my life. So I felt it was time to move on and work on my new career."
It has long been expected that Hollywood's favourites would make the trip to the UK, given the shared ownership of the Staples Center and the 02 Arena by US facilities group AEG.
The Lakers last played in Europe in 1991 when a Magic Johnson-led squad travelled to Paris.
Friday, 9 October 2009
British Basketball have appointed Tim Lewis and Damian Jennings as the head coaches of the U20 men and women respectively.
Lewis led the men's U20 programme this summer and was also one of Chris Finch's assistant coaches with the senior men's team. Meanwhile Jennings - who replaces Sergio Lara-Bercial - has been heavily involved with the senior women's programme as an assistant coach and this summer formed one quarter of the coaching team for the FIBA Europe Champion U18 All Star game in Poland. He is also the head coach of UWIC Archers and UWIC BUCS.
Head of Basketball Operations Ron Wuotila said: "We are excited about Damian's appointment. He has excelled in the FIBA Europe Coaching Certificate programme and has put up some good results at UWIC. His work with the senior women's programme provides him with an intimate understanding of what is required at the Division A level - we are thrilled that he is up for the challenge of leading our U20 programme.
"Tim will return to his post as the U20 head coach. This past summer there were some considerable advances in the technical performance of the U20 men's team and Tim deserves full marks for this shift and the expectation will be that the technical progress continues in 2010. Tim's passion and commitment are to be commended.
"For both of these coaches and all of the eligible players, the work starts now. We will be distributing player development plans to each returning player in the coming weeks. The potential is high for both programmes with many key players returning and some very talented players moving up from the U18 level."
The U20 men finished 13th at the European Championships B Division in Macedonia this year and Lewis is hoping to improve upon that disappointing showing at next year's tournament.
Lewis said: "I would like to think that we can stake a claim year in year out within the top four teams. Ultimately qualifying for the A division as the men have done.
"I look forward to working with British Basketball in developing a core of British based athletes that can be monitored, supervised and worked with throughout the year, whether they play at home or abroad.
"We have a core of the players that will rejoin the squad from last year's programme which will hopefully give us that edge that we are looking for. Some of those returning players were major contributors to the U20's last summer and we will ultimately look to them for leadership and continuity."
For Jennings his new role presents the opportunity to link up the U20s with the senior programme, as Lewis and Finch have worked towards, due to time already spent with the new women's head coach Tom Maher, both at the training camp this summer and the World University Games.
Jennings said: "I am really looking forward to linking my work with the senior programme with that of the U20's. Having worked so closely with Tom Maher during the 2009 training camp, and particularly the World University Games I saw first-hand the imprint needed at the U20's level to prepare them for life in senior GB basketball. For those in the U20's that work hard enough to take that opportunity my aspiration is to ensure they are as ready as possible once called upon.
"My role therefore is one of creating readiness for senior basketball; creating clarity to junior GB players regarding the physical, mental, motor and emotional skills required to compete and produce at the highest international stage.
"For those of this age group the aspiration of representing their country at U20 competition should not be enough - their commitment is a 365 day journey to goals that should be set on senior basketball and becoming the best, most rounded basketball player possible."
Thursday, 8 October 2009
"He's played extremely well. He's in great shape. He looks more relaxed than any time I've seen him since he's been with our team," said Jazz coach Jerry Sloan, "and I think he's been able to take advantage with not only the fact he scored points but his ability to do the little things that help you win."
Cheshire centre Calvin Davis has had ankle surgery today. Out until the New Year.
Worcester Wolves release Anthony Martin after 0-3 start.
Glasgow Rocks end pursuit of Australian centre Neil Mottram.
Wednesday, 7 October 2009
The evening, and the three days of intense promotional activity that preceded it, will have done much to push the NBA forward. More jersey sales, better ratings on ESPN this season, more moneymen eager to associate themselves with Stern’s enterprise.
“We find ourselves with a brand and we are managing it,” the Commissioner conceded beforehand. “It is sort of self-effectuating. Kids around the world are watching our games, and yesterday’s kids are today’s Tony Parker or Michael Pietrus, or Dirk Nowitzki, or Yao Ming. They watched the great players and they say I want to be like them and they take up the game.
“And as they take up the game, they want to buy our merchandise, watch our games on television, go online to find out what’s going on, and it turns out now that in many months we get more business to nba.com from outside the United States than from within.
“And, that leads us to attempt to monetise what is here. And from playing games, from sponsorships, from merchandise, from television and from online activities and other events and all of a sudden we couldn’t spell global brand but now we are one. And, that’s pretty good and we’re enjoying it.”
The NBA is about basketball, Stern declared. Above all, lest the hyperbole should suggest otherwise, it is a business.
What, however, does this entire endeavour mean for the sport in the UK as a whole? The buzzwords from the NBA regarding its relationship with the rest of British basketball’s myriad entities are co-operation and grassroots. As Stern told me, “historically, we have worked very carefully with the federations and the leagues, the ACB, the Bundesliga, and the BBL. We have been in consultations with them for probably 15 years.”
However, leaving The 02 late on Tuesday night after the arena had long since emptied, it wasn’t hard to name, and count, the opportunities squandered to maximise the benefits to the domestic game.
And what if, perish the thought, they wanted to drag their parents along to see another game this Saturday evening? No adverts, no flyers, for the BBL. How difficult would it have been to parade a single player from each team, in uniform, at half-time with the league’s website (or the present excuse for one), emblazoned on the electronic scoreboards? As one BBL General Manager, who attended the game, told me: ”we were only invited through sponsors.” Partnership, it seems, remains a work in progress.
Yet is the NBA culpable here? Yes, and no. “We hear a lot about what they might offer but beyond providing goody bags, there’s not much evidence,” the same GM said. Words have to be backed up with deeds, sure. But Stern is not running a charity.
How pro-active has the BBL been to take advantage of opportunities to help themselves? I questioned one other senior figure in the domestic league why, at Great Britain’s Game On tournament last month, there was no effort made to persuade those locals in attendance to sample the dubious joys of a London Capital game. The answer? ‘No time to organise it.’ If not then, or on Tuesday night, then when?
Stern’s advice is simple but sound. Everyone associated with our homegrown league should write down his mantra, pin it up in their offices, and repeat ad nauseum. The unbridled world-wide success of the NBA is testament to The Commissioner’s canniness.
Yet the UK has not yet been wholly conquered. One sell-out does not a conversion make. More people playing, more attending BBL games, more Bulls or Jazz vests sold. There is an inextricable link, as Stern underlined.
So, by the time the NBA circus rolls into town again next October, let us hope a means can be found to squeeze every potential benefit for all those with a stake. Otherwise, opportunities will again be lost for basketball, in the eyes of the uninitiated British public, to be more than just a glorious one-night wonder.
Tuesday, 6 October 2009
According to reports, the BBA is targetting football club owners to back the venture - and has appointed a well-known broker, Keith Harris of investment house Seymour Harris, to approach investors with a view to establishing eight franchises from 2010.
"You have to sell tickets and sell sponsorships and have a good product on the court both as a game and for entertainment purposes; so that when people come they want to come back. The sponsorship is important not just because it puts money in your pocket but because you get other companies bigger than you to spend money promoting their brand and yours."
Stern also admitted there is likely to be a regular season game in London ahead of the 2012 Olympics.
British Basketball officials are meeting the British Olympic Association today. May be more news tomorrow.
With the first of two NBA Europe Live turns this week scheduled to sell-out, Stern admits he is keen to build on the popularity of the now annual fixture, if logistics can be worked out.
However, he has played down any suggestion that a European division of the league is any way imminent, suggesting it will be an issue for his successor to consider.
The idea of more trans-Atlantic road trips received a mixed reaction from Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich, one of several players hit by jet-lag on the way over to the UK.
Monday, 5 October 2009
Brad Miller, Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson, Jerome James and Kirk Hinrich all made the trek to the Emirates. “It was probably pretty similar to a college football game,” said an impressed Hinrich. "We were in a box. We snuck in late and left early but it was an enjoyable game. I’m definitely going to start following Arsenal now.”
So far though, the Great Britain star hasn't yet had a really daft query from his team-mates about the capital.
Sunday, 4 October 2009
But a few notes from Sunday practice. Bulls guard Derrick Rose sat out the run around which happened just a few hours after the bleary-eyed for Bulls landed in the UK. Rose, who turned 21 today, is uncertain for the 02 contest. John Salmons, his expected backcourt partner for this season, is likely to miss the Jazz friendly due to the birth of a child.
Here's a great story on Luol Deng from my good friend KC Johnson at the Chicago Tribune.
Friday, 2 October 2009
London is play host to a number of NBA-sponsored events this weekend ahead of Tuesday’s exhibition game between the Chicago Bulls and Utah Jazz at The 02 Arena.
Watch: Bulls look ahead to London trip
Thursday, 1 October 2009
If you've never seen the WNBA, then you should. It's terrific basketball and it's a shame the NBA has never bundled it into its numerous television deals in the UK. But here's the rub. The official attendance at the American Airways Center in Phoenix was just 7,200. And that's DESPITE the fact that Suns GM, Steve Kerr, bought up 7,000 tickets and gave them away free on a first-come, first-served basis.
Now here is a league that has had some kind of national television deal since its inception. It's got the best (female) basketballers in the world. They've spent millions on marketing it, not to mention the rub it (theoretically) gets from its link with the NBA.
And yet... it's losing money, it's been losing franchises rather than adding them in recent years, and even its showpiece Finals can't draw much of a crowd.
Puts the BBL in perspective, right?