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20 Great FIBA Moments Involving NBA Players

Basketball never stops. When professional leagues across the world go into hiatus, international basketball is usually not far away. Many from outside the U.S. have put themselves on the NBA map with their play in FIBA events, and conversely, many NBA players have added to their legacies while representing their countries. From all over the globe, here are 20 times… Read more →

EuroBasket’s Five Most Intriguing Players

Lost in the aftermath of the Boomers’ Oceania sweep of the Tall Blacks earlier this month is the fact that there are numerous other FIBA Qualifying Tournaments taking place around the world. Teams from Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe all battling for a spot in the one major event that is still regarded above all others: The Olympic Games. Perhaps… Read more →

Injury Bug Strikes Marianna Tolo

First Bec Allen, then Erin Phillips, then Dante Exum… now Marianna Tolo. In disappointing news for Aussie basketball fans, LA Sparks center Marianna Tolo has suffered a torn ACL in her left knee while playing in the WNBA. Sparks Executive Vice President and General Manager Penny Toler announced earlier today that Tolo will undergo reconstruction surgery and that a timetable for… Read more →

Leilani Mitchell Hits Another WNBA Game-Winner

This, ladies and gentlemen, is how you shoot yourself out of a slump. Phoenix Mercury and Opals point guard Leilani Mitchell, having struggled considerably to find her range over the last month, went four of seven from beyond the arc against the Connecticut Sun, connecting on a contested game winning triple as time expired. Going into last night’s contest, Mitchell… Read more →

From The Glasshouse to The Show

Watching a “coaching tree” grow over time is interesting for a couple reasons - it’s fascinating to see just how far the branches will extend and, moreover, how the school of thought they (likely) share will affect the league. Pat Riley’s tree includes the Van Gundy brothers and Erik Spoelstra, all of whom design 7-12 potential defensive schemes for their… Read more →

Get Carter

Rhys Carter just joined his seventh NBL team in thirteen years, but despite the practice he’s had, he hasn’t mastered moving cities. “You never really get good at it,” Carter told Downtown this week. “First week of training and preseason, you’re tired and [have] sore legs, and you’ve got to go and look at houses all afternoon. So it’s not… Read more →

William McDowell-White: The Game Behind the Name

The year is barely two-thirds of the way through, but already Andrew Bogut is talking Olympic gold and the merits of Swaggy P taking the knee for the Australian cause in Rio.  The buzz surrounding the Boomers is very real.  And so are their medal aspirations in 2016. Even still, as one NBA scout recently told Downtown, “Australia has a… Read more →

International Dunk War

July 17, 1999 San Juan, Puerto Rico Olympic Qualifying Tournament Argentina vs. USA Result: 103-72, USA win by 31 points. Everything went according to script. Everything except this: Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan fell victim to an emphatic baseline dunk from 19 year-old Andres Nocioni. . He was 19 at the time. A photo posted by Downtown (@downtownball) on Aug 24, 2015… Read more →