FIBA World Championship 2010 Features USA vs Russia – The quarterfinals of the FIBA World Championship 2010 fits USA against Russia. The Russians would be one of the hardest test for the United States campaign to reclaim the FIBA World Championship, a title they had not held since for very long.
If the United States game with Angola had been a blowout, for sure this game would not be as easy as that one. The Russians are bigger than the Americans. Take the case for example of Mozgov who is matched up against starting center Lamar Odom. Mozgov is five inches taller than him plus he is very agile and is a very good finisher.
Another Russian player, power forward, Andrey Vorontsevich of CSKA Moscow, is four inches taller than his match up player from the USA, Andre Iguodala. The added burden is that this guy can be a poweful 3-point shooter and also an inside player.
Most of the Russian players are relatively unknown outside Russia and prefer it to be that way so that their opponents cannot obtain the data about them and about how they play.
The game for a semifinals slot at the FIBA World Championship between Russia and the USA will surely be a show of strategy on both offense and defense. The best team who can execute well will surely be the winner.
The FIBA World Championship 2010 Russia vs USA commence at 18h00 (GMT+3), Thursday, September 9.
Here are a preview of the two teams during their Eight-Finals game:
USA vs Angola Eight-Finals
Russia vs New Zealand Eight-Finals
Sharpshooting NBA veteran Eddie House has just joined the Miami Heat bandwagon. After the Heat signed up its big three of Dwayne Wade, Lebron James and Chris Bosh, a solid supporting cast is in order to make them one of the strongest NBA championship contenders next season.
Terms of the two-year contract is estimated at $2.8 million.
This casting coup in Miami has sparked interest in players willing to take a pay cut for an excellent opportunity to put a championship ring on their fingers. Mike Miller, Udonis Haslem and Zydrunaas Ilgauskas already make a formidable supporting crew. The addidion of Eddie House makes them even a stronger threat to the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics and Orlando Magic for the championship.
House is a catch-and-shoot type of player who can go on shooting streaks. He will be an effective bailout player when the lanes are clogged. Kick-outs to House and Miller will be expected when the big three are heavily guarded down low.
In the 2008 NBA season, Eddie House played with the Boston Celtics shooting 117 3-point shots on their way to their championship. He provided that bailout role for the Celtics big three of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. His experience and talent is truly valuable to the Miami Heat campaign.
NBA All-Star center Yao Ming of the Houston Rockets has indicated that he may retire after next season if his foot does not heal as expected. Yao made his comments before the Xinhua News Agency while promoting charity events in China. He will likely miss the 2012 London Olympics as well.
After missing the entire 2010 NBA season, he is set to get back in action. On paper, the Rockets seem to have the manpower to make a good run next season. They ended last season with a 42-40 win-loss record, missing the playoffs without the talented center.
What remains to be seen is how Yao will adjust with players he has not played with before. Tracy McGrady and Ron Artest are gone but they probably have a deeper roster this year with the addition of Kevin Martin, Trevor Ariza, promising young players in Chase Budinger and Jordan Hill. They also have re-signed hardworking Luis Scola and backup point guard Kyle Lowry.
In addition, the Rockets signed Brad Miller to provide solid minutes as backup center for Yao. Miller should be able to ease up some minutes from Yao, which can help reduce Yao’s playing time through the regular season and beyond.
Yao Ming is one of the best centers we have seen in the NBA. At 30, it would be sad to see a such a talented big man leave the game. We have seen players who have clearly diminished skills who have overstayed in the league for their own good. Yao still has the skills that make him an elite player but the body may just not hold up.
Literally and figuratively, Yao’s size 18 shoes will be very difficult to fill.
Udonis Haslem and Dwayne Wade have been playing together in Miami for the last seven years. They have been part of the Miami Heat that won only 15 games in the 2008 NBA season. Now that the Heat has its own version of the big three in Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh, they are instant contenders. The three NBA superstars have agreed to a pay cut for an opportunity to play together, making it so much easier for Haslem to decide to stay where he really wants to. There are also unofficial reports that Haslem’s friend Mike Miller has agreed to join the Heat. Haslem and Miller played together as Florida Gators.
Now Haslem is re-signing with the Miami Heat even if he stands to earn less than what other teams have to offer. This, Haslem says, would be an opportunity for another championship run and at the same time be where he wants to be… to stay close to home.
The United States basketball team emerged on top of Group B with five wins against no loss. They are undefeated so far but their first few games have exposed their lack of experience, chemistry and leadership.
They face Angola on Monday as they begin play in the knockout round. Expectations are high but many doubters feel that this present crew of NBA players will have a very tough uphill climb to achieving gold. Team USA has not won a World Championship for 16 years now.
In their group game against Brazil, the Americans had to thank a Leandro Barbosa miss at the buzzer that would have forced overtime. Despite an undefeated record, they have struggled in the opening round.
This young team of NBA players is obviously inexperienced, with no legitimate NBA superstars like Kobe, LeBron, D-Wade, Dwight Howard, CP3 or even Melo. These young players are still adjusting to FIBA rules. They have not been consistent and “chemistry” seems like a difficult subject in the league of “differential and integral calculus”.
We are hoping that Chauncey Billups can provide the leadership, being the most experienced and senior among the team. Durant has been the most consistent performer so far but he may not have Billups’ leadership experience.
The United States basketball team may not bear the names of NBA superstars we would root for but they still represent the colors and the country where the sport came from. It would be such a shame if Team USA continues to underachieve at the world championship knowing that these are the highest paid and so-called best basketball players in the world.
The Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association has reportedly agreed to a deal with former Miami Heat starting forward Quentin Richardson. The offer is for a multi-year contract according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. There is speculation that the Magic will not re-sign last year’s Magic starting forward Matt Barnes in the 2011 NBA season. Richardson is expected to take Barnes’ starting role and should fit well in the Magic rotation. He would be a welcome addition to the Magic lineup with his outside shooting as he had a career high of 39.7 percent from the three-point line.
Quentin Richardson is the 18th overall pick of the Los Angeles Clipper in the NBA 2000 season. He had averages of 8.9 points and 4.9 rebounds with the Heat last year, slightly down from his career averages of 11.2 points and 5.0 rebounds.
Terms of the deal have not been disclosed yet.