FIBA made a shortsighted change that could doom global basketball

Two years ago, international basketball governing body FIBA switched up how nations reached the World Cup and Olympics. Instead of qualifying through summertime tournaments, there would be three soccer-style windows in November, February, and June/July for round-robin qualification games.

FIBA’s stated intent was to ensure basketball fans in every nation could see the best players the sport can offer close to home. Instead of being forced to travel to a central tournament to support their home nation, fans would get more frequent meaningful games in their own countries. High-level basketball would come to each nation involved.

An obvious problem from the jump is that the NBA is in session in November and February. Plus, the June/July window overlaps with free agency, a time when players chasing contracts are unlikely to risk injury in major competition. The NBA was never going to change its calendar for international qualifiers, and one assumes FIBA understood that.

But FIBA did hope the biggest, best non-NBA league in the world would alter Cheap Vintage Baseball Jerseys its schedule to accommodate the new system. Instead, EuroLeague, a 16-team European club competition that’s akin to soccer’s Champions League, expanded its competition. It just released Cheap Volleyball Jerseys For Girls the 2017-18 schedule, and there are no windows for international qualifiers.

Don’t blame the Celtics for missing on Paul George

The Pacers traded Paul George to the Thunder, and everyone is wondering why Danny Ainge and the Celtics couldn’t seal the deal. This has been a recurring theme for Celtics over the past two seasons as Boston has risen from second-tier playoff squad to No. 1 seed. Yet, Ainge has hoarded a horde of premium draft picks and prospects and can’t seem to turn them into a true superstar on the market.

Below the surface, it’s clear that the Celtics’ failure to strike isn’t for lack of trying. ESPN’s Jeff Goodman reported that Ainge offered Indiana three non-premium picks, Jae Crowder, and another Celtics starter (presumed to be Avery Bradley) for George during the draft. Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald independently reported the same, and added that the Celtics made an even better offer at the February deadline: a 2017 pick swap that involved Brooklyn’s selection, which became No. 1 overall.

Larry Bird ran the Pacers in February. He should have taken that deal from the Celtics. Kevin Pritchard ran the Pacers on draft night. He should have taken the Celtics’ offer.

Ojeleye made five of his nine three-pointers on Saturday, including three triples on consecutive possessions in the fourth quarter. The Southern Methodist product coached by Larry Brown showed MLB Jerseys Cheap he has range out to the NBA three-point line and finished with 19 points on 6-of-13 shooting.

Kyle Kuzma’s length makes him a solid inside-out defender, but he was no match for this smooth move by Jayson Tatum, who spun-off his opponent before stepping back for Cheap Vintage Baseball Jerseys the fade-away shot off the left leg.