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FIBA and IWBF strengthen cooperation
SEPTEMBER 8, 2020
MIES (Switzerland) - FIBA and the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) have strengthened their partnership with the renewal of the Memorandum of Understanding until the end of 2023.
The two world governing bodies for the sports of basketball and wheelchair basketball have extended the agreement that will see them continue to work closely with the same goal: to make basketball, in whatever version, the most popular sports community.
This newly signed agreement will enhance the collaboration between IWBF and FIBA, with a special focus on 3x3, broadcast initiatives, and marketing concepts in the wheelchair game, which IWBF hopes to develop with the support of FIBA, a true leader in the world of sport, particularly within those facets.
FIBA Secretary General, Andreas Zagklis said: "FIBA has been working closely with the IWBF for numerous years, and we are delighted to continue this collaboration. Our experience and knowledge gained in developing a new discipline within our sport and the excellent broadcasting standards achieved at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 in China last year can only help the IWBF in their vision for the future. We look forward to supporting the IWBF over the next four years in their new developments and initiatives."
IWBF President, Ulf Mehrens, said: "We are extremely honored to be considered part of the FIBA family and thrilled to be able to continue to develop further links between the two formats and promote inclusion throughout the basketball community.
"As a federation, IWBF is relatively small and young, therefore, to be able to have the support and guidance from FIBA's extensive knowledge and experience is imperative and invaluable to be able to help grow the federation and establish a sustainable and independent future for the sport."
The beneficial working relationship was established in 1992, by the then IWBF President, Sir Philip Craven MBE and the former FIBA Secretary General Borislav Stankovic following the creation of an independent wheelchair basketball federation. IWBF is recognized as a basketball organization under the FIBA General Statutes.
*Photo - FIBA Secretary General Andreas Zagklis and IWBF President Ulf Mehrens taken April 7, 2019 at the Patrick Baumann House of Basketball.
Liman do it again, win FIBA 3x3 World Tour Europe Masters 2020
The number one ranked 3x3 team in the world lived up to the hype in Debrecen, which played host to 3 Masters in a little over one week. In the final of that last Masters, Liman defeated Sakiai Gulbele (LTU) 21-15.
Their sharpshooter Stefan Kojic, who became a father during the first Masters, went 4/7 from behind the arc for a total of 9 points in the title game. He topped all scorers at the Europe Masters and took home the MVP trophy. Besides the silverware, Liman also collected an 80,000 USD cheque for winning these 2 Masters.
Sakiai Gulbele fell just short of an unbelievable comeback. The Lithuanians had lost all 4 of their games in the first 2 Masters. Coming all the way from the qualifying draw at the Europe Masters, they won 6 in a row in 2 days, before finally showing signs of fatigue in the final.
In the individual contests, Rafal ‘Lipek’ Lipinski (POL) won the Wilson Dunk Contest while Jeddah’s Nebojsa Kilijan dominated the Tissot shoot-out contest.
All the health and safety measures requested by local and national authorities and the Guidelines for the Return to Basketball, developed by the FIBA Medical Advisory Group (MAG) were implemented for the occasion.
FINAL STANDINGS 1. Liman (SRB) 2. Sakiai Gulbele (LTU) 3. Lausanne (SUI) 4. NY Harlem (USA) 5. Riga (LAT) 6. Piran (SLO) 7. Novi Sad (SRB) 8. Jeddah (KSA) 9. Gagarin (RUS) 10. Ulaanbaatar MMC Energy (MGL) 11. Debrecen (HUN) 12. Zemun (SRB) 13. Paris (FRA) 14. Moscow Inanomo (RUS)
FIBA enters global partnership agreement with electronics giant TCL
SEPTEMBER 3, 2020
MIES (Switzerland) - FIBA, the International Basketball Federation, and TCL have announced an entirely new global partnership, following the fruitful relationship between FIBA and TCL at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019, hosted across eight cities last year in China.
The announcement was made today at the IFA, Internationale Funkausstellung, the world's leading trade show for consumer electronics and home appliances, in Berlin. The timing of the new partnership reflects the continued global commercial appeal of FIBA amidst the current challenges facing the sports industry.
This four-year partnership follows the global partnership agreement that was first signed in 2018 and will run through until December 31, 2023. Under the terms of the agreement, TCL is granted exclusivity in the categories of home appliances including TVs, refrigerators, washing machines and air conditioners.
The new, expanded agreement provides key commercial rights across all FIBA competitions including the men's and women's Olympic Qualifying Tournaments, FIBA Continental Cups for both men and women, FIBA Youth World Cups, the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup 2022 and FIBA's pinnacle event the FIBA Basketball World Cup in 2023.
Specific rights for these events include premium brand visibility on the court and the role of presenter of the player of the game, "TCL Player of the Game", while TCL has also been granted the exclusive Presenting Sponsorship rights for the Asian Qualifiers for both the Asia Cup 2021 and the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023.
Andreas Zagklis, FIBA Secretary General, said: "We are delighted to enter this exciting new partnership with TCL, following our hugely successful collaboration over the last two years. Our original partnership was mainly focused on the World Cup in China. We are thrilled that this has now expanded to be a more all-encompassing partnership across all FIBA competitions. Our continued cooperation and the longer-term commitment from TCL attest to their passion for our sport and appreciation of the opportunities FIBA's unique global marketing platform offers to showcase TCL's innovative technology."
Yuki Wei, Vice President of TCL said: "TCL is honored to enter into this new cooperation with FIBA for the next four years. In the first stage of our partnership between 2018 and 2019, through our successful collaboration together, we experienced international events such as the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup and the FIBA Basketball World Cup, which brought passion and joy to basketball audiences worldwide. Working together again with FIBA, TCL will continue to accelerate their international presence and contribute to the development and progress of global basketball."
TCL is one of the dominant players in the global TV industry and a leading consumer electronics company. Founded in 1981, it has a presence in more than 160 countries worldwide. TCL has a long history in basketball and was a key partner at the recent FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019.
The TCL Player of the Game was a successful addition to the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019, with TCL top management and the late Kobe Bryant presenting the Final's award to Spain's Ricky Rubio, at the closing ceremony in Beijing.
The partnership showcased the cutting-edge technology of TCL's products as TCL worked together with FIBA to design a variety of Official FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 special edition products, such as the TCL QLED TV - FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Edition. The specially designed TV delivers AI-enabled hardware in smart sports mode, MEMC anti-shake technology and network accelerator 2.0 technology which provides sports fans with the best sound and image quality when watching basketball games.
This agreement was brokered by FIBA Marketing, the strategic partnership between FIBA and Infront.
KIA NBA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO LEADS 2019-20 NBA ALL-DEFENSIVE FIRST TEAM
– NBA All-Defensive First Team: Antetokounmpo, Anthony Davis, Ben Simmons, Rudy Gobert and Marcus Smart –
– NBA All-Defensive Second Team: Kawhi Leonard, Brook Lopez, Bam Adebayo, Patrick Beverley and Eric Bledsoe –
NEW YORK, Sept. 8, 2020 – Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, the 2019-20 Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year, leads the 2019-20 NBA All-Defensive First Team, the NBA announced today.
Antetokounmpo received 97 NBA All-Defensive First Team votes from a global panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters and earned 195 total points. This marks the second straight NBA All-Defensive First Team selection for Antetokounmpo, who also made the Second Team in 2016-17.
Joining Antetokounmpo on the 2019-20 NBA All-Defensive First Team are Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (187 points; 87 First Team votes), Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (185 points; 88 First Team votes), Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (180 points; 85 First Team votes) and Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (152 points; 57 First Team votes).
Davis, who finished in second place for the 2019-20 Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award, has been named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team for the second time to go with two Second Team honors. This is the fourth consecutive NBA All-Defensive First Team selection for Gobert, the NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 2017-18 and 2018-19. Smart has been selected to the First Team for the second season in a row. Simmons is a First Team choice in his NBA All-Defensive Team debut.
The 2019-20 NBA All-Defensive Second Team consists of LA Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (128 points), Bucks center Brook Lopez (67), Miami Heat forward Bam Adebayo (61), Clippers guard Patrick Beverley (60) and Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe (59).
Leonard has been named to the NBA All-Defensive Team (First Team and Second Team) for the sixth time. This is the third NBA All-Defensive Team selection for Beverley and the second for Bledsoe. Adebayo and Lopez join Simmons as first-time selections to the NBA All-Defensive Team.
With the selection of Antetokounmpo to the NBA All-Defensive First Team and Lopez and Bledsoe to the Second Team, the Bucks are the first team to have at least three players named to the NBA All-Defensive Team since the Memphis Grizzlies in 2012-13 (Tony Allen, Mike Conley and Marc Gasol).
Players were awarded two points for each vote to the NBA All-Defensive First Team and one point for each vote to the Second Team. Voters selected two guards, two forwards and one center for each team, choosing players at the position they play regularly. Players who received votes at multiple positions were slotted at the position at which they received the most votes.
The voting was conducted based on regular-season games played through March 11. The seeding games, which were played July 30 – Aug. 14 as part of the 2019-20 season restart, did not count toward voting for the NBA All-Defensive Team or the league’s other traditional end-of-season awards.
The voting results for the 2019-20 NBA All-Defensive Team are below. The balloting was tabulated by the independent accounting firm of Ernst & Young LLP. Complete ballots for each voter will be posted at pr.nba.com after the announcement of all end-of-season awards.
2019-20 NBA ALL-DEFENSIVE FIRST TEAM
1st Team Votes
2nd Team Votes
Career All-Defensive Team Selections
Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee)
3 (two 1st, one 2nd)
Anthony Davis (L.A. Lakers)
4 (two 1st, two 2nd)
Ben Simmons (Philadelphia)
1 (one 1st)
Rudy Gobert (Utah)
4 (four 1st)
Marcus Smart (Boston)
2 (two 1st)
2019-20 NBA ALL-DEFENSIVE SECOND TEAM
1st Team Votes (2 Points)
2nd Team Votes (1 Point)
Career All-Defensive Team Selections
Kawhi Leonard (LA Clippers)
6 (three 1st, three 2nd)
Brook Lopez (Milwaukee)
1 (one 2nd)
Bam Adebayo (Miami)
1 (one 2nd)
Patrick Beverley (LA Clippers)
3 (one 1st, two 2nd)
Eric Bledsoe (Milwaukee)
2 (one 1st, one 2nd)
Below are the other players who received votes for the 2019-20 NBA All-Defensive Team, listed at the position at which they received the most votes. The “Total Points” category represents points that players received at any position, not just the position at which they are listed.
NEW YORK, Sept. 7, 2020 – LA Clippers guard Patrick Beverley has been fined $25,000 for verbal abuse of a game official, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.
The incident, for which Beverley was assessed two technical fouls and ejected, occurred with 1:04 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Clippers’ 110-101 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Sept. 5 at AdventHealth Arena on the campus of ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando.
LA CLIPPERS’ MONTREZL HARRELL WINS 2019-20 KIA NBA SIXTH MAN AWARD
NEW YORK,Sept. 4, 2020 – LA Clippers forward-center Montrezl Harrell has won the 2019-20 Kia NBA Sixth Man Award for his contributions in a reserve role, the NBA announced today. This is the first NBA Sixth Man Award for Harrell, who finished in third place last season.
Harrell received 58 first-place votes from a global panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters and earned 397 total points. Oklahoma City Thunder guard Dennis Schröder finished in second place with 328 points (35 first-place votes). Clippers guard Lou Williams, a three-time Kia NBA Sixth Man Award winner, received the other seven first-place votes and finished in third place with 127 points.
Players were awarded five points for each first-place vote, three points for each second-place vote and one point for each third-place vote. The voting was conducted based on regular-season games played through March 11. The seeding games, which were played July 30 – Aug. 14 as part of the season restart, did not count toward voting for the Kia NBA Sixth Man Award or the league’s other traditional end-of-season awards. To be eligible for the Sixth Man Award, players had to have come off the bench in more games than they started in games played through March 11.
From the beginning of the season through March 11, Harrell averaged 18.6 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.14 blocked shots in 27.8 minutes in 63 games (two starts) as part of his fifth NBA season. In games played off the bench during that time, Harrell ranked second in the NBA in scoring (18.4 ppg) and fifth in rebounding (7.0 rpg). He also shot 58.0 percent from the field in all games played through March 11, the 10th-best mark in the NBA.
In games played off the bench through March 11, Harrell recorded an NBA-high 11 double-doubles, tied for first with four games of at least 30 points and ranked second with 10 games of 25 or more points. He scored 34 points off the bench twice, matching his single-game career high as a starter or reserve.
Led by Harrell and Williams, the Clippers averaged an NBA-high 51.5 points off the bench and outscored their opponents’ reserves in 53 of 64 games through March 11. LA posted a 44-20 record during that period, the second-best mark in the Western Conference.
Harrell, 26, has spent the last three seasons with the Clippers, who acquired him in a trade with the Houston Rockets in June 2017. He played his first two seasons with the Rockets after they selected him in the second round (No. 32 overall) of NBA Draft 2015 presented by State Farm.
This marks the third consecutive season and the fifth time in seven years that a member of the Clippers has received the Kia NBA Sixth Man Award. Williams won the award in each of the previous two seasons, and Jamal Crawford did so with the Clippers in the 2013-14 and 2015-16 seasons.
The voting results for the 2019-20 Kia NBA Sixth Man Award are below. The balloting was tabulated by the independent accounting firm of Ernst & Young LLP. Complete ballots for each voter will be posted at pr.nba.com after the announcement of all end-of-season awards.
VOTING RESULTS: 2019-20 KIA NBA SIXTH MAN AWARD
1st Place Votes (5 Points)
2nd Place Votes (3 Points)
3rd Place Votes (1 Point)
Montrezl Harrell (LA Clippers)
Dennis Schröder (Oklahoma City)
Lou Williams (LA Clippers)
Christian Wood (Detroit)
George Hill (Milwaukee)
Goran Dragić (Miami)
Derrick Rose (Detroit)
Davis Bertans (Washington)
Dwight Howard (Los Angeles Lakers)
Below is the list of all-time recipients of the Kia NBA Sixth Man Award.
KIA NBA SIXTH MAN AWARD RECIPIENTS
1982-83 – Bobby Jones, Philadelphia
1983-84 – Kevin McHale, Boston
1984-85 – Kevin McHale, Boston
1985-86 – Bill Walton, Boston
1986-87 – Ricky Pierce, Milwaukee
1987-88 – Roy Tarpley, Dallas
1988-89 – Eddie Johnson, Phoenix
1989-90 – Ricky Pierce, Milwaukee
1990-91 – Detlef Schrempf, Indiana
1991-92 – Detlef Schrempf, Indiana
1992-93 – Clifford Robinson, Portland
1993-94 – Dell Curry, Charlotte
1994-95 – Anthony Mason, New York
1995-96 – Toni Kukoc, Chicago
1996-97 – John Starks, New York
1997-98 – Danny Manning, Phoenix
1998-99 – Darrell Armstrong, Orlando
1999-00 – Rodney Rogers, Phoenix
2000-01 – Aaron McKie, Philadelphia
2001-02 – Corliss Williamson, Detroit
2002-03 – Bobby Jackson, Sacramento
2003-04 – Antawn Jamison, Dallas
2004-05 – Ben Gordon, Chicago
2005-06 – Mike Miller, Memphis
2006-07 – Leandro Barbosa, Phoenix
2007-08 – Manu Ginóbili, San Antonio
2008-09 – Jason Terry, Dallas
2009-10 – Jamal Crawford, Atlanta
2010-11 – Lamar Odom, L.A. Lakers
2011-12 – James Harden, Oklahoma City
2012-13 – J.R. Smith, New York
2013-14 – Jamal Crawford, LA Clippers 2014-15 – Lou Williams, Toronto 2015-16 – Jamal Crawford, LA Clippers
2016-17 – Eric Gordon, Houston
2017-18 – Lou Williams, LA Clippers
2018-19 – Lou Williams, LA Clippers 2019-20 – Montrezl Harrell, LA Clippers
NOTE: Memphis’ Ja Morant will hold a virtual media availability at 7:30 p.m. ET today. If you are interested in attending, please contact Geoff Langham with Memphis Grizzlies Communications at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MEMPHIS’ JA MORANT WINS 2019-20 KIA NBA ROOKIE OF THE YEAR AWARD
NEW YORK, Sept. 3, 2020 – The Memphis Grizzlies’ Ja Morant has been named the 2019-20 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year, the NBA announced today. The 6-3 guard is the second player to win the Rookie of the Year Award with the Grizzlies, joining Pau Gasol (2001-02).
Morant received 99 first-place votes from a global panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters and earned 498 total points. Miami Heat guard Kendrick Nunn finished in second place with 204 points. New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson received one first-place vote and finished in third place with 140 points.
Players were awarded five points for each first-place vote, three points for each second-place vote and one point for each third-place vote. The voting was conducted based on regular-season games played through March 11. The seeding games, which were played July 30 – Aug. 14 as part of the season restart, did not count toward voting for the Kia NBA Rookie of the Year Award or the league’s other traditional end-of-season awards.
From the beginning of the season through March 11, Morant led all qualified NBA rookies in scoring (17.6 ppg) and assists (6.9 apg) and shot 49.1 percent from the field in 59 games. During that period, Morant was one of three NBA players to average at least 17.0 points and 6.0 assists and shoot 49.0 percent or better from the field, joining 2020 NBA All-Stars LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers and Nikola Jokić of the Denver Nuggets.
In games played through March 11, Morant recorded a rookie-high 11 double-doubles and produced the only triple-double by a rookie when he finished with 27 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists against the Washington Wizards on Feb. 9. He had at least 20 points and 10 assists in seven games, including a 27-point, 14-assist performance against the Lakers on Feb. 29.
Morant excelled late in games, ranking sixth in the NBA in fourth-quarter scoring average (7.3 ppg) in games played through March 11. Of the top six players in that category, Morant had the highest fourth-quarter field goal percentage (55.9).
Honored as the Kia NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month in October/November, December and January, Morant joined Gasol as the only rookies in Grizzlies history to earn monthly accolades three or more times. Morant, the No. 2 overall pick in NBA Draft 2019 presented by State Farm, also broke the franchise rookie record for total assists in a season, reaching the milestone in his 48th game.
With Morant leading the team in points and assists, the Grizzlies posted a 32-33 record in games played through March 11 and began the season restart in eighth place in the Western Conference. In last season’s 82-game schedule, Memphis went 33-49 and finished tied for 12th place in the conference.
Morant, who turned 21 in August, receives the Eddie Gottlieb Trophy as the Kia NBA Rookie of the Year. Gottlieb, one of the NBA’s founders and a Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer, coached the Philadelphia Warriors to the 1946-47 championship in the league’s first season.
The voting results for the 2019-20 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year Award are below. The balloting was tabulated by the independent accounting firm of Ernst & Young LLP. Complete ballots for each voter will be posted at pr.nba.com after the announcement of all end-of-season awards.
VOTING RESULTS: 2019-20 KIA NBA ROOKIE OF THE YEAR AWARD
1st Place Votes (5 Points)
2nd Place Votes (3 Points)
3rd Place Votes (1 Point)
Ja Morant (Memphis)
Kendrick Nunn (Miami)
Zion Williamson (New Orleans)
Brandon Clarke (Memphis)
Coby White (Chicago)
Eric Paschall (Golden State)
Terence Davis II (Toronto)
RJ Barrett (New York)
Below is the all-time list of recipients of the Kia NBA Rookie of the Year Award.
KIA NBA ROOKIE OF THE YEAR AWARD RECIPIENTS
1952-53 – Don Meineke, Fort Wayne 1953-54 – Ray Felix, Baltimore 1954-55 – Bob Pettit, Milwaukee 1955-56 – Maurice Stokes, Rochester 1956-57 – Tom Heinsohn, Boston 1957-58 – Woody Sauldsberry, Philadelphia 1958-59 – Elgin Baylor, Minneapolis 1959-60 – Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia 1960-61 – Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati 1961-62 – Walt Bellamy, Chicago 1962-63 – Terry Dischinger, Chicago 1963-64 – Jerry Lucas, Cincinnati 1964-65 – Willis Reed, New York 1965-66 – Rick Barry, San Francisco 1966-67 – Dave Bing, Detroit 1967-68 – Earl Monroe, Baltimore 1968-69 – Wes Unseld, Baltimore 1969-70 – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Milwaukee
1970-71– Dave Cowens, Boston (tie) Geoff Petrie, Portland (tie) 1971-72 – Sidney Wicks, Portland 1972-73 – Bob McAdoo, Buffalo 1973-74 – Ernie DiGregorio, Buffalo
1974-75 – Jamaal Wilkes, Golden State
1975-76 – Alvan Adams, Phoenix
1976-77 – Adrian Dantley, Buffalo
1977-78 – Walter Davis, Phoenix 1978-79 – Phil Ford, Kansas City
1979-80 – Larry Bird, Boston 1980-81 – Darrell Griffith, Utah
1981-82 – Buck Williams, New Jersey 1982-83 – Terry Cummings, San Diego
1983-84 – Ralph Sampson, Houston
1984-85 – Michael Jordan, Chicago 1985-86 – Patrick Ewing, New York 1986-87 – Chuck Person, Indiana 1987-88 – Mark Jackson, New York 1988-89 – Mitch Richmond, Golden State 1989-90 – David Robinson, San Antonio 1990-91 – Derrick Coleman, New Jersey 1991-92 – Larry Johnson, Charlotte 1992-93 – Shaquille O'Neal, Orlando 1993-94 – Chris Webber, Golden State 1994-95 – Grant Hill, Detroit (tie)
Jason Kidd, Dallas (tie)
1995-96 – Damon Stoudamire, Toronto 1996-97 – Allen Iverson, Philadelphia 1997-98 – Tim Duncan, San Antonio
2012-13 – Damian Lillard, Portland 2013-14 – Michael Carter-Williams, Philadelphia
2014-15 – Andrew Wiggins, Minnesota 2015-16 – Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota
2016-17 – Malcolm Brogdon, Milwaukee
2017-18 – Ben Simmons, Philadelphia
2018-19 – Luka Dončić, Dallas
2019-20 – Ja Morant, Memphis
ESPN’s Telecast of Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder First Round Game 7 Delivered 4.1 Million Viewers Making it Most-Watched 2020 NBA Playoffs Game Across any Network
ESPN’s telecast of the Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder NBA Playoffs first round Game 7 – the Rockets defeated the Thunder 104-102 – generated 4,106,000 viewers making it the most-watched 2020 NBA Playoffs game so far across any network, according to Nielsen.
The Rockets vs. Thunder game telecast on ESPN was the most watched across all of television for September 2 in every key adult and male demo, including 18-34, 18-49 and 25-59.
ESPN’s coverage continues on Friday, September 4, with Game 1 of the star-studded Los Angeles Lakers vs. Houston Rockets series at 9 p.m. ET.
CELTICS’ MARCUS SMART FINED
NEW YORK, Sept. 2, 2020 – Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart has been fined $5,000 by the NBA for violating the league’s anti-flopping rules.
The incident occurred with 2:46 remaining in the third quarter of the Celtics’ 102-99 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Sept. 1 at The Field House on the campus of ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando.
NEW YORK, Sept. 2, 2020 – The NBA G League today unveiled NBA G League Ignite as the name for its new team of elite prospects, which recently began training with head coach Brian Shaw in Walnut Creek, Calif. A team dedicated to developing top young players through a one-year program, NBA G League Ignite is focused on NBA Draft readiness and growth of professional life skills.
“We are thrilled to officially announce NBA G League Ignite as the name of our new team for elite prospects and we think it’s a fitting moniker for a group comprised of young players taking the first step of their promising professional careers,” said NBA G League President Shareef Abdur-Rahim. “These players have a passion for the game and a desire to develop their skills for the next level and it brings us a lot of pride for them to blaze trails as inaugural members of NBA G League Ignite.”
Top high school prospects Jalen Green, Jonathan Kuminga, Daishen Nix, Kai Sotto and Isaiah Todd, along with NBA Global Academy graduate Princepal Singh began their professional careers with NBA G League Ignite and are receiving mentorship and life skills training as part of the professional development program. Five-time NBA champion Shaw is serving as head coach of NBA G League Ignite, which is unaffiliated with any existing NBA G League franchise or NBA team.
NBA G League Ignite has gathered in Walnut Creek, Calif., and started one-on-one skill development training with Shaw and his staff, which includes assistant coach Rasheed Abdul-Rahman, video coordinator Jerry Woods and athletic trainer Pete Youngman.
The bold, capitalized font of the NBA G League Ignite wordmark heralds the team’s energetic commitment to basketball development and serves as an anchor for the team’s full identity and uniform designs, which will be unveiled at a later date.
DALLAS’ LUKA DONČIĆ FINED
NEW YORK, Sept. 2, 2020 – Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Dončić has been fined $15,000 for throwing the ball off the legs of a game official, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.
The incident, for which Dončić was assessed a technical foul, occurred with 8:20 remaining in the third quarter of the Mavericks’ 111-97 loss to the LA Clippers on Aug. 30 at AdventHealth Arena on the campus of ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando.
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NEW YORK, Sept. 2, 2020 – LA Clippers forward Marcus Morris, Sr. has been fined $35,000 for recklessly striking Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Dončić above the shoulders, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations. The amount of the fine was based in part on the fact that Morris, Sr. has been disciplined on several prior occasions for physical altercations on the court.
The incident, for which Morris, Sr. was assessed a Flagrant Foul 2 and ejected, occurred with 1:07 remaining in the first quarter of the Clippers’ 111-97 win over the Mavericks on Aug. 30 at AdventHealth Arena on the campus of ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando.
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NEW ORLEANS’ BRANDON INGRAM WINS 2019-20 KIA NBA MOST IMPROVED PLAYER AWARD
NEW YORK, Aug. 31, 2020 – New Orleans Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram has been named the 2019-20 Kia NBA Most Improved Player, the NBA announced today.
A first-time NBA All-Star selection in his fourth season, the 22-year-old Ingram becomes the first player to win the Kia NBA Most Improved Player Award with New Orleans. The annual award is designed to honor an up-and-coming player who has made a dramatic improvement from the previous season or seasons.
Ingram received 42 first-place votes from a global panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters and earned 326 total points. He edged Miami Heat center-forward Bam Adebayo, who finished in second place with 295 points (38 first-place votes). Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Dončić finished in third place with 101 points (12 first-place votes).
Players were awarded five points for each first-place vote, three points for each second-place vote and one point for each third-place vote. The voting was conducted based on regular-season games played through March 11. The seeding games, which were played July 30 – Aug. 14 as part of the season restart, did not count toward voting for the Kia NBA Most Improved Player Award or the league’s other traditional end-of-season awards.
From the beginning of the season through March 11, Ingram averaged 24.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.0 steal in 34.3 minutes in 56 games. He was one of seven players to average at least 24.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.0 steal, joining fellow 2020 NBA All-Stars Dončić, Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks, James Harden and Russell Westbrook of the Houston Rockets, LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers and Kawhi Leonard of the LA Clippers.
Ingram made 137 three-pointers in games played through March 11, which is more than he recorded in his first three seasons combined (127). He improved significantly at the free throw line, raising his accuracy to 85.8 percent this season (through March 11) from 66.2 percent across his first three seasons.
Through March 11 this season, Ingram ranked 13th in the NBA in scoring average and posted the first two games of at least 40 points in his career, highlighted by a 49-point performance against the Utah Jazz on Jan. 16. He scored at least 30 points 11 times after totaling four 30-point games across his first three seasons. One of those 30-point efforts this season came during Week 10 (Dec. 23-29, 2019), when he was named the NBA Western Conference Player of the Week for the first time in his career.
Ingram, who turns 23 on Sept. 2, was selected as a reserve for the 2020 NBA All-Star Game in his first season with New Orleans. The Pelicans acquired him on July 6, 2019, from the Lakers as part of a three-team trade that also included the Washington Wizards. Ingram, who was selected by Los Angeles with the No. 2 overall pick in NBA Draft 2016 presented by State Farm, averaged 18.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 0.54 steals in 33.8 minutes in 52 games with the Lakers last season.
The voting results for the 2019-20 Kia NBA Most Improved Player Award are below. The balloting was tabulated by the independent accounting firm of Ernst & Young LLP. Complete ballots for each voter will be posted at pr.nba.com after the announcement of all end-of-season awards.
VOTING RESULTS: 2019-20 KIA NBA MOST IMPROVED PLAYER AWARD
1st Place Votes (5 Points)
2nd Place Votes (3 Points)
3rd Place Votes (1 Point)
Brandon Ingram (New Orleans)
Bam Adebayo (Miami)
Luka Dončić (Dallas)
Jayson Tatum (Boston)
Devonte' Graham (Charlotte)
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Oklahoma City)
Pascal Siakam (Toronto)
Christian Wood (Detroit)
Trae Young (Atlanta)
Fred VanVleet (Toronto)
Davis Bertans (Washington)
Jaylen Brown (Boston)
Markelle Fultz (Orlando)
Spencer Dinwiddie (Brooklyn)
Duncan Robinson (Miami)
Below is the all-time list of recipients of the Kia NBA Most Improved Player Award.
Athens to host Basketball Champions League Final Eight
SEPTEMBER 2, 2020
MIES (Switzerland) - The city of Athens has been awarded the hosting of the 2020 Basketball Champions League Final Eight.
Following FIBA's decision on March 12 to cancel all international competition in order to protect the health and safety of players, coaches, officials and fans, the BCL Board took the unanimous decision on March 30 to resume and conclude the 2019-20 Season with the hosting of a Final Eight, single-game knock-out competition, to be held on September 30 - October 4, 2020.
Six teams have already qualified for the Final Eight (in alphabetical order): AEK (GRE), Casademont Zaragoza (ESP), ERA Nymburk (CZE), Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem (ISR), San Pablo Burgos (ESP), and Türk Telekom (TUR). The two outstanding games, JDA Dijon (FRA) vs Nizhny Novgorod (RUS) and Iberostar Tenerife (ESP) vs Filou Oostende (BEL), still pending for the conclusion of the Round of 16, will be played prior to the hosting of the Final Eight, on September 16 (20:30 CET).
Eight teams will participate in the pinnacle event of Basketball Champions League's fourth season which will be played over the last weekend of September in the Greek capital. The games will be played in the Nikos Galis Olympic Indoor Hall (18'000 seating capacity), regular home court of AEK.
The decision concerning the presence of fans in the arena will be taken at a later stage and in accordance to the rules and regulations set by the Greek official authorities.
As part of this host city announcement, the logo of the 2020 Final Eight has also been unveiled:
"We are very excited to have Athens host the Basketball Champions League Final Eight. We are grateful for the commitment of the Greek authorities to help us organize this event in the best and safest way possible for all stakeholders, especially the players of all qualified teams. We have also witnessed the enthusiasm of the host club to organise this historical event," said Patrick Comninos, CEO of the Basketball Champions League.
"Despite the difficult situation created by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to award this Final Eight, with the participation of eight clubs that have earned their spot throughout a hard-fought season, to an environment that has proven experience in organizing top-level basketball events. This will guarantee a unique week of basketball for fans across Europe," he added.
The Quarter-Finals will be played on September 30 and October 1, the Semi-Finals on October 2, with the Third-Place Game and Final scheduled for October 4. The draw determining the pairings will be held following the conclusion of the Round of 16 games.
A media accreditation portal will be opened at the end of this week, on Friday September 4.