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Watkins named TISSOT MVP to lead All-Star Five in Debrecen

JULY 17, 2022

DEBRECEN (Hungary) - USA standout JuJu Watkins enjoyed a double celebration at the FIBA U17 Women's Basketball World Cup 2022 after being named MVP of the competition, adding to her title success.

Heading into the tournament with a big reputation, the guard didn't disappoint as USA took yet another crown with an 84-62 triumph in the Final against Spain. Watkins finished with an average of 13.1 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.3 steals per game.

"It's been a long journey and coming out with gold is a dream come true," said Watkins after receiving her accolade and the Tissot MVP trophy handed by FIBA Secretary General Andreas Zagklis.

She added: "This group is amazing and it's great being surrounded by these girls and these amazing coaches, Spain is a great team and we had to really prepare for them. We kept our composure throughout to get the win."

"I am so blessed to be around my teammates as we all fed off each other and everyone did their thing. Also being in this environment is great for me.  I really enjoyed seeing all the other talent that is around the world."

From left to right : Dominique Malonga, Cassandre Prosper, Iyana Martin Carrion, Jaloni Cambridge and JuJu Watkins

Watkins was joined by USA colleague Jaloni Cambridge who's excellent start to the title game got her team rolling towards yet another podium top step. The guard averaged 9.4 points, 5.1 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 2.4 steals per outing.

Iyana Martin Carrion picked up a silver medal, but the Spanish ace was recognized for being her team's top scorer and awarded a place in the All-Star Five.  She accumulated 13.4 points, 6.1 assists, 2.9 steals and 2.3 boards per game.

France wrapped up the bronze medal with an 84-82 win against Canada as Dominique Malonga showed out - as she has done for much of her time in Debrecen. She was phenomenal in the Third Place Game, dropping 28 points and 17 rebounds, which contributed to her averaging a tournament double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds.

While Cassandre Prosper left empty-handed and without a medal with Canada, she gained huge respect for her efforts by sealing the last All-Star Five spot. Her ability to make plays at both ends of the court impressed and she harvested an excellent 14.0 points, 9.6 rebounds, 4.6 steals and 2.4 assists per game.

USA crowned FIBA U17 Women's Basketball World Cup 2022 winners and secure fifth title

JULY 17, 2022

DEBRECEN (Hungary) - The USA completed an 84-62 victory against Spain to secure their fifth FIBA U17 Women's Basketball World Cup title in six editions.

Adding to the silverware they won in 2010, 2012, 2014 and  2018, USA had too much for Spain in the Final of the 2022 edition in Debrecen as they jumped out on their rivals from the tip-off. 

Racing into a 24-13 first quarter lead, USA built the cushion needed to keep Spain at arms' length. While Spain kept pushing hard to bridge the deficit, including winning the second quarter, they didn't have the same depth and options as their rivals to truly threaten the final outcome as the holders eased away in the last 10 minutes.

USA were driven by 16 points, 9 assists and 6 rebounds from Jaloni Cambridge in the backcourt, while Breya Cunningham excelled in the frontcourt with a 10 point and 10 rebound double-double. Spain picked up their third silver medal, having previously finished second in 2012 and 2014.

In the Third-Place Game, France defeated Canada 84-82 in a tremendous advertisement for the game. Dominique Malonga caught fire and led the way with an epic 28 points and 17 rebounds. It was a third podium finish for France, adding bronze to the silver medals they amassed during 2010 and at the previous edition in 2018. 

Juju Watkins of the USA was named TISSOT MVP, with her teammate Jaloni Cambridge joining her in the All-Star Five along with Iyana Martin Carrion of Spain, Dominique Malonga of France and Cassandre Prosper of Canada.

FIBA U17 Women's Basketball World Cup 2022 Final Standings

1. United States
2. Spain
3. France
4. Canada
5. Australia
6. Hungary
7. Germany
8. Japan
9. Slovenia
10. Mali
11. Egypt
12. New Zealand
13. Belgium
14. Korea
15. Argentina
16. Mexico



NEW YORK, July 15, 2022 – With three top 10 NBA Draft picks in the last two seasons – the most by any program in that span – NBA G League Ignite looks to continue building on its success with a state-of-the-art new home in Henderson, Nev. Ignite will begin playing its home games at The Dollar Loan Center in 2022-23, NBA G League President Shareef Abdur-Rahim announced today.


Operated by the Foley Entertainment Group, the Dollar Loan Center is a multi-purpose facility that opened in March 2022 and seats more than 5,000 people. It is also home to the American Hockey League affiliate of the Vegas Golden Knights – the Henderson Silver Knights – and the Indoor Football League’s Vegas Knight Hawks.


“We’re thrilled to partner with Foley Entertainment Group, The Dollar Loan Center and the City of Henderson to create a new home for Ignite in a first-class facility near one of the world’s premiere sports and entertainment destinations,” Abdur-Rahim said. “With avid sports fans in the Las Vegas area who have quickly embraced their hockey, football and WNBA teams, we can’t wait for NBA G League Ignite to showcase its future NBA stars and exciting brand of basketball.”


The move to Henderson marks the beginning of a multi-year partnership between the NBA G League, Foley Entertainment Group and the City of Henderson. After training in Walnut Creek, Calif. and playing in Las Vegas in 2021-22, Ignite will relocate to Henderson full-time. 


“NBA G League Ignite is another elite professional sports organization that we are thrilled to bring to the Henderson community and The Dollar Loan Center,” said Foley Entertainment Group CEO Kerry Bubolz. “These future NBA stars will get a first-class home and we know our fans will enjoy seeing such talented players in an intimate, family-friendly arena.”


Fans can place season-ticket deposits now for Ignite’s home schedule at The Dollar Loan Center. More information is available online and deposits can be secured at for Premium or Lower Bowl seating. Official Ignite merchandise can be purchased online at


Full details about Ignite’s 2022-23 season, including the NBA G League schedule, broadcast information and single-game tickets will be released at a later date.


– Recipients Honored at 2022 NBA Team Presidents Meeting in Las Vegas –


NEW YORK, July 15, 2022 – The NBA presented its Team Partnership Awards for the 2021-22 season this week at its annual Team Presidents Meeting in Las Vegas. The NBA Team Partnership Awards recognize teams for setting new standards of excellence in fan engagement, creative partnerships, and innovative programming, with the goal of enhancing the fan experience throughout the season and continuing to grow the game around the globe.


The Detroit Pistons won the NBA Team Partnership of the Year Award, the Phoenix Suns received the NBA Changemaker of the Year Award, and the Washington Wizards took home the inaugural NBA Team International Strategy Award. All 30 teams were invited to submit for each category, with the winners chosen by a finalist committee comprised of team representatives and league executives.


NBA Team Partnership of the Year

The Pistons won the NBA Team Partnership of the Year Award for their multifaceted program with Shopify, tipping off the company’s first sports partnership. The NBA Team Partnership of the Year Award recognizes the best partner marketing campaign and platform, with special attention given to a new idea that achieves the partner’s objectives with measurable results.


The Pistons and Shopify had over 800 small businesses apply to the SHOP313 program. Over the span of the 2021-22 season, it spotlighted 82 small businesses through a unique cycle of amplification from in-arena exposure, community events, and a strong digital presence. SHOP313 proved to be an asset for Detroit-based companies Bea’s Squeeze, a lemonade company, now available at Walmart, and K. Walker Collective, an apparel brand, partnering with the Pistons’ G League team, Motor City Cruise, to design their uniform.


NBA Changemaker of the Year

The Suns were honored with the NBA Changemaker of the Year Award for their partnership with Footprint focusing on various sustainability initiatives. The NBA Changemaker of the Year recognizes the best new partnership with an emphasis on an innovative approach in either prospecting an emerging category, using a specific marketing channel, or rethinking the traditional asset mix. 


The Suns received the award for their robust partnership with Footprint. Going beyond the naming rights of their arena, the partnership was built around the goal of eliminating single-use plastics in the food chain. The Suns and Footprint have set their attention on educating fans on the importance of sustainability, building a living innovation lab to test new products, and bring on new partners who share the same mission to create a healthier planet.


NBA Team International Strategy Award

The Wizards received the inaugural 2022 NBA Team International Strategy Award. The NBA International Strategy Award recognizes the team with the best cohesive strategy that authenticates the team and/or partner’s position globally or in a specific international region through use of the International Team Marketing Program. Special attention was given to solving partner objectives and whether the program grows the team or league brand globally.


The Wizards won for their cohesive, year-round commitment to authenticating the Wizards position on the international stage. With the focus on Japan and Israel, the Wizards have built robust international language content platforms, grown strategic connections abroad and uniquely celebrated and honored each culture within their local community. The team has secured two deals under the International Team Marketing Program to date, including their recently announced partnership with Recruit Direct Scout, a Japan-based recruitment service for highly skilled jobseekers. The Wizards plan to begin activating with Recruit this Fall to coincide with playing in the NBA Global Games in Japan where the team will play two preseason games in the country.



– ‘Jr. NBA Leagues’ to Tip Off in 11 Markets in November 2022 Before Expanding Nationwide; Program Aims to Reach Nearly a Half Million Boys and Girls Annually by 2027 – 


–Las Vegas Aces, New Orleans Pelicans, Philadelphia 76ers, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs, Seattle Storm, Washington Mystics and Washington Wizards Among NBA and WNBA Teams Participating in the Program’s Launch–


NEW YORK, July 14, 2022 – The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) today announced the launch of Jr. NBA Leagues, a national network of youth basketball leagues for boys and girls ages 6-14.  The program will tip off with leagues across the following 11 markets in the U.S. in November 2022 before expanding nationwide with the goal of reaching nearly a half million participants annually by 2027: Sacramento, Calif.; Washington, D.C.; Boise, Idaho; Louisville, Ky.; New Orleans, La.; Kansas City, Mo.; Omaha, Neb.; Las Vegas, Nev.; Philadelphia, Pa.; San Antonio, Texas; Seattle, Wash.


Jr. NBA Leagues will focus on providing youth across socio-economic, racial and gender lines with access to best-in-class recreational basketball, which is more important than ever following the disruption to youth sports access and the decrease in community-based sports providers caused by the pandemic.


RCX Sports, a Jr. NBA partner since 2018 and market leader in youth sports experiences, will serve as the program’s official operating partner.  All Jr. NBA Leagues members – which will include a combination of community-based organizations, schools, and independent operators – will receive a robust suite of resources including training opportunities and basketball curricula designed to enhance league effectiveness, gameplay, and on-court and off-court player and coach development.


Jr. NBA Leagues participants will represent NBA and WNBA teams in their home markets and across the leagues by competing in official team-branded uniforms.  Jr. NBA Leagues in NBA or WNBA markets, including Las Vegas (Aces), New Orleans (Pelicans), Philadelphia (76ers) Sacramento (Kings), San Antonio (Spurs), Seattle (Storm), and Washington (Wizards and Mystics), will offer unique benefits and include exclusive experiences for youth players and parents to promote the game of basketball and generate excitement around the hometown teams.


Building on the Jr. NBA’s commitment to providing broad-based access to the sport and eliminating barriers to participation, the Jr. NBA will partner with SHAPE America (Society of Health and Physical Educators), a professional association that serves more than 200,000 health and physical education professionals across the country, to provide 40 Title I schools across the country with Jr. NBA programming, resources and basketball development curricula to host afterschool Jr. NBA Leagues and improve how the game is taught and played in physical education classes.  Additionally, high school students will receive the opportunity to enroll in a Jr. NBA Referee Development Program to learn the necessary skills to become a referee and gain an understanding of the career opportunities in officiating. 


“The youth basketball ecosystem has experienced unique challenges over the past two-plus years, and we are committed to addressing those challenges with programs like Jr. NBA Leagues, which is the most expansive grassroots basketball initiative we’ve ever launched in the U.S.,” said NBA Senior Vice President, Head of Youth Basketball Development David Krichavsky.  “We look forward to using the resources and expertise of the NBA, WNBA and our teams to support recreational and community-based youth basketball programs at a time when they need it most, while also enhancing the playing experience for hundreds of thousands of boys and girls.” 


“RCX Sports is committed to creating best-in-class experiences for all youth athletes, regardless of race, gender or socioeconomic background,” said RCX Sports CEO Izell Reese. “We are proud to work with the NBA on another youth program that will provide access and resources to young basketball players across the country.”


More information about Jr. NBA Leagues is available on  To learn more about the Jr. NBA, visit or follow the Jr. NBA on Facebook (Jr. NBA), Instagram (@jrnba), YouTube (Jr. NBAand Twitter (@jrnba).




LAS VEGAS, July 12, 2022 – The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) announced today a new, jointly-funded program to provide recognition payments for pioneer players from the American Basketball Association (ABA).  Approximately 115 former ABA players, who played at least three seasons and did not qualify for a benefit from the NBA players’ pension plan, will receive payments under this new program.


"Our players have a genuine sense of appreciation for those who paved the way and helped us achieve the success we enjoy today," said NBPA Executive Director Tamika Tremaglio. "We have always considered the ABA players a part of our brotherhood and we are proud to finally recognize them with this benefit."


“Both our current players and team governors felt a need to act on behalf of these former ABA players who are aging and, in many cases, facing difficult economic circumstances,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.  “These pioneers made meaningful contributions to help grow the game of professional basketball and we all believe it’s appropriate to provide financial recognition to this group for their impact.”


Under the program, recognition payments to these ABA players will approximate an annual payment of $3,828 per year of service.  For example, a player with five years of ABA service will receive $19,140 annually from the NBA/NBPA program. 



– Board of Governors Also Adopts Current NBA Play-In Tournament on Full-Time Basis –


NEW YORK, July 12, 2022 – The NBA Board of Governors today approved a change to the playing rules that will impose a heightened penalty when a defensive player commits a “transition take foul,” which is an intentional foul committed by a defender to deprive the offensive team of a fast-break opportunity.


In addition, the Board of Governors approved the adoption of the NBA Play-In Tournament on a full-time basis using the same format that was in place for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons.


The NBA’s Competition Committee – which comprises players, representatives from the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), coaches, governors, team basketball executives and referees – unanimously recommended the proposals for both the transition take foul and the Play-In Tournament to the Board of Governors.  The recommendation for the transition take foul came after the Competition Committee reviewed the data for a similar experimental rule used in the NBA G League since the 2018-19 season.


Transition Take Foul


Beginning with the 2022-23 NBA season, the penalty for committing a take foul (a foul in which the defender does not make a play on the ball) to stop a transition scoring opportunity (which exists when, following a change in possession, the offensive team is continuously advancing the ball while it has an advantage based on the speed of the play, the position of the defenders or both) will be as follows:


  • The offensive team will be awarded one free throw, which may be attempted by any player on the offensive team in the game at the time that the foul is committed.

  • The offensive team will retain possession of the ball.

  • The defensive player who commits the take foul will be assessed a common personal foul.

Previously, the penalty for a take foul was a common personal foul on the offending player and (assuming the foul did not trigger or exceed the free throw “bonus” in a quarter) a side out for the offensive team.


Under the new rule, teams may commit a take foul during the last two minutes of the fourth quarter and the last two minutes of any overtime period (regardless of whether the foul occurs during a fast-break play) without triggering the heightened penalty.  This exception will allow the defensive team to use the longstanding tactic of taking a foul to stop the clock during an attempted comeback or prevent the opposing team from potentially tying the game with a three-pointer.


Below are additional clarifications to the new rule:


  • A take foul committed immediately after a change of possession but before the offensive team has the opportunity to advance the ball will be subject to the heightened penalty.  This will prevent the defensive team from immediately taking a foul to keep the offensive team from generating a transition scoring opportunity in the first place. 

  • A foul committed against any offensive player (including a player who does not have the ball) will satisfy the definition of a transition take foul if the other elements of the transition take foul rule are satisfied.  This will prevent the defensive team from circumventing the new rule by taking a foul on a player who does not have the ball.


  • The transition take foul rule does not apply if the offensive player is fouled in the act of shooting.  In that case, a shooting foul will be called. 


Any foul committed by a defender attempting to make a legitimate play on the ball will remain a common personal foul (regardless of whether the foul occurs during a fast-break play) and will not be subject to a heightened penalty under the new rule.  However, the offending player may be assessed a clear-path-to-the-basket foul if the criteria for a clear-path foul are met.


To view examples of transition take fouls from the 2021-22 NBA regular season, click here


NBA Play-In Tournament


The NBA Play-In Tournament that was implemented on a one-year basis for the 2020-21 season and extended for the 2021-22 season will now continue on a full-time basis.  Under this format, the teams that finish the regular season with the seventh-highest through the 10th-highest winning percentages in each conference will compete to fill the seventh and eighth playoff seeds in each conference. 


For the 2022-23 NBA season, the Play-In Tournament will take place April 11-14, 2023, between the last day of the regular season on April 9 and the start of the playoffs on April 15.


National Basketball Coaches Association

Presents the 2022 Tex Winter Assistant Coach Lifetime Impact Award

To NBA Coaching Lifer Ron Adams



LAS VEGAS, July 12, 2022—Ron Adams, highly regarded and widely respected throughout the game for his defensive acumen and his player and shooter development success, is the recipient of the 2022 Tex Winter Assistant Coach Lifetime Impact Award, the National Basketball Coaches Association (NBCA) announced today.


“Ron Adams embodies everything that makes a great Coach. He is passionate about teaching, has a great basketball IQ, a tireless work ethic, fierce loyalty, and a deep love for the game,” said Rick Carlisle, Indiana Pacers Head Coach and NBCA President. “His efforts and dedication have earned him four NBA titles in the last eight years and the respect of players and coaches throughout the league. Congratulations to Coach Adams on the 2022 NBCA Tex Winter Lifetime Impact Award.”


“I am honored and very humbled to have been selected for the Tex Winter Assistant Coach Lifetime Impact Award,” said Ron Adams. “First of all, to my family - my wife, Leah; my son, Jerid; and my daughter, Hayley: you are at the top of the list of those who have enriched my life. So many great people, educators, and coaches have helped shape my career. Your instruction, encouragement, and correction were invaluable, and I am grateful beyond words.


“A special thanks to all the Head Coaches in the NBA I have worked with – Jerry Tarkanian, John Lucas, George Karl, Bill Cartwright, Jim Boylan, Scott Brooks, Tom Thibodeau, Brad Stevens, and Steve Kerr.  All of you respected me, and you all were very kind to me and my family.


“Lastly, and most important, I want to thank all the NBA players I worked with over the past 30 years who have brought joy and meaning to my life. Watching you grow as players and as men is the real highlight of my career.”


Coach Adams is entering his 54th season of coaching and his 30th in the NBA, 28 of them as an Assistant Coach. He began his coaching career in 1969 as an Assistant Coach at Fresno Pacific College, his alma mater, and coached collegiately for over two decades, including stops at UC Santa Barbara, Fresno State, UNLV, and Drake. He was Head Coach at both Fresno Pacific College (1972-1975) and Fresno State (1986-1990).


In 1992 Coach Adams began his NBA career with the San Antonio Spurs and has worked for eight NBA teams — San Antonio Spurs, Philadelphia 76ers, Portland Trail Blazers, Milwaukee Bucks, Chicago Bulls (twice), Oklahoma City Thunder, Boston Celtics, and Golden State Warriors.


For the last eight seasons, Adams has been an Assistant Coach for the Golden State Warriors, winning the NBA Championship in four of those seasons. Upon joining the Warriors, Coach Adams guided the team’s defense to a top four defensive ranking in each of his first four seasons. For five consecutive seasons, from 2014-15 to 2018-19, Coach Adams was voted the Best Assistant Coach in the NBA’s annual GM survey. His teams have made 19 Playoff appearances. He has also coached professionally in Belgium and Japan, as well as for the Canadian National Team.


Adams is a 2011 inductee in the Fresno Pacific University Athletic Hall of Fame and a 2016 inductee in the Fresno County Athletic Hall of Fame.


“Assistant Coaches generally operate behind the scenes and don’t receive nearly enough public recognition for their team’s success. However, any Head Coach will tell you that they are an indispensable part of the team equation,” said David Fogel, NBCA Executive Director and General Counsel. “Coach Adams’ contributions to the success of his teams, most recently the Golden State Warriors, are well known inside the NBA. Off the court, Ron’s sage advice and wisdom has helped many players, coaches, and executives excel in their own careers. Congratulations to Coach Adams on this well-deserved honor.”


The NBCA Tex Winter Lifetime Impact Award honors the tremendous achievements and commitment of Hall of Famer Tex Winter, who, over an outstanding NBA coaching career, set a standard of innovation, integrity, competitive excellence, loyalty, and tireless promotion of NBA basketball


The NBCA Tex Winter Lifetime Impact Award is selected annually by the Award Selection Committee, comprised of some of the most respected coaches and executives in the game, including Rick Adelman, Hubie Brown, Doug Collins, Wayne Embry, Danny Ferry, Mike Fratello, George Karl, Doc Rivers, Rod Thorn, and Lenny Wilkens.


This year’s nominees included Assistant Coaches Dan Burke, Jeff Bzdelik, Gordon Chiesa, Carroll Dawson, Hank Egan, Jim Eyen, Brian Hill, Jim Lynam, Brendan Malone, Bob McAdoo, Brendan Suhr, and Bob Weiss.


Prior recipients are Dick Helm (2021), Bill Bertka (2019), Tim Grgurich (2018), Ron Rothstein (2017) and Phil Johnson (2016).


About the NBCA: The National Basketball Coaches Association (NBCA) is the labor organization that represents basketball coaches in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Founded in 1976 by legendary Boston Celtics player and coach, Tommy Heinsohn, the NBCA consist of all NBA Head Coaches, Assistant Coaches, and alumni, and works closely with the NBA on all matters that pertain to the coaching profession.


Izan Almansa named TISSOT MVP after helping Spain win historic silver medal 

JULY 10, 2022

MALAGA (Spain) - Izan Almansa may have come up one step short of his ultimate dream of winning the FIBA U17 Basketball World Cup 2022 title, but the Spanish big man was named TISSOT Most Valuable Player after helping the host team make history by reaching the Final.

Almansa collected 9 points, 15 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals as he and Spain gave a valiant fight against the United States before eventually losing 79-67 in the Final. Almansa was a dominant force in the middle all tournament for Spain, and his performance helped the hosts advance past the Semi-Finals for the first time in U17 World Cup history and win their first medal.

Izan Almansa named TISSOT MVP

Almansa finished the tournament averaging 12.1 points, 11.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.6 blocks per game  while hitting 55.7 percent from the field.

"I'm so proud of getting the award. I wasn’t expecting to get it, but for me it means a lot, and it means a lot for my teammates and the work of all the staff and all the coaches. Right now we are sad, but we will think about what we did in the future," Almansa said.

Izan Almansa - the TISSOT MVP of the FIBA U17 Basketball World Cup 2022

"Almansa is an amazing kid, amazing worker. He's trying to do his best all the time," Spanish coach Javier Zamora said. "The most important thing for the team is the group. He was important in the locker room, on the court, every day. And he’s an example for other guys."

Almansa was joined on the All-Star Five by the USA duo of Cooper Flagg and Koa Peat, Spanish teammate Lucas Langarita and Ilane Fibleuil of France.

Cooper Flagg of USA
Flagg played a major role in USA winning the Final with 10 points, 17 rebounds, 2 assists, 8 steals and 4 blocks. For the tournament he averaged 9.3 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 2.4 steals and 2.9 blocks per game. Peat for his part had 3 points, 4 rebounds and 1 block in the title game. Over the seven games, he picked up 9.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.0 blocks per contest.
Ilane Fibleuil of France
Langarita meanwhile collected 11.1 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.4 steals per game for Spain, and Fibleuil tallied 12.6 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per contest for France.

USA crowned FIBA U17 Basketball World Cup 2022 champions after defeating Spain

JULY 10, 2022

MALAGA (Spain) - The USA remains atop the youth basketball world as they defeated Spain 79-67 to capture the title at the FIBA U17 Basketball World Cup 2022 - even though the home side really put up a strong challenge.

Jeremy Fears poured in 17 points as the Americans' leading scorer while Ron Holland scored 13 points and Cooper Flagg added 10 points, 17 rebounds, 8 steals, and 4 blocks for an efficiency rating of 30. Flagg was outstanding throughout the game while Fears was a major spark in the Americans' decisive 22-4 run in the third quarter.

That spurt carried USA to a sixth consecutive U17 World Cup title following 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018. In each of those tournaments, USA went through the competition undefeated and head coach Sharman White's team finished the job in the Final in Malaga.

USA had been dominant all tournament, winning every game by at least 26 points and improving their all-time record to 43-0 before the Final. But backed by nearly 7,000 spectators, Spain were up to the challenge. They had a seven-point lead after 10 minutes and increased the lead to eight points in the second quarter. To the excitement of the fans, the hosts were up 38-33 at the intermission.

Spain still led 47-40 with 7 minutes left in the third quarter when USA's defensive pressure started forcing turnovers and resulted in a 22-4 run to lead 62-51 after three quarters. The momentum had shifted and USA withstood any challenge in the final frame and added another perfect run to global glory.

In the Third-Place Game, France defeated Lithuania 66-58 thanks to 16 points from Ilane Fibleuil as the Europeans collected claimed their second-ever U17 World Cup medal following second place in 2018.

The TISSOT MVP award for the tournament went to Izan Almansa of Spain. Joining him on the All-Star Five were the USA duo of Cooper Flagg and Koa Peat, Almansa's Spanish teammate Lucas Langarita and Ilane Fibleuil of third-place finishers France.

FIBA U17 Basketball World Cup 2022 Final Standings

1. United States
2. Spain
3. France
4. Lithuania
5. Serbia
6. Australia
7. Slovenia
8. Poland
9. Canada
10. Egypt
11. Argentina
12. New Zealand
13. Dominican Republic
14. Japan
15. Mali
16. Lebanon

Australia and China win FIBA 3x3 Asia Cup 2022

JULY 10, 2022

SINGAPORE - Australia's men and China's women won the FIBA 3x3 Asia Cup 2022, which took place in the footsteps of Singapore's iconic Marina Bay Sands on July 6-10. 

Australia completed a three-peat after defeating New Zealand 21-17 in a thriller of a final. Sharpshooter Andrew Steel had ice in his veins to finish with 8 points along with big man Daniel Johnson. 

New sensation Jesse Wagstaff wrapped up the title with a layup and also won MVP after leading the scoring charts with 42 points from 5 games.  He was joined on the Team of the Tournament by New Zealand's Nikau McCullough and 23-year-old Jiaren Zhao, who led China to a podium finish.  

In the men's bronze medal game, a youthful China repeated their result from 2019 after surviving a furious challenge from the Philippines to prevail 20-18. Zeyi Liu was unstoppable in the paint to finish with 9 points, while Philippines star Almond Vosotros finished a spectacular tournament with 8 points. 

In the women's category, Tokyo Olympic and Crelan FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2022 bronze medalist China won their first-ever Asia Cup after shutting down defending champs Australia to win 14-10 and cap a dominant run.

Towering ZhiTing Zhang scored a game-high 6 points while Kun Huang added 5 points as China ended Australia's hopes of a repeat. 

China superstar Lili Wang was named MVP after once again showing her liking for the big stage having made the Team of the Tournament at the recent World Cup.  

Joining Wang in the Team of the Tournament were rising star Anneli Maley (Australia) and bucket getter Kimberley Pierre-Louis, who led surprise packet Indonesia to a fairy-tale podium finish from qualifying after topping the overall scoring charts with 54 points from 5 games. 

In the women's bronze medal game, Indonesia created history with their first Asia Cup medal after upsetting Japan 21-17 in a tense clash. Pierre-Louis continued her scoring binge with an insane 14 points to crush the hearts of Japan who were hoping to repeat their bronze finish from 2019.  

The gold medals were presented by FIBA Secretary General Andreas Zagklis and International Olympic Committee vice-president Ng Ser Miang.

Both Australia and China are now qualified for the FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2023.

It was the fifth edition of the Asia Cup, the first since 2019, and played in Singapore, where 3x3 was memorably unleashed to the world at the Youth Olympic Games in 2010. 


Exciting, urban and innovative, 3x3 is inspired by several forms of streetball played worldwide and is considered the world’s number one urban team sport. Steered by FIBA, games see two teams of three players face off on a basketball half-court.

It was played successfully for the first time in international competition at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore and since then has benefited from the launch of a yearly professional circuit for men and women (World Tour and Women’s Series respectively) and national-team competitions.

3x3 made its Olympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Games.

FIBA 3x3 events are played on Enlio floors with Wilson balls, Schelde backstops, Bodet shot-clocks and the Magic Sky canopy system.

For further information about 3x3, visit, FIBA 3x3 accounts on DouyinFacebookInstagramSina WeiboTencentTikTokTwitchTwitterYouku and YouTube or contact

Rosters confirmed ahead of tip-off at FIBA U17 Women's Basketball World Cup 2022

JULY 8, 2022

DEBRECEN (Hungary) - The rosters of the 16 participating teams at the FIBA U17 Women's Basketball World Cup 2022 have been confirmed ahead of the curtain being raised in Debrecen.

Click on the countries below to see the rosters:

Group A: MexicoHungaryBelgiumJapan
Group B: AustraliaFranceArgentinaSlovenia
Group C: EgyptCanadaSpainKorea
Group D: GermanyUSAMaliNew Zealand

In what is the sixth edition of the prestigious tournament, the teams will compete during the Group Phase in four groups of four, with nations playing each other in a round-robin format.

The Group Phase begins on Saturday, July 9 and concludes on Tuesday, July 12, with all teams advancing to the Round of 16. This will take place on Wednesday, July 13.

The teams from Groups A and B will cross over and face each other in the first round of the Knockout Phase (1stA-4thB, 2ndA-3rdB, 3rdA-2ndB, 4thA-1stB) and the same taking place for Group C and D (1stC-4thD, 2ndC-3rdD, 3rdC-2ndD, 4thC-1stD).

The Quarter-Finals will be played on Friday, July 15 with the Semi-Finals the following day and the Third Place Game and the Final on Sunday, July 17.

All games can be watched on and also on Courtside 1891, click here to register.

Spain prevail at FIBA 3x3 Women's Series Bordeaux Stop 2022

JULY 8, 2022

BORDEAUX (France) - Spain avenged their excruciating Crelan FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2022 quarter-final loss by beating archrivals France in the final of the FIBA 3x3 Women's Series Bordeaux Stop (21-15) on July 7, 2022.

This time around, no overtime torture. Last year's Women's Series MVP Sandra Ygueravide was on a mission in the final of the Bordeaux Stop. The Spanish sniper scored a game-high 12 points on 8/15 shooting, added 3 rebounds, 5 highlights and ended the game before the limit on a sweet reverse layup.

This happened just an hour after the former number 1 player in the world had the best statistical performance of the tournament in the semi-finals against Hungary: 14 points on 8/14 shooting, 6 rebounds and 4 highlights, including a buzzer-beating two from the top of the key while the score was tied at 20.

Ygueravide was named MVP after leading all scorers in France with 46 points, just ahead of the recent World Cup MVP Laetitia Guapo of France (43 points).

Guapo had a team-high 9 points for les Bleues in the final but none of her teammates contributed more than 3 points.

Led by 26-year-old Klaudia Papp, who scored the only other two buzzer beaters of the tournament, Hungary finished third overall.

1. Spain
2. France
3. Hungary
4. France U24
5. Lithuania
6. Bordeaux Ballistik
7. Germany
8. Latvia
9. Slovakia
10. Israel
11. Austria
12. Romania

The fifth stop of the FIBA 3x3 Women's Series 2022 will take place in Prague on July 29-30.


El Baloncesto Superior Nacional Femenino (BSNF) dio a conocer hoy el listado de jugadoras protegidas por las siete franquicias que participarán en el venidero torneo.
Las franquicias pueden reservar hasta cinco jugadoras nativas y tres jugadoras importadas. Aquellas que no fueron protegidas pasan al sorteo de No Reservadas, que se celebrará el jueves 4 de agosto junto al sorteo de Nuevo Ingreso.
Este año, las jugadoras que llevan más de una temporada sin participar han sido reconocidas como agentes libres y no formarán parte del listado de jugadoras No Reservadas. En caso de que la jugadora hubiese anunciado su retiro, tendrán como primera opción el último equipo donde participó.
Las campeonas Gigantes de Carolina retuvieron los servicios de Tayra Meléndez, Daneichka Canales, Rodsan Rodríguez, Paola Crespo y Charity Harris. Las importadas conservadas fueron Selena Loft, Nici Gilday y Tierra Henderson.
Mientras, las subcampeonas Cangrejeras de Santurce protegieron a Brianna Jones, Sofía Roma, Dayshalee Salamán, Annelisse Vargas, Génesis Pagán, Kirby Burkholder, Becca Tobin y Courtney Williams.
Por las Bravas de Cidra fueron reservadas Akilah Bethel, Imani Watkins, Adrienne Godbold, Rita Acevedo, Lanese Bough, Claudia Ortiz, Megan García y Nachalie De Jesús.
García y De Jesús llegaron recientemente al quinteto en una transacción con las Gigantes por el turno de las Bravas en la primera ronda del sorteo de Nuevo Ingreso 2022. Por otra parte, Ortiz fue la jugadora reclamada por Cidra para completar una transacción efectuada el pasado año cuando las Cangrejeras recibieron a Brianna Jones y cedieron a Paulette Addisson, Lanese Bough y “una jugadora adicional a ser nombrada antes del comienzo de la temporada 2022”.
Las Atenienses de Manatí, por su parte, reservaron a Kathryn Westbeld, Lyndra Littles, Linnae Harper, Yolanda Pagán, Isalys Quiñones, Ana Barrientos, Zacha González y Kaela Hilaire, que fue adquirida en un trueque con las Patriotas de Lares.
A su vez, las Explosivas de Moca colocaron en sus reservas a Hillary Martínez, Kiara Quiñones, Jackie Benítez, Madelyn Velázquez, Sonia Román, y las foráneas Ariana Moorer, Nikky McDonald y Amber Smith.
En Morovis, las Montañeras decidieron permanecer con Pamela Rosado, Ashley Torres, Arrielle González, Keiry Huertas, Stephanie Piñeiro, Laura Stockton y María Blazejewski.
Finalmente, las Patriotas retuvieron a Taylor Jones, Caitlins Jenkins, Lyannis Torres, Naomi Hernández, Alysha Cotto, Nicole Díaz y Fabiola Marcial, estas últimas dos adquiridas en la transacción con Manatí.
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Para más información del BSNF pueden visitar la página oficial en el Internet a la dirección, así como todas las plataformas en las redes sociales, Facebook: Baloncesto Superior Nacional FemeninoInstagram: @bsnfpur y Twitter: @bsnfpur.



NEW YORK, June 30, 2022 – The National Basketball Association today announced that the Salary Cap has been set at $123.655 million for the 2022-23 season. The Tax Level for the 2022-23 season is $150.267 million.


The Salary Cap and Tax Level go into effect at 12:01 a.m. ET on Friday, July 1. Teams were permitted to begin negotiating with free agents today at 6:00 p.m. ET -- six hours prior to the start of the league’s “moratorium period.” The moratorium period ends at noon ET on Wednesday, July 6.


The minimum team salary, which is set at 90% of the Salary Cap, is $111.290 million for the 2022-23 season.


The Collective Bargaining Agreement provides for three different mid-level exceptions depending on a team’s salary level. The non-taxpayer mid-level for the 2022-23 season is $10.490 million, the taxpayer mid-level is $6.479 million, and the mid-level for a team with room under the Salary Cap is $5.401 million.


El Baloncesto Superior Nacional Femenino (BSNF) anunció la apertura de las inscripciones para el Sorteo de Nuevo Ingreso 2022. Para formar parte del Sorteo de Nuevo Ingreso 2022 la jugadora debe haber nacido en o antes del 1 de enero de 2004 en Puerto Rico. De haber nacido fuera de Puerto Rico, esta debe ser hija o nieta de una persona nacida en Puerto Rico y someter la debida documentación para evidenciarlo. Si la jugadora no cumple la regla de elegibilidad como puertorriqueña, puede entrar al BSNF si estableció en Puerto Rico su lugar de residencia por no menos de tres (3) años anteriores al comienzo del torneo en el cual está solicitando participar. Las jugadoras tienen hasta el domingo 31 de julio de 2022 para someter la hoja de inscripción con toda la documentación necesaria. Aquellas jugadoras interesadas en participar podrán llenar la hoja de inscripción en la página web del organismo, Para mayor información pueden escribir un correo electrónico a o llamar al (787) 726-1526.
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Para más información del BSNF pueden visitar la página oficial en el Internet a la dirección, así como todas las plataformas en las redes sociales, Facebook: Baloncesto Superior Nacional FemeninoInstagram: @bsnfpur y Twitter: @bsnfpur.


- Upcoming NBA Real World Mobile Game Will Allow Fans to Find, Challenge and Compete Against Other Users in Their Own Neighborhood -


NEW YORK, June 28, 2022 – Today, Niantic announced a partnership with the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) to create an original augmented reality mobile game: NBA All-World.  NBA All-World is a first-of-its-kind game that will place NBA fans into the real-world metaverse.


NBA All-World is a free-to-play officially licensed geolocation basketball game where players can find, challenge, and compete against today’s NBA ballers in their neighborhoods, then recruit them to their team before proving themselves on the court.


“NBA All-World represents an industry first in sports games, as an original, real-world AR game that will appeal to casual and core NBA fans alike,” said Marcus Matthews, Senior Producer at Niantic.  “We’re creating and designing a game that empowers players to represent where they’re from and showcase the culture of their neighborhood.”


“Through our partnership with Niantic, NBA All-World will provide fans across the globe the opportunity to fully immerse themselves into the energy and excitement of the NBA,” said Matt Holt, Head of Consumer Products at the NBA.  “Evident in the name of the game itself, we look forward to engaging with our fans around the world through this captivating experience.”


“NBA-All World gives us the opportunity to bring NBA players into Niantic’s real-world metaverse, opening up paths for fans to interact with them in a new way,” said Josh Goodstadt, EVP of Licensing for THINK450, the innovation engine of the NBPA. “Niantic has proven experience building games that encourage engagement in local communities, and having our players integrated into NBA All-World adds to that immersion.”


Additionally, NBA All-World will embrace the fashion of the NBA, with users having the ability to outfit players in the game with custom apparel. 


Players can sign-up to be notified when NBA All-World is available in their country by visiting  Those who sign up will be able to experience an exclusive All-World AR web experience and be the first to be notified about securing their codename for global launch.

Boost for basketball in Middle East, North Africa and France with beIN SPORTS broadcast deals

MIES (Switzerland) - beIN SPORTS is now the perfect destination for basketball fans to watch FIBA's biggest international events with FIBA and the global sports and entertainment group strengthening their partnership today.

The beIN MEDIA GROUP has signed an extension to its partnership with FIBA so that beIN SPORTS continues its broadcasting of FIBA's major international and continental events until 2025 in the Middle East and North Africa.

In France, following the announcement made with France Télévisions in 2021, the beIN MEDIA GROUP has struck a deal with FIBA to show all games of the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup 2022, the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 and the FIBA Women's EuroBasket 2023, as well as selected games of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Qualifiers being played around the world currently.  

The Women's World Cup will be staged in Sydney, Australia, from September 22 to October 1 and beIN SPORTS will broadcast live all 38 games of the competition.

The Women's EuroBasket 2023 will run from June 15 to 25 next year with beIN SPORTS broadcasting live the entire competition that is taking place in Israel and Slovenia.

With the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 held next year in the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia, tipping off on August 25 and culminating on September 10 in Manila, beIN SPORTS will broadcast the entire competition live.

Additionally, selected games of the FIBA Basketball World Cup Qualifiers will be shown on beIN SPORTS, including games in the next window which start this month on June 30. France will play Montenegro on July 1 and Hungary on July 4 and beIN will be broadcast these games as well as the second qualification round games to be shown on August 24 and August 27. This deal will run through to the conclusion of the World Cup in 2023.  

The beIN MEDIA GROUP extension of its partnership with FIBA in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regions means comprehensive coverage will be continued of games featuring teams from across the Asia and Africa regions, including the upcoming FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Qualifiers and the FIBA Asia Cup 2022, which gets underway on July 12 in Jakarta, Indonesia. 

beIN has been an official broadcast partner for FIBA since 2006, offering extensive live coverage of FIBA competitions, including women's and youth competitions.

Coverage in MENA will next month include the FIBA U17 Basketball World Cup 2022 Finals in Spain, as well as the FIBA U17 Women's Basketball World Cup 2022 Finals in Hungary.

"We are very happy to not only continue but also further extend and strengthen the longstanding partnership with beIN, through the broadcast distribution of FIBA competitions in France for the very first time. This agreement will greatly benefit the visibility of our international events for basketball fans over the next coming years," said Frank Leenders, Director General of FIBA Media and Marketing Services.

"With an incredible list of exciting events coming up this summer including the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Qualifiers third window this month and the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup 2022 in September, this partnership with beIN will provide viewers with unprecedented coverage and access to FIBA competitions in the years to come."

Serbia and France win Crelan
FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2022 

ANTWERP (Belgium) -  Serbia's men and France's women won the Crelan FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2022, which took place in Antwerp, Belgium in a sold-out outdoor venue on the iconic Groenplaats on June 21-26. 

Serbia become world champions for the fifth time (in seven editions!) after defeating Lithuania (21-16) in the final. The number one 3x3 player in the world Strahinja Stojacic had a game-high 9 points in the game. His teammate Dejan Majstorovic led the team in scoring in Antwerp and was named MVP of the competition. The man also known as the 'Maestro' became the (joint) most successful player in 3x3 World Cup history with four titles. He was joined on the Team of the Tournament by Ignas Vaitkus (Lithuania) and Thibaut Vervoort (Belgium).

In the men's bronze medal game, France silenced the home crowd after a nail-biting overtime win against the Belgian hosts. Léo Cavaliere had a game-high 8 points and carried a French team, which was playing with just three players after their top scorer Antoine Eito went down with an ankle injury in the semi-finals.

In the women's category, France won their first-ever World Cup following a 16-13 win against Canada. Michelle Plouffe led all scorers with 7 points but Laetitia Guapo and Hortense Limouzin combined for 10 points for les Bleues. France became the first team to win a World Cup and the Women's Series. After leading her team in scoring, Guapo was awarded the MVP award. Michelle Plouffe (Canada) and Lili Wang (China) also featured on the Team of the Tournament.

In the women's bronze medal game, World Cup 2019 winners and Tokyo Olympics bronze medalists China defeated Lithuania 21-11. Ji Yuan Wan was the top scorer of the game with 7 points and Lili Wang and ZhiTing Zhang added 6 apiece.

The Crelan FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2022 marked the start of the path to the Paris 2024 Olympics, as the winners are automatically qualified for the  FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2023, where the 3 medalists will qualify for a FIBA 3x3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament in 2024.

Polish dunker Piotr "Grabo" Grabowski won the Crelan FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2022 dunk contest. The 6-foot (1.83m) dunker dominated Remco Frankin (Netherlands), who won silver, and Kristaps Dargais (Latvia), who took home bronze.


Exciting, urban and innovative, 3x3 is inspired by several forms of streetball played worldwide and is considered the world’s number one urban team sport. Steered by FIBA, games see two teams of three players face off on a basketball half-court.

It was played successfully for the first time in international competition at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore and since then has benefited from the launch of a yearly professional circuit for men and women (World Tour and Women’s Series respectively) and national-team competitions.

3x3 made its Olympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Games.

FIBA 3x3 events are played on Enlio floors with Wilson balls, Schelde backstops, Bodet shot-clocks and the Magic Sky canopy system.

For further information about 3x3, visit, FIBA 3x3 accounts on DouyinFacebookInstagramSina WeiboTencentTikTokTwitchTwitterYouku and YouTube or contact



NEW YORK, June 24, 2022 – NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert issued the following statement regarding today’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization:


“The NBA and WNBA believe that women should be able to make their own decisions concerning their health and future, and we believe that freedom should be protected.  We will continue to advocate for gender and health equity, including ensuring our employees have access to reproductive health care, regardless of their location.”



NEW YORK, June 22, 2022 – NBA Draft 2022 presented by State Farm® will take place on Thursday, June 23 at 8 p.m. ET at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.  ABC will televise the first round of the NBA Draft for the second straight year, and ESPN will air both rounds.  The NBA Draft will reach fans live in 214 countries and territories in 28 languages on their televisions, computers, mobile devices and tablets.


Here is a by-the-numbers look at this year’s NBA Draft: 


·       3 – Duke and Kentucky have had the most No. 1 overall picks among U.S. colleges during the common era of the NBA Draft (since 1966) with three each.  The Blue Devils’ No. 1 selections have been Elton Brand (1999), Kyrie Irving (2011) and Zion Williamson (2019).  The Wildcats’ No. 1 selections have been John Wall (2010), Anthony Davis (2012) and Karl-Anthony Towns (2015).

·       9  Barclays Center will host the NBA Draft for the ninth time.

·       12 – A college freshman has been the No. 1 overall pick in each of the last 12 years.  The last non-freshman selected with the first pick was Oklahoma sophomore Blake Griffin in 2009.

·       30 – All 30 first-round picks from the 2021 NBA Draft played in at least one game during the 2020-21 NBA season.

·       36 – 2016-17 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon, a second-round pick (No. 36 overall) in the 2016 NBA Draft, is the only player not drafted in the first round to win the award in the common draft era.

·       41 – Two-time reigning Kia NBA MVP Nikola Jokić was selected by the Denver Nuggets with the 41st overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, making him the lowest-drafted player to be named MVP with the exception of three-time recipient Moses Malone, who was not selected in the NBA Draft.

·       1989 – The two-round format for the NBA Draft was implemented in 1989.



·       1 – The Orlando Magic is set to make the first pick in the NBA Draft for the fourth time in franchise history.  Orlando previously selected Shaquille O’Neal (1992), Chris Webber (1993) and Dwight Howard (2004) with the No. 1 overall pick.

·       2 – The Oklahoma City Thunder, which has the second overall pick in the NBA Draft, is set to select in the top five for the first time since 2009.

·       5 – The Detroit Pistons are set to make the fifth pick in the NBA Draft for the first time.

·       7 – The Portland Trail Blazers (seventh pick) are set to make their highest pick since selecting NBA 75th Anniversary Team member Damian Lillard with the sixth pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.

·       1988 – The Indiana Pacers (sixth pick) are set to make their highest pick since the 1988 NBA Draft, when they selected Rik Smits with the No. 2 pick.


Prospect Highlights

·       3.66 – Gonzaga forward-center Chet Holmgren averaged 3.66 blocked shots per game in the 2021-22 season, which ranked fourth in NCAA Division I.

·       16.3 – Iowa forward Keegan Murray raised his scoring average by 16.3 points this past season (23.5 from 7.2), the largest increase by a Big Ten player in 49 years.

·       17.2 – Duke forward Paulo Banchero averaged 17.2 points per game in the 2021-22 season, the highest mark in the nation for a true freshman.

·       53 – Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji made a three-pointer in a school-record 53 consecutive games.

·       79 – Auburn forward Jabari Smith made 79 three-pointers in the 2021-22 season, a school record for a freshman.

·       155 – Auburn center Walker Kessler led the nation and set a single-season school record with 155 blocked shots in the 2021-22 season.


Basketball Bonds

·       5 – Rutgers guard-forward Ron Harper Jr. is the son of Ron Harper, who won five NBA championships during his 15-year playing career.

·       9 – Duke forward AJ Griffin is the son of Toronto Raptors assistant coach Adrian Griffin, who played nine seasons in the NBA.

·       10 – Colorado forward Jabari Walker is the son of Samaki Walker, who played 10 seasons in the NBA and won a championship with the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2001-02 season.

·       75 – Vanderbilt guard Scotty Pippen Jr. is the son of six-time NBA champion Scottie Pippen, a member of the NBA 75th Anniversary Team.

·       905 – St. John’s forward Julian Champagnie is the identical twin brother of Toronto Raptors forward Justin Champagnie, who spent part of his 2021-22 rookie season with Toronto’s NBA G League affiliate, Raptors 905.

·       2001 – Purdue guard Jaden Ivey is the son of Notre Dame women’s basketball head coach Niele Ivey, who helped the Fighting Irish win the 2001 NCAA championship before playing in the WNBA and later serving as an NBA assistant coach with the Memphis Grizzlies.

·       2017 – Duke center Mark Williams is the brother of Washington Mystics center-forward Elizabeth Williams, a 2017 WNBA All-Star and former standout with the Blue Devils.


Global Game

·       2/3/4 – Guards Dyson Daniels (Australia; NBA Global Academy; NBA G League Ignite), Bennedict Mathurin (Canada; NBA Academy Latin America; University of Arizona) and Hyunjung Lee (South Korea; NBA Global Academy; Davidson College) can become the secondthird and fourth graduates of the NBA Academy program to be drafted into the NBA, after 2021-22 Kia NBA All-Rookie Second Team member Josh Giddey (Australia; Oklahoma City Thunder; NBA Global Academy) became the first last year.  Additionally, 2022 NBA Draft-eligible prospects Ibou Dianko Badji (Senegal; NBA Academy Africa) and Jean Montero (Dominican Republic; NBA Academy Latin America) participated in the NBA Academy program prior to pursuing professional basketball opportunities.

·       4 – New Zealand Breakers forward Ousmane Dieng (France) previously trained at the same academy in Paris as four-time NBA champion Tony Parker and several other NBA standouts.

·       10 – At least 10 international players have been selected in each NBA Draft since 2000, and at least two international players have been selected in the top 10 in each of the last nine NBA Drafts.

·       19 – Mega Mozzart guard-forward Nikola Jović (Serbia), who turned 19 on June 3, was named the 2021-22 Top Prospect in the ABA League, a regional competition in Europe.

·       27 – A record 27 international players were selected in the 2016 NBA Draft, including a record 15 in every first round and a record-tying 12 in the second round.


NBA G League

·       3 – Three players from NBA G League Ignite were selected in the 2021 NBA Draft: No. 2 pick Jalen Green (Houston Rockets), No. 7 pick Jonathan Kuminga (Golden State Warriors) and No. 31 pick Isaiah Todd (Washington Wizards).

·       5 – NBA G League Ignite features five players who are 2022 NBA Draft prospects: guard-forward MarJon Beauchamp, guards Dyson Daniels and Jaden Hardy, and forwards Michael Foster Jr. and Fanbo Zeng.

·       37 – Thirty-seven of the 60 players who were selected in the 2021 NBA Draft played in the NBA G League during the 2021-22 season, including 16 first-round selections.



·       1 – Malika Andrews will host ESPN’s NBA Draft coverage for the first time, while Cassidy Hubbarth, Kendrick Perkins and Richard Jefferson will host ESPN’s Red Carpet pregame show for the first time.

·       2 – The NBA Draft will air on both ABC and ESPN for the second time ever.

·       20 – ESPN will present the NBA Draft for the 20th consecutive year.



·       3 – NBA TV’s coverage on Thursday will tip off at 5 p.m. ET with a three-hour preview show, with host Jared Greenberg joined by Andy KatzBrendan Haywood and Bleacher Report’s Jonathan Wasserman.

·       90 – NBA TV will simulate the first round complete with analysis of each proposed selection during its 90-minute Mock Draft 2022 presented by Getty Images show today (Wednesday, June 22) at 7 p.m. ET.


·       11 – This marks the 11th consecutive year that State Farm will serve as the presenting partner of the NBA Draft.  As a nod to the presenting partner, the State Farm jingle will play inside the arena as the “pick is in” draft bell.

·       36 – The NBA Draft hat has been an iconic representation of the moment a player’s name is called for 36 years, with the tradition formally introduced in the 1986 NBA Draft.  The draft hat’s presence further grows this year with New Era serving as the presenting partner of the event’s red carpet, which will feature a custom cap display showcasing all 30 New Era Team Draft Hats.


NBA Cares and Jr. NBA

·       2 – Two top prospects will attend the graduation today at Dual Language Middle School in New York and share inspiring advice and congratulatory wishes with the graduating class.

·       11 – During draft week, the Jr. NBA Skills Challenge National Finals are being held in New York and integrated into the draft experience.  Top scorers from 11 regionals around the country are competing for a chance to win their respective divisions (Boys 13U, Girls 13U, Boys 11U and Girls 11U).

·       30 – The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association today will host a basketball combine for 30 local youth and an NBA Cares packing project in partnership with New Era to support local New Yorkers.

Rosters confirmed on eve of
Crelan FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2022

JUNE 20, 2022

ANTWERP (Belgium) - The finalized rosters of the 20 men's and 20 women's teams in action at the Crelan FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2022, in Antwerp, Belgium, on June 21 to 26 have been confirmed.

Just one day before the start of the 6-day tournament, all rosters have been trimmed to 4 players.

Pool action will last from Tuesday (June 21) to  Friday (June 24), with the top team from each pool in both women's and men's categories, making it to the quarter-finals.  Each pool's 2nd and 3rd teams will play a Last 16 play-in to advance to the quarter-finals (Saturday, June 25). All semi-finals and medal games will be played on Sunday (June 26).

USA's men and China's women will attempt to retain the title they won in Amsterdam in the last edition of the FIBA 3x3 World Cup back in 2019. 

The winners of the Crelan FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2022 will make a first step on the road to the Paris 2024 Olympics. They will automatically qualify to the FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2023, whose winners will participate in an Olympic Qualifier in 2024.

Click on the teams below to view the full rosters.

Pool A: SerbiaFrancePuerto RicoBrazilNew Zealand
Pool B: LithuaniaGermanyMongolia, Chinese TaipeiChile
Pool C: LatviaNetherlandsPolandJapanChina
Pool D: BelgiumUSAAustriaSloveniaEgypt

Pool A: GermanyRomaniaLithuaniaJapanChina
Pool B: FranceUSAAustriaBrazilNew Zealand
Pool C: PolandMongoliaEgyptDominican RepublicBelgium
Pool D: SpainNetherlandsIsraelCanadaChile

Stay up-to-date on the official website:, and you can follow it live on TV and on social on the FIBA 3x3 YouTubeFacebookSina Weibo and Douyin pages, not to forget the FIBA account on Twitch. You can find more information in our 'Where to watch' article.


Exciting, urban and innovative, 3x3 is inspired by several forms of streetball played worldwide and is considered the world’s number one urban team sport. Steered by FIBA, games see two teams of three players face off on a basketball half-court.

It was played successfully for the first time in international competition at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore and since then has benefited from the launch of a yearly professional circuit for men and women (World Tour and Women’s Series respectively) and national-team competitions.

3x3 made its Olympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Games.

FIBA 3x3 events are played on Enlio floors with Wilson balls, Schelde backstops, Bodet shot-clocks and the Magic Sky canopy system.

For further information about 3x3, visit, FIBA 3x3 accounts on DouyinFacebookInstagramSina WeiboTencentTikTokTwitchTwitterYouku and YouTube or contact



– 11-Day Competition Featuring All 30 NBA Teams Begins Thursday, July 7 in Las Vegas –


 Championship Game to Take Place on Sunday, July 17 at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN –


NEW YORK, June 20, 2022 – The NBA announced today the game and broadcast schedules for NBA 2K23 Summer League 2022, which will take place July 7-17 at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  All 75 games of the 11-day competition will air live on television on ESPN networks or NBA TV.  Games will also be available to stream on ESPN+ and the ESPN App.


The 17th NBA 2K23 Summer League will feature all 30 NBA teams playing five games each.  After every team plays four games July 7-15, the two teams with the best records from the first four games will meet in the Championship Game on Sunday, July 17 at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN.  The tiebreak criteria to determine the participants in the Championship Game are available here.  The 28 teams that do not play in the Championship Game will play a fifth game on July 16 or July 17.  


NBA 2K23 Summer League 2022 will tip off on Thursday, July 7 with a doubleheader on ESPN.  First, the Orlando Magic, which owns the No. 1 overall pick in NBA Draft 2022 presented by State Farm, will face the Houston Rockets, who have the third and 17th overall picks, at 10 p.m. ET.  In the second game, the Detroit Pistons (No. 5 pick) will meet the Portland Trail Blazers (No. 7 pick) at 12 a.m. ET.


NBA TV will begin its live game coverage of NBA 2K23 Summer League 2022 with three games on the second day of action (Friday, July 8), starting with a matchup between the San Antonio Spurs (Nos. 9, 20 and 25 picks) and Cleveland Cavaliers (No. 14 pick) at 5 p.m. ET.  ESPN networks will air the other four games on the seven-game schedule, including the Indiana Pacers (No. 6 pick) taking on the Charlotte Hornets (Nos. 13 and 15 picks) at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN2.


On Saturday, July 9, the top four picks in NBA Draft 2022 presented by State Farm will potentially be in action when the Magic (No. 1 pick) meets the defending NBA Summer League champion Sacramento Kings (No. 4 pick) at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN and the Oklahoma City Thunder (Nos. 2 and 12 picks) faces the Rockets (No. 3 pick) at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2.  In addition, the Trail Blazers (No. 7 pick) will play the New Orleans Pelicans (No. 8 pick) at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN2.


The top two picks in NBA Draft 2022 presented by State Farm will potentially go head-to-head on Monday, July 11, when the Magic faces the Thunder at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN.  The NBA Draft will be held on Thursday, June 23 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC and ESPN.


NBA 2K23 Summer League 2022 will have two games at the Thomas & Mack Center on the first day of competition (July 7), followed by a combined six to nine games per day at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion for 10 consecutive days (July 8-17).  Fans can purchase tickets by visiting

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