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domingo, 21 de abril de 2024

Clase 2024 del Basketball Hall of Fame



- Ticket Packages for Enshrinement Festivities Available Now on -


GLENDALE, ARIZ. (April 6, 2024) – The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame announced the 13 inductees in the Class of 2024 to be celebrated during this year’s Enshrinement festivities on August 16-17. The Class Announcement was made in Glendale, Ariz., the site of the 2024 NCAA Men’s Final Four, and was televised live on ESPN2.




North American Committee (in alphabetical order): Chauncey Billups, Vince Carter, Michael Cooper, Walter Davis, Bo Ryan, Charles Smith


Women's Committee: Seimone Augustus


Men’s Veteran Committee: Dick Barnett


Women's Veteran Committee: Harley Redin


International Committee: Michele Timms


Contributors Committee: Doug Collins, Herb Simon, Jerry West


"Without a shadow of doubt, the accomplishments of the 2024 class stand as a testament to unparalleled excellence," said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. "From showcasing unrivaled prowess on the courts and sidelines, spanning the high school, collegiate and professional ranks, to steering the course of basketball across an entire continent and to orchestrating a pair of dynasties, we are honored to pay tribute to these remarkable individuals alongside our esteemed award recipients.”


The Class of 2024 will be enshrined during festivities in Springfield, Mass., the Birthplace of Basketball, as well as the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn., on August 16-17. VIP packages and single-event tickets to the 2024 Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend are now available at


For the latest news and updates, follow @hoophall #24HoopClass on X (formerly Twitter) and Instagram.


North American Committee Inductees:

CHAUNCEY BILLUPS [Player] – Nicknamed "Mr. Big Shot" for his ability to deliver crucial plays in pivotal moments, Billups was a five-time NBA All-Star and the 2004 Finals MVP after leading the Detroit Pistons to their third NBA championship. During his 17-year career, Billups’ averaged 15.2 points and 5.4 assists per game, while his  89.4  free throw percentage is sixth best in NBA/ABA history. Billups was drafted third overall in 1997 by the Boston Celtics after earning Second Team All-American honors at Colorado. He is the current head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers.


VINCE CARTER [Player] – Renowned for his high-flying dunks, the former North Carolina standout was an eight-time All-Star in his 22 NBA seasons (1998-2020). Carter, who won the 2000 Slam Dunk Contest, was named the 1998-99 Rookie of the Year and is the only player in NBA history to play in four different decades. Carter averaged 16.7 points per game (21.3 as a starter) and also played a pivotal role in the success of the 2000 Sydney Olympics, clinching a gold medal with the U.S. Men's Basketball Team. He currently holds the single-season franchise scoring record for the New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets and Toronto Raptors.


MICHAEL COOPER [Player]  Cooper was named to eight NBA All-Defensive Teams, taking home First-Team accolades five times and winning Defensive Player of the Year honors in 1987. The former third-round draft pick (60th overall) out of the University of New Mexico spent his entire 12-year NBA career (1978-90) with the Los Angeles Lakers, winning five championships while routinely matching up with the opponent’s top shooter. Following his playing career, Cooper entered the coaching ranks and earned WNBA Coach of the Year accolades in 2000 with the Los Angeles Sparks before winning back-to-back WNBA titles in 2001-02.


WALTER DAVIS [Player]  The all-time leading scorer in Phoenix Suns’ history was a six-time All-Star (1978-81, ‘84, ‘87) during his 15-year NBA career with the Suns (1977-88), Denver Nuggets (1988-92) and Portland Trail Blazers (1991). Before Phoenix chose Davis with the fifth pick in the 1977 draft, the standout player from North Carolina won a gold medal in the 1976 Summer Olympics. He then averaged 24.2 points per game in his first NBA season and was named the 1978 Rookie of the Year. The late Davis had his No. 6 retired by the Suns, and in 2004, he was enshrined in the team's Ring of Honor.


BO RYAN [Coach] – Ryan went 747-233 (.762) in 32 seasons as a collegiate head coach with the University of Wisconsin-Platteville (1984-89), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (1999-2001) and University of Wisconsin (2001-15), including a 364-130 (.737) ledger in 14-plus seasons in Madison. Ryan, honored four times as the Big Ten Coach of the Year, led Wisconsin to unprecedented success, clinching four Big Ten regular-season titles, winning three Big Ten tournament championships, and making back-to-back Final Four appearances (2014-15). The four-time Division III champion (1991, ‘95, ‘98-99) was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2017.


CHARLES SMITH [Coach] – Smith is Louisiana's all-time winningest high school head coach, surpassing the previous mark of 1,071 in 2020. With nine state championships to his name, Smith’s coaching tenure at Peabody Magnet High School began in 1985 after starting as a math teacher in 1975. He guided the Warhorses to a pair of perfect seasons, going 41-0 in 2004 and 2010 and earning national top-five rankings. Smith, ESPN’s National Coach of the Year in 2010, was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 2019 and the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2021. In addition, Smith served as head coach at the McDonald’s All-American game in 2020.


Women’s Committee Inductee:

SEIMONE AUGUSTUS [Player]  Augustus, who was selected first overall in the 2006 WNBA Draft, was a four-time champion and eight-time All-Star during her 15-year WNBA career (2006-20). The cornerstone player for the Minnesota Lynx, where she spent 14 of her 15 seasons, averaged 15.4 points per game and was named the 2006 Rookie of the Year and 2011 Finals MVP. At LSU, Augustus led the Tigers to three straight Final Four appearances and won the Naismith College Player of the Year and Wooden Awards in back-to-back campaigns (2005-06).


Men’s Veteran Committee Inductee:

DICK BARNETT [Player] – Barnett first gained prominence at Tennessee A&I University, where he led the Tigers to three straight NAIA national championships (1957-59), the first historically black school to claim a men’s basketball title. The “Skull” played 14 NBA seasons with the Syracuse Nationals (1959-61), Los Angeles Lakers (1962-65) and New York Knicks (1965-73), winning a pair of titles in the Big Apple (1970, ‘73) and making his lone All-Star team in 1968. The Knicks retired his No. 12, and the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame honored his 1957–59 Tigers squad in 2019.


Women’s Veteran Committee Inductee:

HARLEY REDIN [Coach]  Redin went 431-66 in 18 seasons leading Wayland Baptist’s women’s basketball program and captured six AAU National Championships. He coached the Flying Queens to two undefeated women’s seasons (1956, ‘57), 17 top-five finishes, and went 110-2 during his first four campaigns at Wayland Baptist. The late Redin also coached the Women’s U.S. National Team in 1959, the 1971 Pan-American Games, and the 1963 World Tournament in Peru. He was the recipient of the Jostens-Berenson Service Award by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association for his lifetime of service to women’s basketball in 1992, inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999, and honored with the Naismith Award for Outstanding Contribution to the game of women’s basketball in 2000.


International Committee Inductee:

MICHELE TIMMS [Player]  A trailblazer in Australian women’s basketball, Timms became well-known as one of the best point guards in the world, representing the Australian national team throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Timms won a pair of Olympic medals with the Opals, winning bronze in 1996 and silver in 2000, and was the first Australian, male or female, to play professional basketball internationally when she suited up for Lotus München in Germany. In addition, Timms spent five seasons with the Phoenix Mercury, guiding the team to a berth in the 1998 WNBA Finals and earning an All-Star selection in 1999. The Sport Australia Hall of Fame inducted her in 2003, the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008, and the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2016. The Mercury retired her No. 7 jersey in 2002.


Contributor Committee Inductees:

DOUG COLLINS  Collins' versatile career in basketball is marked by significant achievements in roles ranging from player to coach to broadcaster, underscoring his wide-ranging impact on the sport. Following an NBA career where he was a four-time All-Star with the Philadelphia 76ers, he transitioned into coaching and accumulated over 400 wins with the Chicago Bulls (1986-89), Detroit Pistons (1995-98), Washington Wizards (2001-03) and 76ers (2010-13). Collins, who coached Hall of Famer Michael Jordan in both Chicago and Washington, also served as an analyst for various NBA-related broadcasts for CBS, NBC, TNT, TBS, and ABC/ESPN, along with working for NBC at the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics.


HERB SIMON – Simon, the longest-tenured governor in the history of the NBA, purchased the Indiana Pacers, along with his late brother Mel, back in 1983. Under Simon’s stewardship, the Pacers won numerous Central Division titles and made the franchise’s first NBA Finals in 2000. Throughout his ownership period, the Pacers have been home to legendary players like Jermaine O’Neal, Rik Smits, and Reggie Miller (Class of 2012). Beyond ownership, Simon's influence extends deeply into the heart of the Pacers’ organization, shaping its identity and impact both on and off the court through his philanthropic endeavors and civic engagement.


JERRY WEST – Previously enshrined as a player and as a member of the 1960 U.S. Olympic Team, West then went on to establish himself off the court as one of the most successful executives in the sport’s history. West played a pivotal role as the architect of a pair of Los Angeles Lakers’ dynasties during the 1980s and 2000s, drafting key players like Magic Johnson and James Worthy, acquiring Kobe Bryant, signing free agent Shaquille O'Neal, and hiring head coach Phil Jackson. He totaled eight NBA championships in Los Angeles (1980, ‘82, ‘85, ‘87-88, 2000-02) and was named Executive of the Year twice (1995, 2004). Following his time in the Lakers’ front office (1979-2000), West served as GM of the Memphis Grizzlies from 2002-07 before earning two additional NBA championships as an executive with the Golden State Warriors (2015, ‘17). West is the first member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame to be inducted as both a player and a contributor.

lunes, 18 de marzo de 2024

ClutchBasket: Basketball News




NEW YORKMar. 18, 2024 – Detroit Pistons guard Evan Fournier has been fined $25,000 for kicking the game ball into the spectator stands, it was announced today by Joe Dumars, Executive Vice President, Head of Basketball Operations.


The incident occurred following the conclusion of the Pistons’ 104-101 loss to the Miami Heat on March 17 at Little Caesars Arena.


To view the incident, click here.

Olympic Basketball Tournaments Paris 2024 Draw set for March 19

MARCH 15, 2024

MIES (Switzerland) - The Draws for the Men's and Women's Olympic Basketball Tournaments Paris 2024 on March 19 in Mies, Switzerland will be completed according to specific Draw Principles.

Scheduled to take place at the Patrick Baumann House of Basketball at 19:00 CET and performed by legends of the game Penny Taylor and Carmelo Anthony, the Draws will be available live and in full on the FIBA YouTube channel.

Men's Olympic Basketball Tournament Paris 2024 Draw Principles

A total of 12 nations will compete at the Men's Olympic Basketball Tournament Paris 2024, which is scheduled to run from July 27 to August 10. There are currently eight national teams from five different Continents that have already qualified as the host nation or based on their respective results at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023.

The remaining four tickets on offer will be punched by the winners of the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments (OQT's) which will be held between July 2 and 7 in Piraeus (Greece), Riga (Latvia), San Juan (Puerto Rico) and Valencia (Spain).

The following video explains the complete Men's Olympic Basketball Tournament Paris 2024 Draw Principles:

Men’s Olympic Basketball Tournament Paris 2024 Draw Principles

The Men's Olympic Basketball Tournament Paris 2024 Draw Principles are based on the FIBA World Ranking Men, presented by Nike, as well as other geographical principles. The distribution of the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments (OQT's) winners will be based on the best-ranked team at each event.

The teams will be divided into four pots based on the FIBA World Ranking Men, presented by Nike. In each of the final three group drawn, there will be a minimum of two and a maximum of three teams from Europe. For Africa, Americas, Asia and Oceania, there shall be no more than one team per continent in each group. 

Pot 1 - USA, the winner of OQT Spain and Germany
Pot 2 - Serbia, Australia and the winner of OQT Latvia
Pot 3 - Canada, France and the winner of OQT Puerto Rico
Pot 4 - The winner of OQT Greece, Japan and South Sudan


Women's Olympic Basketball Tournament Paris 2024 Draw Principles

A total of 12 national teams from five Continents will compete at the Women's Olympic Basketball Tournament Paris 2024, which is scheduled to run from July 28 to August 11. 

The following video explains the complete Women's Olympic Basketball Tournament Paris 2024 Draw Principles:

Women’s Olympic Basketball Tournament Paris 2024 Draw Principles

The Women's Olympic Basketball Tournament Paris 2024 Draw Principles are based on the FIBA World Ranking Women, presented by Nike, as well as other geographical principles.

The 12 teams will be divided into four pots based on the FIBA Women’s World Ranking, presented by Nike. In each of the final group drawn, there will be a minimum of one and a maximum of two teams from Europe. For Africa, Americas, Asia and Oceania, there shall be no more than one team per Continent in each group. 

Pot 1 - USA, China and Australia
Pot 2 - Spain, Canada and Belgium
Pot 3 - France, Japan and Serbia
Pot 4 - Puerto Rico, Nigeria and Germany

Renace el Coliseo Raúl “Tinajón”Feliciano en Ciales

(Ciales, Puerto Rico)–La Administración Municipal de Ciales y su alcalde, Alexander Burgos Otero dieron a conocer recientemente los detalles de lo que representa el resurgir de una de las facilidades deportivas de mayor relevancia para este pueblo, el Coliseo Raúl “Tinajón” Feliciano.

A las afueras del Río Grande de Manatí y en la entrada del casco urbano cialeño se impone una emblemática estructura que fue sede de eventos deportivos sin precedentes y que luego del paso del huracán María se ha mantenido en desuso por diferentes razones, principalmente por ubicarse en lo que se denomina una llanura inundable tema que específicamente y por cerca de tres años consecutivos fue objeto de intensos enfrentamientos por parte del primer ejecutivo municipal con agencias estatales como la Junta de Planificación y la agencia federal FEMA. “Todos los requerimientos, peticiones de información, pero sobre todo la extensa burocracia fueron superados, esto para todos los cialeños y para la administración que dirijo era un asunto cardinal y personalmente no estaba dispuesto a permitir una dilatación más, para diciembre de este mismo año las puertas del coliseo de todos los cialeños estarán abiertas”, expresó enérgicamente el alcalde cialeño.

Temas específicos como permisología, cumplimiento y mitigación de riesgos fueron atendidos para que en días recientes el Municipio de Ciales recibiera notificación de la Junta de Planificación que viabiliza el inicio de las obras planificadas para la reconstrucción de la estructura y de inmediato han comenzado los trabajos. “Hoy mismo estamos atendiendo los aspectos de limpieza que nos permitirán continuar con la fase de instalación del tabloncillo y sucesivamente todo lo concerniente a la rehabilitación de la estructura”, concluyó Burgos Otero.


NEW YORK, Mar. 10, 2024 – Minnesota Timberwolves center Rudy Gobert has been fined $100,000 for directing an inappropriate and unprofessional gesture toward a game official, and publicly criticizing the officiating, it was announced today by Joe Dumars, Executive Vice President, Head of Basketball Operations.  The fine takes into account Gobert’s past instances of conduct detrimental to the NBA with regard to publicly criticizing the officiating.


Gobert’s actions took place during and after the Timberwolves’ 113-104 overtime loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on March 8 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.



PHOENIX, March 7, 2024 – The National Basketball Association (NBA) announced today that Phoenix has been selected to host NBA All-Star 2027.  The 76th NBA All-Star Game will take place at Footprint Center, home of the Phoenix Suns, on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2027.  NBA All-Star 2027 will mark the city’s fourth NBA All-Star, having hosted the event in 1975, 1995 and 2009.


NBA Commissioner Adam Silver made the announcement today during a press conference at Footprint Center, where he was joined by Suns Chairman Mat Ishbia and Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs, with a recorded message from Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego.


“Our NBA All-Star festivities in 2027 will showcase Phoenix’s love of everything basketball,” said Silver. “And we couldn’t be more excited to work with Mat Ishbia and the entire Suns organization for what promises to be an unforgettable celebration of our sport.”


“Phoenix is the ultimate basketball destination and we are excited for fans from around the world to experience our amazing city,” said Ishbia. “We will provide an NBA All-Star Weekend unlike any other, showcasing the passion of our fans, our city, and everything that we’re building here. Thank you to the NBA and the entire Phoenix community for rallying together to bring this marquee event to Phoenix and show the world what we are all about.”


“We are excited to welcome the NBA and basketball fans to the great state of Arizona for NBA All-Star 2027.  Arizona is a premier destination for sports and entertainment, and we look forward to showing fans everything that our state has to offer,” said Governor Hobbs. “Mat Ishbia and the Phoenix Suns have elevated Phoenix as one of the greatest basketball cities in the world and we are so proud to host this iconic event together.” 


“The City of Phoenix is thrilled to host NBA All-Star 2027.  Our city is no stranger to hosting major sports and entertainment events and this is another opportunity to put Phoenix on the global stage,” said Mayor Gallego. “NBA All-Star will bring excitement and energy to the city along with significant economic impact.  Thank you to the NBA and the Phoenix Suns for the opportunity to welcome fans from around the world to our incredible city for what will be a memorable All-Star weekend.”


NBA All-Star on-court events will tip off on Friday, Feb. 19 at Footprint Center with NBA Rising Stars, an annual showcase for top rookies and second-year NBA players.  On Feb. 20, State Farm All-Star Saturday Night will feature the Kia Skills Challenge, the STARRY 3-Point Challenge and AT&T Slam Dunk.  NBA All-Star 2027 will culminate with the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 21.


The NBA will also host several events for fans of all ages at venues throughout Phoenix, including NBA All-Star Practice presented by AT&T, the Ruffles NBA All-Star Celebrity Game and an NBA All-Star fan fest, featuring basketball programming and entertainment as well as up-close access to NBA players, legends and celebrities. 


The league will also continue to celebrate its commitment to social responsibility with a full schedule of NBA Cares events during NBA All-Star 2027.  Through partnerships with schools, local and national nonprofit organizations, the league will reach thousands of children and families in Phoenix and the surrounding areas and provide critical resources to community-based programs.


Phoenix will additionally serve as host to WNBA All-Star festivities in 2024.



Phoenix most recently hosted NBA All-Star in 2009, when the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant (27 points) and the Suns’ Shaquille O’Neal (17 points in 11 minutes) shared All-Star Game MVP honors after leading the Western Conference to a 146-119 victory over the Eastern Conference.  In Rising Stars, Kevin Durant scored an event-record 46 points as a second-year NBA player with the Oklahoma City Thunder.


When NBA All-Star 1995 was held in Phoenix, the Sacramento Kings’ Mitch Richmond scored 23 points off the bench to earn the MVP award and help the Western Conference defeat the Eastern Conference 139-112 in the NBA All-Star Game.  In addition, Miami Heat players won both the Slam Dunk competition (Harold Miner) and the 3-Point Contest (Glen Rice). 


The 25th NBA All-Star Game took place in 1975 in Phoenix, where the New York Knicks’ Walt Frazier scored 30 points in an MVP-winning performance to lift the Eastern Conference past the Western Conference 108-102.



- The NBA Abu Dhabi Games 2024 Will Feature the Celtics and Nuggets Playing Two Preseason Games on Oct. 4 and 6 -


LONDON AND ABU DHABI, March 6, 2024 – The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) today announced that The NBA Abu Dhabi Games 2024 will feature the 17-time NBA champion Boston Celtics and the defending NBA champion Denver Nuggets playing two preseason games on Friday, Oct. 4 and Sunday, Oct. 6 in Abu Dhabi.


The Celtics currently feature five-time NBA All-Star Jayson Tatum, three-time NBA All-Star Jaylen Brown, 2021 NBA champion Jrue Holiday and 2018 NBA All-Star Kristaps Porziņģis.  Holiday participated in the inaugural NBA Abu Dhabi Games in 2022 as a member of the Milwaukee Bucks.  The Nuggets currently feature two-time Kia NBA Most Valuable Player and six-time NBA All-Star Nikola Jokić, Jamal Murray and Aaron Gordon.


The NBA Abu Dhabi Games 2024 will air live in the UAE, across the Middle East and around the world, reaching fans in more than 200 countries and territories on television, digital media and social media.


Ticket sales information and the venue for the games will be announced at a later date.  Fans can register their interest in receiving more information by visiting  Special ticket packages offering premium access, VIP experiences, hospitality and local hotel accommodations will be available for purchase at


The NBA Abu Dhabi Games 2024 are part of a multiyear collaboration between the NBA and DCT Abu Dhabi that features preseason NBA Global Games, the Jr. NBA Abu Dhabi League, a variety of interactive fan events featuring appearances by current and former NBA players, a series of NBA FIT clinics promoting health and wellness, and an NBA 2K League exhibition event.  The collaboration also sees DCT Abu Dhabi, under Experience Abu Dhabi – the tourism promotion initiative of the UAE’s capital – serve as the Official Tourism Destination Partner of the NBA in the Middle East, North Africa, Europe and China.


NBA games have aired in the UAE since the 1987-88 season.  Fans can follow the NBA on InstagramSnapchat and X (@NBAArabic) for the latest updates, news and content in Arabic.  NBA fans in the UAE and across the Middle East can shop online at and at the NBA Store at Yas Mall in Abu Dhabi for the widest selection of official NBA merchandise ever available in the region.



Executive Quotes:


H.E., Saleh Al Geziry, Director General for Tourism at the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi:

“Our collaboration with the NBA supports our strategy of empowering youth in the UAE, the region and beyond.  With the event now in its third year, we are excited to once again host The NBA Abu Dhabi Games 2024 and build on our track record of hosting top-tier sporting events.”


NBA Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer Mark Tatum:

“We’re excited to bring two of the best teams in the NBA to Abu Dhabi in the Celtics and the Nuggets.  There is incredible momentum around basketball in the UAE and across the Middle East, and we believe these games as well as our year-round grassroots development and fan engagement efforts will be a catalyst for the continued growth of the game in the region.”


Boston Celtics Team President Rich Gotham:

The Boston Celtics have a rich history of international travel and countless fans worldwide, and we welcome this opportunity to play for NBA fans in Abu Dhabi.  Basketball is a truly worldwide sport, and international events such as these can help inspire generations of fans across the globe.”


Kroenke Sports & Entertainment Vice Chairman Josh Kroenke:

“The Denver Nuggets organization couldn’t be more excited for the opportunity to visit and play NBA games in Abu Dhabi this coming preseason.  We look forward to this unique experience and being able to help expand the global reach of our great league.”

Serbia, Latvia make strides in Top 10 in latest FIBA World Ranking, presented by Nike

MARCH 1, 2024

MIES (Switzerland) - Serbia and Latvia are the two headline risers in the FIBA World Ranking Men, presented by Nike as both made jumps within the Top 10.

The rankings were updated after the first window of the 2025 Continental Cup Qualifiers for Asia Cup, Afrobasket, AmeriCup and EuroBasket.

Serbia improved to 757.9 points to move up one spot to fourth place. The Balkan side swapped spaces with Australia for beating higher-ranked opponents in their Qualifiers. Serbia beat 20th-ranked Finland and 23rd-ranked Georgia while Australia defeated 75th-ranked Indonesia and 50th-ranked Korea in the FIBA Asia Cup 2025 Qualifiers.

Serbia, the finalist of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 last summer, are now edging closer to the top three of USA, Spain, and Germany, all of which lost at least one game during the window.

Latvia jumped up two spots from eighth to sixth thanks to their two victories - beating world number two Spain as well as Slovakia. Those wins outweighed the FIBA AmeriCup 2025 Qualifiers performances of Canada, who beat Nicaragua twice, and Argentina, who lost one thriller against Chile. Both dropped one spot to seventh and eighth respectively.

Other European nations to move up were Czechia going from 19th to 18th; Great Britain improving from 53rd to 52nd; and Denmark jumping three spots to 55th thanks to their win over 22nd-ranked Georgia.

Cote d'Ivoire grabbed three wins in the FIBA AfroBasket 2025 Qualifiers to move up two spots to 31st - essentially swapping spots with South Sudan, who did not play in the window. Other African nations to move up the rankings are Tunisia and Egypt, both who went up one spot to 35th and 40th, respectively.

The top nation in the Asia Cup Qualifiers to improve were the Philippines, who went up one spot to 37th. Korea also rose one spot to 50th. The highest Americas team moving up is Uruguay, who rose two spots to 48th, and Chile, who moved up one spot to 61st.

For more information about the method used in the calculation of the FIBA World Ranking Men, please refer to the 'How it Works' section.

Click here to view the full FIBA World Ranking Men, presented by Nike.



– NBA to donate $10,000 to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Kids –


– Randle is being recognized for his efforts uplifting, encouraging and supporting local youth –


NEW YORK, February 29, 2024 – The NBA today announced New York Knicks forward Julius Randle as the NBA Cares Bob Lanier Community Assist Award winner for the month of January.  Randle is being recognized for his efforts uplifting, encouraging and supporting local youth.  Randle will receive the David Robinson trophy and the NBA will donate $10,000 to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Kids. 


As part of Randle’s #30 for 3 campaign – Randle pledges $500 for each three-pointer that he makes this season to the Earl Monroe New Renaissance Basketball School in New York City.  Randle’s financial commitment goes towards the high school’s literary enhancement program to improve reading and writing skills for students.  Amidst an All-Star season for Randle, he has already made 76 three-pointers and raised $38,000 for the school from this season alone.  Inspired by Randle’s support, the New York Knicks and Chase Bank have supplemented financial support for the school and provided special game day experiences as well, including the school’s boys’ and girls’ basketball teams playing at Madison Square Garden, a Jr. Knicks clinic at school and a mentorship series where students can learn about different careers in sports from Madison Square Garden executives and Knicks front office staff.  More than 300 students have been positively impacted as a result of this program.  Now in its third season, the #30 for 3 campaign has raised more than $900,000 for the school.


Additionally, Randle collaborated with the Hoop Bus to surprise youth throughout New York City with gifts and giveaways for three consecutive days.  Randle’s giveback initiative included physical education class takeovers at schools, a Wilson basketball giveaway, Sketchers giveaway and additional supplies.


“We chose MSK Kids for the charity donation because we wanted to help in any way possible with children’s cancer research in the city,” said Randle.  “With two boys of our own, helping cure childhood diseases is a passion of ours and MSK does incredible research for childhood cancer and diseases.”


Randle will be recognized in-arena as the NBA Cares Bob Lanier Community Assist Award winner during pre-game of the Feb. 29 Warriors-Knicks game.


The NBA Cares Bob Lanier Community Assist Award honors Bob Lanier, an NBA League Office executive and NBA Cares Ambassador for more than 30 years.  He had an enormous influence on the NBA family and young people globally, traveling the world to teach the values of the game and making a positive impact through his kindness and generosity.  The legacy he built will continue to live on through the NBA Cares Bob Lanier Community Assist Award recognition, which honors the next generation of players’ commitment to positively impacting their community throughout the NBA season.  Each monthly winner receives the David Robinson trophy and the NBA makes a donation to the charity or foundation of the player’s choice.  To learn more, please visit



About NBA Cares

NBA Cares is the league's global social responsibility program that builds on the NBA's mission of addressing important social issues.  NBA Cares has provided more than 6.5 million hours of hands-on service and created more than 2,200 places where kids and families can live, learn or play in 40 countries and territories.  NBA Cares partners with renowned social impact organizations to address important social issues in the areas of education, inclusion, youth and family development, and health & wellness, including: Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Vera Institute of Justice, Thurgood Marshall College Fund, UNICEF, Special Olympics, The Jed Foundation, Share Our Strength and GLSEN.



NEW YORK, February 28, 2024 – The NBA today denied the New York Knicks’ protest of their 105-103 loss to the Houston Rockets on February 12, 2024.


The Knicks protested the result of the game on the ground that a shooting foul was called incorrectly on the Knicks’ Jalen Brunson for making contact with the Rockets’ Aaron Holiday during a last-second shot attempt.  Under the standard for NBA game protests, New York was required to demonstrate that there was a misapplication of the official playing rules, as opposed to an error in judgment by game officials.  Because the foul call at issue reflected an error in judgment, New York did not demonstrate a misapplication of the playing rules, and the extraordinary remedy of upholding a game protest was not warranted. 



NEW YORK, Feb. 25, 2024 – Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler and New Orleans Pelicans forward Naji Marshall have each been suspended one game without pay for instigating and engaging in an on-court altercation during the Heat’s 106-95 victory over the Pelicans on Feb. 23 at Smoothie King Center, it was announced today by Joe Dumars, Executive Vice President, Head of Basketball Operations. 


Additionally, Heat center Thomas Bryant and Pelicans guard Jose Alvarado have each been suspended three games without pay for leaving the bench area during an on-court altercation and fighting.  Heat forward Nikola Jović has been suspended one game without pay for leaving the bench area and entering an on-court altercation. 


The incident began when Miami’s Kevin Love committed a foul on New Orleans’ Zion Williamson with 11:19 remaining in the fourth quarter.  Following that foul, Butler and Marshall engaged in a physical altercation and then Alvarado and Bryant began fighting.  For their roles, Alvarado, Bryant, Butler and Marshall were assessed technical fouls and ejected from the game.


Alvarado will begin serving his suspension tonight when New Orleans hosts the Chicago Bulls.  Marshall will also serve his suspension tonight.  Bryant will begin serving his suspension on Monday, Feb. 26 when the Heat visit the Sacramento Kings.  Butler and Jović will also serve their suspensions that night. 


To view the incident, click on the following link:



NEW YORK, Feb. 22, 2024 – The NBA announced today that Detroit Pistons forward-center Isaiah Stewart has been suspended three games without pay for initiating a physical altercation with Phoenix Suns forward-center Drew Eubanks on Feb. 14 before a game between the Pistons and Suns at Footprint Center in Phoenix.  Stewart punched and pushed Eubanks during the altercation.

Stewart will begin serving his suspension with the next NBA regular-season game that he is eligible and physically able to play, which is expected to be tonight’s game between the Pistons and Indiana Pacers at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

- JoAn Scott Named Recipient of 2024 John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award -

INDIANAPOLIS (February 16, 2024) – The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame announced the recipients of the 2024 Curt Gowdy Media Award and John Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award at NBA All-Star Weekend. 

Renowned analyst and play-by-play commentator Debbie Antonelli, former Los Angeles Times and ESPN columnist J.A. Adande“NBA Inside Stuff,” and Dennis Page of SLAM Magazine are the 2024 Curt Gowdy Media Award recipients. March Madness executive JoAn Scott is the recipient of the 2024 John Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Curt Gowdy Media Award is named in honor of the late Curt Gowdy, a legendary sports broadcaster and former Hall of Fame Board member and President. This prestigious award is presented to members of the print, electronic, and transformative media whose efforts have made a significant contribution to the game of basketball.

The Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award was instituted by the Basketball Hall of Fame’s Board of Trustees in 1973 and is the most prestigious award presented by the Hall of Fame outside of Enshrinement. Named in honor of Hall of Famer John W. Bunn (Class of 1964), the first chairman of the Basketball Hall of Fame Committee who served from 1949-64, the award honors coaches, players, and contributors whose outstanding accomplishments have impacted the high school, college, professional, and/or the international game.

Antonelli, Adande, “NBA Inside Stuff,” SLAM, and Scott will be acknowledged for their contributions to basketball during the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend on August 16-17. For further details, including ticket information, visit

Curt Gowdy Electronic Media Award Recipient – Debbie Antonelli 

Debbie Antonelli began her renowned broadcast career in 1987 and has called women’s and men’s basketball games for ESPN, ACC Network, Longhorn Network, and SEC Network, as well as CBS Sports, Fox Sports, RAYCOM Sports, Big Ten Network, NBA TV, and Westwood One. She has also served as a WNBA analyst with the Indiana Fever and Charlotte Sting. In 2017, she became the first female in 21 years to call an NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament game and has occupied the role for Turner Sports and CBS ever since. Antonelli, a three-year starter at North Carolina State, is a two-time Emmy Award winner and Gracie Award recipient for broadcast and was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2022 and the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 2021. 

Off the court, Antonelli is a lifetime member of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund Board of Directors, a contributor to the Special Olympics, and a co-founder of the Frankie and Friends anti-bullying campaign.

Curt Gowdy Print Media Award Recipient – J.A. Adande

J.A. Adande has been a trusted voice in sports for over two decades, covering major events such as the Super Bowl, NBA Finals, Olympics, and the NCAA Final Four. His career began at the Chicago Sun-Times as the Chicago Bulls completed their first three-peat, continued on to The Washington Post, and soon became a fixture in the Los Angeles Times sports section for 10 years (1997-2007) before he joined ESPN in 2007. There, he worked as an NBA sideline reporter and has been a panelist on “Around the Horn” since the show’s debut in 2002. In 2021, he co-hosted the “Beyond the Last Dance” podcast with former Bull B.J. Armstrong and the “Kobe, LeBron, and the Redeem Team” podcast with fellow Curt Gowdy Award winner Jack McCallum.

In 2017, J.A. became the Director of Sports Journalism at Northwestern’s Medill School, his alma mater.

Curt Gowdy Transformative Media Award Recipient – “NBA Inside Stuff”

The Transformative Media Award honors an individual or organization that has dramatically changed the format, presentation, or enjoyment of the coverage of basketball through the use of traditional and emerging media. This Award recognizes those who have had a significant, fresh, and lasting impact on the format, content generation, fan enjoyment, and understanding of the game, as demonstrated by “NBA Inside Stuff,” featuring Ahmad Rashad and Willow Bay.

“NBA Inside Stuff,"  produced by NBA Entertainment and aired on NBC, debuted in 1990 and was one of the most influential sports shows in the history of television. Delivering a weekly 30-minute mix of music, highlights, pop culture, news, and unprecedented player and team access, “NBA Inside Stuff," along with NBA on NBC broadcasts, catapulted the league to new heights in the ‘90s.

The show’s hosts, Ahmad Rashad and Willow Bay, masterfully set the energetic (and hip) tone. Their on-air chemistry and connection with the players resonated with the Saturday morning audience, a groundbreaking programming move for a sports league. The show was so popular that it spawned many media properties focusing on the intersection of sports, music, and pop culture.

Popular weekly staples in this personality-driven show included “Rewind” (Rashad’s weekly recap of league action); “Jam Session” (an upbeat fusion of highlights and popular music); and behind-the-scenes player and team features. The result was a weekly must-watch pulse of the league destination.

“NBA Inside Stuff” aired on NBC for 12 seasons (1990-2002) before moving to ABC (2002-06).

Curt Gowdy Transformative Media Award Recipient – SLAM Magazine/Dennis Page

Dennis Page, a notable figure in the world of sports media, is the founder and original publisher of SLAM Magazine. The ground-breaking publication has provided a unique and bold perspective on basketball culture, personalities, and stories, establishing itself as a pivotal platform for delivering in-depth coverage of basketball and showcasing the relationship between sports and lifestyle. The Trenton, New Jersey, native served as publisher for Guitar World before playing a crucial role in shaping SLAM’s inception and success. It was his original concept of a "hip hop magazine about basketball" that he transformed into a reality, spearheading the process that led to the publication of the inaugural edition of SLAM in May 1994. Known for its iconic covers, SLAM has produced over 200 editions over the years, each contributing to its legacy as a pivotal source for basketball enthusiasts seeking a deeper understanding of the game and its cultural impact.

John Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient – JoAn Scott

JoAn Scott has been an admired businesswoman in the basketball landscape for almost four decades, beginning in 1987 when she started at USA Basketball. Scott worked at USA Basketball from 1987-96, culminating as the director of basketball operations from 1992-96. During that time, she was a staff administrator for the original Dream Team at the 1992 Olympics, as well as the United States’ 1996 Olympic team. 

Scott then spent the next 17 years at Nike (1996-2013), where she had key roles in the 2002 FIBA World Basketball Championship and the 2010 and 2012 Olympic Games. During her tenure at Nike, she managed and fostered relationships between the company and many universities.

After serving as the managing director of men’s basketball championships for the last 11 years, Scott has ascended to vice president of men’s basketball now with oversight of the Division I, II, and III Men’s Basketball Championships, the National Invitation Tournament, and the NCAA Men’s College Basketball Academy. Scott also manages the NCAA Championships Engagement Unit, which supports corporate partner activations, branding, marketing, fan events, and game presentations for all NCAA championships.

Previous Curt Gowdy Media Award Recipients:

Year - Print/Electronic/Transformative/Insight

1990 - Dick Herbert/Curt Gowdy

1991 - Dave Dorr/Marty Glickman

1992 - Sam Goldaper/Chick Hearn

1993 - Leonard Lewin/Johnny Most

1994 - Leonard Koppett/Cawood Ledford

1995 - Bob Hammel/Dick Enberg

1996 - Bob Hentzen/Billy Packer

1997 - Bob Ryan/Marv Albert

1998 - Larry Donald & Dick Weiss/Dick Vitale

1999 - Smith Barrier/Bob Costas

2000 - Dave Kindred/Hubie Brown

2001 - Curry Kirkpatrick/Dick Stockton

2002 - Jim O’Connell/Jim Nantz

2003 - Sid Hartman/Hot Rod Hundley

2004 - Phil Jasner/Max Falkenstien

2005 - Jack McCallum/Bill Campbell

2006 - Mark Heisler/Bill Raftery

2007 - Malcolm Moran/Al McCoy

2008 - David DuPree/Bob Wolff

2009 - Peter Vecsey/Doug Collins

2010 - Jackie MacMullan/Joe Tait

2011 - Alexander Wolff/Jim Durham

2012 - Sam Smith/Bill Schonely

2013 - John Feinstein/Eddie Doucette

2014 - Joe Gilmartin/John Andariese

2015 - Rich Clarkson/Woody Durham

2016 - David Aldridge/Jay Bilas

2017 - Harvey Araton/Craig Sager

2018 - Andy Bernstein/Doris Burke

2019 - Marc Stein/Ralph Lawler

2020 - Michael Wilbon/Mike Breen/Inside the NBA/Jim Gray

2021 - Mel Greenberg/Mike Gorman/George Kalinsky

2022 - M.A. Voepel/Walt Frazier/Dick Ebersol

2023 - Holly Rowe/Marc Spears/CBS Sport

Previous John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients:

1973 - John Bunn

1974 - John Wooden

1975 - J. Walter Kennedy

1976 - Henry P. Iba

1977 - Clifford B. Fagan

1978 - Curt Gowdy

1979 - Eddie Gottlieb

1980 - Arnold "Red" Auerbach

1981 - Ray Meyer

1982 - Daniel Biasone

1983 - Robert J. Cousy

1984 - Lawrence F. O'Brien

1985 - Lee Williams

1986 - Grady W. Lewis

1987 - David R. Gavitt

1988 - Haskell Hillyard

1989 - George E. Killian

1990 - Pat Head Summitt

1991 - Morgan B. Wootten

1992 - Will Robinson

1993 - Joe Vancisin

1994 - William Wall

1995 - Pete Carlesimo

1996 - Vic Bubas

1997 - C.M. Newton

1998 - Tex Winter

1999 - The Harlem Globetrotters

2000 - Meadowlark Lemon        

2001 - Tom Jernstedt

2002 - Harvey Pollack

2003 - Joe O'Brien

2004 - Zelda Spoelstra

2005 - Marty Blake

2006 - Betty Jaynes

2007 - Thomas “Satch” Sanders

2008 - Val Ackerman

2009 - Johnny "Red" Kerr

2010 - Don Meyer

2011 - Brian McIntyre

2012 - Pat Williams

2013 - George Raveling

2014 - Alvin Attles

2015 - Rod Thorn

2016 - Jim Delany

2017 - Michael Goldberg

2017 - Donald “Dee” Rowe

2018 - Harley Redin & Jim Host

2019 - Del Harris & Harry Glickman

2020 - Timothy Nugent 

2022 - Reggie Minton

2023 - Tom Konchalski

About the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame

Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the city where basketball was born, the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting, preserving, and celebrating the game of basketball at every level—men and women, amateur and professional players, coaches, and contributors—both domestically and internationally. The Hall of Fame museum is home to more than 400 inductees and over 40,000 square feet of basketball history. Nearly 200,000 people visit the Hall of Fame museum each year to learn about the game, experience the interactive exhibits, and test their skills on the Jerry Colangelo "Court of Dreams." Best known for its annual marquee Enshrinement Ceremony honoring the game’s elite, the Hall of Fame also operates over 70 high school and collegiate competitions annually throughout the country and abroad. For more information on the Basketball Hall of Fame organization, its museum, and events, visit, follow @hoophall #GowdyAward or call 1-877-4HOOPLA.



NEW YORK, Feb. 16, 2024 – LA Clippers head coach Tyronn Lue has been fined $35,000 for public criticism of the officiating and for questioning the integrity of game officials, it was announced today by Joe Dumars, Executive Vice President, Head of Basketball Operations.


Lue’s actions took place outside the Clippers’ locker room after the team’s 130-125 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Feb. 14 at Chase Center.

FIBA Executive Committee meeting held at NBA All-Star weekend 

FEBRUARY 19, 2024

INDIANAPOLIS (USA) - FIBA’s Executive Committee has held its second meeting of the current working cycle at the All-Star 2024 weekend, strengthening its unique collaboration with the NBA.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver opened the meeting and emphasized the close collaboration that the two organizations hold, built over years of collaborative efforts on various projects and initiatives which had paved the way for the growth of basketball.

During the meeting, USA Basketball received a special commemorative gift to recognize the Federation’s 50th anniversary. FIBA President Sheikh Saud Ali Al Thani presented the gift to Jim Tooley, USA Basketball Chief Executive Officer and FIBA Competitions Commission Men’s National Teams Deputy Chair.

The following key topics were discussed during the meeting:

FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments 2024 and Olympic Basketball Tournaments Paris 2024

Reports were received on the preparations for the Olympic Basketball Tournaments for both men and women, to be held in Lille (Group Phase) and Paris (Final Phase) from July 26 to August 11.

The FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournaments 2024 were successfully held recently in BelgiumBrazil, China, and Hungary. The three days of competition witnessed record crowds and exciting match-ups, with twelve teams securing their place in the upcoming Olympic Games.

The FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments 2024 will be played from July 2 to 7 in Riga, Valencia, Piraeus, and San Juan. The draw for both Olympic Basketball Tournaments will take place on March 19 at FIBA’s headquarters in Switzerland.

FIBA Continental Cups 2025

The Executive Committee received reports on the preparations for next year's Continental Cups, to be played across the four regions. Window 1 of the Continental Cup 2025 Qualifiers commences on February 19 and runs through to February 27. The FIBA AfroBasket 2025 Qualifiers will see the participation of 20 national teams, while the FIBA AmeriCup 2025 Qualifiers will feature 16 teams from across the region. Twenty-four national teams will battle it out at FIBA Asia Cup 2025 Qualifiers, and the FIBA EuroBasket 2025 Qualifiers will see 32 teams vying for a spot in the showcase event.

FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2026 Pre-Qualifying Tournaments

Preparations are underway for the newly implemented Pre-Qualifying Tournaments for FIBA’s flagship women’s event. The FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2026 Pre-Qualifying Tournaments will take place in August 2024 and will include four teams not qualified from FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournaments to Paris 2024 plus 12 teams from FIBA Women’s Continental Cups 2023, with a maximum of 4 teams per region. For more information on this, click here.


The Executive Committee heard a comprehensive recap of the recent FIBA 3x3 World Tour season of 2023 which saw 18 stops covering the entire world, finishing in December with a spectacular World Tour Final in Jeddah. A report was also received on the upcoming 3x3 2024 season, which will also include 3x3’s return to the Olympic Games in July.

Club Competitions

Updates were received on FIBA’s club competitions, including the upcoming fourth season of the Basketball Africa League which tips off on March 9, the current Basketball Champions League, currently in the middle of its Round of 16, and Basketball Champions League Americas seasons, along with the West Asia Super League current season and the East Asia Super League, which will start its Final Four shortly.

eFIBA Season 2

The Executive Committee received a season recap report of the successfully eFIBA Season 2, which cumulated in the World Finals being played at a first-ever eFIBA Lan event at the DreamHack Winter 2023 in Sweden.

FIBA Academy

A report was received on one of FIBA’s newest initiatives, the FIBA Academy. The FIBA Academy aims to provide international programs to the wider basketball community to further develop skills and competencies of participating individuals through various learning and immersive experiences in their respective fields. This platform will be made available to executives of basketball organizations including National Federations, national leagues and professional clubs, as well as players, coaches and officials.

The FIBA Academy also aims to provide National Federations with a comprehensive catalogue of self-paced online courses to share knowledge on a variety of targeted topics in several fields and is part of FIBA’s strategic priority, to Empower National Federations.




NEW YORK, Feb. 15, 2024 – The NBA announced today that LA Clippers forward P.J. Tucker has been fined $75,000 by the NBA for public comments reported during the week of February 5 expressing a desire to be traded to another team. 

Germany and Hungary big climbers in latest FIBA World Ranking Women, presented by Nike

FEBRUARY 15, 2024

MIES (Switzerland) - Germany and Hungary are the headline risers in the updated edition of the FIBA World Ranking Women, presented by Nike.

Refreshed in the wake of the FIBA Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournaments 2024 which took place recently in Antwerp, Belem, Xi'An and Sopron, there are a number of climbers in the updated rankings.

Germany wrote a historic new chapter in Belem when they celebrated taking a ticket to the Women's Olympic Basketball Tournament Paris 2024, which means they are now looking forward to appearing at the Games for the very first time.

They're now also ranked in the Top 20 after moving up six places to 19th on 322.8 points, also providing exciting momentum for German basketball in their role as host nation of the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup 2026.

Meanwhile, Hungary competed on the global stage for the first time in recent times and while it proved to be a bitter-sweet experience after only missing out on Paris 2024 by a single basket, their efforts have been recognized in the rankings. They also now rise up into the Top 20 after climbing five places to 16th on 357.7 points. 

The Top 10 of the rankings remains unchanged and that is reflective of the current stability and consistency of the leading nations in the world, as well as only three games being played at the FIBA Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournaments 2024.

Every Top 10 nation will be appearing at the Women's Olympic Basketball Tournament Paris 2024 except for Brazil, who were only just squeezed out of a spot. 

Elsewhere, Puerto Rico stepped up one place to 11th on 495.1 points, which takes them above Nigeria who are now 12th on 490.1 points.

While both nations will hit the floor at Paris 2024 after posting successful campaigns at their respective FIBA Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournaments, it is the historical element of the ranking which has resulted in Nigeria dropping one place. Specifically, their success at the FIBA Women's AfroBasket 2021 now carries less weight due to the amount of time elapsed since their success at the event. 


NEW YORK, Feb. 14, 2024 – Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young has been fined $35,000 for directing an inappropriate and unprofessional gesture toward a game official, it was announced today by Joe Dumars, Executive Vice President, Head of Basketball Operations.


The incident occurred with 3:58 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Hawks’ 136-126 loss to the Chicago Bulls on February 12 at State Farm Arena.


 Suns Launch Online Contest for Fans to Name Team 


NEW YORK and PHOENIX, Feb. 14, 2024 – The NBA G League and Phoenix Suns today announced that the Suns have acquired the right to own and operate an NBA G League team, which is set to debut in the 2024-25 season. With today’s announcement, the NBA G League expands to a record 32 teams, while all 30 NBA teams now own or operate an NBA G League affiliate.

“Bringing a G League team to Phoenix was one of my first priorities as owner,” said Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury team owner Mat Ishbia. “Adding a G League team creates another area for us to compete to be the best and will be a vital tool to help develop players and coaches. Just like the Suns and Mercury, our G League team will serve as a community asset and make a positive impact on and off the court.”

A team for the community, the Suns NBA G League team will pay homage to how the Phoenix Suns were named in 1968 through a public contest. Fans will have the chance to name the NBA G League team via an online contest,* now through Feb. 28, by submitting entries to The winning submission will receive free tickets for the team’s inaugural NBA G League season and a $1,000 cash prize.

“We are honored to welcome Mat Ishbia and the Phoenix Suns to the NBA G League, and are thrilled to achieve our long-stated goal that each of the 30 NBA teams has an NBA G League affiliate,” said NBA G League President Shareef Abdur-Rahim. “The NBA G League has never been more valuable to NBA teams than it is today, and the Suns’ investment only reinforces that reality. I can’t wait to join fans in the Valley next season to enjoy the unique brand of NBA G League basketball.”

The Suns NBA G League team will play its home games in the Phoenix metro area. More details on the venue, as well as the team’s name and logo, will be announced in the spring.

The NBA G League is a proven developer of NBA talent. Almost 60 percent of current NBA players have NBA G League experience, while eight NBA head coaches were NBA G League coaches first. The NBA G League also acts as the NBA’s research and development laboratory, testing innovative rules now used in the NBA, including the Coach’s Challenge and the 14-second shot-clock reset rule.

*G League naming contest rules and eligibility available here.

Penny Taylor and Carmelo Anthony to perform draws for the Olympic Basketball Tournaments on March 19

FEBRUARY 13, 2024

MIES (Switzerland) - The highly anticipated Olympic Basketball Tournaments Paris 2024 Draws for both men and women are scheduled for March 19 and will take place at the Patrick Baumann House of Basketball in Mies, Switzerland, at 19:00 CET.

International basketball legends Penny Taylor of Australia and Carmelo Anthony of the USA will perform as hosts for the Draws.

Taylor, the MVP of the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup 2006 after leading the Opals to the title, claimed Olympic silver medals at the 2004 and 2008 Games. She also played at the 2016 Olympics when Australia were fifth. She was recently inducted to the 2023 Class of FIBA Hall of Fame.

Anthony is second on the all-time scoring list for the USA. He won gold medals at the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympics and bronze at the 2004 Athens Games.

With the conclusion of the FIBA Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournaments 2024 held in BelgiumBrazilChina, and Hungary, all 12 teams for the women's draw are now confirmed:

Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, Nigeria, Puerto Rico, Serbia, Spain and USA

Eight of the 12 teams for the men's tournament are already known:

Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Serbia, South Sudan and USA.

France are qualified as hosts and the other nations have qualified at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023.

Slots in the men's draw will also be reserved for the winners of the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments 2024 to be held from July 2nd to July 7th in Riga, Valencia, Piraeus, and San Juan.

The draw principles will be announced at a later stage and will be based on the FIBA World Ranking Men and the FIBA World Ranking Women, presented by Nike, and geographical principles.

The draws will be livestreamed on FIBA's YouTube channel.

Field confirmed for the Women's Olympic Basketball Tournament Paris 2024

FEBRUARY 12, 2024

MIES (Switzerland) - The 12-team field for the Women's Olympic Basketball Tournament Paris 2024 is now complete following the successful conclusion of the four FIBA Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournaments, in Antwerp, Belgium; Belem, Brazil; Xi'An, China and Sopron, Hungary.

A total of 11 teams already have previous Olympic appearances, but there was a significant new chapter written for Germany, who will make history when they appear at the Games for the very first time.

The last tickets to the Olympic Games were claimed on Sunday by Canada, Germany, Japan, Serbia and Spain. Australia, Belgium, China, Nigeria and Puerto Rico qualified on Friday and Saturday.

FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup 2022 champions USA and the hosts of the Olympic Games, France, had guaranteed spots in the Olympics ahead of the FIBA Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournaments.

The full list of the 2024 Women's Olympic Basketball Tournament teams is as follows:

Puerto Rico

Emma Meesseman (Belgium), Gabby Williams (France), Mai Yamamoto (Japan) and Ezi Magbegor (Australia) all received TISSOT MVP awards following impressive individual displays at the respective tournaments. 

The Women's Olympic Basketball Tournament Paris 2024 will take place from July 29 to August 11.



NEW YORK, Feb. 8, 2024 – Chicago Bulls center Andre Drummond has been fined $15,000 for making an inappropriate gesture on the playing court, it was announced today by Joe Dumars, Executive Vice President, Head of Basketball Operations.


The incident occurred with 1:22 remaining in overtime of the Bulls’ 129-123 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Feb. 6 at United Center.

DAZN deepens basketball offer with global distribution deal for FIBA's Courtside 1891 product

FEBRUARY 8, 2024

MIES/LONDON (Switzerland/UK) - DAZN Group, the world's sports entertainment platform, FIBA and Two Circles, today announce a long-term strategic partnership that sees DAZN become a global distributor of Courtside 1891.*

Courtside 1891 is the home of FIBA live streaming, with a focus on national team basketball.

Courtside 1891 hosts live and on-demand content from FIBA's international competitions, including both FIBA World Cups and their Qualifiers, as well as all FIBA Continental Cup competitions and Youth World Cups. In addition, users can watch live and on-demand content from pan-regional club competitions such as 
Basketball Champions LeagueFIBA Intercontinental CupEuroLeague Women and East Asia Super League as well as from domestic leagues such as Liga Endesa, NBL, Japanese B. League and much more.

The new announcement will see Courtside 1891 made available as a standalone offering on DAZN, with both premium paid-for and free-to-access content available to registered users, similar to NFL Game Pass, which was launched globally on DAZN in 2023.

This builds on DAZN and FIBA's longstanding relationship, centred on their joint venture, FIBA Media, which remains unchanged. Since 2016,
 DAZN and FIBA have partnered in operating FIBA Media, in particular, to maximize the B2B distribution of FIBA's expansive media rights.

Separately, FIBA and Two Circles 
launched Courtside 1891 in 2022 as part of a strategic direct-to-consumer (D2C) partnership, with the service being a part of FIBA's extensive broadcast distribution of FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 last year.

Under this new arrangement, FIBA will leverage DAZN's global reach and innovative technology stack to extend its D2C distribution and develop new engaging formats and products for the Courtside 1891 proposition. This arrangement will complement the existing extensive set of broadcast relationships which FIBA Media has negotiated with media partners, ensuring global distribution of live coverage from FIBA’s premier competitions.

To celebrate the launch of Courtside 1891 on DAZN, games played by the USA and France national teams throughout February at the 
FIBA Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament 2024 and the FIBA Continental Cup 2025 Qualifiers will be available to fans within the USA and France respectively for free on Courtside 1891 on DAZN.

Shay Segev, DAZN Group CEO, said: "DAZN already has a strong portfolio of basketball on our platform. Basketball is the third most watched sport on DAZN and we have big ambitions to become a primary destination for fans of the sport across the world. We have had a long and collaborative relationship with FIBA, and I look forward to working ever more closely with them and other partners to bring this premium action to basketball fans."

Frank Leenders, Director General of FIBA Media and Marketing Services, said: "FIBA is very pleased to announce this partnership with DAZN, which represents an important extension of the distribution and visibility of FIBA's major events through the Courtside 1891 product. Furthermore, this addition to the already expansive partnership between FIBA and DAZN is an example of the synergies we have achieved together. DAZN is the global leader in sports D2C and they continue to recognise the undoubted value of both international and club basketball."

Kris Gotsch, Two Circles' Managing Director, EMEA Services & Product, said: "This latest partnership marks a significant step in our collaborative journey to bring more basketball to more fans, in more markets around the world. By developing these direct, genuine relationships we hope to create even more opportunities to know our fans best for years to come."

DAZN already broadcasts a number of other basketball competitions in various markets, including the National Basketball Association (NBA) in Germany and Belgium; the WNBA in Germany, Austria and Switzerland; the Basketball Champions League in France and Italy; the basketball Serie A (LBA), EuroLeague and EuroCup in Italy; FIBA events in Japan and Italy; and Liga ACB in Portugal.


Spectacular FIBA social media numbers seal record-breaking year of success

FEBRUARY 5, 2024

MIES (Switzerland) - FIBA enjoyed unprecedented social media engagement during 2023 to highlight the success of its global events and a soaring worldwide appetite for basketball content.

The record-breaking numbers across @FIBA channels, which include
 FacebookInstagramThreadsXYouTubeTikTokTwitchSina WeiboDouyinWeChatToutiao and Kuaishou see FIBA ranked #1 for engagement and video views among Olympic International Federations, according to leading analytics platform Blinkfire.
Engagements witnessed a 99.4 percent increase from 85 million to 169.6 million, while video views rocketed, with a new high of 2.4 billion, representing an increase of more than a third at 33.5 percent from the 1.82 billion during the previous calendar year.

Similarly, the appetite for basketball content was evident in the ever-increasing number of followers being attracted to @FIBA channels. They grew 28 percent to 24.1 million from 18.9 million. FIBA's extensive social media ecosystem encompasses over 25 event and regional verticals, with nearly 100 accounts providing coverage of basketball in every corner of the globe.

Factoring in the broader suite of social media channels under the FIBA banner for specific competitions and regions, the consolidated numbers are even more impressive. This includes the outstanding 
social media numbers of FIBA 3x3 for the 2023 season, with the demand for content at an all-time high for the discipline.
For all FIBA accounts, there was an increase of 129.6 percent in engagements compared to 2022, with the new headline number soaring skywards to 339.5 million engagements. The 5.1 billion video views marked an increase of 60.6 percent, and there were 49.1 million followers - up 25.6 percent on the prior year.

A key driver for the amazing growth across all social platforms was the stellar success of the showpiece 
FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023, which generated intense interest globally for the sport. Widely heralded as the best FIBA event in history, the way it engaged with existing fans and attracted new fans to the sport was exceptional. 

The FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 earned a breathtaking 4.6 billion video views, 480 million engagements and 20 billion impressions, on both owned and earned channels, to leave a lasting and indelible footprint.

"We are all thrilled by 2023 returning such impressive social media numbers and underlining how more people than ever are following and engaging with the sport," stated FIBA Secretary General Andreas Zagklis.

"Attracting even more followers and new fans is vital if we want to meet our aim of continually growing basketball globally.

"Our digital platforms are more than keeping pace with the different ways that people want to consume basketball across multiple channels right around the world. That is also why FIBA is so dedicated to embracing new technology and innovations in our sport," concluded Zagklis. 

FIBA and TCL to 'Inspire Greatness' with extension of Global Partnership for another four years

JANUARY 18, 2024

MIES (Switzerland) - FIBA and global leading tech brand TCL will continue their relationship as Global Partners for another four years after agreeing to build on their already highly successful collaboration.

Having partnered since 2018, TCL premium level branding has been showcased at all of FIBA's major tournaments. This included last year's 
FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023, where TCL played a crucial role in helping deliver FIBA's biggest and most successful event in international basketball history. TCL also built commercial display booths in all three host countries of the World Cup and had Fan Cams for on-court activities in all 92 games.

Meanwhile, TCL has become synonymous with high performance and excellence through the 'TCL Player of the Game' award at FIBA events. Harnessing the power of brand exposure in FIBA's leading competitions, this platform has accelerated TCL's globalization and they have been able to use this to increase their influence, bringing the local markets benefits from both a sales and reputation perspective.
FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Global Ambassador Luis Scola was on hand at the closing ceremony of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 to present the TCL Player of the Game to Franz Wagner of Germany.
Both FIBA and TCL also delivered a Corporate Social Responsibility project together. The 'Break and Believe' initiative to boost the appeal of girls and women's basketball was launched at the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup 2022 in Australia and has been an exciting part of FIBA's renowned 'Her World, Her Rules' project.

FIBA Secretary General Andreas Zagklis said: "FIBA and TCL enjoy a strong partnership that is now being extended to a third consecutive World Cup cycle. 

"TCL has not only become synonymous with some of the best player performances in FIBA competitions, but they have also shown a great appetite to support wider basketball campaigns. The highly active part they have played in promoting 
Women in Basketball, one of our strategic priorities, is the kind of added value that makes us particularly satisfied to be extending this agreement for another four years."

Vice President of TCL Technology, Ms. Wei Xue, commented: "TCL is honored to extend this strategic cooperation with FIBA for the next four years. During the past six years in our partnership, through our successful collaboration together, we have experienced international events such as the FlBA Basketball World Cup and the FlBA Women's Basketball World Cup, which have brought passion and joy to basketball fans worldwide.

"Working together with FIBA again, TCL aims to further accelerate its process of globalization through FIBA's international exposure and activations, improving TCL's global brand influence. Let's continue to inspire greatness."

This agreement was brokered by FIBA Marketing, the strategic partnership between FIBA and Infront.