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How Eurobasket > NBA

September 22, 2011

One. Game start times are real and mean something. Also, games don’t drag on because there aren’t “official timeouts” for commercials/ad revenue.

Two. The promotion of teams, not individual players. No one player > the team. No one player > the coach. To repeat something that Karl Malone once said, it’s the front of your jersey that matters; not the back.

Three. Games are won through teamwork, structure, and coaches’ systems. Not with one guy with superior athleticism trying to take over by himself while ignoring his teammates. Meanwhile, Eurobasket doesn’t foster an atmosphere of the latter type of basketball by hyping said athletically superior players and protecting them against–gasp!–contact with preferential officiating.

Four. The practice of both teams–win or lose–shaking hands and applauding the fans after the game. Great show of respect for your opponents and appreciation for the fans.

Five. The tournament is serious in nature as teams are playing for pride, but organizers do not take themselves too seriously and try to act all chi chi. In other words, I like how coaches are allowed to keep it casual and wear jeans. Of all the games I saw, I only saw one coach in a coat (no tie).

Six. At least the appearance of impartial officials by sending three-man crews from countries other than the ones playing to officiate games.

Seven. Finally, I like the “fouls drawn” statistic in box scores. I doubt we’ll see this in the NBA because that would make information too readily available for people to point out that Kobe and LeBron’s fouls:fouls drawn ratio is -10:80,000.

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand….that’s it for posts on Eurobasket.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Plopes permalink
    September 22, 2011 7:51 pm

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge NBA fan and have been cheering for the Jazz for 20 years, but if you love the game of basketball, the way they play in Europe will really fill your heart. Passion and team work is really what’s all about, not that cirque de soleil entettainment the NBA have become. If you really like athleticism, better watch some track and field or gymnastics.
    That’s why I got interested in the Jazz in the first place, team work, coaching, structure and respect for the game.
    Keep the great work, pal !

    • September 22, 2011 8:32 pm

      Wow. Your comment could’ve come from me and I coudn’t agree with you more. Next season, whenever that may be, will be my 20th year as a Jazz fan, and what I absolutely loved about Eurobasket is how it reminded me of the way the Jazz used to be with Jerry, Karl, and John. Team first; structure; discipline; the game played the right way.

  2. SurlyMae permalink
    September 23, 2011 11:41 pm

    Wow. Sounds like I need to give Eurobasket more of a chance…sounds like my kind of game. I became a fan of the Jazz for the same reasons.

    • September 24, 2011 12:18 am

      To be honest I probably wouldn’t have watched if there hadn’t been Jazz players playing, but I was quickly hooked by all the reasons mentioned above.

  3. Plopes permalink
    September 24, 2011 2:48 am

    Also worth watching was the FIBA Americas tournment. The game itself is kinda raw, but it was a very competitive tournment, with lots of passion and attitude. Argentina has a wonderful, very well structured team and coach Magnano did wonders to the Brazilian team. Those two will surely be playing ain a high level in London 2012.

  4. Jazzy Girl permalink
    September 24, 2011 7:17 am

    Thank you… Now I love Euroball!!

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