As August and September roll around, the basketball world does NOT calm down.
There are FIBA Tournaments set to be held in Slovenia and Caracas, among other places, as teams try to earn berths to the World Cup in Spain next summer.
I have gone on rifts before, but sometimes rifts are worth repeating.
FIBA basketball is better than NBA basketball for the following reasons:
- The games take less than 2 hours to play. There is an actual flow. In the NBA there are too many TV timeouts. In FIBA, if a timeout is called, 60 seconds are put on the shot clock. And when those 60 seconds are over, the ball is going back into play whether the players are ready or not. Again, this is called “flow.”
- Fighting is not allowed, but it is tolerated to a much greater degree. If there is an altercation, you can bet your bottom Euro that both benches will empty. FIBA does not have a
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On that latter note, it was somewhat surprising to see Goran Dragin ejected early in a Slovenia-Turkey game for instigating a mini-brawl by shoving Dogus Balbay of Turkey. (Check out the bitch slap retaliation Balbay came up with: