Talks resume over basketball lockout - Dec 6, 2012
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Talks aimed at ending the Lebanese basketball lockout have resumed, two people with knowledge of the situation said Tuesday, claiming the conflicting sides have made great strides toward a settlement, as the stalemate enters its second week. The discussions began quietly Saturday, and are expected to continue through the week, sources told The Daily Star on the condition of anonymity because the talks were intended to remain confidential. The talks between the five objecting clubs and the Lebanese Basketball Federation are centered on a tentative deal which suggests the formation of a committee tasked to manage the top league division. Head of the basketball union Robert Abu Abdallah revealed late Monday that the league would resume Friday, announcing that the newly elected federation had agreed on launching a committee with even representation between both sides. However, Tamam Jaroudi, director of Riyadi, one of the five objecting teams, informed The Daily Star that the five clubs havent approved the statement of Abu Abdallah and that they are still holding out for their demands of forming a neutral committee comprised of the five members he said. Having said that, that does not mean we havent made a step forward, actually we are making some progress towards a solution and obviously each side has to give up a little of their demands for the sake of Lebanese basketball he added. Our main demand right now is that this committee have full power to manage the league, under the supervision of the federation, and with an assurance from the federation that they wont start planning for next years Super league, Jaroudi said. The season has been on hold since Nov. 24 and it is likely to be postponed for another week. Courtesy of: www.dailystar.com.lb
Toni, thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. How is it going? I appreciate opportunity to talk to eurobasket.. It's going OK with every new year and new challenges. You've been travelling/coaching all over the world. In recent years you've setteled in middle-east. You are coaching in Kuwait this year. What makes this part of the world special for you? Well somehow Middle East is my 2nd home..the place where I feel good and I'm on my top... the job isn't easy as many college's thinking... [read more]
Toni, thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. How is it going? I appreciate opportunity to talk to eurobasket.. It's going OK with every new year and new challenges.
You've been travelling/coaching all over the world. In recent years you've setteled in middle-east. You are coaching in Kuwait this year. What makes this part of the world special for you? Well somehow Middle East is my 2nd home..the place where I feel good and I'm on my top... the job isn't easy as many college's thinking in contrary very hard and very challenging but this is what keeps me going on.
What about basketball in Arab countries? How would you compare it with European? Basketball in Arab country's is in gigantic lift and at the moment only what they need is extra organisation and good planning together with unified league equal to Euroleague.. there are surprising good talents in Morocco... Lebanon and I've never hier in Kuwait that can easy play European leagues... but the amount of quality hours on training should be increased in Middle East. What can you say about your current team and Kuwait basketball. First Kuwait is very nice developed country with great life... Basketball in Kuwait is at the moment on its lowest point because of certain problems in Federation... the Kazma team is good organization with very interesting vision and team is at the moment in lift so we all hope to make a great season.
What can you say about your club managment and staff? Do you feel comfortable at your position? Kazma is one of the top teams in Kuwait and Im very comfortable in my roll... its management with long term plan and little lack of necessery financial support and extra coaching stuff... the younger teams are in need of extra coaches and high level coordinator that will put all lines... but I guess soon all will come in his place with time.. at least I hope.
How was in Morocco? Yes I spend 2 great years in Morocco and feel that basketball in Morocco has hidden potential but unfortunately not used always in good way... it's beautiful country with lot of talented future top players but very bad infrastructure and organisation... hope that better time will come because Morocco is great Sport minded country and deserve best.
The best player you have ever coached was ... ? Well I coached many great players in my past years and I enjoyed working with them... I will not mentioned names because they all was part of my success and would not be far to give one name. You have coached Saudi Arabian and Morocco National Teams in the past. What's the difference in coaching between NT and club? The biggest difference between NT and club is short term projects. Actually shouldn't be a differents but in NT they expect in 15-20 days to create miracles and win major championships. I prefer long term work with NT but unfortunately it isn't appreciate by Federations. Only structured work and team camps during the season can create the big long term results that every1 expect. I was asked in 2012 to coach NT of Lebanon and I didn't accept just because of short term plan that didn't give big chances of success.
Did you have more opportunities, maybe in other coutries? Will you decide to coach another NT when you get such offer? Yes every year are another offers and another possibility but I like long term work (2-3years) where in structured way you build from one team on slow way powerhouse. But again not every country work on same way and mostly is short term plans "do or die" where are coaches under great pressure and results are below expetations. Where do you see yourself in few years? Still in Middle-East? Yes, I see myself in future sure in Middle East. Basketball is Sport that connect people and at the moment most growing Sport in the world beside soccer is in Middle East. So this area is very much growing and give us coaches lot of challenges and opportunities to prove our qualitys.
Last question... what would you like to say to all American player who want to play in Arab countries? Well every import is great addition to every club. He may be American, Serbian, Australian or whichever nationality. Middle East is place to be only if you have great attitude and adjust on culture and life... it's great place to build your future career only if u work hard and don't come thinking that Middle East basketball is far below your level. You will find yourself trapped and your performance will be poor. You need focus, determination., play hard and be all around player.
My thanks for this interview and keep doing great work. Eurobasket.com is connecting people/players different color, backgrounds, religion and it's the best possible promoter of sports in general.
Defending champion Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (Pepsi LBL) strenghtened its coaching staff by adding 42-year old Greek coach Evangelos Ziagkos. He will be an assistant to Ahmad Farran. Ziagkos coached most recently at Doxa Lefkadas in Greek A2 League. He received Eurobasket.com All-Greek B League Coach of the Year Award previous season. Ziagkos has coached also professionally for other Greece teams. By Eurobasket Data Center Check also Complete Transfers List in Lebanon [read more]
Ziagkos coached most recently atDoxa Lefkadas in Greek A2 League. He received Eurobasket.com All-Greek B League Coach of the Year Award previous season. Ziagkos has coached also professionally for other Greece teams.
Best players of Lebanese Pepsi LBL round 8 - 2 days ago
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Experienced Naturalized American Shooting guard Jasmon Youngblood (195-SG-84) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's second-best Byblos and that's him to receive a Usbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8. The 32-year old shooting guard had the game-high 36 points adding four rebounds and two assists for Byblos in his team's victory, helping them to beat Louaize (#3, 5-3) 83-71. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Byblos maintains... [read more]
Experienced Naturalized American Shooting guard Jasmon Youngblood (195-SG-84) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's second-best Byblos and that's him to receive a Usbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8. The 32-year old shooting guard had the game-high 36 points adding four rebounds and two assists for Byblos in his team's victory, helping them to beat Louaize (#3, 5-3) 83-71. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Byblos maintains the 2nd position in Lebanese Pepsi LBL. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Byblos will need more victories to improve their 6-2 record. In the team's last game Youngblood had a remarkable 83.3% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 10 attempts. He has many years of experience at Byblos, through which he has constantly improved. Kent State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Youngblood is in league's top in points (8th best: 22.4ppg) and averages solid 55.0% FGP and 42.3% from behind 3-point line.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American point guard Patrick Rembert (185-PG-89) of Champville. Rembert impressed basketball fans with 32 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists. Of course Champville cruised to a 80-73 relatively comfortable win over Hoops (#10, 0-8). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Champville dropped in the standings to second-to-the-bottom (9th) position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 3-6 record. Rembert is a newcomer at Champville and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 24.7ppg (#5). He also recorded 4.3 assists per game.
The third best performed player last round was American Darrius Garrett (206-C-90) of Hoops (#10). Garrett scored 21 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Garrett's great performance Hoops lost 73-80 to slightly higher-ranked Champville (#9, 3-6). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Hoops can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 8 games. Too bad for Garrett he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Garrett has individually a great season in Lebanon. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 13.4rpg (2nd best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Ndudi Ebi (206-F-84) of Byblos - 19 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists 5. Earvin Morris (196-G-94) of Tadamon - 30 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists 6. Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-F/C-84) of Hoops - 23 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists 7. Robert Upshaw (213-C-94) of Mayrouba - 26 points and 10 rebounds 8. Geron Johnson (190-G-92) of Louaize - 32 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists 9. Herbert Hill (208-F-84) of Tadamon - 18 points and 19 rebounds 10. Maurice Kemp (203-F-91) of Tadamon - 23 points and 9 rebounds
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
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