Just asking out of curiousity and was hoping to get a opinions on what makes basketball in your country unique from traditional American ball and/or vice versa. Googling for this type of information would be more convenient, but I'd rather ask those who actually view the game in their countries and could give valid input into what I'm asking. Can't ask a machine everything, right?
I'll let you know in 3 months i'll beback in italy.
I'm from Australia and the biggest difference in the NBL is we allow hand-checks but don't allow bodying up and playing physical like the NBA. A lot of american imports struggle to adapt to this and thus struggle to play consistently, always being in foul trouble or can't get ahold of the hand checks, it's disappointing because we can clearly see that they could easily dominate if the league was reffed a little differently. Hope that answers your question.
Yes Big D. Thanks for your input. And Scottoant, I'm gonna remember so don't be suprised when I call you out in 3 months.
Keep 'em comin', folks.
Im from Bosnia,where basketball matches are played on low number of baskets..hard defence and good shooting..our players are known for they 3 pt shooting..Mirza Teletovic is one of the best in Europe :)
Detroit has often been compared to third world countries.....Does that count?
Well Sasha Vujacic won the all star game MVP in Turkey.... So thats a difference between ball here and turkey
Toronto is making ballers now, watch out
American hoops fan living in rural Japan. Japanese ballers are short.
Uhm, we have a 10 team professional league with 4 teams owned by 1 person, 3 teams owned by another person. =P We're currently ranked 45 in FIBA Mens
I'm from Spain
My country believes in Juan Carlos Navarro, the best player, ahead of Pau Gasol.
Juan Carlos Navarro has won many awards, you could publish a book with them.
My list of best Spanish players (from the Spanish point of view)
1 - Juan Carlos Navarro
2 - Pau Gasol
3 - Jose Manuel Calderon
4 - Marc Gasol
5 - Felipe Reyes
6 - Rudy Fernandez
7 - Ricky Rubio
8 - Sergio Llull
9 - Jorge Garbajosa
10 - Alex Mumbru
Honorable Mention: Berni Rodriguez, Carlos Jimenez
No love for Manu?
^Typical American, Manu is from Argentina, which is part of South America.
Damn, I know Public School education is bad(I know first hand, lol) but not this bad, lol.
Please forgive my foolish remark, Ghandi.
New Zealand what! lol. I'm Filo and Spanish though so I'm like three races in one. Basketball's starting to pick up here even got my rugby friends to start playing it and now they're watching it on tv. I do have to say that every year players seem to become more athletic and more and more pacific islanders are starting to play this game as well.
From Toronto. There is a lot of passionate basketball fans here, but there is also a lot of clueless fans here as well who know nothing about the game. Toronto is about to be a hot bed for NBA talent in a few years, as we have a lot of great players coming up. What I hate the most is how Americans act like Toronto is a small market or something, and we live in igloos here. Toronto is the 4th largest city in the NBA.
In my country Gohan is a helluva pg and piccolo holds down the paint well
^ I was just there. I loved the Goku on Vegeta matchup
No current players in the NBA atm but Steve Adams should be good in a few year.
Im from Australia and I dont watch a whole lot of our NBL because the level is pretty poor to be honest.
Another Australian here. Biggest difference is at the junior levels; there isn't really that pick-up culture here, so a lot of players only play organised ball and don't develop a ridiculous handle or many flashy moves. Games are very competitive, a lot of coaches focus on teaching kids systems instead of developing their skills at a young age.
Also, at the junior level the coaches are all volunteers, even if you have coaching accreditation. Schools still pay their coaches, but high school competitions aren't the focus here.
A lot of players really hustle here, given many young players also play Australian Rules Football, which is a very physical game, and apply that attitude to balling.
Big D where you from ?
From England, basketball is very small time here, there is a professional league but the standard is woeful, whenever Deng suits up for Team GB, he's treated like LeBron (seriously). I don't recall ever reading a basketball article in the newspapers, Football (Soccer) is the sport followed by Rugby and Cricket therefore the pages are dominated by those sports. Finding people that like Basketball here is tough, i know they're out there though.
NBA games are on pretty late but it's worth it, not as late as other countries but still late which is probably an inconvenience for most English people and it affects its popularity.
In my experience, i haven't seen many English posters on basketball forums which is sad.
Where we take NBA rejects and make them stars. Just like a ton of other small european nations who give passports(in the matter of months, if not days) to foregners(mainly Americans) in order to be competative on European championships.
Main difference between basketball here and the NBA I would say is defence. It's horrible here. No hustle, no positioning, bad coverage. Horrible free-throw % all around the league.
As far as ruling goes... if a Bulgarian ref was officiating a NBA game there would be tons of traveling calls, I guess it has more to do with FIBA rules. When I'm watching NBA games I'm usually like "wtf? how was that not traveling?" and it happens like... half a dozen times per game.
Here in The Netherlands we don´t have much of a good league. If Oriene Greene is one of the best basketballplayers of the last few years that says enough I think. The games that I sporadically watch are mainly based on shooting and soft inside basketball.
I'm Indian, been there twice, but there really is no popularity at all over there. It's basically just cricket, but hopefully Satnam Singh(the 15 year old 7'0 kid) can change that.
@Sharpe, yes i know of Richards, i've heard that he signed with a Swiss team on loan from his European team Gran Canaria, i believe the move was to get him back up to speed after his injury last season, the Spurs intended to buy out his contract when the lock-out was over and then send him to the D-league, nothing materialised.
He's doing okay in a poor league for his team in Switzerland:
11.7 ppg 7.2rpg 0.7spg 0.2bpg 53.7FG% 73.0FT% 26.0mpg
Like i said okay, probaby not a serious building block for the Spurs, but he could be a piece of the bench, he needs to get stronger and more aggressive as he plays more of a face-up game, it would've been better if he was in the Spurs' reach and was sent to the D-league IMO. Having said that, he wouldn't be much of a contributor at this point, his offensive game is good but i haven't seen him play a reasonable opposition to know It's NBA good or even NBA standard, lacks intelligence which would hinder his cause in the NBA further. But the Spurs and Popovich like him so i hope they give him the attention if he does come over.
I am from Egypt
As for Basketball here,I used to watch it between 1999-2001,I don't remember the system well ,But as far as I remember it was a normal regular season,and instead of Play-Offs the top 6 teams plays another smaller league,6 times,one in each Arena of the 6 teams,also there is a separate Cup(another tournament)
Basketball used to be the 2nd most popular sport here in the 80'th and mid 90's we used to have relatively good team(in comparison to other African teams) but It has been a downfall after that,With sports like Hand ball and Volleyball(who are much less entertaining)taking over as the most popular sports after soccer
on the bright side we have been dominating the African youth tournament,so hopefully Basketball will be popular again here
I mean between all my friend the one who knows most about bb still think that Josh Howard plays for the mavs
I'm from England. Basketball is not too good here.. but its great the NBA comes here to play games in London a few times a year and I'm looking forward to the international games at the Olympics in London this year.
Not many people I know follow the NBA at all. It's all football "soccer"
I'm from England and it is all football,cricket and rugby here as the main team sports. The British basketball league has consistently declined in popularity so a lot of teams now play in what are glorified school gyms. I can remember when my local team the old Birmingham Bullets used to get about 3,000 to 4,000 for big games circa 1997, now it's more like 400.
Most casual fans would know MJ and perhaps LeBron but no-one else, names like Kobe, Shaq etc would mean nothing.
Team GB has Deng and possibly Ben Gordon so may not be totally trashed in the Olympics and the tickets for basketball have sold out but that is to see the star teams or experience an Olympic event.
Loads of kids wear Knicks, Lakers, Chicago and Celtics caps but few would know who the team's players are, they just see these as a fashion item. I've never seen many Heat caps around locally despite them having LeBron in the line up.
I've always been a basketball fan on and off but really got back into it about 7 years ago for no real reason, so it's certainly my favourite US-centric sport. Apart from basketball I follow cricket and association football.
Cricket is the only sport where you cn play for 5 days and still have a draw but I've always loved it.
Very intriguing. Thank you all for your input. It was greatly appreciated.