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Afrobasket Qualifiers – South Africa Womens’ National Team

 

The sad state of my favourite sport just makes me want to cry.

It’s a new year but the state of Basketball South Africa has not changed for the better. Firstly, no-one knows who the current BSA executive is. I have tried contacting the current BSA Chairperson, Sabelo Sanele Mthinyane, to find out what the plan/strategy for Women’s basketball is in 2017 and whether they will participate in the Afrobasket Zone 6 qualifiers, there has been no reply to my queries.

On the 5th of February, BSA sent emails regarding the Afrobasket Women’s qualifiers which will take place in March in Zambia and Zimbabwe respectively. BSA, following the proposal by the Women’s National team Head Coach Kimathi Tobothi, asked each provincial association to send 3 players of their choosing to the trials which took place in Johannesburg last week (11 – 12 February 2017). As there was no senior national tournament last year, provinces had to send players to trials, quite shocking. 20 Players were at the trials in Johannesburg, out of the 9 provinces that South Africa has, only 4 provinces were represented, most of which live and study in Gauteng. Basketball South Africa has released the final South African National Women’s team list:

 

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Congratulations to all the ladies that made the final team. Image source: Basketball South Africa

 

The qualifiers for zone 6 and zone 7 will take place next month. Lusaka will host the Group G countries, South Africa, Angola, Madagascar and host nation Zambia, 12-18 March. Zimbabwe will host Group H countries, which consists of Mozambique, Seychelles, Botswana and host Zimbabwe, from the 19th till the 25th March.

I am not sure what result BSA is hoping for with the Women’s team, since they only had trials recently and the competition is in 3 weeks’ time,the team will probably meet and train just before they leave. It’s a sad situation and they (BSA) are basically setting the team up for failure, which is unfair for the athletes but BSA has always operated this way. The teams they will be up against at the qualifiers have been in training since November.

There has been no word on whether the Men’s team will be heading to the qualifiers, BSA is currently looking for a new Men’s National team Head Coach.

With all this unsurety and bad preparation handed to the athletes, I still wish them all the best at the qualifiers.

Go Team South Africa

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NIKE AND JORDAN BRAND CELEBRATE SERENA’S #23 VICTORY

In celebration of Williams’ history-making 23rd major title, NikeCourt and Jordan Brand present two color versions of the exclusive women’s NikeCourt Flare.   Both inspired by the colorblocking Air Jordan 1, one pays homage to the original ‘Banned’ Air Jordan 1 colors, while the second (a black and pink version) takes cues from Serena’s 2016 on-court attire in NYC. Both versions are adorned with the iconic Air Jordan Wings logo on the collar.

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The NikeCourt x Jordan Brand commemorative box is adorned with Jordan’s iconic Jumpman on the left lid and Williams’ “SW” logo on the right. Beneath each lies graphics which underscore the two champions’ shared athletic achievement. Under the Jumpman lies the number ’23,’ the symbolic tie between MJ and Serena. Additionally, six words (one for each of MJ’s championships) — creative, determined, innovative, classic, performance and stylish — appear as reminder of both athletes’ winning mindset. Beneath Williams’ logo is a flowing pattern highlighting her career. It is intentionally unfinished, allowing for Serena’s drive for continued success.

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Sneakers on my mind

Okay, just to let you know, I am a sneaker addict/sneakerhead. I will occasionally post about the sneakers that I own, would love to own, and the ones I admire from afar.

The basketball season has come to an end in South Africa but that doesn’t stop me from checking out what is coming out and I would like to own.

The following are the Basketball sneakers that  I am admiring and working on owning:

adidas Crazy Explosives 

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 adidas South Africa launched the Crazy Explosive, a new franchise built for players with explosive moves that play above the rim. The introduction of Crazy Explosive is part of the brand’s new design and collaboration strategy that combines unique design and style elements that stand out from the crowd.
Crazy Explosive was designed to challenge the look of the conventional basketball shoe and make a style statement on and off the court.  The silhouette features a Primeknit upper that enhances comfort, fit and durability.

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JORDAN CP3 LINE

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Chris Paul’s Jordan Brand signature line has always incorporated two consistent inspiration points: premium performance innovation and ties to Paul’s family.

The Jordan CP3.X’s performance is rooted in lock down and directional support — keys to CP’s signature playing style. The shoe’s new dual pulley system, which integrates Dynamic Flywire technology, locks down the top of the foot and engages the Flywire to secure both sides at the same time. A signature support wing provides support on the outside of the foot and in the heel for quick response.

Leo, Gemini, Taurus and Aquarius zodiac signs are etched into the shoe’s archway to represent all members of the Paul family – his daughter, son, wife and CP, respectively. Additionally, seven different symbols representing CP’s accomplishments during his tenure as a Jordan Brand athlete are etched into the opposite archway. Together, these icons serve as a reminder of family and performance on the court.

adidas harden Vol1 Pioneer

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adidas and James Harden reimagine the signature shoe game with the debut of Harden Vol. 1. The collection represents the first chapter of the collaborative partnership that began October 1, 2015 with the goal of co-creating footwear and apparel unlike any signature line in sport.
Driven by Harden’s performance needs and embracing his distinctive design insights, Harden Vol. 1 embodies James’ creativity and expressive style on and off the court. adidas continues to reinvent collaboration and Harden Vol. 1 is a bold challenge to the traditional creative process.

 

Under Armour Curry 3 Under Armour Inc Curry 3

Constructed with proprietary technologies and designed to drive the league’s back-to-back MVP to new heights, the Curry 3 is the optimal combination of lightweight support, balance, speed and durability. Powered by Under Armour’s newest breakthrough in fabric technology, Threadborne™, Under Armour and Stephen have created a new shoe that breaks the mold of what to expect from basketball footwear, with innovative technology and design.

Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 10 ID

The Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 10 iD, which celebrates today’s title, has a flexible, stretch-lined upper, responsive Zoom Air cushioning and increased lockdown through straps in the forefoot, midfoot and ankle.

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The White Camo colourway of the Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 10 iD honors veterans for Veteran’s Day

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Let me know what sneaker you are copping or dropping this holiday season.

FIBA ASIA U18 Championship for Women 2016

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Singapore vs Malaysia. Image courtesy of Fiba

The FIBA ASIA U18 Championship for Women 2016 tipped off yesterday, 13 November, in Bangkok, Thailand.

The final full rosters were released last week Friday, the following countries will be battling it out:

Level I: 1. China, 2. Japan, 3. Korea, 4. Chinese Taipei, 5. India and 6.Thailand.
Level II: 1. Indonesia, 2. Hong Kong, 3. Kazakhstan, 4. Malaysia, 5. Singapore and 6. Sri Lanka

The competition is from the 13 – 20 November 2016. Join the Conversation on facebook,twitter and instagram using #FIBAU18ASIA

Kazakhstan vs Hong Kong. Image courtesy of Fiba

 

WOMEN’S NATIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE – SOUTH AFRICA

There has always been a struggle to gain support for women’s basketball, it’s always as something that will only happen if the Men’s competition is successful. If you look at any professional leagues around the world, like the NBA , which started in 1946 but the WNBA only started in 1996, 50 year wait. Terrible!!!

The BNL (Basketball National League) has been running for the last 3 years and there’s been no sign of the women’s competition starting. The Sports Minister, Fikile Mbalula, stated that the Women’s BNL will start in 2015 when he launched the BNL in 2013. He also said that “ if we (women) want to play professionally, we should play netball”, this coming from a Minister shows where women are seen in sports that were previously male only.

So imagine my surprise when I turned on the TV  to watch the BNL final and saw a women’s final playing, I have not seen South African women’s final on TV in years, I was intrigued and thoroughly enjoyed watching the game. I did have lots of questions though, for example:

  1. Does this mean National League for women is starting?
  2. If this is the final, when did this league start?
  3. Why are they showing Gauteng games only?
  4. Are the players being paid to play?

I am sure that a lot of players from different provinces had lots of questions too.

Well just to give you the thought/idea behind the Women’s final.

There was a committee that pushed to have the Women’s BNL started but the biggest issue is the funds. The Department of Sports Recreation had committed to 3 year sponsorship deal with BNL, after which it had to be self-funded. Now before you start thinking, if this 3 year deal was for men only, then the next 3 years’ funding should be for women, unfortunately that is not the case. The 3 year deal was for basketball as a whole, the Sports and Recreations Department would cover everything for the 3 years to get the professional league on it’s feet and then BNL should be self-funded. The BNL exec should have then split the funds to benefit basketball as a whole (men,women and youth). Unfortunately, the only people who have benefited from this deal are the men, the women and youth will be put in the back burner as money has “dried up”. Some of the BNL teams have striked during the 2016 season and refused to play due to not being paid.

Going back to the questions I asked earlier regarding the final, see below answers,

  1. Women’s BNL is not starting yet, this was a pilot to show case women’s basketball and hopefully lead to a Women’s BNL League.
  2. There was no real league, it was just 4 teams that played (Fierce Angels, Sturdy Stars, Bona Fide Rocks and Lungi Giants) and
  3. No, the players were not paid.

I would like to thank all of those ladies that played in this 4 team tournament for starting something, it’s now up to all of us in our various provinces to start thinking and coming up with ideas of how the women’s BNL will start and how it will work. Unfortunately it will always come down to finances but I know when women come together things happen. We will have to fight to get things started, which is frustrating but that has never stopped us before.

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Congratulations Sturdy Stars. Image courtesy of BNL

If you would like to send any suggestions, email mdlalikazi@gmail.com and I will send all the suggestions to our Johannesburg sisters.

Dlala Mdlalikazi, Ball is life.

FIBA 3X3 World Champs, 11 – 15 Oct 2016

The 3×3 World Champs took place in Guangzhou China last week. The very best representing their National teams. The tournament featured 20 men and 20 women teams.

There were 5 events taking place, the men’s 3×3 tournament, the women 3×3 tournament, the Shout-out Contest (men & women), the Skills Contest (women) and the Dunk contest (men)

Day 1 and 2 saw teams playing each in their respective pools, the top 2 team from each pool progressed to the last 16 and played knock-out games all the way to the final.

The finals were between  Serbia vs USA (men) and Czech Republic vs Ukraine (women)

Winners: Serbia (men) & Czech Republic(women)

Final standings of the FIBA 3×3 World Championships

Men

1. Serbia
2. USA
3. Slovenia
4. Spain
5. Qatar
6. Netherlands
7. Hungary
8. Uruguay
9. Philippines
10. Russia
11. Japan
12. Indonesia
13. Andorra
14. Romania
15. Italy
16. Egypt
17.Turkey
18. China
19. New Zealand
20. Poland

Women

1. Czech Republic
2. Ukraine
3. USA
4. Spain
5. France
6. Hungary
7. Netherlands
8. Argentina
9. Italy
10. China
11. Australia
12. New Zealand
13. Poland
14. Romania
15. Chinese Taipei
16. Andorra
17. Indonesia
18. Macau
19. Japan
20. Cook Islands

It would be great to see South Africa have a team taking part next world champs. To take part in the World Championships, your National federation selects the individuals who will be in the team.

In order to be eligible to be selected, players would have to:

  1. Have the nationality of the country you are representing
  2. Register on 3x3planet.com
  3. Take part in a minimum of 2 FIBA-endorsed 3×3 events

We will be chatting with Fiba Africa to find out how or when 3×3 tournaments can also take place on South Africa soil.

Watch this space!!!

Image credit: www.fiba.com