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DBL Indonesia Selection team trials to Australia

DBL Indonesia Selection team trials to Australia

Surabaya – the biggest student basketball league in Indonesia, Honda Development Basketball League (DBL), will send a team selection in 2011 to Perth, Australia, to learn and compete in the land of kangaroos.

The plan, DBL Indonesia Selection Team 2011 will follow the various series of activities, both educational and related matters improved technical capability to learn with youth teams in Perth.

This program occurs thanks to the cooperation of PT Detection Basketball Cross (DBL) Indonesia, manager of Honda DBL 2011, with the World Basketball Academy (WBA) led by Australian basketball legend Andrew Vlahov.

“In 2010, we were able to send two teams to go abroad. Teams DBL Indonesia All-Star to Seattle, United States, and DBL Indonesia Selection team tournaments in Malaysia Southeast Asia. This year, we again could send two teams. All- Star remains to America, being the team Selection to Australia. This demonstrates our commitment to deliver as much as the student athlete, “said Director of DBL, Azrul Ananda, in a release received editorial detiksport, Tuesday (06/09/2011).

He added to Australia program is a continuation of a partnership that has been entered into with various parties in the country. The players who joined the team and the All-Star Selection is chosen by coaches as DBL Camp Australia in July 2011 DBL Arena in Surabaya.

“The players are to Australia is totally different from that to American players. We thank Andrew Vlahov and his team, which has in recent years helped many programs DBL Indonesia,” said Azrul.

In Australia, DBL Indonesia Selection team in 2011 will be met also with the men’s national team of Indonesia. At the same time, the national team is preparing for the SEA Games XXVI training program in Perth. Vlahov and WBA is also acting as a technical consultant for the Indonesian national team.

A total of 20 players (10 men, 10 women) who joined DBL Indonesia Selection team in 2011. They guided the four coaches, who also selected from the competition Honda DBL 2011.

Coach composition is Andromeda Manuputty (UPH College Tangeran) and Hardi (SMA Methodist 2 Palembang) to coach the men’s team. While the women’s team coached Freddy M. Gorey (SMA Methodist 2 Medan) and Anton Maruhun (SMAN 1 Payakumbuh).

Will Kobe Bryant look out for Lakers?

Will Kobe Bryant look out for Lakers?

This week, with the release of the official salary cap numbers and onset of formal contract signings, was supposed to bring clarity to the NBA. Instead it left us debating the kind of obligations not covered by the collective bargaining agreement, a hazy realm of morals and values.

You could gather as many lawyers and accountants as you want and you still couldn’t come up with a definitive answer to the question: What do the Lakers owe Kobe Bryant? Conversely, how much does he owe them?

These are the central questions governing the Lakers as they make their key decisions for the next few years. Should they go all-out for another championship in Kobe’s shrinking window among the league’s elite, or should they embark on a long-term strategy to win down the road? Should Kobe forsake the fair compensation coming his way in order to facilitate the Lakers’ moves?

The Lakers have paid Bryant a quarter of a billion dollars during his NBA career. They’ve put him in position to win five championships. In return he has played through every circumstance short of being strapped to a hospital gurney, and has scored more points than all but three players in the history of the league.

So far it appears the Lakers are operating under the premise that they’re beholden to Bryant, the guy they’ve been tied to since 1996. It’s not the way things usually work in Los Angeles, where spouses and leased cars are often returned at a similar rate. The Lakers used their one-time amnesty provision on Metta World Peace‘s $7.7 million salary, even though taking Bryant’s $30 million off the books would have had a more dramatic financial impact and still provided an opportunity for him to return in 2014-15.

A promise to cut Kobe loose (along with axing Mike D’Antoni) also would have been a much more meaningful sign to Dwight Howard than those “Stay” billboards that the Lakers were committed to the center.

Dramatic moves? Surely. But if you think about it, they would have been no different from what the Lakers did in 2004 when they were desperate to retain Kobe. They let Phil Jackson go and traded Shaquille O’Neal to Miami. When it came to choosing between Kobe and Shaq, the Lakers went with the 25-year-old over the 32-year-old. They also went with the more popular of the two. Lakers fans were infatuated with Kobe, and growing increasingly frustrated with Shaq.

Kobe won the crowd. And if there were any doubts that he still holds exalted status, he quelled those when he made his way out to the Lakers bench on crutches, shortly after Howard was ejected from the Lakers’ final playoff game. The crowd responded with its loudest cheer of the day.

It’s why the Lakers are riding with Bryant, who turns 35 next month and is coming off a major injury, over the 27-year-old Howard, who sent neither the franchise nor its fan base into mourning when he decided to leave for Houston. It’s also because Howard built no equity with the Lakers. He didn’t win a single playoff game.

Accomplishments don’t always mean obligations. Paul Pierce played 1,102 games for theBoston Celtics, helped them hang their 17th championship banner, scored more points in the green and white jersey than anyone other than John Havlicek — and yet those things didn’t allow him to finish his career in Boston. There’s no provision in the salary-cap rules for that, no way for the Celtics to retool while keeping Pierce aboard at a salary commensurate with his service. So now he’s a Brooklyn Net.

The Celtics chose their future over honoring Pierce’s past effort, or fielding a competitive team in the present. Is that fair to Pierce, or the fans, who will still be charged full price? Let’s just say the Celtics are operating at an obligation deficit right now.

You know an organization that shows a balance of zero “debt” right now? The Clippers. They got the best available coach (even though he technically wasn’t available) and paid him a salary most coaches don’t get anymore, they’ve got their two biggest stars — Chris Paul and Blake Griffin — under long-term contracts, and they filled out their roster with role players such as J.J. RedickJared DudleyDarren CollisonMatt Barnes and Ryan Hollins.

That might explain in part why Paul declined a free-agency tour of his own. He could have squeezed another personnel move or two out of the Clippers, or lured other teams into rearranging their rosters to accommodate him.

“I didn’t feel like that would be fair,” Paul said. “I’m pretty aware of what could have happened, or where you could go. I’m pretty knowledgeable about the situations. There was no need to put any of that added stress on anybody.”

So he told the other teams not to waste their time, committed to the Clippers from the outset, then signed the paperwork at the first possible opportunity. Then again, I’d be pretty eager to sign my name to a contract that had $107 million coming my way, too.

We won’t see Kobe command such big numbers again. The salary-cap restrictions mean that if Kobe wants to continue playing beyond next season and bring in the best available talent, he and the Lakers will have to reach agreement on a salary that pays him below his worth. Even if he can’t produce at the same level, you could argue he still deserves a max contract based on all the years that same concept — a salary ceiling — prevented him from receiving his fair cut of the tickets, jerseys and sponsorships he sold. But he’ll be forced to choose between competition and compensation. I’m guessing the competitor will win out.

Shaquille O’Neal took a $7 million pay cut with the Miami Heat in 2005, a move that enabled the Heat to reconfigure their roster and bring in the pieces that won them the championship in 2006. In 2007, Kevin Garnett’s reduced salary (he made about the same in the first three years of his new contract as he did in the final two years of his previous, landmark contract) made it easier for the Minnesota Timberwolves to send him to the Celtics in the trade that redefined his career.

Bryant could be asked for an even steeper drop-off, up to $20 million a year. After the Lakers showed their faith in him this summer, next year will be his time to return the favor.

Early triumph Djokovic

Early triumph Djokovic

akarta – Novak Djokovic fasting Grand Slam title by appearing as the champion of the Australian Open. The glorious result was the beginning of the Serb’s success throughout the year 2011.

The title is relatively easily achieved by Djokovic. Face Andy Murray in the final round, the player who was a successful third seed beat Murray in straight sets 6-4 6-2 6-3 in 159 minutes.

In his struggle to the top of the party, Djokovic managed to beat tough as Tomas Berdych in the quarterfinals and former world number one, Roger Federer in the semifinals.

This title is the second major title for 24-year-old after the first achieved at the same event in 2008 by beating Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

While in the women’s champion Kim Clijsters became. After trailing in the first set, the Belgian fought back to conquer the representative of China, Li Na in three-set battle 3-6 6-3 6-3 in the final.

This success is the continued success of former world number one was in a Grand Slam after winning in 2010 with a cover series won the U.S. Open.

Still from the tennis arena, the former world number one Justine Henin retired again shortly after being eliminated in the Grand Slam tournament’s biggest prize. Prolonged elbow injury is the reason Henin withdrew from the world that has made his name is.

Of the badminton arena, Indonesia failed to win a title in the Super Series Masters Finals in 2010 after his last vice Vita Marissa / Hendra Aprida Gunawan and Greysia Polii / Jauhari Meilina only until the semifinals.

Packelik achievements continued in Indonesia Super Series title. In the tournament opener, held Malaysia in 2011, ‘Red and White’ is represented only by Taufik Hidayat in the final round.

In the end, Indonesia was again vacant title after champion Taufik defeated host, Lee Chong Wei 8-21 17-21 in just 37 minutes.

Of basketball country, Satria Muda Britama forced to bury his dream to qualify for the playoffs the second season of the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) after bent Philippines Patriots 74-77.

This defeat practically bury SM ambition to enter the top four and qualify for the playoffs ABL because they only finished fifth in 15 games.

From automotive, Toni Elias returned to MotoGP this year after the previous season as the champion Moto2. In addition, Karel Abraham and Cal Cruthlow into two rookie who enliven motor racing this premium.

NBA approves Hornets name returning to Charlotte

NBA approves Hornets name returning to Charlotte

LAS VEGAS—Charlotte is the home of the Hornets once again.

The NBA unanimously approved Charlotte’s nickname change from Bobcats to Hornets on Thursday at the league’s Board of Governors meeting. The original Hornets built a supportive fan base in Charlotte from the time they entered the league in 1988 until they moved to New Orleans in 2002.

But the new owners in New Orleans have changed the team’s name to the Pelicans. That opened the door for owner Michael Jordan to bring the Hornets name back to Charlotte. The change will take place after the 2013-14 season.

“We’re thrilled to bring back the Hornets to Charlotte and the Carolinas,” Jordan said in a statement issued by the team. “The passion and enthusiasm around this name change by fans in this market has been unmatched. They overwhelmingly told us what they wanted, we listened and we couldn’t be happier with the Board of Governors’ approval of the name change. With the young team we are developing on the court, the direction of our business and the return of the Hornets name, we are extremely excited about our future. The buzz is back!”

The city, and the franchise, has been looking for a fresh start. The Hornets were a ticket-selling powerhouse for years, leading the league in attendance eight times and selling out 364 straight games in their turquoise, white and purple uniforms. The city bonded with a charismatic team that included such as stars Alonzo Mourning and Larry Johnson and fan favorite Muggsy Bogues.

But the franchise fell on hard times under previous owner George Shinn, who took to the team, and the Hornets name, to New Orleans. The NBA brought an expansion team back to Charlotte two years later, a team nicknamed the Bobcats in part due to founding owner Bob Johnson’s name.

The brand never resonated with the people the way the Hornets did, in large part because the team only has had one winning season and one playoff appearance in its first nine years of existence. The Bobcats, with their nondescript orange and grey color scheme, won just seven games two years ago and only 21 last season. So they are hoping the energy brought by the name change, even if it will take another year to set in, will somehow help galvanize a young team.

“We want to reach back and grab some of that equity that the Hornets earned in our community,” Charlotte COO Fred Whitfield said. “They did a lot of great things off the court. They were involved in the community. They became very accessible to the Charlotte fans and citizens of Charlotte. We want to reach back and grab some heritage and use it as we move forward to build a brand with our young team that continues to improve.”

The Bobcats’ website hailed the return of “Buzz City” and team officials said 2,000 season-ticket holders turned out at a downtown party that turned into a celebration of the name change. Bogues and other former Hornets including Rex Chapman, Kelly Tripucka, Dell Curry and Kendall Gill attended as well.

Commissioner David Stern said that he had heard pleas from Charlotte basketball fans for years to give them back the Hornets nickname, and he initially brushed those aside with a “get over it” view of the complaining. In time, however, he came to understand how important the name was to the community.

“It stayed there, bubbling below the surface, and there is something to it,” Stern said. “I think that the team is going to receive support from fans who think that this is a step in the direction that the fans have been asking for, and this is an attempt to both satisfy the fans and its accompanied by a kind of very specific market research that allows the Hornets to say, yes, this is what the market is asking for and they’re very much serving their market by making this change.”

The board also gave final approval to several rules changes, most notably expanding instant replay in the final two minutes to help officials with the block/charge call, perhaps the most difficult judgment in the game. If an official reviews a play to see if a defender’s feet were in the restricted area or not on a block/charge, the official can now also review whether the defender’s feet were set for a charge or if his body was still moving for a blocking foul.

“You always try to level the playing field and basically get it right,” said Kiki Vandeweghe, the league’s new vice president of basketball operations. “That’s the main focus is getting calls right.”

Officials now will also be able to review whether an off-the-ball foul occurred before or after a player started his shooting motion on a made shot, or before or after an inbounds pass. And during any review, the referees will also be able to now decide if any unsportsmanlike or “unnecessary” acts, including flagrant fouls, merit further punishment.

Two rules changes were adopted as well:

—It will no longer be a clear path foul if the defender gets ahead of the offensive player in the frontcourt before the foul is committed.

—If a player on offense stands out of bounds on purpose to create more spacing for his teammates, the offensive team will lose possession of the ball.