Video / Sep 26, 2012 / 10:00 am

Video: The Pole Who Brought Down The Dunk Contest House

Rafal Lipinski

Rafal Lipinski of Poland has been spending his summer dunking over small groups of people and props all over the world, a trip he closed with a victory at the Nike/FIBA 3-on-3 dunk contest finale in Miami recently. We’ve shown him and his compatriot Emil Olszewski dunking over cars in Madrid before already here, but if this contest was missing a sedan, it made up for it with a ridiculous five-person leap. Hit the jump to see his dunking display. Read More »

Overseas, Video / Sep 10, 2012 / 5:00 pm

Video: Madrid’s Under-The-Radar Dunk Contest Featured A Car-Leaping Slam

Emil "Slash" Olszewski

If you host it, they will dunk. That’s how I imagine the thinking behind FIBA’s 3-on-3 world tour this summer, where a dunk contest has followed each stop’s tournament. Even though 3-on-3 hoops with high-level players leads to about as many alley-oops as a dunk contest itself, the actual competitions have been more than just a sideshow. Add Madrid’s duel between Polish compatriots Raphael Lipinski and Emil Olszewski to that opinion. Olszewski took the victory, though Lipinski, in my opinion, had the best dunk of the whole competition. Read More »

Video / Aug 27, 2012 / 2:00 pm

Video: The Best Dunk Contest You Didn’t Know About

FIBA Dunk Contest

The FIBA world 3-on-3 championships didn’t get a lot of publicity in its inaugural run. The residual effect of the Olympic spotlight has helped pull back the shadow a little bit this year on the biennial world championships, held in Athens, Greece. Actually, it was literally in the shadow of an Olympic legacy: it was played outside the first building, the Zappeion, built for the modern Olympics back in 1874. So what do you do to bring more attention to yourself if you’re in the first 3-on-3 world tournament? Wait till it gets dark, then turn the spotlight on the dunk contest. Read More »

Olympics / Aug 16, 2012 / 1:30 pm

The Potential Rules For A 3-On-3 Olympic Basketball Tournament

FIBA 3x3 World Tour

As we touched on the other day, FIBA is hoping to get three-on-three basketball in the 2016 Summer Olympics. While this sounds very exciting, it does create a lot of questions that could not be answered until the International Olympic Committee actually makes a decision on the idea. But if you are wondering how “official” three-on-three basketball can look, the FIBA 3×3 World Tour can give you an idea. Read More »

Olympics, Overseas / Aug 14, 2012 / 1:45 pm

The Best New Format For Basketball In The 2016 Olympics

Team USA

If we all watched the same Olympics over the past month – including the qualifying games – then we all saw the United States dominate nearly every country outside of Spain in the gold medal game. Spain made it that far. They weren’t supposed to get dominated. They did their job. But so did Team USA.

In Beijing in 2008, the “Redeem Team” took center stage as USA Basketball compiled the best talent in the world, sending them out to reclaim the gold that escaped them in 2004. They responded with a resounding 8-0 record, embarrassing teams by an average margin of 27.8 points per game. Read More »

Latest News, Olympics / Aug 14, 2012 / 10:00 am

The 2016 Olympics Might Include 3-On-3 Basketball

Kobe, LeBron, KD and Deron Williams Team USA

Now that the Olympics are over, and USA Basketball has added gold medals for both the women’s and men’s National Teams to their already overflowing trophy case, they have four more years to retool and prepare for Rio in 2016. But according to a recent report in USA Today, it looks like USA Basketball may also need to plan who will make the 2016 Team USA three-on-three basketball teams. Read More »

Olympics, Overseas, Video / Jul 9, 2012 / 2:30 pm

FIBA’s Top 10 Plays Of The Week


Those complaining that NBA free agency is the only avenue to fill their hoops fix this summer haven’t been paying attention. In the last two weeks all over the globe FIBA, international basketball’s governing body of course, has not only held a tournament in Caracas, Venezuela, to decide the final spots for the Olympic field, but also U17 tournaments with up-and-coming talent in Kaunas, Lithuania. I know that the highlights Kyrie Irving and Blake Griffin pulled off this weekend at Team USA camp in Las Vegas will get more hits, but a roundup of top 10 plays from FIBA’s worldwide hoops in the last week pulls out some nice clips. To the videos. Read More »

Video / Jul 6, 2012 / 5:00 pm

Video: Puerto Rico Makes The Shot, Just Misses The Buzzer From Deep

David Huertas

There’s room for just three teams left in the London 2012 Olympics, and the spots are being decided at the World Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Venezuela this week (the final is Sunday). Wednesday in Puerto Rico’s 98-84 loss against Greece, David Huertas let loose a bomb from 3/4 court to end the third quarter. Read More »

NBA / Aug 18, 2011 / 11:00 am

Hot Spots: NBA Rules That Could Change The Game

Michael Beasley

If you’re Leon Washington, Brad Smith, Devin Hester or any other NFL kick returner, you’ve probably been fuming for a while. Moving the kickoff line forward five yards to the 35-yard line will change the game. Drastically. And it’ll probably lose some of these return guys money. Will it work out? Well the thinking is it’ll protect the players. How much it changes one of the most exciting plays in the game is secondary in the league’s eyes. Read More »