The FIBA World Championships for Women begin tomorrow and we have all of our thoughts (and your comments) about the USA Women's National Team in our FIBA section.
So for today, we begin with some links to get you all ready for the Worlds before eventually moving on to Cal's unfair recruiting advantage: the best fast food burgers in the Union.
- USA Basketball announced (or reminded us) yesterday that the FIBA Women's World Championships would be broadcast in their entirety on ESPN3/WatchESPN.com. But for those with NBA TV, Turner Sports also announced on Wednesday that NBATV will be broadcasting every Team USA game during the tournament. If neither of those work for you, you can buy a $10 monthly subscription to LiveBasketball.TV where you can watch all the games. Would it be nicer if every game was televised in more accessible places? Sure. But that's still quite a few options to pick from.
- USA Basketball covered Team USA's arrival in Turkey, where coach Geno Auriemma offered some thoughts on Brittney Griner's presence on the team: "It was great. Our shooting percentage is going to go up, because she takes really high-percentage shots, a foot from the basket. I just really am – I shouldn’t say I’m surprised, because I’m not, but I’m just really like, ‘Wow, she’s gotten so much better since I saw her on that little tour of Italy we did (in 2011). She’s much more consistent. She moves so much better. There’s just a lot that she is going to be able to add to our team, defensively and offensively." Read more >>>
- USA Basketball also had a feature up on Sue Bird, who reflected on what Auriemma told her prior to her first World Championship appearance: "During my senior year he approached me and said, ‘Look, if you really want to be the point guard, you have a chance," Bird recalled. "But, you’ve got to make sure you keep getting better and take care of stuff and you have a chance to be on the Olympic team.’ Coming from somebody who had just experienced that with the Olympic team, it kind of opened my eyes that if I really wanted to do this, I’d better get focused." Read more >>>
- FIBA had its own preview of the World Championships with this little tidbit about host Turkey: Turkey boss Ceyhun Yildozoglu, meanwhile, raised plenty of eyebrows when he included 1.91m power forward Lara Sanders as the country's naturalized player instead of 1.96m center Quanitra Hollingsworth...She now has taken the coveted naturalized spot from the 25-year-old Hollingsworth, who featured for the national side at the 2012 Olympics and at last year's EuroBasket Women in France." Hollingsworth last played in the WNBA for the Washington Mystics last year, playing just seven games after helping Turkey last year. Read more >>>
- Robin Roberts had a sit down video interview with former San Antonio Stars star and current San Antonio Spurs coach Becky Hammon. Watch the video >>>
- Mechelle Voepel of espnW took a visual look back at Hammon's storied career in the WNBA as she embarks upon a new journey in the NBA with the San Antonio Spurs. Read more >>>
- Tamryn Spruill wrote a fanpost about the link between unequal coverage of women's sports and domestic violence. From the linked article: "When women are so systemically discriminated against in this way - completely removed from view unless they fulfill the role of sexual object to men, like the "babes" in the beer and Hooters commercials shown during halftime - it sends the message that a woman's worth starts and ends with the degree to which men find her sexually attractive. Yeah, it's an old argument. Sadly, it's also a current one, and ESPN's coverage shows just how little has changed." A worthwhile topic to ponder if you haven't already read it. Read more >>>
- Kevin Kennedy of SB Nation's BYU site Vanquish the Foe put together an extensive position-by-position preview of the BYU Cougars' season. He wonders: "After a magical season ending in the Sweet 16, do the Cougars have another run in them?" Read more >>>
- Texas A&M announced the addition of 14 games to their broadcast schedule, including a matchup against Duke -- and 2015 WNBA Draft prospect Elizabeth Williams -- on Nov. 30 on the SEC Network. It will be the program's first game on the SEC Network. Read more >>>
- Cal assistant coach Charmin Smith tweeted a little California Love yesterday, which has nothing to do with basketball but would make Eric Shlosser proud and that's important.
u know we have ballers! This is also one of the best things to ever come out of the great state of… http://t.co/e1qqidcSvK— Charmin Smith (@21charmin) September 25, 2014
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