Latest Basketball News (Week 4 August 2018)

Manu Ginobili retires from NBA

The rumours have come to be true. Spurs legend Manu Ginobili announced his retirement after 16 NBA seasons. Reports of an imminent retirement started buzzing about a week ago, but people dispersed them for what they were-rumours. But the Argentine confirmed his announcement via Twitter among his innumerable followers.

The 41-year-old guard has been lauded by everyone with many describing the man to be a pioneer of the game. Ginobili is the most successful foreign player in NBA over a career spanning more than two decades. He is the only non-US player to have four championships and an Olympic gold under his belt. Among his numerable accolades, he was named All Star twice in 2005 and in 2011. Starting with the San Antonio Spurs in 2002, Ginobili has been instrumental for the Spurs ever since. He has since helped the Spurs to four NBA titles and even led his country to an Olympic gold in 2014. Basketball greats like Kobe Bryant and LeBron James were among the many to laud the champion.

Japan’ basketball team crashes out of Asian games

The men’s Japanese basketball team ended their tumultuous run in the Asian games with a loss in the quarter finals. The Japanese team was beaten convincingly by Iran with a score of 93-67. The men’s team had four of their players sent home on the account of inappropriate behaviour. The Japanese Olympic Committee suspended four players after they had spent the night with women in a hotel in Jakarta. The remaining 8 players tried their level best to overcome the odds. The win over Hong Kong to reach the quarters was sensational. But the team looked just too tired against Iran which cost their match.

A mouth watering semi final clash in Asian games

The semi final of the men’s basketball at the Asian games will take place between China and Chinese Taipei. The match scheduled is on Monday at the GBK Basketball Hall. While China overcame Indonesia, 98-63, Chinese Taipei beat out Syria, 82-75 in the quarters. Abudurexiti Abudushalamu proved to be the most valuable player for China with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Wang Zhelin managed to net 16 points. These two will be vital for the Chinese team in the semi-final. On the other hand, Chen Yingchun and Liu Cheng will be the valuable cogs in the Chinese Taipei lineup.