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    Default Lebanon NT 2008!

    Point Guards:
    Ali Mahmoud (182cm-1983)
    Ramy Akiki (186cm-1982)
    Rony Fahed (182cm-1981)
    Anis Feghali (182cm-1985)
    Rodrigue Akl (184cm-1988)

    Shooting Guards:
    Sabah Khoury (196cm-1982)
    Omar El Turk (186cm-1981)
    Jean Abdelnour (198cm-1983)

    Small Forwards:
    Fadi El khatib (198cm-1979)
    Mazen Mneimneh (195cm-1986)
    Jihad El Murr (196cm-1985)
    Mohamad Fahes(195cm-1982)

    Power Forwards:
    Hussein Tawbe(199cm-1982)
    Brian Bchara (204cm-1976)
    Ali Fakherdine (202 cm-1983)

    Centers:
    Mohamad Hamdar(202cm-1988)
    Ahmad Ozeir (205cm-1979)
    Joe Vogel(211cm-1973)
    Roy Samaha(206cm-1985)



    Average Height:195cm
    Average years:25.5 years

    Players that might join due for their performance during the league:
    Elie Estephan
    Ghaleb Rida
    Nadim Souaid

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    The Lebanese Basketball Federation have signed a partnership agreement with Med Bank for sponsoring the Lebanese National Teams , this agreement has a big title “Partnership for Lebanon “. .

    The Federation and Med Bank have announced this partnership in a press conference on Friday March 11th ,2008 at The Headquarters of Med Bank .The press conference was held in the presence of Mr. Bassel Karam (the representative of Med Bank) and The President of the FLB Mr. Pierre Kakhiam the secretary General Mr. Fares El Modawar, the FLB Vice President Mr. Nizar Rawas and the National Teams Manager Mr. Fouad Nehme , among the peoples who attended the press conference are the Men National Team players and its coaching staff.

    In the press conference Mr. Kakhia explained that the FLB has a big project to develop the National Teams programs to step to the other level which is to have the stable level on the International scene and why not compete very seriously against China on the first spot in Asia, Lebanon is now ranked 1st in Asia for the past 8 years behind the big China.

    On the other hand Mr. Karam from Medbank explained that this partnership will have 1 year validity which will be extended for years to come.
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    The list looks OK.

    How has Anis Feghali been performing? He's in 2nd division now correct?
    I guess he was basically last year's version of Nadim Souaid.

    The 4 and 5 spot are the two positions we obviously have to address. At 35 years old Vogel won't be around for long and I wouldn't bet on the other names to be up to the international competition. Although they're young and I think they can improve, their height is lacking. Roy Samaha is the next tallest player at 6'9.

    daniab you mentioned that we have 20 players abroad above 210cm. Are they any good? I think the articles you posted so far regarding the young prospects have been guards and forwards. From the names you mentioned would Rabih Iskandar and Matt Freije be considered the best big men we have outside Lebanon? Although Matt Freije is more of a shooter similar to Brian Bechara and can't really defend the low post. He put up some nice stats at Vanderbilt
    http://www.nba.com/draft2004/profiles/MattFreije.html

    Hope they can find some new names in time for the Olympic Qualifiers.

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    Anis Feghali is playing extremely good,he has a potential and he's 23 years only.Last year he was 2nd best lebanese scorer after the tiger El khatib wth 15.3 ppg in the div 1.Surely he cant compete with Ali Mahmoud and Rony fahed and even Ramy akiki,for these reasons,he should be replaced by Nadim Souaid or Ghaleb Rida.
    As you said we have a lack in tall players which will effect a lot next year in the asian championship especially against Iran,China and South Korea.
    The federation got a list of 80 players,btw them 20 players are above 210cm,i still doing a search about them and hopefully i will post them soon as i can.
    Adriano ibrahim is one of them (208cm) but unfortunately he played some friendly game with Brazil NT U18,i dont know if the friendly games are effective.
    Regarding the young players,we have 3 tall players (Elie Haber,Jad Moubarak and Rabih iskandar) they should work to improve their skills.
    Vincent khoury is PF and one of the best players that will be in the future,he's 16 years and 198 cm,he's not that tall but he can use his body extremely good,he can take shots from long and close range.
    The conclusion we need some tall centers,vogel is been aged,brian bchara the same and the rest are not that tall.
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    Quote Originally Posted by daniab
    As you said we have a lack in tall players which will effect a lot next year in the asian championship especially against Iran,China and South Korea.
    Despite our same need of tall centers, don't count out us just yet, my friend, the Philippines still belongs to the elite group of asian basketball playing nations and include Jordan in your shortlist.

    We both know that the key for both our national teams to succeed (win) is how to defend the shaded lane against taller centers and the perimeter shooters of the opposing teams. We need to live or die on defense, don't you agree ?
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    Short list of probable candidates and their alma maters, replacing some members of Team Philippines of the 2007 FIBA-Asia excluding some new found prospects from Canada and the US, too young to be included just yet for our men's team. You can see the preview of what's ahead for the Philippines in the next FIBA youth asian championships.

    Gian Chiu - 208 cms C US-DIVIII - Oberlin College
    Japeth Aguilar -205 cms PF US-DIVI - Western Kentucky Univ.
    Kelly Williams -200 cms SF US-DIVII - Oakland University
    James Yap -190 cms. SG UAAP-PH - University of the East
    Gabe Norwood -195 cms. PG US-DIVI - George Mason University

    Kerby Raymundo -200 cms SF NCAA-PH - San Juan de Letran
    Jason Castro -177 cms PG NCAA-PH - PHilippine Christian Univ.
    Samigue Eman -208 cms PF CESAFI-PH - University of Mindanao
    Joe Devance -203 cms SF US-DIVI - University of Texas El Paso
    Jared Dillinger -195 cms SG US-DIVI - University of Hawaii
    Jay Washington 200 cms SG US-DIVII - Eckerd College
    Greg Slaughter -210 cms C CESAFI-PH - University of the Visayas
    Arwind Santos -193 cms SG UAAP-PH - Far Eastern University
    Sonny Thoss -203 cms PF Australia - James Cook University
    Ryan Reyes -188 cms PG US-DIVI - Cal State - Fullerton
    Nino Canaleta - 195 cms SF UAAP-PH - University of The East
    JR Reyes - 203 cms -PF UAAP-PH - University of the Phil.

    However, we still feel an urgent need to naturalize a foreigner preferably a 7-foot or more rebounding monster, to be able to compete against the best basketball playing nations of the world.

    Just like you my friends, we all need to see basketball beyond Asia. Lebanon, Iran, South Korean and the Philippines, not necessarily in that order needs to belong to the elite group of top 15 basketball nations of the world. China is currently ranked no. 11. We asians need to show the world that our time has come......

    Jordan will remain a formidable force in asian basketball, but I think Syria is more likely to challenge us in the near future.
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    Thanks dreamwalker for you participation in the discussion here,we appreciate it.
    Honestly i dont think jordan and syria are the more likely to challenge us in the near future for many reasons,lately i dont see any new young players coming up in jordan,maybe malas can clarify this thing if it is true and in syria also.
    Iran yea,they are improving!
    Anyway we made a new plan for our NTs (men,U19,U17,U15),we should get the players from the lebanese descentry, we as lebanon are so popular in all the world.
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    Quote Originally Posted by daniab
    Thanks dreamwalker for you participation in the discussion here,we appreciate it.
    Honestly i dont think jordan and syria are the more likely to challenge us in the near future for many reasons,lately i dont see any new young players coming up in jordan,maybe malas can clarify this thing if it is true and in syria also.
    Iran yea,they are improving!
    Anyway we made a new plan for our NTs (men,U19,U17,U15),we should get the players from the lebanese descentry, we as lebanon are so popular in all the world.

    I have included Syria for one reason, from what I have heard, Brazilians of syrian descent are reinforcing their team which we all know is a traditional basketball power in latin america until the Argentinians came along. While Jordan, courtesy of Rashiem Wright will still be a force in asian basketball, besides having a good foreign coach and good basketball program like yourselves and Iran. The Philippines for that matter has put into place a long-term basketball program, the only problem is, and sadly mixed by dirty politics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dreamwalker
    I have included Syria for one reason, from what I have heard, Brazilians of syrian descent are reinforcing their team which we all know is a traditional basketball power in latin america until the Argentinians came along. While Jordan, courtesy of Rashiem Wright will still be a force in asian basketball, besides having a good foreign coach and good basketball program like yourselves and Iran. The Philippines for that matter has put into place a long-term basketball program, the only problem is, and sadly mixed by dirty politics.
    It seems that your situation is close to us,first the tall players and second the politics,always lebanon is unlucky in politics!
    As for the syrian descent players,just one is good he's andre chweyri.The 2nd eduardo is very normal and honestly he's not good.
    Jordan have a good new player,his name is jamal abu shamala and he is playing in the NCAA with Minnesota,and he has a 5 ppg.
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    Quote Originally Posted by daniab
    It seems that your situation is close to us,first the tall players and second the politics,always lebanon is unlucky in politics!
    As for the syrian descent players,just one is good he's andre chweyri.The 2nd eduardo is very normal and honestly he's not good.
    Jordan have a good new player,his name is jamal abu shamala and he is playing in the NCAA with Minnesota,and he has a 5 ppg.
    You made mentioned that least you have 20 players abroad more than 210 cms tall, are they any good ? are they all of Lebanese descent or of full blood ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dreamwalker
    You made mentioned that least you have 20 players abroad more than 210 cms tall, are they any good ? are they all of Lebanese descent or of full blood ?
    No idea about them!
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    Our program for this year:

    -A training camp in Lebanon for 15 days in the first half of june.
    -Participation in Waba championship btw 18 and 21 june.
    -Friendly tournament in toronta canada btw 30 june and 6 july.
    -Friendly tournament in France btw 8 and 10 july.
    -Pre-olympics games in Greece.
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    Is the list of players still the same as the one you posted above? No chance of naturalizing a foreigner or recruiting a Lebanese from abroad such as Barbour?

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    Quote Originally Posted by illmatic88
    Is the list of players still the same as the one you posted above? No chance of naturalizing a foreigner or recruiting a Lebanese from abroad such as Barbour?
    Dr.Pierre kakhia said that Lebanon NT will not have any new additions as for these things u mentioned bcz it needs time.
    But for next year,everything is possible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by daniab
    Our program for this year:

    -A training camp in Lebanon for 15 days in the first half of june.
    -Participation in Waba championship btw 18 and 21 june.
    -Friendly tournament in toronta canada btw 30 june and 6 july.
    -Friendly tournament in France btw 8 and 10 july.
    -Pre-olympics games in Greece.
    do you have more info for abt the friendly tournament in France?
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    Quote Originally Posted by thelebanon
    do you have more info for abt the friendly tournament in France?
    No idea !
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    Matt Freije?
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    16 free throws in the last 4 minutes...
    Puerto Rico had 20 the whole game

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    I heard that after the end of this season, the Lebanese National team will participate in a tournament in Canada where they play the Canadian National Team and a few other teams before heading to Greece to play in the Olympic Qualifiers.
    The chances of Lebanon qualifiying to the Olympics are quite low in all honesty since they will be playing Brazil and Greece which are 2 of the best teams in South America and Europe.
    I mean Brazil already has 3 players that play in the NBA (Leandro Barbosa (Phoenix Suns), Nene (Denver Nuggets), Anderson Varejao (Cleveland Caveliars) a few others in the top leagues in Europe (Tiago Splitter, I believe he plays with Barcelona).
    Greece has 2 teams that always qualify to the final stages of the Euroleague (Panathinaikos and Olympiakos). They also have a player that played with the Houston Rockets (I think his name is Spaniolis). Greece also defeated the Last Dream Team at the World Championships. Last but not least, they will have home court advantage since the Olympic Qualifiers will be played in Greece.
    I really hope that Lebanon can pull of another huge upset like when they beat France (Inshalla ya rab).

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    inchalla but its hard
    we had a golden golden chance to win iran and we lost it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Khalid80
    I heard that after the end of this season, the Lebanese National team will participate in a tournament in Canada where they play the Canadian National Team and a few other teams before heading to Greece to play in the Olympic Qualifiers.
    The chances of Lebanon qualifiying to the Olympics are quite low in all honesty since they will be playing Brazil and Greece which are 2 of the best teams in South America and Europe.
    I mean Brazil already has 3 players that play in the NBA (Leandro Barbosa (Phoenix Suns), Nene (Denver Nuggets), Anderson Varejao (Cleveland Caveliars) a few others in the top leagues in Europe (Tiago Splitter, I believe he plays with Barcelona).Greece has 2 teams that always qualify to the final stages of the Euroleague (Panathinaikos and Olympiakos). They also have a player that played with the Houston Rockets (I think his name is Spaniolis). Greece also defeated the Last Dream Team at the World Championships. Last but not least, they will have home court advantage since the Olympic Qualifiers will be played in Greece.
    I really hope that Lebanon can pull of another huge upset like when they beat France (Inshalla ya rab).
    I've heard that Nene Hilario, 25, underwent a successful operation and following medical advice, the athlete will rest waiting for news about future operations and treatment, a statment in the media did not say what type of tumor was involved nor where it was on Hilario's body. The decision to operate was taken by the medical team taking care of the case and a conclusive test result might probably take some time and it's quite intriguing though about the future operations and treatment, it must be really serious and I'm hoping not.

    But with regards to your team, don't count out Lebanon just yet, who knows, did you ever expected to beat France, many good things still to come better believe it my friend................

    My best bet is, if you can add two more good 210 cms players, you can beat Brazil as you did France but not Greece....

    What about Matthew Wayne Freije (208 cms at 249 lbs), former Vanderbilt University Commodores mainstay ? And Jamil Matar is he any good ?, I can't find any source for this guy.

    Piece of a friendly advice, don't let the intimidating factor of them having NBA and european based players, rely on your skills put that level beyond their own.

    BELIEVE LEBANON BELIEVE !!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by daniab
    Our program for this year:

    -A training camp in Lebanon for 15 days in the first half of june.
    -Participation in Waba championship btw 18 and 21 june.
    -Friendly tournament in toronta canada btw 30 june and 6 july.
    -Friendly tournament in France btw 8 and 10 july.
    -Pre-olympics games in Greece.

    Do you know where the playing venue is, I want to watch that game and hopefully give you some feedback, I'll be in Toronto area for two weeks, (July 1 to 15, 2008), I'll make my laptop and video camera handy, might even get you the play by play analysis.... I'll let my Lebanese boss worked for me for a change taking the videos and fire him if he won't do as he's told to do.

    If we both get lucky, might have ourselves some pictures taken with the Lebanese team and have the "Tiger" El Khatib sign an autograph on my shirt, that would be awesome.....
    Last edited by dreamwalker; 05-24-2008 at 10:29 AM.

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