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 JAPAN 2006 EXPERT BLOGS

FIBA has gathered a team of professional basketball experts, including journalists, TV commentators, radio commentators and magazine editors from all corner of the globe. Look for the reactions of your favorite expert blogger on the FIBA World Championship every day.

 Andrew GAZE (AUS)                          
Andrew Gaze - FIBA Basketball expert Andrew Gaze is Australia's best known basketball star. An NBL player at 18 and the league's Rookie of the Year, Gaze played one year in American college hoops, leading Seton Hall to the 1989 NCAA title game where they lost in overtime to Michigan. Up his return to Australia, Gaze, playing under his father with the Melbourne Tigers, became the league's top scorer for 14 seasons and helped the team win two titles appear in other finals. Gaze played in five Olympic Games with the Boomers. He was flagbearer for Australia at the Sydney 2000 Games' opening ceremony. He is the scoring record holder in Olympic competition, and second-highest scorer of all-time in FIBA World Championship play. Gaze was a television commentator at the 2004 Athens Summer Games.

 Blog 3 (27.08.06)
 Blog 2 (01.08.06)
 BOOMER QUEST FOR GOLD (17.07.06)



 JEFF TAYLOR (USA)                          
Jeff Taylor - Basketball expert Jeff Taylor is a native of North Carolina who has lived in Europe and covered international basketball since 1996. PA Sport's international sports editor, he has interviewed numerous players and coaches on the continent over the years and has provided editorial content to FIBA.com for the past three years in the build-up to the FIBA World Championship in Japan. Jeff worked as a television commentator at the FIBA World Championships for men and women in 1998, the 2000 and 2004 Olympics and EuroBaskets in 1997and 2005. He has also provided television commentary at Euroleague Final Fours for men and women. Jeff attended all but two home games at the University of North Carolina from 1983-87 and had the privilege of watching fellow Tar Heels like Michael Jordan play in Chapel Hill.

 BROTHERLY LOVE FOR GASOLS (05.09.06)
 IT'S A NUMBERS GAME FOR TEAM USA (02.09.06)
 QUE SERA, SERA (30.08.06)
 TURKISH DELIGHT (21.08.06)
 LOOKS CAN BE DECEIVING (11.08.06)
 CRY FOR ARGENTINA'S QUINTEROS (02.08.06)
 LET'S SHIP 'EM OUT! (28.07.06)
 IT'S TIME TO RAISE YOUR GAME, TALL BLACKS (24.07.06)
 KEEPING THINGS IN PERSPECTIVE (18.07.06)
 PARKER TO STEP IN THE NBA (14.07.06)
 BARGNANI CAUGHT BETWEEN ROCK AND A HARD PLACE



 CINDY GARCIA-BENNETT (Spain)
Cindy Bennett Garcia - Basketball expert

Cindy Garcia-Bennett is PA Sport's chief European correspondent based in Rome. Born in Madrid and a 1999 graduate of the University of Cardiff in Wales, Cindy has been a journalist ever since and has covered numerous sporting events in Europe including Euro 2004, EuroBasket 2005 and the 2006 World Cup. She is a daily contributor to both fiba.com and fibaeurope.com, providing interviews with leading players and coaches. Multi-lingual in Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and English, Cindy is a huge fan of basketball and will be at the FIBA World Championship in Japan. 

 One World, One Title (31.08.06)
 NO PAIN, NO GAIN FOR YAO! (20.08.06)
 JONAS KAZLAUSKAS'SHADOW (31.07.06)
 HOLD ON TO YOUR SHORTS, SANI (28.07.06)
 "TEAM USA FORGET PAST - LIVE IN HERE AND NOW"
 Blog 1 (19.07.06)



 IOANNIS PSARAKIS (Greece)
Ioannis Psarakis - FIBA Basketball expert
Ioannis Psarakis, who has been a basketball journalist for 21 years, was born in 1969 in the city of Nikea - the birthplace of Greek basketball legend Panagiotis Giannakis.
As a player and self-professed basketball addict, Ioannis has worked for several daily sports and politcal newspapers, including for 13 years at the historical magazine Triponto (Triponto means three-point shot in Greek). For four of those years, he was Triponto’s editor in chief. Ioannis now works for All Star Basket magazine, but also serves as a commentator for Euroleague, NBA and Greek League games for the Supersport Channel in Greece.
Ioannis has covered more than 40 international basketball events in Greece and around the world, including seven men’s EuroBaskets, EuroBasket Women, several U19 and U21 FIBA World Championships, one FIBA World Championship and 14 Euroleague Final Fours.
He has been a Greek correspondent for magazines in Italy, Argentina, the United States, France, Israel and Turkey. "I must say that I'm glad being here with all of you basketball fans around the world, waiting for the World Championship to begin... Let's get the (basketball world) party started!!!" - Ioannis.  

 THE ROAD TO THE FINAL! - (31.08.06)
 Ελλάδα μπορείς ("μ'ενα όνειρο τρελό...")! - (31.08.06)
 REFUSE TO LOSE... - (22.08.06)
 Η ομάδα που αρνείται να χάσει... - (22.08.06)
 LET'S TALK ABOUT DEFENCE - (15.08.06)
 Ας μιλήσουμε για άμυνα... - (15.08.06)
 "SOFOKLIS" ABOVE THE RIM (English) - (13.07.06)
 "SOFOKLIS" ABOVE THE RIM (Greek) - (13.07.06)



 SVEN SIMON (Germany)                                           
Sven Simon - FIBA Basketball expert Sven Simon is the editor of german basketball magazine FIVE (http://www.fivemag.de). Thirty-four years old, Sven has played organized basketball since he was 13 but he never reached a professional level. Sven served his passion for basketball at every level of the game while working as a coach and referee. Off the court, Sven has worked as a basketball journalist for most of Germany's big newspapers, different radio stations and the country's basketball magazine BASKETBALL, before founding FIVE. 

 WHY WE LOVE NOT TO CHEER FOR TEAM USA! (04.09.06)
 Turkish homecourt advantage in 2010 (29.08.06)
 PREDICTIONS (25.08.06)
 Allez les Bleus (15.08.06)
 MEMO FOR THE DJ: ROXETTE IS NOT COOL! (10.08.06)
 GOOD BYE FOOTBALL, HELLO BASKETBALL (13.07.06)



 GEORGE EDDY (USA)                                           
George Eddy - FIBA Basketball expert Commentator, Canal + France
A broadcaster with the Canal + France sports department, George Eddy has covered basketball and the NBA -- in addition to the Olympics and the NFL -- since January 1985. Eddy moved to France from the U.S. in 1977, playing and coaching pro basketball for 12 years. In addition to his on-air broadcasts for Canal +, Eurosport France and others, Eddy has written six books about basketball as well as contributing to numerous magazines and radio stations. Eddy also organizes a shooting camp each summer near Paris.  

 ROUNDUP (06.09.06)
 USA LOSES, HERE'S WHY! (02.09.06)
 LET THE SURPRISES AND GOOD GAMES BEGIN, PLEASE!  (31.08.06)
 WELCOME TO TOKYO (26.08.06)
 MY IMPRESSIONS ON MY FIRST VISIT TO JAPAN (23.08.06)
 "MONEY TIME IS COMING" (15.08.06)
 OK, LET'S NITPICK A BIT (08.08.06)
 KEYS TO WORLD SUCCESS! (01.08.06)



 STEFANO VALENTI (Italy)                                          
Stefano Valenti - FIBA Basketball expert After working for newspapers, radio and television stations, Stefano Valenti switched to Superbasket where he has been a staff writer since 1991. Superbasket was founded in 1979 and is the oldest and most famous basketball magazine in Italy. In his 15 years with the publication, Stefano has covered two Olympic Games, one FIBA World Championship (Japan 2006 will be his second), eight EuroBaskets (for both Men and Women), and several finals or Final Fours of every FIBA Cup competition (Euroleague Men and Women, Europe League Men, EuroCup, Saporta, Ronchetti), plus, one World Championship for Young Men 2001 (Saitama, Japan) and the first ever WNBA Finals, in 1997. He also contributed for publications like the Official Basketball Program for the Olympic Games in Sydney 2000 and for "Dream Games, The Olympic Basketball Experience.  

 SPAIN: NEVER A MORE DESERVED GOLD, GASOL AND HIS TEAM-MATES, AND THE MVP SELECTION (06.09.06)
 How Lithuania killed Italy for the second time in 4 days... (29.08.06)
 ITALY? NO, THEY'RE LIKE CNN "PLAY(ER) OF THE DAY"? (17.08.06)
 RECALCATI GIVES 3 RULES TO ITALY (17.08.06)
 THREE OUT, ITALY IS BACK... (09.08.06)
 BARGNANI? NOT ANYMORE. THE PROBLEM IS PLAYMAKING (01.08)
 CIAO ANDREA, SEE YOU NEXT! (14.07.06)