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European vs American Basketball

Post by Steve on Sat Aug 06, 2016 4:15 pm

It is true that basketball connects people around the world and brings communities together, it is after all a sport that is brilliantly tangling on the line between individual and team victory. Hence why we see new sports growing with the foundation of basketball (3x3 and 1 on 1 tournaments and so many more). A sport where an individual can’t defeat a whole team by himself or herself but at a same time can cause so much damage that he or she is credited with the victory.

Why basketball works this way is explained through the difference in the two major styles of play, the European and the American way of playing basketball.

European basketball is a playstyle that is founded on a lot of team play and a secure way to score, or the so called smartest decision. The European style is not so flashy usually or entertaining as the American due to its focus on the fundamentals of basketball (Dribbling, Shooting, Passing, with an accent on passing).

The American style of playing basketball is amazingly flashy and entertaining to watch, with spectacular display of raw talent and athletic ability. It’s the way the American dream is sometimes described as, bigger, better and faster.


When it comes to what style is better, this is a debatable question, as of now the combination of those two is deadly, and we can clearly see the combo in the players like Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Kevin Durant.

In our time the styles constantly collide and mix, but you can see clearly the influence on both styles on each other. Back in 2002 was probably the most important FIBA World Championship that isn’t so much talked about when it comes to influences on how basketball is played today. A Championship in which the former Yugoslavian team won the gold medal, but that is not the most important game of the Championship. It was in the quarter finals where the European style of basketball showed that it can actually withstand the mighty fire power of the American style, in the game where the host USA lost to Yugoslavia 78-81. It is that exact game that influenced both styles, in which you would see a bit of an increase in players that were recruited outside the USA. One of the greatest coaches of the league Greg Popovic clearly found his gems in Europe and Argentina with the drafts of Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili.

Since that defeat we were able to witness a change in the USA national team, a team that had the fire power of major superstars in the league combined with tactics of the European teams, a force that has yet to be stopped in the upcoming Rio Olympic Games of 2016.

In conclusion, both styles are hard to defeat, but with a bit of combining and adding what is missing, any team can be a contender for gold, which brings us to a hopeful Olympics run for any team that has qualified.


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Re: European vs American Basketball

Post by John1007 on Mon Aug 08, 2016 5:25 am

If you are tall and white in Europe chances are you wont play soccer. So you play basketball. In America, tall white players will also play baseball and football.
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Post by Taffyapple on Mon Aug 08, 2016 7:37 pm

I guess I never realized that there was so much different about American and European basketball. But I guess that it makes sense as there are big differences in say football as well.
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