The 2013 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four will be played at The O2 from 10th - 12th May 2013. It's the signature event of the premier European clubs basketball competition where the four best teams of the season compete to become Euroleague champions.
The Euroleague Fan Zone is a free, outdoor festival for basketball and non-basketball fans alike, which accompanies the Euroleague Final Four and will take over Trafalgar Square for three days, from May 10th to 12th.
Londoners will be able to take part on an impressive weather-proof central court (with a 15m. high roof) in a number of different activities.
It will offer a fun and family-friendly environment through basketball 3 on 3s, shooting contests, cheerleading lessons and demonstrations, music, player appearances, photo opportunities with the Champions Trophy, and much more!
UK Sport has agreed to give Olympic funding to the British basketball teams after an appeal. The teams had been told they would get nothing after they failed to make an impact at the 2012 Games.
However, following a campaign including support from star player Luol Deng, UK Sport have now agreed to provide some money to the sport. Deng had written to the Prime Minister to say that basketball's popularity amongst children would be harmed if the British team was not supported.
Luol Deng has written to David Cameron after British Basketball discovered last month it will receive zero funding in the run-up to the Rio 2016 Olympics; a cut of £8.5 million compared to the London 2012 cycle.
British Basketball will meet funding quango UK Sport on Wednesday to ask for it to reconsider, and has attracted top-level support from 27 year old Deng, who started his career in Brixton and now plays for the Chicago Bulls. His letter reads:
"We all heard about the 'legacy' that London 2012 was going to bring to sport in the UK and I refuse to sit back and let that legacy be completely demolished for basketball. I, along with other people involved in the game, have put too much in and care too greatly to let this happen."
"The sport of basketball is a pathway, a pathway that teaches so many valuable lessons on and off the court, how are we supposed to motivate these kids to carry along their journey when there's now nothing at the end. No Team GB, no Olympic dream, no goal."
Michael Jordan never got to do this - four of the British women's wheelchair basketball team spent this morning shooting into a hoop inside St. Paul's Cathedral as part of the build-up to the Paralympics.