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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The Puerto Rican national basketball team's resounding victory over the United States at the Athens Olympic Games on Aug. 15, 2004, still resonates in every corner of the Caribbean island.

That first defeat of the so-called "Dream Team" in the opening game of the Olympic basketball tournament perhaps represents the most celebrated victory in Puerto Rican sports and the peak of the island's love and passion for the sport. On each anniversary since, the iconic photo of the former Utah Jazz point guard, Carlos Arroyo, displaying his shirt in triumph appears online and Puerto Ricans recall where they were and what they were doing on that summer Sunday afternoon.

Achievements of great international importance, such as fourth place at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and at the 1990 World Championships in Argentina and the gold medal at the 1994 Goodwill Games in St. Petersburg, Russia, had served as an appetizer for this main course, prepared to perfection by Arroyo and a stifling defense that unsettled a star-studded American quintet including NBA players Tim Duncan, Tracy McGrady, Dwyane Wade, Allen Iverson and a young Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James, among others.

"It was a victory full of emotions. In my case, after 23 years with the national team, it brought an important chapter in my career to a close," recalled former Puerto Rican center, José 'Piculín' Ortiz, who bid farewell to international competition after participating in four Olympics (1988, 1992, 1996 and 2004) and five World Championships (1986, 1990, 1994, 1998 and 2002).

"It was a great victory. But unfortunately it was just that: a victory. I would have liked it to have been a medal," he said.

In fact, Puerto Rico failed to build on that momentum from the start of the Olympic basketball tournament. It was defeated by Lithuania and Greece in the first round and later missed out on a place in the semifinals after losing to Italy in the quarters. The dream of an Olympic medal was extinguished with a sixth-place finish, a bitter taste masked by the great victory.

Worse still, from that moment on, Puerto Rican basketball has gradually lost its international standing. Puerto Rico found it increasingly difficult to qualify for world-class tournaments, and the few times they did qualify, the results were way below expectations.

A year after the Athens Games, Puerto Rico participated in the FIBA Americas Championship in the Dominican Republic and failed in their bid to qualify directly for the 2006 World Championships in Japan, although they received an invitation from the International Basketball Federation (FIBA).

In Japan, however, Puerto Rico was eliminated in the first round after posting a 2-3 record. It suffered the same fate in the next two World Championships, at Turkey 2010 (1-4) and Spain 2014 (1-4). The outcome was even worse in their Olympic endeavors. Following Athens, Puerto Rico has been absent from the last two Olympics (Beijing 2008 and London 2012) and, if it fails to qualify for Rio 2016, this will represent the longest period without making an Olympic Games since their debut in 1960.

The Caribbean side has found the going so tough in international basketball that one of its leading figures, J.J. Barea, has already won an NBA title but has not yet had a chance to play at the Olympics.

What happened to Puerto Rican basketball?

For ESPN Deportes basketball analyst, Carlos Morales, many factors have played a part since that epic victory on Greek soil.

"On the one hand, it spelled the end for a group of players who had played for the team for a long time. Piculín Ortiz, who had been a major player for the national team, had retired by 2005, as had Rolando Hourruitiner, among others," said Morales, who coached the Puerto Rican national team from 1993 to '98, achieving a sixth-place finish at the 1994 World Championships in Toronto.

"I think one of our weaknesses has been to try and link the fate of the team to one or two players. We are over-reliant on one or two names instead of being more compact, depending more on the group," he added.

Morales pointed out that international basketball has evolved since 2004 and teams now rely on versatile players. "It's not how it used to be, where it was enough to have three shooters and a big man," he said. "Nowadays, teams have four shooters who come out of the paint and make life difficult for the opposing defense."

However, perhaps the decline of Puerto Rican basketball on the international stage is related to two areas that go beyond individuals and concern the philosophy of work.

According to Morales, Puerto Rico has not been able to give its national team any long-term continuity due to constant changes in the coaching staff and the problems it has faced in developing local basketball players.

"Rubén Magnano has been coaching the Brazilian national team for five years," he said, referring to the coach who led Argentina to Olympic gold in 2004 and has coached Brazil since 2010. "And in the time he has been there, Puerto Rico has already gone through four 'coaches (Manolo Cintrón, Flor Meléndez, Francisco "Paco" Olmos and Rick Pitino). In a recent interview, Magnano said he had been given the opportunity to establish a philosophy for his players and to work towards that, in spite of the fact that it had not always been successful. And that's important."

The ban on college players in Puerto Rico's top basketball league, Baloncesto Superior Nacional (BSN), has also been a factor, since the local tournament was the hotbed of talent for many young hopefuls who went on to wear the national jersey and who began to come into contact with international players and styles of play from an early age. After the BSN declared itself to be a professional league, no players could participate in it while they were eligible to play in American college basketball.

"To that you can add the fact that there are fewer teams in the league and, therefore, a smaller talent pool and that up to three reinforcements are allowed. Sometimes there are only two Puerto Rican players on a team's roster. At the end of the day, what do we have? A national team made up of players who are substitutes in the Puerto Rican league," said Morales, whose resumé includes two BSN titles with the Atléticos de San Germán (1991 and 1994).

The Puerto Rican Basketball Federation's current director of national teams, Georgie Rosario, agreed with Morales in that Puerto Rico failed to create a structure to address two main issues: the development of players with the characteristics for international basketball and the guarantee of a generational change.

"What happened for decades in Puerto Rican basketball? Neither of the two things happened," said Rosario, who also claimed, however, that Puerto Rico's victory over the United States is not necessarily the pinnacle of basketball on the island.

"It's wrong to use the victory over the 'Dream Team as an indicator of anything. . Sometimes victories and defeats are false indicators," he said. "You think that because you won a game, you're playing good basketball but that's not necessarily the case. For decades there was no organized system in the country to ensure the development of players and a generational change."

In the same vein, Ortiz said "nobody in Puerto Rico ever thought of the 'B' teams. We should put the development of talent first, but instead we always focus on the 'A' team and no specific adjustments have been made to bring us in line with the rest of the world, where the emphasis is on player development."

Light at the end of the tunnel

It's not all doom and gloom for Puerto Rican basketball.

Beginning in 2010, the Basketball Federation put a training project in place which aims to develop players with the characteristics for international basketball and ensure proper generational change.

Rosario explained the project consists of four main components: recruitment, enhancement, measurement and competition. The program identifies talented players from an early age, trains them in seven-month workshops before bringing them together to monitor their progress with the national team's coaching staff.

The project has already begun to bear fruit. The Under-17 team, whose members began this new project three years earlier, finished fifth in the 2014 World Basketball Championships in Dubai.

However, Rosario takes this and any other partial result with a grain of salt.

"As you inevitably win and lose in sport, people may think that it is an achievement if you win and a failure if you lose, but that would trivialize the project," the federation head said.

The focus is on the 2023 World Championships, where the Puerto Rican team will be made up of a group of mature players who will put what they have learned over the years into practice.

"From 2018, there will be a group of guys aged 20, 21 and 22, products of this project, who will be gradually integrated into the team. The 2023 World Championships will be the final exam," Rosario said.

Meanwhile, under the leadership of Pitino, and with Barea as the flag-bearer, Puerto Rico will aim to secure the much sought-after Olympic qualification and bring more joy to the country. A road that begins this Monday in Mexico.

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The Puerto Rican national basketball team (or Puerto Rican national basketball selection) is the men's side that represents Puerto Rico in international basketball competitions. The team, selected by the Puerto Rican Basketball Federation, historically comprised only players from the National Superior Basketball league, but in the 1990s began to include Puerto Rican players playing abroad professionally. In the same fashion, teams represent Puerto Rico in women's and junior competitions. Image File history File links Flag_of_Puerto_Rico. . Image File history File links FBPR.png‎ Logo from fbpur. . The International Basketball Federation (FIBA, from its French meaning) calculates the world rankings of all of its basketball teams. . The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. . Federación de Baloncesto de Puerto Rico The Puerto Rican Basketball Federation (Spanish: or FBPR) is the governing body of basketball in Puerto Rico. . Basketball has been played consistently on the Summer Olympics since 1936, with a demonstration event in 1904. . The FIBA World Championship (also called the Basketball World Championship) is a world basketball tournament for mens national teams held quadrennially by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA). . Map of countries best results Map of countries that participated Graph of the best performances of each confederation on each tournament. . Americas Championship is the name commonly used to refer to the American basketball championships that take every two years between national teams of the continents. . Image File history File links Kit_body_basketball. . body of kit template File links The following pages link to this file: Arsenal F.C. Ajax Amsterdam AZ Alkmaar A.S. Roma Torino Calcio A.C. Milan ACF Fiorentina Bristol City F.C. Charlton Athletic F.C. Chievo Verona Chelsea F.C. England national football team Wikipedia:WikiProject Football. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. . Image File history File links Kit_body_basketball. . body of kit template File links The following pages link to this file: Arsenal F.C. Ajax Amsterdam AZ Alkmaar A.S. Roma Torino Calcio A.C. Milan ACF Fiorentina Bristol City F.C. Charlton Athletic F.C. Chievo Verona Chelsea F.C. England national football team Wikipedia:WikiProject Football. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. . Basketball is a team sport in which two teams of five active players each try to score points against one another by throwing a ball through a 10-foot high hoop (the basket) under organized rules. . Federación de Baloncesto de Puerto Rico The Puerto Rican Basketball Federation (Spanish: or FBPR) is the governing body of basketball in Puerto Rico. . National Superior Basketball —or Baloncesto Superior Nacional (BSN) in Spanish— is a basketball league in Puerto Rico which was established in 1932 and has produced a handful of NBA players and a lot of classic games and emotive moments to its fans. . For the band, see 1990s (band). . This article or section does not cite its references or sources. .

History

In the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, the team reached fourth place, in good part because of the contributions of point guard Juan "Pachín" Vicéns. This was, and still is as of 2007, the highest place they have reached since the team's birth at any Olympic Games. 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). . , literally Eastern capital) is a unique subnational administrative region of Japan with characteristics of both a prefecture and a city. . Juan Pachín Vicéns was a renowned basketball player from Puerto Rico, specifically the Ponce Lions. .

The 1970's brought some memorable moments for the team, particularly a dramatic one-point loss to the United States in the 1976 Olympics; a win would have been the first undisputed loss for the US in Olympic competition. During this decade, the 1974 Basketball World Championship and the 1979 Pan American Games were held in San Juan, promoting local enthusiasm for international basketball and Puerto Rico's presence in it.

During the 1980's, the team earned gold medals at the 1986 Dominican Republic Central American and Caribbean games, and the 1989 Mexico Centrobasket. They also obtained a Bronze medal at the 1987 Olympic Qualifier held in Uruguay, to secure their first Olympic participation since 1976. They did not participate at the 1980 Moscow games due to the American boycott of that competition (The Puerto Rican team, as Puerto Rico is an autonomous nation sportswise, could have participated; they chose to respect the boycott instead), and at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics because they failed to qualify. The Puerto Ricans advanced to the second round in the 1988 Seoul Olympics, finishing in seventh place. Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). . For other uses, see Central America (disambiguation). . “West Indian” redirects here. . Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). . Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). . Year 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. . Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). . Position of Moscow in Europe Coordinates: , Country District Subdivision Russia Central Federal District Federal City Government - Mayor Yuriy Luzhkov Area - City 1,081 km² (417. . Look up Boycott in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. . A sport consists of a physical activity or skill carried out with a recreational purpose: for competition, for self-enjoyment, to attain excellence, for the development of a skill, or some combination of these. . Year 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1984 Gregorian calendar). . d Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. . Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). . Seoul (서울) [] is the capital of South Korea and is located on the Han River in the countrys northwest. .

During the 1990s, their success continued as usual, as they begun the decade with a Fourth Place finish at the World Championship in Argentina. In 1991, they won, for the first time, the Gold Medal at the Pan American Games, held in Cuba. The team qualified for the 1992 Barcelona, Spain Olympics and they reached the second round there, facing the United States National team composed by NBA players in their first game of the elimination round. They finished in eighth place in Barcelona. In 1994, they finished in sixth place at the World Championship in Canada, and won the Gold Medal at the Goodwill Games competition. During this period, Puerto Rico was classified as one of the top 10 international teams. For the band, see 1990s (band). . Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). . For other uses, see Barcelona (disambiguation). .

In 1996, they placed 10th at the Olympic Games in Atlanta, USA, and conquered the first of back to back Gold medals at Centrobasket. In 2000, they retained the Centrobasket title, with another triumph in Mexico. In 2003, the team won the Gold medal at the Central American and Caribbean Games, held at El Salvador. Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). . 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. . Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. .

In 2002, the team had a strong showing at the World Championship held in Indianapolis, USA. In a tournament full of well-known professionals, including NBA superstars, they beat the top 3 European teams at the time; eventual champion Yugoslavia, Turkey and Spain. Puerto Rico, with a 5-1 record entering the quarterfinals, lost its chance to get into the medals round in a dramatic 2-point loss to New Zealand, eventually placing seventh.

The Puerto Rican National Basketball Team conquered the silver medal at the 2004 Centrobasket tournament, losing to the Dominican Republic, 75-74, in the championship game.

In August 15, 2004, at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, the Puerto Rican National Basketball Team became the second team in history to defeat the United States Olympic basketball team by recording only the third loss in Olympic competition for the U.S. team, and the first since NBA players were allowed to compete. The 92-73 outcome of that game is, as of 2007, the most lopsided victory against the US (collegiate or professional players) in the history of Olympic/World Championship basketball. The other team to defeat the U.S. had been the Soviet Union in the 1972 gold medal game (whose outcome is still disputed) and the 1988 semifinals. is the 227th day of the year (228th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. . Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. . The ceremony for the lighting of the flame is arranged as a pagan pageant, with priestesses dancing. . Athens (Ancient Greek: αἱ Ἀθῆναι (plural), evolving into the modern Αθήναι in Greek until recently, and Αθήνα nowadays (IPA ); is both the largest and the capital city of Greece, located in the Attica periphery. . “NBA” redirects here. . The 1972 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XX Olympiad, were held in Munich, West Germany, from 26 August to 11 September 1972. . you are such a dumb noob and the red sox rule Size = 200 | Optional caption = | Host city = Seoul, South Korea | Nations participating = 159 | Athletes participating = 8,465 (6,279 men, 2,186 women) | Events = 263 in 27 sports | Opening ceremony = September 17, 1988 | Closing ceremony = October 2, 1988 | Officially opened.

At the 2006 FIBA World Championship contested in Japan, Puerto Rico, in group play, defeated Senegal and the People's Republic of China but lost ties against the United States, Italy, and Slovenia, the latter two, played respectively on August 23 and August 24 in Sapporo, by eight points and then one. The application of a second tiebreaker of points differential to Slovenia, China, and Puerto Rico, each with a winning percentage of .400, placed Puerto Rico fifth in Group D, and the team did not advance to the knockout round; the squad were ultimately placed seventeenth amongst the twenty-four competing teams. Official logo The winner, Spain, is being celebrated The 2006 FIBA World Championship was an international basketball competition hosted by Japan from August 19 to September 3, 2006. . A tournament is a competition involving a relatively large number of competitors, all participating in a single sport or game. . is the 235th day of the year (236th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. . is the 236th day of the year (237th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. . Sapporo redirects here. . Tiebreaker A question used in the event of a tie at the end of a pub quiz, where the answer is oten a figure not likely to be known, the winner is the closest to the answer, thus it breaks the deadlock. . This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. . Official logo The winner, Spain, is being celebrated The 2006 FIBA World Championship was an international basketball competition hosted by Japan from August 19 to September 3, 2006. . A single-elimination tournament, also called a knockout tournament, is a type of tournament where the loser of each match is immediately eliminated from winning the championship or first prize in the event. . Official logo The winner, Spain, is being celebrated The 2006 FIBA World Championship was an international basketball competition hosted by Japan from August 19 to September 3, 2006. .

During most of the 1980s and up until the late 1990s, the team wore a solid color uniform, with accent lines and the word "Puerto Rico" written in stylized cursive. Nowadays, the national team's uniform resembles a Puerto Rican flag, but also includes the usual Puerto Rico sign in cursive. The uniforms are red or blue for "visitor" status, and white for "host." Flag ratio: 1:2 The Flag of Puerto Rico consists of five equal horizontal bands of red (top and bottom) alternating with white; a blue isosceles triangle based on the hoist side bears a large, white, five-pointed star in the center. .

Current national team

The side who is representing Puerto Rico at the 2007 CaribeBasket is composed of:

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Notable players

Significant past and present players include:

U21 World Championship (men) - (women) | U19 World Championship (men) - (women) Rick Apodaca (born in July 1, 1980) in North Bergen, New Jersey) is a Puerto Rican professional basketball player. . Carlos Alberto Arroyo (born July 30, 1979 in Fajardo, Puerto Rico) is Puerto Rican professional basketball player. . Elias Larry Ayuso wearing the Puerto Rican National Basketball Team uniform. . José Juan Barea (born June 26, 1984 in Mayagüez) is a Puerto Rican professional basketball player. . Eddie Casiano wearing the Puerto Rican National Basketball Team uniform. . Christian Dalmau. . Raymond Dalmau (born c. . Fico Lopez jugo para los Mets de Guyanabo y junto a su cunado Mario El Quijote Morales gano varios campeonatos de la Liga de Baloncesto Superior de Puerto Rico. . Jerome Mincy (born October 10, 1964) in Ramey Air Force Base Aguadilla, Puerto Rico is a Puerto Rican professional basketball player of American parents. . Mario Morales (born 1960), a. . José Piculin Ortiz wearing the Puerto Rican National Basketball Team uniform. . Peter John Ramos (born May 23, 1985 in Fajardo) is a Puerto Rican professional basketball player. . Ramon Ramos (born 1967) is a Puerto Rican man who was a basketball player, both on the BSN and NBA level. . Ramon Rivas (born March 16, 1966) is a former NBA basketball player from Carolina, Puerto Rico. . Filiberto Rivera (born September 28, 1982 in Puerto Rico) is a professional basketball player from Puerto Rico. . Daniel Gregg Santiago (born June 24, 1976 in Lubbock, Texas, U.S.) is a Puerto Rican basketball player who currently plays for Unicaja Málaga of the Spanish ACB. His positions are power forward and center. . George Torres (born 1957), better known as Georgie Torres, is a Puerto Rican who is a well known former BSN basketball player. . Orlando Vega is a professional basketball player from Puerto Rico. . Juan Pachín Vicéns was a renowned basketball player from Puerto Rico, specifically the Ponce Lions. . Joel Jones-Camacho (born July 17, 1981 in San Diego, California) is a professional basketball player from Puerto Rican descent. . Teófilo Cruz (born August 1, 1942 in Puerto Rico) was a Puerto Rican professional basketball player. . Basketball is a team sport in which two teams of five active players each try to score points against one another by throwing a ball through a 10-foot high hoop (the basket) under organized rules. . The International Basketball Federation (French: Fédération Internationale de Basketball), more commonly known by the French acronym FIBA (pronounced ), is an association of national organizations which governs international competition in basketball. . Basketball has been played consistently on the Summer Olympics since 1936, with a demonstration event in 1904. . The FIBA World Championship (also called the Basketball World Championship) is a world basketball tournament for mens national teams held quadrennially by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA). . The FIBA World Championship for Women (also called the Basketball World Championship for Women) is a world basketball tournament for womens national teams held quadrennially. . The International Basketball Federation (FIBA, from its French meaning) calculates the world rankings of all of its basketball teams. . This article does not cite any references or sources. . The Womens U21 World Championship is a womens under-21 only basketball competition organized by FIBA. Mens professional basketball leagues Category: . The Mens U19 World Championship is a mens under-19 only basketball competition organized by FIBA. Mens professional basketball leagues Category: . The Mens U19 World Championship is a mens under-19 only basketball competition organized by FIBA. Mens professional basketball leagues Category: .

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