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Haze, haze, go away.

Entourage Basketball Inc. has had to interrupt pre-season preparations due to, well, capitalism.
In a return to 2013 form, widespread burning / razing of farmland on Sumatra and winds blowing the resulting smoke north-west, have Singapore and large areas of Malaysia literally choking. Outdoor sport is out of the question, at least for the sane.

The official indicator for air pollution in Singapore, which is updated hourly, has been recording air quality PSI-levels in the “very unhealthy” range since September 6th.
Today was the first day with acceptable PSI-levels in the city, here’s hoping this is a lasting trend.

Given that the Singapore Grand Prix starts this weekend, i’m sure the organisers of the country’s largest recurring sporting Event would prefer to have full Grandstands when Hamilton, Rosberg and co. race around the Marina Bay Circuit.

Meanwhile Basketball fans can soothe their nerves by watching the Eurobasket semifinals and Final beginning tomorrow morning live on Starhub channel 201. Spain meeting their modern day nemesis, France and the seemingly unstoppable Serbia, taking on (the Fans of) Lithuania; that is quite the Final Four.

Meanwhile, in professional Basketball…

Basketball National teams across the world have been gearing up this Summer to qualify for next Year’s samba-rific fiesta; Rio 2016, the Olympic games.

August

First up “down under”, were the FIBA Oceanic championships where Australia’s men’s and women’s teams qualified for Rio by beating their cross-ocean rivals, New Zealand. The “Tall Blacks” (and “Tall Ferns”) put up spirited efforts but were no match for the NBA & Euroleague stacked Oz men’s team (Dellavedova, Mills, Bogut, Ingles, Jawai etc.)
Fiba Oceanic '15 - Oz men

On the African continent, Nigeria was dominating Afrobasket 2015 on the way to their first ever African continental title. Another great basketball milestone for the Soccer-dominated country. Forward Al-Farouq Aminu formerly of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks and Chamberlain Oguchi did a fine job helping their team win in the Final over perennial Basketball powerhouse, Angola.

September

Yet all that was just a taste of what’s to come. This month will showcase most of the best teams on the planet, all with their prime rosters, trying to grab a spot in Rio.
Here is an overview of the month’s major tournaments:

2015-fiba-asia-womens-championship Aug 29 – Sept 5

LogoFIBAAmericas1 Aug 31 – Sept 12

EuroBasket_tournament_logo Sept 5 – Sept 20

2015_FIBA_Asia_Championship_logo Sept 23 – Oct 3

4 continental championships, 3 male, 1 female within the span of a Month! Fantastic for any Basketball fan. With much respect to the Americas, where Mexico is going to have to fend off a rejuvenated Team Canada (amongst others) to defend it’s title, and to Asia, where reigning Champ Iran are still looking strong; THE basketball tournament of the year is Eurobasket.

2013 (and First time) European Champion France has been unbeatable in the lead-up to Eurobasket and with stars Tony Parker, Boris Diaw, Nicolas Batum and more back, look to be the team to beat. Yet looks can be deceiving. (we see what you did there Spain: adding Nikola Mirotic to your roster; sly)

Don’t take our word for it, let the experts tell you.

Entouragebball will have it’s own breakdown of Eurobasket2015 online before the Championship kicks off this Saturday.
It’s a going to be a great month, hope all your DVR’s are ready.