All of the endless NBA only fan trolling, and all of the endless patriotic zealotry from Americans can stop, and you can all STFU.
One of the important modifications of the new governance is that the NBA and the athletes will have a representative in the FIBA Central Board. What will that change concretely?
Both things are very important. If you take the athletes, it's very easy to forget about them and to leave them on the side when we take decisions. I think they need to have a voice in this. It's actually the athletes who are putting on a show and that's why everyone else is sitting on the board, not the other way around.
As it relates to the NBA, I think it's a crucial part of basketball's future development, as much as it has been for the past 20 years. It's been a blessing to have the NBA within the international environment for the game of basketball. The work Mr. Stankovic and Mr. (David) Stern did to bring all the world together in 1992 has been a game-changer for basketball. But we see also that sitting together formally will help us in giving a new and much-needed impulse to the growth of the game worldwide. It's also going to be an important piece of perception of the rest of the world to basketball. We're often asked: "What's the NBA? Is it part of you?". With the NBA participating in the Central Board, we are telling the rest of the world that basketball is united. We aim at the same objective, which is to grow the game of basketball in the world and to make sure the FIBA Basketball World Cup is the best sport property in the world.
FIBA Central Board
The FIBA Central Board is currently composed of 23 members (22 have the right to vote) and meets twice yearly.
The FIBA Central Board has, among other competences, the power to establish the FIBA Internal Regulations. It also assigns the organisation of all FIBA Basketball World Cup.
The current Central Board members are:
Mr. Yvan Mainini (France) President
Mr. Horacio Muratore (Argentina) Vice President
Mr. Patrick Baumann (Switzerland) Secretary General
Mr. Borislav Stankovic (Serbia) Secretary General Emeritus
Mr. Manfred Ströher (Germany) Treasurer
Ms. Valerie Ackerman (USA)
Sheik Saud Bin Ali Al-Thani (Qatar)
Mr. Alphonse Bilé (Ivory Coast)
Mr. Richard Carrión (Puerto Rico)
Mr. Sergei Chernov (Russia)
Mr. Bob Elphinston (Australia)
Mr. Mabusa Eseka Dieudonne (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Mr. Alberto Garcia (Argentina)
Ms. Salamatou Maiga (Mali)
Mr. Usie Richards (US Virgin Islands)
Mr. Jose Luis Saez Regalado (Spain)
Ms. Xu Lan (China)
Mr. Olafur Rafnsson (✝ 19.06.2013) (Iceland)
Mr. Steve Smith (Australia)
Ms. Lena Wallin-Kantzy (Sweden)
Mrs. Barbara Wheadon (New Zealand)
Mr. Hagop Khajirian (Lebanon)
Mr. Kamil Novak (Czech Republic)
Mr. Cyriel Coomans - (Belgium) Observer
Now, the NBA and NBA player's union also get 6 places and 6 votes. As part of this agreement, they agree to the new schedule, they agree to have the players play during the season, for the qualifications for the tournaments, and they agree officially that the FIBA World Cup is the preeminent world basketball tournament.
So all of you trolling a-holes that have been endlessly lying that this isn't true and was never going to happen, despite the dozens of official articles and reports you have been provided here that it was going to happen - now you can all STFU. Because it did happen, and it's official. Agreed upon by the NBA and the NBA player's union.