Andrea Bargnani’s ankle injury is not serious, according to sources.
Almost a week before the start of the upcoming Eurobasket 2015, one key member of the French team is forbidden to play in the event. As the French federation announced, center Alexis Ajinca is out.
Nowitzki will now try to use the team’s warm-up games to rekindle his form, expecting to receive a boost from playing in front of a hometown Berlin crowd when group play of EuroBasket begins in early September. “You know, if it had been in July or early August, then I think there would have been no chance,” Nowitzki explained after making the decision to return to international play in June. “That would have meant that I would have had to practice right through and not even take some time off. But this way it’s, like I said, in September. I’m usually here (in Dallas), playing with the guys anyways in five-on-five, so that really was the big key for me. That way, all month of May, I was traveling some, and June was off. I got some family time in. I was just home (in Germany) a couple of days, saw my family and went to the Champions League final in Berlin, so I had some great times already.”
After the victory in Xanthi tournament coach Fotis Katsikaris announced the final list of players for EuroBasket of the Greece national team. Dimitris Agravanis and Vladimir Janković the last two cuts, here the Greek roster: Nikos Zisis, Giannis Bourousis, Vassilis Spanoulis, Kostas Kaimakoglou, Giorgos Printezis, Nick Clathes, Kostas Papanikolaou, Kostas Sloukas, Stratos Perperoglou, Kostas Koufos, Vaggelis Mantzaris, Giannis Antetokounmpo.