This is the first time that a person directly connected to FIBA, the president of a national federation speaks against the World Cup qualification windows. Sabonis’ comments come from the fact that NBA players are not going to join their national teams and the same is expected to happen with EuroLeague players: “People who understand basketball should be disappointed. Fans come to the arena to watch the best players. We are not Spain, where you may not have ten players, but there are also other ten who are really good and will create interest. We don’t have that. The loss of any player is a knife wound”.
Lituania basketball federation Arvydas Sabonis doesn’t sound too happy with the new FIBA calendar with the windows in the middle of the season. NBA, NCAA won’t join the National Team games in the middle of the year and also EuroLeague players are expected to to the same.
Jonas Valanciunas spoke to Eurohoops post game and sounded reassuring that Lithuania will bounce back from this loss. “It’s just one year”, the big man said.
Mindaugas Kuzminskas will be a game-decision for the Lithuanian NT in the knock-out game against Greece. As Donatas Urbonas reports, the player has back spasms and has not been able to participate to practice since the one before Lithuania’s clash with Germany.
Lithuania prevailed over Italy with 78-73 and reached its second consecutive win. Italy now stands at 2-1. Mindaugas Kuzminskas contributed 14 points for Lithuania, Jonas Valanciunas had 13 points.