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David 'Dubi' Pick: Source: Georgia plans on activating Zaza Pachulia for EuroBasket as the GSW's center remains cautious while he rehabs his ankle.
Harris Stavrou: Zaza Pachulia is probably OUT of Eurobasket 2017, according to Georgian NT's head coach Ilias Zouros. Another huge blow for the tournament.
According to the Serbian Federation press release “the chronic issue of Teodosic, due to which he missed part of the training camp and all the preparation games, prevents him from being completely healthy at the start of the tournament. Coach Aleksandar Djordjevic and Milos Teodosic, after consulting with the medical team of our national team and the LA Clippers, jointly made this difficult decision”.
"Giannis recently left his national team to travel to China for an appearance. Here he was visited by Bucks Head of Strength and Conditioning Suki Hobson. Hobson put Giannis through a series of exercises to evaluate his knee and reported that he was still experiencing significant pain on basic movements. "After reviewing the report filed by Hobson, Dr. Raasch recommended that due to the recurring knee pain, Giannis should not continue to attempt to play at this time and that the best course of action would be for him to return to Milwaukee for further evaluation and to begin a structured, daily rehabilitation program.
That assertion led the NBA to put out a statement on Saturday night refuting any notion that Antetokounmpo's injury was staged. "The NBA and the Milwaukee Bucks have followed all appropriate protocol under the NBA-FIBA agreement," said Tim Frank, the NBA's senior vice president of basketball communications. "Giannis has an injury that has been confirmed through multiple examinations and any suggestion to the contrary is false."
The Bucks took things a step further with a statement that was released early Sunday morning. The statement, which came from general manager Jon Horst, detailed the events that led to Antetokounmpo removing himself from EuroBasket competition. The full statement from Horst is as follows: "After a brief time in training with the Greek National Team, Giannis reported to our basketball staff that he was having right anterior knee pain following certain movements. At this time, we contacted the Greek National Team and requested that Giannis stop on-court running and jumping for a period of time to rest. Bucks Team Physician Dr. William Raasch consulted with Dr. Voulgaropoulos of the Greek National Team regarding the injury and as a result Giannis continued to sit out from training.
Greek Basketball Federation: A series of clues by which we were particularly worried about since Giannis arrived in Greece and the national team training camp started, had created the conviction of an organized and well-staged plan by the NBA franchise in which Giannis has signed. Everything was in full knowledge of the NBA, if not encouraged by the NBA, and the athlete was put in a very difficult place and ultimately was obliged today to inform that he can’t be a member of the national team.
Giannis Antetokounmpo: I want everyone to be informed by me that I will not be able to play for the Greek national team in the upcoming Eurobasket. All this time I was pressuring myself to practice. I was trying to fool myself and not feel the pain, hoping that I will be ready for the official games. I failed in the tests I was put to and the reason was the pain I felt from the first seconds. I can accept the truth and deal with it in a mature manner. I have to work and improve as much as I can the condition of my knee.
Giannis Antetokounmpo: This is by far the biggest disappointment that I have felt so far in my career. I want to wish the best from the bottom of my heart to my teammates and coaches. The national team is my favorite team and in the future I will prove together with my teammates that we can achieve high goals and make all the Greeks happy.
Gasol, currently with the Spanish national side as they prepare for Eurobasket was understandably shaken, as were all the players of the national team. The San Antonio Spurs forward, who hails from Barcelona sent a message of union. “We send a message of support, commotion and pain for yesterday’s attack, both on Las Ramblas and in Cambrils, we are all very much affected,” Gasol told reporters in Melilla, where the Spanish national team is based.
“Let’s hope that the wounded will recover. We also thank the armed forces that protect the citizens and have helped in this critical moment, and to everyone who has been able to contribute in this critical situation. To unity and cohesion. Together, union is the way to overcome tragedy”, he added.
Pau Gasol talked about the upcoming Eurobasket and he didn’t forget the big absence of the Spanish national team. Speaking about Sergio Llull’s injury he said: “It was an emotional and psychological blow to the team. He is a guy you want to play with and a major contributor to the team. It will be difficult to cover him, but each player has to contribute. I wish we can win the championship and dedicate our success to Sergi, who is an important part of this team”.
Giannis Antetokounmpo was dominant in his first international match of the summer, but he will be disappearing again next week. The Milwaukee Bucks star will be absent from Greece’s Eurobasket schedule due to an upcoming tour of China, which takes place from August 15-20.
Rubio also focuses on Sergio Rodriguez, who believes that complements the team perfectly. “We got together very well. He’s a more scoring guard and I’m more of a distributor in the game. We are going with a lot of confidence and we can both end the game at any time.” As for the chances that Spain has in the Eurobasket, he explains that “We go with a lot of confidence. We know a lot but there are very new faces and we have to adapt a little.”
Brad Turner: Original time line had Gallinario out 3-4 weeks hasn't changed. Expected back on court in 4-6 weeks though, per source
As the Greek Basketball Federation announced, Giannis Antetokounmpo will refrain from the national team’s practices for the next five days. After feeling a right-knee discomfort, the Milwaukee Bucks point forward underwent an MRI which revealed that there’s nothing serious. Still, Giannis needs to stay out of practices for the aforementioned period.
“It was just a mistake, especially since I end up hurting myself, unfortunately. I’m extra sorry for my teammates to whom I apologize,” Gallinari said to Italian news agency ANSA. I repeat, my teammates didn’t deserve all this. Now I have to keep my hand steady for a while and stay home. Then when the rehabilitation ends I’ll head back to L.A.”
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources: LAC's specialists will examine MRI on Danilo Gallinari's right thumb today. Gallo is still in Italy, where he slugged a player.
Brad Turner: Clippers say Danilo Gallinari has minor right thumb injury, expected to be out 3-4 weeks. Gallinari injured throwing a punch at EuroBasket.
Gallinari sustained the injury following a punch he threw on Jito Kok of the Dutch team. The two players were involved in a fight during the game which started when Kok held the Clippers forward back way too aggressively to get a better position for a rebound. Gallinari reacted by hitting his opponent and throwing a full swing at him which was the punch that caused the injury.

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Gallinari will miss the rest of Eurobasket play for Italy, but the expectation is that he'll be ready for Clippers training camp in September. He's expected to need a month of rest and rehabilitation. The Clippers will follow up soon with their own examination.
Orazio Cauchi: Danilo Gallinari announced that he suffered a right hand fracture. He's out for Eurobasket. Devastating loss for Italian NT
As the Italian Federation announced, Gallinari suffered a right hand fractured. The estimated time of recovery is 40 days and he’s ruled out of the EuroBasket.
“Spain has the quality to fight for the championship”, said the San Antonio Spurs big man and he explained how this can be done. “The goal is to start working and prepare as we do every year. The tournament takes you where you deserve. We have enough quality to qualify for the final phase and fight for the championship title. We have great ambition”.

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Furkan Korkmaz will play for Turkey in the U-20 European Championship, after all. The 76ers rookie will board an 11-hour flight to Germany on Saturday. From there, he’ll take a four-hour flight to Greece to join his Turkish teammates. The tournament, which will begin Saturday, runs through July 23. After that, Korkmaz will play for the Turkish senior team in Eurobasket 2017 from Aug. 31 to Sept. 17, if he’s selected.
"I can confirm my presence on the list and my intention to continue to win more medals and achieve success with our national team," Spain's greatest-ever player said this week at the launch of his academy. "Each tournament can be the last and that is why you have to give your all and compete as though that were the case. We shall see if in two years' time (at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019) I play or what we do."
Davis Bertans will play for Latvia at Eurobasket 2017. The Spurs forward announced his decision with a video on Instagram.
Dennis Schroder said that he will play for Germany at Eurobasket. The Hawks point guard is in Germany and during a press conference announced his decision to wear the National Team jersey again.
“I will definitely play this season. Listening to the German anthem is a great feeling. I did not hear it for a long time and it is time to listen to it again” Schroder said, as reported by BBL Profis.
All signs according to a Wolves source are that Nemanja Bjelica will not play for Serbia in the Eurobasket.
Juan Carlos Navarro wants to play at least one more season, as he said in an interview with El Mundo Deportivo. “I will talk with Barcelona when the season ends. I want to play next season. This year I felt good except the two months I have been injured. I think I can help the team, not like in the past, but in some moments of the game. I see the respect of the opposing teams, how players guard me or try to contrast my shots” Navarro added. “Eurobasket? If I am healthy, I would love to play for Spain. That would be my last summer”.
Damjan Rudez is eager to return to the Croatia squad and help the national team build on the positive momentum that started last summer during its successful FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT) campaign in Turin.
New York Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis "absolutely" wants to help Latvia in their FIBA EuroBasket 2017 campaign. In an interview with FIBA.com, Porzingis, who last played for his country at the FIBA U18 European Championship 2013, has yet to confirm that he will be with the national side when it competes in Istanbul.
When asked if it was possible for him to play this summer for the national team and if he'd like to compete at the FIBA EuroBasket, Porzingis answered: "Yes, absolutely. I would like to help the team get to the second round and have a great campaign."
Danilo Gallinari told La Gazzetta dello Sport that he will play at Eurobasket for the Italian National Team. “I will play. There is no reason for me to miss the media day scheduled for July 20 in Milan. Only injuries stopped me from playing with the Italian National Team which is above everything” Gallinari said.
Sacramento Kings center Kostas Koufos is undecided on whether he will represent Greece at this summer’s Eurobasket. Speaking to Greek outlet Cosmote, Koufos admitted that he had not thought about his summer plans with the national side.
Willy Hernangomez has a rich summer ahead — a chance to work with his “idol,” Grizzlies star center Marc Gasol, every day for more than a month. Gasol has committed to playing for the Spanish National team in the European Championships. Hernangomez, the Knicks’ stud rookie center, wants to play but hasn’t yet gotten permission from team brass.
Mario Hezonja said Friday he intends to spend almost his entire offseason in Orlando in order to prepare for the 2017-18 NBA season. “I need extra work,” Hezonja said. “I need [to do] everything possible to make my game better.”
Croatia will play in the European championships this summer. But Hezonja will forego playing for his national team.
Mario Hezonja said Friday he intends to spend almost his entire offseason in Orlando in order to prepare for the 2017-18 NBA season. “I need extra work,” Hezonja said. “I need [to do] everything possible to make my game better.”
Croatia will play in the European championships this summer. But Hezonja will forego playing for his national team.
Nicolas Batum: “I have not missed a competition with France since 2004, counting the junior National Teams. The decision is taken. I will officially announce it at the end of the NBA Season. I am going to be treated like a mercenary or a coward. But I’ve 127 selections with National Team. I played twice against Blazers’ opinion and I played a Eurobasket with a shoulder injury” Batum said.
While Euro rookies Willy Hernangomez (Spain) and Mindaugas Kuzminskas (Lithuania) say they expect to play in the European Championships in late August/September, Kristaps Porzingis has made no decisions for Latvia. Porzingis told The Post he still is debating and wants to talk to the Knicks about it. Last summer, Porzingis decided against playing for Latvia in its Olympic qualifier. Hernangomez and Kuzminskas played for their respective countries in the Olympics in Rio last summer.
"Pau has also told me he's coming," Scariolo said. "All of them want to see how they finish the season. For them to say that they’re looking forward to coming and asking what we're going to do is a first good step, but then we have to wait and see how they end the season - the physical status of those that have to take part in the play-offs. We have to wait until then to have a definite idea but the pre-disposition of all of the players is very good."
Marc Gasol, Pau's younger brother, is set to play after a two-year absence. Marc Gasol chose to sit out FIBA EuroBasket 2015 while an injury prevented him from playing last summer in Brazil. "We’ll begin training on 28 July and we’ll have to change our way of playing with respect to the last two years when Marc hasn’t been here," Scariolo said. "We’ll have to incorporate him. It’s an important readjustment and there are many things that we’re working on."
"(Nikola) Mirotic and (Serge) Ibaka have confirmed their availability," Scariolo said to Onda Cero radio. "Obviously there is a different status and situation, but all of the players have confirmed to me their availability, although with certain provisos. Each has his own circumstances and own situation, but the availability of all is very good."
Scariolo will only be allowed to call up Mirotic or Ibaka, but not both, since each can only compete for the country as a naturalized Spaniard. Ibaka played at FIBA EuroBasket 2011, the 2012 Olympics and the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup while Mirotic represented the country at FIBA EuroBasket 2015 and at last year's Olympics.
Do you intend to play at FIBA EuroBasket 2017 this summer? Joffrey Lauvergne: Yes, that is a goal for me. I want to play for the national team. Things have been going well for me with the national team and I enjoy spending my summer with the guys from the team and staff.
Motiejunas also revealed that he aims to join the Lithuanian national team in the upcoming Eurobasket. “I have much desire to play for the national team. Last year due to certain circumstances I was out but I hope that things will work out this year and I’ll be able to play with the national team.”
FIBA EuroBasket 2017 action will tip-off when Slovenia take on Poland at 13:45 local time (12:45 CET) on August 31 in Group A action in Helsinki Arena, Finland. Group B in Tel Aviv Arena, Israel, will also begin on August 31, whilst Group C, in Polyvalent Hall, Cluj-Napoca, Romania and Group D in Fenerbahce Arena, Istanbul, Turkey, will begin one day later.
Pau Gasol confirmed once again that he wants to play with the Spanish national team in the upcoming Eurobasket 2017. “My desire of playing for the national team is very big and I’ve been proving it for many years, but now I’m trying to be more cerebral at the moment I’m in my career, no more and no less, “said Gasol speaking to ‘El Larguero’ show of Cadena SER.
However, there’s no final decision on the matter “so far” and everything still depends on his NBA season. “The load of games can take a toll on you and taking breaks are more important for me. I hope that with San Antonio we get as far as possible and if that is the case we will finish our season in the middle or at the end of June, so the decision will not be easy”, he added.
The 27-year-old, who is in London with the Pacers as they face the Denver Nuggets at the O2 Arena on Thursday night is understandably focussing on his club duties but has said that he will make contact with the federation during the season. “I haven’t spoken to the French federation yet but it’s something I am going to do at some point,” Seraphin said. “Being honest, it’s a step-by-step thing but I am hopeful to play for France this summer. However, my focus is with the Pacers and I am waiting to see where I stand in regards to the rotation and where I stand here and see where I might be with the national side moving forward.”
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Russell Westbrook: 'I'm not even close to being done'

The Los Angeles Lakers star guard Russell Westbrook is confident that he’s nowhere close to running out of steam. “I’m not even close to being done,” Westbrook said. “I’m super grateful and blessed to be able to go compete year after year, and that’s all I can do is prepare myself, my mind, my body for as long as I play.”
He is set to enter this final year of his current five-year contract that he signed with the Timberwolves back in 2018. During a media day press conference Wiggins was asked about his contract situation going into the 2022-2023 season. “It doesn’t really weigh in a lot. I play basketball and I just let my agents whatever all that. My plan is just to hoop and then whatever happens, happens,” the former number one draft pick said. “I know my agents and the team probably have a plan or something. Right now I’m just focused on the season of what’s coming ahead.”
If Scariolo could bring somebody from his EuroBasket 2022 winning roster, considering how Virtus Bologna looks like this year, he wouldn’t have doubts. “Taking into account the needs and characteristics of our club, perhaps Juancho Hernangomez would be the icing on the cake, the perfect fit”, he said. “Emotionally and technically, any of those players, knowing their ability to make something positive, even if not necessarily all with a lot of talent, I know that they could enter with productivity in a team like ours. But speaking of any need to the role, surely it would be Juancho”, he added about the rest of the current Spanish roster.
In a recent press conference, the 21-year-old got brutally honest about how therapy helped him get through some of his darkest days. He was continuously rehabbing his knee, but at the same time, he also had to take care of his mental health (h/t ClutchPoints on Twitter): “Just to be vulnerable for a second… I did go to therapy a lot just to express my thoughts and my feelings and how I felt, because it was a hard time for me, especially going through that injury,” Wiseman said. “I love basketball so much, I just want to be out there with my team. When I wasn’t out there, it was very hard for me.”
Fournier was invited to the show En Aparte on Canal +, where he didn’t mince words on how he felt about the EuroBasket’s outcome for France. “When you work so hard for that gold medal and you get the silver, or the bronze, I take it as an insult,” the captain of the French team said. “When I receive this medal, when I put it around my neck, it sends me straight back to failure. It’s hard and I want to get rid of it,” he added, before clarifying that his gesture “isn’t a sign of disrespect at all.”