Oleksandr Proshuta: According to Ukrainian federation, …

Oleksandr Proshuta: According to Ukrainian federation, both Svi Mikhailiuk & Alex Len declared their will to play for Ukraine NT during September #FIBAWC window. Now FBU are in talks with NBA on players insurance. It’s the most important question to be solved them to play vs Spain & Montenegro

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Giant center Jusuf Nurkic has announced he'll play for Bosnia and Herzegovina in the fourth window of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 European Qualifiers. The 7ft (2.13m) center, who had an outstanding 2017-18 season with the Portland Trail Blazers, will be in the lineup when the Dragons open the Second Round at Finland on September 13 and then host the Czech Republic three days later.

Even if he started off the bench, Dennis Schröder scored 25 points in Germany’s emphatic 85 – 63 win over Austria. Since the start, the home side controlled the game (22-16) as Schröder’s addition for the Germans helped the team. Germany has qualified for the second round of the qualifiers with five wins in five games.
Orazio Cauchi: Sixers Furkan Korkmaz was the top scorer in Turkey's win over Ukraine. He finished with 21 points (4/5 from three), 4 rebounds, 3 steals and 1 assist #NBA
Even though Croatia blew out a double-digit lead in the final period, they still managed to get the victory over Italy with 78-72. Bojan Bogdanovic played a key role in this game, as he tapped 26 points along with seven rebounds and six assists for the winners. Fellow NBAers Ivica Zubac and Dario Saric finished with 12 and 9 points each.
Jeff Zillgitt: Here’s the U.S. squad that will play Mexico in Mexico City on June 28 and Cuba in Havana July 1 in FIBA World Cup qualifying games:

Spanish national team head coach Sergio Scariolo announced the list of 16 players that will compile the roster for the last two games of the first stage of the World Cup Qualifiers. Denver Nuggets forward Juancho Hernangomez is the sole NBAer in the roster
According to Spanish newspaper “Marca” Pau Gasol wants to play with the Spanish national team in the September FIBA World Cup qualifiers. It remains to be seen if that can happen. For the upcoming June and July games, however, Juancho Hernangomez is the only NBA player who is included in the Spanish national team pre-selection, Santi Yusta is the only Real Madrid player and the duo of Victor Claver and Pierre Oriola are the two representatives of Barcelona. The fourth EuroLeague player who is called in the team is CSKA Moscow guard Sergio Rodriguez.
Egyptian-American basketball player, Abdel Nader, who plays for NBA’s Boston Celtics is now eligible to represent the Egyptian basketball team. The Egyptian born, who was added to the Celtics roster ahead of the 2017/2018 season opener after being named NBA-G league Rookie of the Year for the 2016/2017 season, agreed to represent Egypt in the second phase of the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup African qualifications.
“I think it’s a good idea to have these windows, so people can go, like soccer, in the middle of the year and see your national team at home,” longtime Spanish guard Jose Calderon said. “That’s the nice part. But to be able to do that, you’ve got to be able to get everybody on the same page so players can go play like in soccer. What you cannot do is ask the player to do something when they really don’t know what to do. They’re being pulled from both sides.”
Jeff Van Gundy will coach USA Basketball’s roster of non-NBA professionals who will try to qualify for the Americans for the World Cup in 2019, league sources told The Vertical. Van Gundy, an 11-year NBA head coach and currently a TV analyst for ESPN, will coach a roster compromised largely of NBA Development League and overseas American players in tournaments over the next several months.
Van Gundy has no international coaching experience, but USA Basketball is counting on his high basketball acumen to make the necessary adjustments and shortcut the learning curve. His assistant coaching staff will include longtime international and minor-league coach, Mo McHone, sources said.
Four basketball stars will lend a hand at Sunday’s Official Draw Ceremony for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Qualifiers taking place at the landmark Canton Tower in Guangzhou, China. Former USA and NBA superstar Scottie Pippen, Australian scoring machine Andrew Gaze, Russian great Andrei Kirilenko and China national team stalwart Yi Jianlian will help determine the fate of the 80 teams competing in four regional qualifiers played across 6 qualifying windows between November 2017 and February 2019.
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