The head coach of Serbia, Aleksandar Djordjevic, spoke with the Serbian newspaper “Zurnal” and referred to his team being in full force for the second round of the World Cup Qualifiers as well as the possibility of Milos Teodosic and Boban Marjanovic joining the national team for the matches against Greece (September 13) and Estonia (September 16).
Sasha Djordjevic will know on Tuesday whether Milos Teodosic and Boban Marjanovic will be able to join Serbia’s National team for upcoming FIBA windows in September. Serbia will play Greece and Estonia.
On whether Teodosic and Marjanovic will play for Serbia in September: “On Tuesday, I have a final meeting with the Los Angeles Clippers‘ General Manager, Lawrence Frank, after which I will know everything on Milos Teodosic and Boban Marjanovic’s situations and whether they’ll join the team. Both of them travelled to Los Angeles to meet with doctors and athletic trainers. On Monday and Tuesday they will practice, and then a decision will be made. Most likely on Wednesday, the roster will feature 16 players.”
D’Tigers head coach, Alex Nwora, has invited 12 players for the next round of the FIBA Men’s World cup qualifiers to be hosted in Lagos between the 14th and 16th of September. The 12-man team expected to report to camp on September 6 will be headlined by Portland Trail Blazers’ Al-Farouq Aminu, who last featured for Nigeria in 2015 when the team played in the FIBA Afrobasket.
Sportando: Frank Ntilikina told l'Equipe that he will NOT play for France 🇫🇷 in upcoming #fibawc qualifiers. He wants to be as ready as possible for his second season in the NBA with Knicks.
Just like Lauri Markkanen, Ntilikina expressed his criticism on the timing of the September windows. “It is with great honor and pride that I received the announcement of my selection. However, at the dawn of my second NBA season with the New York Knicks, the timing appears very complex. It is with great regret that I will not be able to finally join the rest of the group”, Ntilikina mentions, as adapted by L’Equipe.
Jovica Antonic, who is the assistant of Serbia’s head coach, Sasa Djordjevic, talked to the Serbian newspaper “Novosti” and confirmed that Nikola Jokic will not play for the national team in the World Cup Qualifiers in September. “We cannot count on Nikola Jokic to join us for the Qualifiers. However, Bogdan Bogdanovic and Nemanja Bjelica will be available for both matches,” Antonic said.
Jovica Antonic: “We hope Teodosic and Marjanovic will play for us. That’s why we have so many players in the roster in order to avoid any unpleasant situations.”
Veterans Marco Belinelli, Danilo Gallinari and Daniel Hacket are not included in the squad with the Italian Basketball Federation (FIP) announcing it was allowing Belinelli to practice and get ready for his upcoming NBA campaign with the San Antonio Spurs and Gallinari being held out due to three injuries he picked up last season with the Los Angeles Clippers. Hackett is recovering from an injury and is not available.
Australian NBA star Ben Simmons has left open the possibility of missing next year’s FIBA World Cup in China. The 22-year-old Philadelphia 76ers playmaker has set his sights on an MVP-calibre season when the next NBA campaign tips off in October, and he “definitely” wants to play for the Boomers at an Olympics.
Simmons stopped short of a commitment to play for the Boomers next year when questioned during a press conference at his annual basketball camp at the State Basketball Centre on Sunday. The uncertainty arose when he was asked if he was looking forward to playing in the two games against Team USA in Melbourne next August before the team leaves for the World Cup. “Day by day, honestly, I’m getting ready for the [NBA] season - and then whatever happens, happens,” Simmons said. “I definitely want to represent Australia in the Olympics, in the future.”
With a long-term national team goal in mind, Bogut is excited to get to work in Australia, a lighter on-court schedule set to keep his body and mind fresh. “With my injury history I thought playing less games for my body will hopefully give me some more years down the track and obviously help keep me healthy for the World Cup and the Olympics, so [the NBL schedule] definitely was a factor,” Bogut explained.
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
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.
Harrison Wind: In Slovenia’s 87-74 loss to Montenegro today, Vlatko Cancar finished with 15 pts (5-15 FG’s, 2-5 3FG’s), 8 rebs and 2 asts in 32 minutes. Next up: Summer League. He’ll join the team this week in Denver before the Nuggets fly to Las Vegas Thursday evening.
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.
Nets Daily: One of the Nets two stashes, @Juan Pablo Vaulet will finally play for the Nets in Las Vegas. The other, @Aleksandar Vezenkov is in Botevgrad, Bulgaria playing in FIBA World Cup qualifiers. He had 19 points and 7 rebounds today as Bulgaria beat Iceland.
Orazio Cauchi: Pacers Domantas Sabonis finished with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 1 assist in Lithuania road win over Poland #NBA
Orazio Cauchi: Spurs forward Davis Bertans finished with 22 points (6/9 from three) 2 rebounds, 2 blocks and 1 assist in Latvia road win over Sweden #NBA
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.
Dave McMenamin: Cedi Osman had 20 pts on 7-for-13 shooting, 4 reb and 1 stl in Turkey’s 80-66 win over Ukraine today in the FIBA World Cup European Qualifiers tournament.
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:
The 14 players of the German national team which will be available for the upcoming games against Austria and Serbia are announced today and they include both Dennis Schroder from the Atlanta Hawks and also Max Kleber from Dallas.
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.
Mark Woods: Greek coach Thanasis Skourtopoulos says he expects Giannis Antetokounmpo (and 3 other NBAers) to play in one of the World Cup qualifying windows next summer but hold talks after season.
Omri Casspi will try to keep up with his Israeli teammates when they open qualifying for the 2019 Basketball World Cup this week. That’s all he can do, because basketball’s best players are stuck on the sidelines in the new format. “It’s kind of weird, obviously,” the Golden State forward said. “No NBA, no Euroleague playing in these qualifications. Kind of taking away from the fun of the game, in a sense.”
“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.”
“The big, big teams, they have a lot of NBA guys. They have a lot of Euroleague guys that can’t maybe, or they don’t want to risk with the injury and things like that,” Porzingis said. “So it’s not going to be the top-level competition, but it is what it is and I know the guys are going to play hard.”
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.
September 25, 2021 | 12:12 pm EDT Update
Darren Wolfson: Sachin Gupta wants Ben Simmons. The same hurdles remain, but can he now be more creative on three-team scenarios? That still seems to be the key. But make not mistake: Gupta is all in on acquiring Ben Simmons.
Darren Wolfson: (Gupta) is going to work his ass off to try to acquire Ben Simmons and he has full authority to do so. Glen Taylor, Marc Lore, Alex Rodriguez… Trust me, they’ve given him the green light
Tommy Beer: The Knicks announced this morning they have inked Wayne Selden to a deal. He played for NY’s entry in LV summer league. Sources say it is a non-guaranteed training camp contract. The Knicks now have 20 players on their training camp roster, the max allowed by the league. .
But Len and Lopez are gone, leaving Unseld with new arrival Montrezl Harrell, from the Lakers, and slightly-less-new arrival Gafford, who joined the Wizards from the Chicago Bulls at the trade deadline last season and made an immediate impact with his energy, athleticism and ability to slam lobs. Sheppard told The Washington Post in an interview this week that the Wizards would like to add a third center to shore up the spot with Bryant not expected back until winter, but for now, Gafford is Washington’s starter.
The Heat are among the least flexible teams in the league in terms of being able to make in-season moves. After rehauling their roster to sign Lowry and Tucker, extending Butler and signing many players to minimum contracts, they only have three players on the roster that can currently be traded. Theirtrade flexibility will open up in December and January once free agents that were signed become eligible to be traded, but they severely lack tradeable salaries. After their starters, most of whom seem very likely not to be moved, their next highest salary is Tyler Herro at $4.0 million. His salary combined with several of their minimum players will heavily limit the type of return they can get in a trade. They are also just $6.6 million below the hard cap, which is another factor that could hold them back from adding significant money to the payroll.
Darren Wolfson: As for the relationship Gupta with head coach Chris Finch. They were together in Houston. I’m told they have a rock solid relationship. Gupta thinks the world of Finch, Finch thinks the world of Gupta
Utah Jazz star Rudy Gobert says the NBA can come knocking on his door any time it wants … telling TMZ Sports he ain’t scared of the league’s “random” drug tests!! Of course, it’s become quite the trend in the Association — you post a jacked pic on Instagram, you get “randomly” hit up for a test.