World Cup Rumors
Bogdan Bogdanovic discusses the summer World Cup windows and his upcoming absence from the NT with Basketball Sphere: “This is the first summer that I won’t be able to help my NT. I would like to go to the NBA a bit earlier and use this time to get the maximum for the season. About the injury, I’m recovering, I’m out of shape but I’ve started training”.
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.
Timofey Mozgov was on Radio Mayak in Russia last week to talk mainly about the Russian national team. With he and Alexey Shved now committed, Team Russia should do well in the two-game FIBA Qualifiers later this month. Their participation this year also bodes well for Russia’s chances in the FIBA World Cup next year in China.
Spain head coach Sergio Scariolo could leave the national team following the completion of the June-July window of the World Cup Qualifiers, despite the fact that his contract with the Spanish Federation ends in 2020. Per Marca, Scariolo wants to return to day-to-day coaching activities with a club.
Lithuanian national team head coach Dainius Adomaitis has chosen 15 players that will be included in the preliminary squad ahead of the June-July Window of the World Cup Qualifiers. Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas headlines the list along with Olimpia Milano forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Indiana Pacers forward/center Domantas Sabonis who returns to the national team after the 2016 Olympic Games.