In the kickoff of this year’s EuroBasket tournament, a mild concern arose for the Nets: second-year forward Bojan Bogdanovic suffered a concussion during Croatia’s 80-73 win over Slovenia. David Pick reports that he will be evaluated on a day-to-day basis and will miss the Croatian team’s next game, against Greece on Sunday.
There are still three weeks to go before the Nets begin training camp, and hopefully Bogdanovic will be healthy enough to be fully cleared to play by then.
No Timofey Mozgov, who underwent knee surgery in early July.
No Sasha Kaun, who just signed with the Cavaliers
No Sergey Karasev, who dislocated his patella and tore his MCL in March.
Not even Alexey Shved, the former Knick who is suffering from back pain.
Russia announced its roster for EuroBasket, and it doesn’t include a single NBA player. The team:
- Semen Antonov
- Evgeny Baburin
- Andrei Desiatnikov
- Vitaly Fridzon
- Dmitry Khvostov
- Nikita Kurbanov
- Sergey Monya
- Ruslan Pateev
- Anton Ponkrashov
- Andrey Vorontsevich
- Egor Vyaltsev
- Andrey Zubkov
Andrei Kirilenko has his work cut out for him as president of the Russian Basketball Federation. This program was in jeopardy of not even competing in EuroBasket. There are deep problems.
But the short term doesn’t look much brighter. It’s hard to see this barren roster finishing in the top seven of EuroBasket and qualifying for the 2016 Olympics (top two) or Olympic Qualifying Tournament (third through seventh).
At least this is good news for Cleveland, which won’t expose two of its players to injury risk in the tournament.
During the first quarter of a game between Italy and Georgia on Friday, Andrea Bargnani suffered a left ankle injury. He left the game and underwent an MRI. According to Sportando, the injury isn’t serious and won’t prevent him from playing for the Italian national team at next month’s EuroBasket tournament:
Andrea Bargnani’s ankle injury is not serious, according to sources. The Italian big man left the game against Georgia early in first half and did not return. Bargnani will regularly play at Eurobasket with Italian National Team.
Bargnani, who signed a minimum deal with the Nets in July after two disappointing years with the Knicks, hasn’t been able to stay healthy for several years. The last time he played more than 60 games in a season was 2010-11, and he played just 29 last year in New York. The Nets won’t need to rely on him for big minutes, having re-signed Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young and added Thomas Robinson.