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No Timofey Mozgov, Sasha Kaun or Sergey Karasev for Russia in EuroBasket

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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.

Andrei Kirilenko named president of Russian Basketball Federation

Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four Madrid 2015 - 3rd Place Game: Fenerbahce Ulker v CSKA Moscow

FIBA lifted Russia’s ban for international competition, but Russian basketball isn’t in the clear.

The Russian Basketball Federation remains under fire from FIBA.

At least it will have a new leader to guide it out of the muck.


Former NBA All-Star Andrei Kirilenko was named president of the Russian Basketball Federation (RFB) on Tuesday.

The 34-year-old Kirilenko, who was unanimously elected by all 215 members who attended the conference, said there was “a deep crisis of trust” within the RFB.

“I see and understand how to concentrate all the basketball powers in the country,” he said.

“We need to make serious changes to how the sport is run. I am sure that together we can take big steps forward and put an end to this mess.

“I want there to be at least one person in every family in our country who loves to watch or play basketball,” he added.

Kirilenko has been eyeing this position since retirement, and he clearly has grand goals.

The most immediate priority, though, must be next month’s Eurobasket. A top-two finish would get Russia into the 2016 Rio Olympics. Placing third through seventh would send Russia to the Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

With players like Timofey Mozgov, Sasha Kaun, Alexey Shved and Sergey Karasev, the Russians can compete right now. It’d be a shame if deeper problems hindered their present.

Russia gets ban lifted by FIBA, opening door for 2016 Olympics

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FIBA suspended Russia from competing in international tournaments – which would have included the Olympics and events necessary to qualify for the Olympics.

But Russia got that overturned.

Dmitriy Rogovitskiy of Retuers:

Governing body FIBA has lifted the ban on Russia, allowing the country to compete in next month’s European championship and other international tournaments, Russian Basketball Federation (RFB) said on Sunday.

“Russian national teams will be able to take part in all FIBA’s tournaments, however sanctions in relation to members of the RFB will still remain in place,” the Russian Deputy Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov told the R-Sport agency.

Russia, which bronzed in the 2012 Olympics, now has a chance to defend that medal.

But it won’t be a cakewalk. Russia still needs to qualify for the 2016 Rio Games. That can happen with a top-two finish at Eurobasket in September or through the Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

With a talent base that includes Timofey Mozgov, Alexey Shved and Sergey Karasev, Russia is one of the world’s better national teams. Good enough to medal in Rio? We’ll find out on the court.

Russia suspended by FIBA, which could keep team from 2016 Olympics

Olympics Day 12 - Basketball

Brazil isn’t the only basketball team in jeopardy of missing the 2016 Rio Olympics due to a dispute with FIBA.

Dmitriy Rogovitskiy of Reuters:

The Russian Basketball Federation (RFB) has been suspended by governing body FIBA, putting their participation in the 2016 Olympics in doubt.

This comes after years of instability at the RFB, which culminated in a June court decision that forced the federation to hold new presidential elections.

Yulia Anikeeva was elected the RFB’s president in August 2013, but the results of the vote were later contested and a court told the federation to hold new elections.

These are due to take place on Aug. 25 and former NBA player Andrei Kirilenko is set to stand as a candidate.

FIBA said in their letter that interference in the running of the RFB was behind their decision.

That claim was contested by Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko, who said they would be prepared to contest the suspension at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

“I will fly there myself to meet with them (FIBA) and take care of the situation. You can’t deal with Russia like this,” Mutko told TASS.

Russia won bronze at the 2012 London Olympics, and defending its medal will be difficult. Russia could qualify for the 2016 Games with a top-two finish at Eurobasket this year, but as of now, the country can’t even compete in that event – let alone the Olympics. Russia could get another chance at the Olympic Qualifying Tournament, which was how Russia qualified for the 2012 Olympics. Again, that will require ending this suspension.

With NBA players Timofey Mozgov, Alexey Shved and Sergey Karasev, Russia has potential to compete in these events. But the political issues apparently come first.

Maybe Kirilenko will help.

In letter to fans about future plans, Nets conspicuously leave out Deron Williams, Joe Johnson

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Joe Johnson is set to make $24.9 million next season. He led the Brooklyn Nets in scoring last season, averaging 14.4 points per game, then upped that to 16.5 points per game in the playoffs.

Deron Williams is set to make $21 million next season (and $22.3 million the season after that). The Nets’ point guard, he averaged 13 points and 6.6 assists per game.

They are owners of two of the worst contracts in the NBA, deals that are anchors on the rebuilding of the Brooklyn Nets. These were guys sold as part of a “big three” a couple years ago but now are not part of the future — in fact they are two guys the Nets would love to trade this summer. They will be shopped. Hard.

So maybe it shouldn’t be a shock that when the Nets sent a letter to season ticket holders this week, Williams and Johnson didn’t get mentioned, reports the New York Post.

(GM Billy) King and (CEO Brett) Yormark stated the Nets have plans to re-sign Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young “to keep our core leadership together.” They stated they wanted to “build on our emerging young core,” mentioning Mason Plumlee, Bojan Bogdanovic, Markel Brown and Sergey Karasev. They mentioned their two draft picks — Nos. 29 and 41 — and a desire in “purchasing’’ another pick.

But King and Yormark made no mention of Williams and Johnson — omissions that can be taken as an ominous sign for the duo. It’s unclear if either Williams or Johnson has requested a trade.

Whether they’ve requested one or not, the implication the duo will not be back is clear. And that’s the right move. Blame injuries or whatever you wish, the Nets have not gotten the Williams they thought they traded for. Johnson had a contract everyone around the league knew would be bad in those final couple years.

However, finding a trade partner is not going to be that simple.

Johnson will be the easier to move — and it’s not going to be that easy. He’s in the final year of his contract, and while expiring deals mean less under the current CBA than the previous one, a team that takes him on wouldn’t be stuck with him. Plus Johnson can still produce, still knock down shots, and has done so in big moments. Still, there are not a lot of teams with the cap space to take him on, fewer still would send anything back to Brooklyn of real quality. Rather, most will want to dump their own bad deals. One team to watch is Charlotte, with Lance Stephenson coming home to Brooklyn (that deal was discussed last trade deadline). If I were a team contacted, I would be asking for a young player or picks to sweeten this deal, Johnson alone is not enough.

Williams will be even harder to move because he is owed money for two more seasons, plus he has a lengthy injury history, his game is in decline, and he’s on the wrong side of 30. Never say never, but the Nets don’t have the young assets are willing to part with to get another team to take on Williams.

But expect the rumors about those two to be flying this summer.