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.
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.
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.