After France, Italy and Serbia will also need to compete for an area in the upcoming Eurobasket qualifiers without their primary stars

By Aris Barkas/ [email protected]

With the French nationwide team not including NBA gamers, the Italian basketball federation has actually also announced its own preliminary lineup which does not include NBA gamers and according to “Mozzarsport” the same is expected for the Serbian nationwide group.

As it was explained by the French coach Vincent Collet, the NBA doesn’t permit its gamers to complete in the upcoming Eurobasket qualifiers window. It remains to be seen if there can be any type of exceptions since NBA players are consisted of so far in the pre-selection roster of Lithuania and Serbia.

EuroLeague gamers are also expected to be missing, even if in the case of Italy Paul Biligha and Davide Moretti of Olimpia Milan are on the list. Nevertheless, those two gamers have so far a very limited role in Milan’s rotation.

In Russia’s expanded nationwide group roster list that includes 29 gamers, a total of 13 EuroLeague players are included, nevertheless, it stays to be seen who will be readily available. Those gamers are the following: Vyacheslav Zaitsev (Khimki Moscow area), Denis Zakharov (Zenit St. Petersburg), Ivan Ukhov (CSKA Moscow), Vitaly Fridzon (Zenit St. Petersburg), Dmitry Khvostov (Zenit St. Petersburg), Alexander Khomenko (CSKA Moscow), Semyon Antonov (CSKA Moscow), Andrey Zubkov (Zenit St. Petersburg), Nikita Kurbanov (CSKA), Andrey Lopatin (CSKA,), Vladislav Trushkin (Zenit St. Petersburg), Joel Bolomboy (CSKA), Anton Pushkov (Zenit St. Petersburg).

EuroLeague clubs are not happy to allow their players to contend throughout the season with the national group, given that the schedules of the EuroLeague and the national teams’ competitors include the same dates.

When it comes to the NBA, it was exposed that the US-based league mentioned that the FIBA-NBA arrangement doesn’t cover in this case the Eurobasket windows which are played in November plus the NBA raised issues associated with the Covid-19 health protocols.

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