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  FIBA EuroBasket Men 2013 Slovenia

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The FIBA EuroBasket 2013 will be the 38th edition of the EuroBasket championship that is organized by FIBA Europe. It will take place from 4 September till 22 September 2013 in Slovenia. The number of participating teams will be 24.

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Daily news with results, boxscores from EuroBasket 2013 in Slovenia you can find here.

September 3, 2013 - Turkey fly in Batuk after Onan shock

birkan batukBirkan Batuk will unexpectedly make his debut in a major tournament with the Turkish national team at EuroBasket 2013, after he flew in to Slovenia on Tuesday to replace Omer Onan on the roster. On Monday evening, Onan felt a sudden pain in his left calf during Turkey's evening practice session in Koper, their First Round venue at EuroBasket 2013, and was unable to continue training. The veteran guard was rushed into hospital and an MRI scan revealed he had suffered an injury that will require immediate treatment and will sideline him for the next 10 days at least. The 35-year-old Onan will of course be unable in what had been the fifth EuroBasket tournament in his career and flew back to Turkey on Tuesday to start the rehabilitation process. Read more here.

September 3, 2013 - Cautious Ukraine rely on team spirit

mike fratelloIn an effort to give players that were nursing injuries as much time as possible to recuperate, Ukraine took the unusual step of travelling to Slovenia with 14 players and make two cuts on the eve of EuroBasket 2013. After the team's first practice session on Slovenian soil, head coach Mike Fratello has decided that the official 12-man roster he will submit to FIBA Europe later on Tuesday will be made up of Dmytro Zabirchenko, Ihor Zaytsev, Dmitro Gliebov, Maksym Pustozvonov, Viacheslav Krautsov, Sergii Gladyr, Artem Pustoviy, Oleksander Mishula, Oleksander Lypovyy, Eugene Jeter, Kyryll Natyazhko and Maksym Korniyenko. Read more here.

September 3, 2013 - Valanciunas to be presented award

jonas valanciunasOn Wednesday in Koper Jonas Valanciunas will be starting EuroBasket 2013 how he hopes to end it 18 days later in Ljubljana: by receiving an award. Prior to Lithuania's opening tip-off in Jesenice against Serbia at 9pm CET, the 21-year-old will be presented with the trophy for 2012 FIBA Europe Young Men's Player of the Year - the second consecutive year that the Utena native has been bestowed with the honour. Valanciunas eclipsed other nominations in the field which was voted on by selected journalists and fans, easily seeing off Croatia's Dario Saric and France's Leo Westermann, who finished second and third respectively. Read more here.

September 2, 2013 - Italy in Slovenia without Gigli

angelo gigliThe Italian national team were dealt one more blow to their EuroBasket 2013 hopes on the eve of their departure to Slovenia, as on Sunday Angelo Gigli was ruled out of the tournament with injury. The unlucky 30-year-old power forward suffered the recurrence of an old injury in his left knee upon Italy's return home from Greece, where they had played their last warm-up games in the Acropolis tournament, and he will not board the plane to Slovenia after spending the best part of the summer in training camp with the rest of the 'Azzurri'. Gigli's inury is but the latest in a series of setbacks that Italy head coach Simone Pianigiani has had to deal with in the build-up to this September's EuroBasket. Read more here.

September 2, 2013 - Teodosic will not play at EuroBasket

milos teodosicSerbia waited on both players until the last possible moment, but in the end neither star point guard Milos Teodosic nor young forward Vladimir Lucic will step on the court at EuroBasket 2013. Teodosic travelled to Russia over the weekend and was submitted to tests by CSKA Moscow's medical team. "They told me that I need another month of undergoing treatment and only after that can I slowly start to play," he said. The 26-year-old playmaker sustained a calf injury during CSKA Moscow's last game of the club season and only joined Serbia in practice last week, without being included in the squad for any of their preparation games. "I'm really very sorry that I cannot go with the team," an extremely disappointed Teodosic said. Read more here.

September 2, 2013 - Clark recovers in time for EuroBasket

daniel clarkForward Daniel Clark missed Great Britain's preparations for EuroBasket 2013 because of a persistent injury but has managed to recover in time to be included on the final 12-man squad that travelled to Slovenia on Sunday. The 25-year-old forward underwent a late fitness test during the weekend to confirm his availability and the doctors' verdict must have sounded like music to the ears of head coach Joe Prunty. Clark will be one of six players returning from Great Britain's Olympic Games 2012 squad, alongside captain Andrew (Drew) Sullivan, Andrew Lawrence, Kieron Achara, Eric Boateng, and Kyle Johnson. Youngsters Devon van Oostrum, Myles Hesson and Alasdair Fraser will all make their debut with the senior national team in a major tournament. Read more here.

September 1, 2013 - Veteran status comes early for Benzing

robin benzingAt what age can a sportsperson be considered a veteran? If you are a gymnast the answer is approximately 18, golf it is in your late fifties. But how about if you are a German national basket player? Looking at the German team that will take to the court in Ljubljana this week, the answer to the above question appears to be 24 - the age of Robin Benzing whose appearance in Slovenia will mark his third EuroBasket tournament. On the youngest-ever German EuroBasket roster, Benzing is one of only four players to have been there twice before, the other three being Tibor Pleiss, Lucca Staiger and Heiko Schaffartzik. "It's kinda funny that I will be one of the older members of the team," pondered the 2.08m forward at the beginning of summer when caught up with him at a Bayern Munich training. Read more here.

September 1, 2013 - Unlucky Timma out of Latvia squad

janis timmaSmall forward Janis Timma fell ill just days before Latvia's departure for Slovenia and will have to miss out on EuroBasket 2013, which would have been his first major tournament with the senior national team. The 21-year-old, who was selected in this summer's NBA Draft by the Memphis Grizzlies with the 60th overall pick, contracted a virus and came down with a fever. Timma will have to take antibiotics for at least another week and had to be ruled out of the team on Saturday evening, when head coach Ainars Bagatskis announced his final 12-man roster fo EuroBasket. The squad that will represent the Baltic nation in Slovenia consists of Martins Meiers, Andrejs Selakovs, Kaspars Berzins, Rolands Freimanis, Mareks Mejeris, Janis Strelnieks, Dairis Bertans, Armands Skele, Janis Blums, Kristaps Janicenoks, Janis Berzins and Rihards Kuksiks. Read more here.

September 1, 2013 - Tyus makes Israel's EuroBasket squad

alexander tyusCenter Alexander Tyus has successfully shaken off a groin injury and was included on Israel's 12-strong squad for EuroBasket 2013 that head coach Arik Shivek announced on Saturday evening. Tyus received the green light from the medical team to re-join the team in practices on Wednesday, but sat out Israel's last two warm-up games midweek, against Georgia. Shivek waited until the eleventh hour before announcing his chosen roster to make sure the 25-year-old center would be fit enough to compete at the EuroBasket. The coach had stated that he would take Tyus to Slovenia even if he was at 70 percent of full fitness, as Israel have no direct replacement for him. Read more here.

September 1, 2013 - France edge out Slovenia in final test

vincent colletFrance edged out Slovenia 70-65 in an entertaining game in the final venue of EuroBasket 2013, Stozice Arena, on Saturday night to wrap up preparation games for both sides. Antoine Diot with a three-pointer gave Les Bleus the edge in the final minute before Nicolas Batum put the finishing touches with two free-throws. "We have a good team. I think we are ready. We played a couple of good games now, against Spain and now here," commented Batum right after the game. "We have the chance to do something good [at the EuroBasket]. "Our goal is to go all the way through and get a gold medal." Read more here.

August 31, 2013 - Turkey's 12 in jubilant mood

hedo turkogluTurkey celebrated Hedo Turkoglu's achievement of a milestone on Friday by announcing their 12-man squad for EuroBasket 2013 and clinching victory in their final warm-up game before the tournament. Turkoglu was honoured by Turkish Basketball Federation (TBF) president Turgay Demirel for playing his 300th game with the national team, prior to Turkey's friendly clash with Poland at Abdi İpekçi Arena. The charismatic 34-year-old guard/forward first suited up for Turkey at the 1995 European Championship for Cadets and made his debut with the seniors in a major tournament at EuroBasket 1999, in France. Read more here.

August 31, 2013 - Tomas injury leaves Croatia with 12

marko tomasCroatia head coach Jasmin Repesa will not have the luxury of deciding which player to cut from his final EuroBasket 2013 roster, as an injury to Marko Tomas has left the squad with exactly 12 players. The winger picked up a muscle injury during Thursday's practice session and an MRI scan on Friday confirmed that he will need to undergo medical treatment for the next three to four weeks, which rules him out of the EuroBasket. "All five times I have torn a muscle in my career it happened to me while dribbling the ball, not on defence," the disappointed 28-year-old told Vecernji List daily. Tomas missed out on EuroBasket 2009 and only played in Croatia's first two games at EuroBasket 2011, because of a similar injury. Read more here.

August 30, 2013 - Vucevic headlines Montenegro final squad

nikola vucevicMontenegro will not arrive after all at EuroBasket 2013 with a dream frontcourt that could have been the envy of the tournament, but head coach Luka Pavicevic can still count with a formidable roster in the big event in Slovenia. Star center Nikola Pekovic, who pulled out of the EuroBasket, and young big man Marko Todorovic, who battled a hand injury throughout the summer, are the most notable absences from the Montenegrin roster. But Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic, who was the second-leading rebounder in the NBA last season, will take to the court in Slovenia, bolstering enormously a team that had already impressed in last year's Qualification Round by defeating the likes of Serbia and Israel both home and away. Read more here.

August 30, 2013 - Size matters in Lithuania's final roster

jonas kazlauskasThe last two players to be cut from the squad that will represent Lithuania at EuroBasket 2013 are both guards, as head coach Jonas Kazlauskas has opted for a line-up well-stocked on forwards and big men. Kazlauskas has announced that neither the 24-year-old Adas Juskevicius nor the 21-year-old Vytenis Cizauskas will make their debut with the senior national team in a major tournament at September's EuroBaske in Slovenia. The Lithuanian tactician made public the decision following his team's comfortable 94-73 victory over EuroBasket Group B rivals Bosnia and Herzegovina, in their third and final warm-up game during the Acropolis tournament, in Athens. "Both of them are young players and I hope that the time they spent this summer in preparations will be very useful to them," commented Kazlauskas. Read more here.

August 30, 2013 - Germany announce EuroBasket 12-Man squad

frank menzGermany head coach Frank Menz announced publicly on Friday the 12 players that will make up his team at EuroBasket 2013, which tips off next Wednesday in Slovenia. The player who had to endure the heartbreak of being the last one to be released from the squad was 26-year-old point guard Nicolai Simon. "Nico has developed great this summer and so we did not take this decision lightly," Menz said. "At the end it was small details that made the difference, but I am sure that Nico will find his way." Simon has suited up for Germany's youth national teams throughout his teenage years, but has never played for his nation in a major tournament at senior level. Read more here.

August 30, 2013 - Healthy Czechs out to surprise

lubos bartonThe Czech national team's nickname is 'Lions' but at the EuroBasket 2013 Draw, back in the winter, they must have felt like they were the ones that were pitted against the kings of the jungle. The Czechs were drawn in Group C together with reigning European champions Spain, hosts Slovenia, Croatia, Poland and Georgia, and many dismissed them immediately as the team that stood no chance in this company to advance to the Second Round. That was then. Now, with just five days remaining to the start of the big event in Slovenia, the Czech Republic are healthy, happy and are feeling like probably the luckiest of all 24 teams in the competition. "We are not going to the EuroBasket to lose five games," warned Czech captain Lubos Barton on Wednesday. Read more here.

August 30, 2013 - Latvian confidence up ahead of Slovenia

janis blumsLatvia will arrive in Jesenice to take on Bosnia and Herzegovina on Wednesday with their confidence riding high following back-to-back wins over a highly fancied Finnish team in Finland. In their final warm-up games ahead of EuroBasket, the Latvians made the journey across the Baltic Sea to take on Henrik Dettmann's troupes, winning the first outing on Wednesday night 90-84, then the second, an evening later, 106-70. However, not so much should be read into the second result, given it took place behind closed doors and was treated more like a scrimmage with the scores being reset to zero at the beginning of each quarter. Read more here.

August 29, 2013 - Greece cut Vougioukas, lock 12 spots

andrea trinchieriGreece head coach Andrea Trinchieri informed Ian Vougioukas on Thursday that he will not travel with the team to EuroBasket 2013, a decision that reveals the Greeks' final 12-man roster for the tournament. The names of the 12 Greek players that will board the plane to Slovenia have not yet been announced officially but, according to a statement on the Greek federation's (EOK) website, Trinchieri spoke both with Vougioukas and Vassilis Kavvadas about his decision, prior to the Thursday game against Italy in the Acropolis tournament. The 22-year-old Kavvadas, a 2.05m center of imposing physical strength, will therefore be the surprise inclusion to the Greek squad that will compete at the EuroBasket. He received playing time with Athens club Panionios in the Greek A1 league and the Eurocup last season, and was called up to join Greece's preparations in late July, as cover for the injured Sofoklis Schortsanitis. Read more here.

August 29, 2013 - Russia announce final EuroBasket roster

vasiliy karasevRussia head coach Vasiliy Karasev announced at a press conference on Thursday the 12-strong squad that will represent Europe's most sizeable nation at the upcoming EuroBasket 2013 in Slovenia. Combo guard Aleksey Shved of the Minnesota Timberwolves headlines a roster that also includes Sergey Monya, Sergey Karasev, Evgeny Voronov, Vitaliy Fridzon, Dmitry Sokolov, Semen Antonov, Dmitry Khvostov, Evgeny Valiev, Anton Ponkrashov, Dmitry Kulagin and Alexey Savrasenko. "We have a slightly difficult situation as there is a rejuvenation of the team, and many of its leaders will not play with us," Karasev commented. "There are some players on this team for whom this EuroBasket will be their first experience of a big tournament. "We've had to modify our style of basketball, make it faster, and this team needs to get used to the new style. Read more here.

August 29, 2013 - Mancinelli, Lojeski ruled out

stefano mancinelliItaly simply cannot catch a break this summer. On the day the Azzurri welcomed back to action Luigi Datome after a 10-day lay-off, they received the news that fellow forward Stefano Mancinelli is forced to miss EuroBasket 2013. Mancinelli picked up a muscle injury in his right leg during Tuesday's warm-up game against Greece in Athens. He was submitted to an MRI scan the following day and the diagnosis confirmed that the rehabilitation time required exceeds the length of the EuroBasket tournament, so there is no sense for head coach Simone Pianigiani to include him in the squad. "Mancinelli was recuperating his form after a season where he hadn't played that much," said a deeply disappointed Pianigiani. Read more here.

August 29, 2013 - Skjöldebrand makes Sweden's final squad

jonathan skjoldebrandForward Jonathan Skjöldebrand has successfully shaken off an injury to become the player that completes Sweden's 12-strong final squad for EuroBasket 2013, which was announced on Wednesday evening. Skjöldebrand has been sidelined with back pains for the past two weeks but Sweden head coach Bradley Dean had made it clear that he would wait for a clear prognosis on the fitness of the veteran before announcing the names of the 12 players that will represent the nation in Slovenia. "The doctor said that Jonathan could not play on Friday, in our last friendly game in Germany," Dean said. "But he should be back to 100 percent on Sunday, so we have taken him on the team." Read more here.

August 28, 2013 - Saric honoured to live EuroBasket dream

dario saricDario Saric, touted as one of the best young players in the world, is only hours away from being named on Croatia's team for EuroBasket 2013 and, consequently, fulfilling one of his childhood dreams. "I feel great, ever since I was a child I have watched the EuroBasket on TV, followed the games and cheered on for Croatia," the 19-year-old versatile forward confessed in an interview with "And now, to become a part of such a great team, which will compete in such a major event, it is certainly a great honour and pleasure for me, and that means a lot. "I will also have the opportunity to acquire great gaming experience next to players who play in Europe's biggest clubs. Read more here.

August 28, 2013 - Lithuania need speed, Greece a coin

linas kleizaLithuania and hosts Greece were victorious on the opening day of the Acropolis tournament, which has been serving as a EuroBasket warm-up event for three decades, but both teams are still seeking something else. The Baltic side defeated Italy 79-63 in the first game, behind 18 points from Linas Kleiza and 14 points from Darjus Lavrinovic. The Lithuanians started pulling away during the second quarter, were ahead 38-32 at the half-time interval and maintained a steady double-digit lead throughout the second half. "We had a lot of ups and downs in our game, but every time we run in the open floor we were successful," said Lithuania coach Jonas Kazlauskas. Read more here.

August 28, 2013 - Great Britain trim Squad, Israel, Belgium worry

joe pruntyGreat Britain have cut two players from their preliminary roster and reduced their squad to 14 men; Israel and Belgium meanwhile are sweating over the fitness of key players. Great Britain are already in Spain, where they will face the reigning European champions in back-to-back warm-up games, on Wednesday and Thursday. Prior to the departure of the British team for what will undoubtedly be their two most challenging tests in the build-up to EuroBasket 2013, head coach Joe Prunty decided to release two players from training camp. Veteran power forward Dzaflo Larkai and 25-year-old small forward Orlan Jackman were disappointed to hear on Tuesday that they will not make their first ever appearance in a major tournament with the senior national team in September's show-piece event. Read more here.

August 27, 2013 - Finland announce EuroBasket squad

henrik dettmannFinland head coach Henrik Dettmann announced on Tuesday the names of the 12 players that will represent the Nordic nation at EuroBasket 2013 that tips off next week in Slovenia. The Finnish tactician opted to maintain the hard core of the team that turned heads in the 2011 edition of the show-piece European tournament. Playing in the first EuroBasket since 1995, the Finns came within a whiff of clinching a place in the quarter-finals of the big event in Lithuania, eventually finishing in ninth place, their best result since 1967. Sharp-shooter Petteri Koponen, who was the national team's leading scorer at both EuroBasket 2011 and during their Qualification Round campaign last summer, headlines Dettmann's list. Read more here.

August 27, 2013 - Spain win in more than just a friendly

marc gasolMarc Gasol received a Sergio Rodriguez pass down low, posted up Alexis Ajinca and released a trademark hook-shot three seconds from the final buzzer to give Spain an 85-84 lead over France on Monday night in Montpelier. French point guard Tony Parker, who had caught fire in the second half and finished with a game-high 28 points, has sunk during his illustrious career many an important shot in much less time than three seconds. But on Monday his desperation shot did not drop in and Spain claimed the victory in this warm-up game eight days before the start of EuroBasket 2013, and the second between the two finalists of 2011 within the space of three days. Gasol scored 26 points, including the winning basket, to pave the way for Spain, and also added six rebounds and four assists. Read more here.

August 27, 2013 - Greece go big, let go of Vasileadis

kostas vasileiadisGreece are set to announce a EuroBasket 2013 squad including just four players below 2.03m of height, after Kostas Vasileiadis and Dimitris Katsivelis were informed that they will not travel to Slovenia for the big event. Head coach Andrea Trinchieri decided to cut the two players from his preliminary squad for the EuroBasket after the return of the Greeks on Monday to their base in Athens from Germany. The Hellenic squad had participated in the warm-up tournament in Ulm over the weekend, where they lost to F.Y.R. Of Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, before defeating the hosts on the final day. "I want to say that both [Vasileiadis and Katsivelis] put all their efforts into helping the national team, they are good players and good team-mates," Trinchieri said. Read more here.

August 26, 2013 - Serbia win while playing waiting game

dusan ivkovicIn announcing their final squad for EuroBasket 2013, Serbia face a predicament different to most other teams affected by injuries, as their plans are hampered by the insecurity of potential, rather than confirmed, absences. Serbia head coach Dusan Ivkovic has made it clear that he will wait on Milos Teodosic until the eleventh hour, before deciding on his 12-man squad that will travel to Slovenia for the big event. The state of health of the star point guard, who has been following treatment for the past three months, as well as that of forward Vladimir Lucic, who is nursing a back injury, will be the decisive factor in the make up of Serbia's 12-strong team for the EuroBasket. Read more here.

August 26, 2013 - Russia down to 13 and still short

vasiliy karasevRussia decided to trim their preliminary squad for EuroBasket 2013 to 13 players on Sunday, but the decision on the final 12-man team that will travel to Slovenia will have to wait until Thursday. Head coach Vasiliy Karasev could only watch in disbelief as power forward Andrey Vorontsevich was helped out of the court on Friday, after spraining his ankle in a warm-up game against Finland in Vilnius. Vorontsevich will need to undergo a three-week rehabilitation process and will therefore not play for Russia at the EuroBasket. Karasev was hoping that the versatile 26-year-old CSKA Moscow forward would provide him with crucial solutions in a frontcourt full of question marks, and partially make up for the absence of centers Sasha Kaun and Timofey Mozgov, and star power forward Victor Khryapa. Read more here.

August 26, 2013 - Poland reduce squad to 12 players

dirk bauermannPoland have stopped short of officially announcing the names of the players that will board the plane to Slovenia next week to represent the country at EuroBasket 2013, but a late Sunday decision by their head coach Dirk Bauermann has now reduced their squad to just 12 players. Any of the 24 teams that will compete at the EuroBasket has until the eve of the tournament, which tips off on 4 September, to submit their selected 12-man squad and no changes can be made after that date. The German tactician has opted to release Lukasz Wisniewski from training camp, as according to Polish media fellow shooting guard Adam Waczynski convinced the coaching staff that he was in better condition to clinch the last available spot on the wing positions. Read more here.

August 25, 2013 - Slovenia announce EuroBasket squad

bozidar maljkovicSlovenia head coach Bozidar Maljkovic announced on Sunday the 12-man squad that will represent the host nation at EuroBasket 2013, which starts on 4 September. The team that will try to fulfil the home fans' wishes and hopes for a historic first EuroBasket medal consists of Nebojsa Joksimovic, Goran Dragic, Jaka Lakovič, Jaka Blazic, Zoran Dragic, Edo Murić, Bostjan Nachbar, Domen Lorbek, Jure Balažič, Mirza Begic, Uros Slokar and Gasper Vidmar. "I have made this decision because I think that each of the 12 players that stays on the team has the necessary quality and deserves to play at the EuroBasket," Maljkovic said. The Serbian coach of the hosts has opted for experience and a proven track record in choosing his final squad, as the only big-name absences at the home EuroBasket will be those of power forward Erazem Lorbek and guard Beno Udrih. Read more here.

August 25, 2013 - Ambassadors presented EuroBasket medals

The Ambassadors of EuroBasket 2013 were presented the medals for EuroBasket made by Zlatarna Celje, before the last preparation game of the Slovenian national team. The shape of the medal, with its purity of the lines and surfaces concentrates on the essentials and the ergonomic tension gives it a pleasant feeling at the touch. The medal gives an impression from two parts, which form the whole and is a symbol of success. With its weight of 210 grams it gives the highest acknowledgment for hard work and effort. Read more here.

August 24, 2013 - Valanciunas gearing up for battle

jonas valanciunasAmid all the talk about the high-profile big men that will miss out at EuroBasket 2013, fans tend to overlook the fact they will still be treated in Slovenia to battles among several of the best centers in the world. Pau Gasol, Joakim Noah, Andrea Bargnani, Nikola Pekovic, or Zaza Pachulia are some of the stars that, regrettably, will not grace the hardwood in Europe's greatest tournament. But then again, the likes of Marc Gasol, best defensive players of the year in the NBA, Nikola Vucevic, the second-leading rebounder in the NBA last season, FC Barcelona top-scorer Ante Tomic, or the 'Polish Machine' Marcin Gortat will be the stars of their respective national teams in Slovenia. As will Jonas Valanciunas of Lithuania, the youngest player in this company. Read more here.

August 24, 2013 - Russia lose unlucky Vorontsevich

andrey vorontsevichRussia have suffered one more important loss in their frontcourt ahead of EuroBasket 2013, as medical exams confirmed on Saturday that Andrey Vorontsevich will miss the tournament due to injury. Vorontsevich fell to to floor following a collision with another player under the basket during Russia's friendly game against Finland in Vilnius on Friday. Due to the fall, the 26-year-old power forward suffered a cut to his forehead, which required eight stitches after the game. The real problem however was that he also sprained his ankle severely, and after an MRI scan the doctors decided he would have to keep his foot in a plaster cast for the next three weeks - EuroBasket tips off in 11 days. Read more here.

August 21, 2013 - Magical realism for Serbia, Italy

luigi datome"Return to Italy and good news on the ankle, now to watch a quality Harry Potter," Italy forward Luigi Datome tweeted to his followers on Tuesday night. It is safe to assume that no amount of spectacular magic tricks by the fictitious adolescent wizard could ever leave such an impression on Italy head coach Simone Pianigiani as the results of Datome's MRI scan that day. The exam brought about the 'good news' the player mentioned in his tweet, just hours after Italy's hopes at EuroBasket 2013 had suffered a huge blow with the confirmation that star center Andrea Bargnani would not recover in time to join the team. Italy desperately needed something positive to swift the mood on the team and, although hardly a magic trick, the news that Datome had avoided serious injury produced the desired result. Read more here.

August 21, 2013 - Sweden reduce squad to 13 players

jonas jerebkoSweden head coach Bradley Dean has made a final decision on 11 of the spots in his team for EuroBasket 2013 and retains a further two players in the squad as options for the last available place on the plane to Slovenia. Stars Jonas Jerebko and Jeffery Taylor, alongside Anton Gaddefors, Viktor Gaddefors, Kenny Grant, Ludvig Hakansson, Joakim Kjellbom, Brice Massamba, Thomas Massamba, Dino Pita and Erik Rush are the 11 players that have secured their place on the Swedish team. Shooting guard Tobias Borg will travel with his teammates to Poland at the weekend, where Sweden will be participating in a four-nation friendly tournament, and upon their return either him or small forward Jonathan Skjöldebrand will be handed the last spot on the Slovenia-bound 12-men squad. Read more here.

August 20, 2013 - Italy without Bargnani, wait on Datome

andrea bargnaniThe medical staff of the Italian Basketball Federation (FIP) confirmed on Tuesday that center Andrea Bargnani will not recover from pneumonia in time to play at EuroBasket 2013. "In light of the latest clinical results and after consulting the opinion of the medical sector of the federation, the FIP releases athlete Andrea Bargnani from presenting at the national team's training camp in Trieste," the federation announced in a statement on their website. "Bargnani's situation has notably increased in the last days, but not to the point to allow his recuperation in time for EuroBasket 2013, which commences on 4 September. "The FIP wishes to thank Bargnani for his efforts and wish him the best of luck for the future." Read more here.

August 20, 2013 - Polish machine tired of losing

marcin gortatMarcin Gortat, nicknamed the 'Polish machine', made two pledges to his national team this summer and has already delivered on the first one, to re-join the squad in preparations during last weekend's friendly tournament in Antwerp. In fact the star 29-year-old center did so in such a convincing manner that he forced all those who had doubted he would fulfil his promise when he left the Polish training camp 20 days earlier, to mince their words. Gortat arrived at the Sunday warm-up game against hosts Belgium almost straight from the airport, following a long flight back from the western part of the United States, to drop 20 points and lead his team to a dominant 66-52 win. On Monday, Gortat poured in 18 points and fellow big man Maciej Lampe added 16 points as Poland defeated Italy 82-79 to win the three-day tournament unbeaten. Read more here.

August 20, 2013 - Belgium command respect

eddy casteelsFor several months after the EuroBasket 2013 Draw took place last autumn, Belgium kept flying under the radar of pretty much every other team, player or coach involved in Group A of the big event. Belgium's First Round group includes EuroBasket 2011 silver medallists France, Germany, Israel, Ukraine and Great Britain and the Benelux country never seemed to be included in the mix whenever conversation shifted to the contenders for the top three spots, that lead to the next phase of the tournament. It was not an unfounded omission, as Belgium's best-ever finish at a EuroBasket was a fourth spot in the post-war edition of 1947 and when the nation returned to the Final Round in Lithuania in 2011, they lost all of their games and finished in 21st place. Read more here.

August 19, 2013 - D-Day approaching for injury list players

andrea bargnaniWith just over two weeks remaining until EuroBasket 2013 tips off, medical staff around Europe are treating injured or ill players whose ability to participate in the big tournament in Slovenia will be decided in the coming days. Italy find themselves in perhaps the most delicate position of all, as superstar Andrea Bargnani is battling a problem that cannot be dealt with physiotherapy. On Tuesday 20 August the doctors of the Italian basketball federation (FIP) will re-assess the health status of the New York Knicks big man, who contracted pneumonia and had to pull out of training camp at the beginning of August. Without Bargnani, Italy took excessive shots from outside and fell both to hosts Belgium (75-67) and to Israel (78-74) in a friendly tournament in Antwerp over the weekend. Read more here.

August 16, 2013 - France, Serbia with reasons to smile

vincent colletFrance edged out Serbia 78-74 on Thursday night in a warm-up game for EuroBasket 2013 that went into overtime, but both winners and losers had reasons to feel satisfied after the final buzzer. The hosts, France, were always planning for this encounter to be a bright occasion, as it was the inaugural game for the brand-new arena in Antibes and the 5,200-strong capacity crowd were certainly not disappointed. Apart from the victory of their national team, local fans were treated to a fantastic clash of atypical, for a friendly game, intensity. "This was a real EuroBasket game," France head coach Vincent Collet summed it up. "It was a thrilling game," Serbia head coach Dusan Ivkovic concurred. Tony Parker, who had a small break from training camp, returned to action with Les Bleus on Thursday and delivered his best performance in a friendly game this summer. Read more here.

August 14, 2013 - MVP Sipahi steps in for Arslan

kenan sipahiWhen Kenan Sipahi led Turkey to the top of the podium at the U18 European Championship on 28 July and earned tournament MVP honours, he probably thought he was living the highlight of his summer. Only a few days later though, the 18-year-old tall point guard is about to experience a potentially bigger euphoria, as he received a call from Bogdan Tanjevic to join the senior Turkish national team in training camp for EuroBasket 2013. Tanjevic was aware of the outstanding performances of the 1.97m playmaker in the tournament in Latvia, but the call-up has arrived sooner in the career of Sipahi than anyone anticipated because of an unforeseen setback. Veteran point guard Ender Arslan is nursing an Achilles heel injury which only seems to get worse with time. Read more here.

August 14, 2013 - New-look Spain earn time

jose calderonReigning European champions Spain edged out Poland 70-66 on Tuesday in their first warm-up game ahead of EuroBasket 2013 and while they did not achieve greatness, they got what they really need at this stage - time. Playing for the first time in the last 13 years without either of super-stars Pau Gasol and Juan Carlos Navarro, and also without the likes of Felipe Reyes and Serge Ibaka in the frontcourt, Spain accomplished a first important mission. That was not, as some might believe, to convince anyone outside the country that they are still the intimidating super-power of years past, but to emerge victorious from the most anticipated encounter in the run-up to the EuroBasket, for reasons within Spain. Read more here.

August 14, 2013 - Russia cut Balashov, good news for Serbia

nikita balashovRussia head coach Vasily Karasev is convinced of the future potential of 22-year-old forward/center Nikita Balashov, but not enough to include him to the senior national team at this stage. Karasev announced on Tuesday that he has decided to release Balashov from training camp and that Russia will continue their preparations for EuroBasket 2013 with a 15-man preliminary roster. "The decision on Balashov was hard to take," Karasev explained. "However, we are forced to part with some players, trim the squad, as the time to the start of the EuroBasket is running out. "I note that all our players, with the possible exception of clear centers [Alexei] Savrasenko and [Dmitry] Sokolov, should be able to play at two or three positions. "As for Nikita, at the moment he cannot compete with the players at his position in the senior national team of Russia. Read more here.

August 13, 2013 - Gechevski joins F.Y.R of Macedonia camp

todor gecevskiF.Y.R of Macedonia have successfully completed reuniting the surprise package that reached the semi-finals of EuroBasket 2011, as on Monday veteran Todor Gechevski joined the training camp for September's EuroBasket. "I need some time to find rhythm, but I will try my best to help the team as much as I can," said the 36-year-old Gechevski. "Really soon, by the tournament in Germany (23-25 August) we will be able to see the real face of the team, the closest possible to what it will be at the EuroBasket. "I believe in my team-mates and believe that everything will be fine." Gechevski and the rest of his team-mates will undergo double training sessions daily until Saturday, when they face Lithuania in a warm-up game in Skopje. Read more here.

August 12, 2013 - France announce EuroBasket squad

vincent colletFrance head coach Vincent Collet has announced the 12-man squad that will board the plane to Slovenia for EuroBasket 2013, and it includes some surprises. Youngsters Evan Fournier and Leo Westermann, as well as forward/center Kim Tillie are the three players to have been left out of the final French squad. While Tillie had not featured in the last two friendly games of Les Bleus and his omission did not come as an enormous surprise, many expected the Denver Nuggets combo guard and the Partizan Belgrade playmaker to make their debut with the senior national team in September's EuroBasket. "Evan had little time to show us what he could do, and although in the last few games he improved and started to play more freely, it was still not enough to make us change our mind about what we had seen before," Collet explained. Read more here.

August 12, 2013 - Short-handed trio show early promise

nemanja nedovicItaly, Greece and Serbia were all competing in friendly tournaments without key players at the weekend, but overcame absences admirably and gave their fans reasons to smile, 24 days before EuroBasket 2013 tips off. The Azzurri defeated Poland 76-65 on Saturday in the Trentino Cup behind 17 points from Alessandro Gentile and 12 from Pietro Aradori, despite the fact they had to play without the sidelined-through-illness Andrea Bargnani, and Luigi Datome and Angelo Gigli who were both being rested. Italy had previously prevailed over both Israel and Georgia and claimed first place in the tournament, to the delight of their head coach Simone Pianigiani, who liked what he saw from his players. "Today [Saturday] we also did things well and despite the absences we sacrificed for the team and shared around points and responsibility among everyone." Read more here.

August 9, 2013 - Latvia beat Russia "without euphoria"

janis blumsLatvia suffocated Russia on defence and registered a 72-52 win over their famed opponents in the first of two warm-up games between the two sides ahead of EuroBasket 2013, in Riga on Thursday night. The new-look Russia of Vasily Karasev started promisingly and led their hosts 17-11 at the end of the opening quarter. Latvia however took their guests by storm in the second frame and outscored them 31-11 in that period, turning the tables around once and for all. Janis Blums paced the winners with 15 points, five rebounds and four assists and Rolands Freimanis added 13 points and six rebounds, but he was quick to put the win into perspective. "Two years ago, a result like this would make us ecstatic, but now we are well aware that it does not mean so much," Freimanis offered. "The coach after the game immediately emphasized the fact we committed over 20 turnovers. Read more here.

August 9, 2013 - Croatia breath relief after Saric scare

dario saricCroatia breathed a collective sigh of relief on Wednesday as good news came in pairs for the national team, after some disappointing events the previous day. On Tuesday, Croatia suffered a 74-70 loss to F.Y.R of Macedonia in the first friendly game between the two teams and to make things worse, young forward Dario Saric picked up an ankle injury during the encounter. The following morning however, Saric was submitted to a magnetic resonance and the results of the exam could hardly be better, as it revealed that no ligaments were torn and the participation of the talented star at EuroBasket 2013 is not under any danger. In fact, doctors said that Saric only needs to abstain from practice for between five and seven days, during which time he will stay in Zagreb to undergo treatment, and then he will rejoin Croatia in training camp. Read more here.

August 7, 2013 - Pops pulls out of Great Britain, Serbia cut Musli

pops mensah bonsuThe hopes of Great Britain to follow up on the London Olympics with a successful EuroBasket 2013 campaign had already been severely weakened in July, when it was confirmed that neither of Luol Deng or Joel Freeland will board the plane to Slovenia. Following the withdrawal of the Chicago Bulls forward and the Portland Trail Blazers center, another key member of the national team, Pops Mensah-Bonsu, has announced his decision to not suit up for Great Britain at the upcoming show-piece event. "Hurts my heart that I am not playing but I have my reasons! Trust me," the athletic big man wrote in a post on social network twitter on Tuesday. Mensah-Bonsu, who averaged 11.5 points and 7.2 rebounds for Great Britain in last summer's Olympics, missed the biggest part of the last club season with an injury. Read more here.

August 7, 2013 - Italy sweat over Bargnani health

andrea bargnaniItaly are playing their first friendly game on Wednesday night, in Trento against Georgia, but on Tuesday they learnt that neither Andrea Bargnani nor Achille Polonara will be taking to the court. Bargnani has had to stop any training activity, as he contracted a respiratory system infection, has high fever and is undergoing therapy. Although speculation about the big man's recovery times is rife, there is no indication right now to suggest his participation at the EuroBasket is under jeopardy. The New York Knicks player however will definitely not overcome the infection by the time the curtain comes down on the Trentino Basket Cup tournament, so he will also not play against Israel or Poland, Italy's next opponents after their premiere with Georgia. Read more here.

August 7, 2013 - Montenegro lose Pekovic and a dream

nikola pekovicIt was a fascinating prospect while it lasted, but Montenegro will not line up with a twin tower formation that would be the envy of Europe - and the biggest part of the world - at EuroBasket 2013. The Montenegrin Basketball Federation (KSCG) announced officially on Tuesday that Nikola Pekovic, one of the best centers in the world at the best stage of his career, will not suit up for the national team in September's big tournament in Slovenia. Consequently, Pekovic will not team up with fellow big man Nikola Vucevic, the up-and-coming center of the Orlando Magic who finished the season as the second-best rebounder in the NBA, with 11.9 boards per game to go with his 13.1 points per night. Read more here.

August 7, 2013 - Latvia look at U20 team, call up Berzins

janis berzinsThere have been a number of changes to the Latvian preliminary squad for EuroBasket 2013 since head coach Ainars Bagatskis announced it in mid-June, with the latest addition and cuts coming on Tuesday. Small forward Janis Berzins turned heads in Estonia during the recent Sportland U20 European Championship with his sparkling all-round performances and coach Bagatskis decided to invite him to the senior national team's training camp. Berzins had averaged 15.4 points and 7.4 rebounds-per-game in the U20 European Champinship to earn a spot on the All Tournament Team and propel Latvia to the gold medal game, where they eventually fell to Italy. "The inclusion of Janis is not a formality," Bagatskis clarified. "I hope that he will create real competition at his position to everyone who may feel that that they achieved everything in life and in sport. Read more here.

August 6, 2013 - Todorovic, Teodosic updates

marko todorovicMontenegro forward/center Marko Todorovic has categorically refuted rumours that he will miss EuroBasket 2013 due to injury; Serbia's doctor is satisfied with the rehabilitation of star point guard Milos Teodosic. Marko Todorovic had an operation in his right hand at the end of the club season and is still undergoing rehabilitation, a situation that prompted rumours of him dropping out of the Montenegro squad ahead of EuroBasket 2013. "I saw rumours circulating on the media that I would not play at EuroBasket in Slovenia," the 21-year-old big man said in an interview with "However, I have no idea how this began, it's just not true. "I am currently in Belgrade undergoing therapy and if all goes well, in about ten days I will re-join the team in Zlatibor (where Montenegro's training camp takes place). Read more here.

August 6, 2013 - Swedish squad begins to take shape

kenny grantSweden's squad for EuroBasket 2013 inched closer to its final form on Monday, with two new arrivals and three cuts, all five moves involving perimeter players. Coach Bradley Dean has released veteran point guard Olivier Ilunga, shooting guard Martin Pahlmblad and 20-year-old Jonathan Person. The latter two had participated in Sweden's Qualification Round campaign last summer, where Pahlmblad averaged four points and 1.1 rebounds in seven games, while Person contributed one point and dished out three assists in the one game he featured in, against Luxembourg. Thomas Massamba and Kenny Grant, who were Dean's starting guard duo last summer, have meanwhile joined their team-mates in training camp. Read more here.

August 5, 2013 - Karasev confirmed, Bykov out

vasiliy karasevThere has been a change in the composition of the Russian national team's coaching staff over the weekend, but it does not affect coach Vasily Karasev. On the contrary, the boss of BC Triumph who was made acting head coach just three days before the start of preparations for EuroBasket 2013, has now received the full backing of the executive committee of the Russian Basketball Federation (RBF) and will steer the national team into September's big event in Slovenia. The announcement that Karasev will continue as the head coach ends a period of uncertainty for Russia, that commenced when the RBF and Fotis Katsikaris, the Greek tactician who had been appointed at the role last winter, had a disagreement in late July and decided to not activate their contract. Read more here.

August 5, 2013 - Smiles for Slovenia, alarms for Turkey

bozidar maljkovicOn Sunday, exactly one month before EuroBasket 2013 tips off, hosts Slovenia emerged victorious in the Laško Group tournament in Celje ahead of Serbia, Latvia and Turkey, with the latter losing all three of their games. While the tournament served mostly as a test event for EuroBasket and friendly games at such an early stage hardly provide a representative sample of a team's real potential, three of the participating sides - especially Slovenia - have a number of positives to take out of the three days in Celje, while Turkey have been left with plenty of food for thought. On Friday, Slovenia were excellent on defence during the first half, led Latvia 37-28 at the interval, and held on for a 71-67 win despite a strong finish by the Baltic side. Read more here.

August 5, 2013 - France win 1st friendly

boris diawA gutsy Finland pushed France to their limits on Friday in Pau, during the first friendly game of Les Bleus in preparation for EuroBasket 2013 and held a 52-44 lead at the half-time interval. But the hosts turned up a notch their pace in the second half and their captain Boris Diaw paved the way to a 101-93 victory with an all-round display of 14 points on 6-for-7 shooting, seven assists and seven rebounds. Diaw got help from Nicolas Batum who had 14 points and six rebounds, Kim Tillie with 13 points and Joffrey Lauvergne, who chipped in with 11 points, while a discreet Tony Parker finished with 10 points and three assists. Sharp-shooting Petteri Koponen was in fantastic form for the Finns and collected a game-high 22 points and nine assists, while veteran Hanno Möttölä finished with 17 points and four rebounds and Sasu Salin with Tuukka Kotti had 12 points apiece. Read more here.

August 3, 2013 - Benda unlucky, Gortat optimistic

petr bendaThe Czech Republic are considered by many as the outsiders in EuroBasket 2013 Group C, but coach Pavel Budinsky was satisfied to have all eligible players at his disposal, from young stars Jan Vesely and Tomas Satoransky to old-timers Jiri Welsch and Lubos Barton. Now however the Czechs might be about to join the list of EuroBasket-bound teams that have suffered the blow of losing a key player to injury, as captain Petr Benda is very doubtful to play in the big event in Slovenia. The 31-year-old center had picked up an injury last February, while in action with Czech champions Nymburk. He finished the club season playing through the pain and undergoing conservative therapy, and was hoping to join the national team in preparations with the start of the second stage, on Wednesday. Read more here.

August 2, 2013 - Hackett pulls out, Bourousis injured

daniel hackettBoth Italy and Greece, two of the teams that will compete in Group D at EuroBasket 2013, received bad news on Thursday night, but the biggest blow was reserved for the Azzurri. "The athlete Daniel Hackett informed today [Thursday] FIP's national teams sector that he does not wish to participate in the activities with the senior national team in the preparations for EuroBasket 2013," the Italian Basketball Federation (FIP) announced in a laconic press release. No further reasons were given for this development by either FIP or the player, but Hackett had already hinted earlier at a possible absence from the EuroBasket, by means of a post on social network twitter. "People are asking me, but at the moment I cannot guarantee my presence at the national team. Too many question marks, too little health," he tweeted on 12 July. Read more here.

August 1, 2013 - Gortat leaves Polish camp

marcin gortatMarcin Gortat has taken permission to leave the training camp of the Polish national team for three weeks but, in principle, his participation at EuroBasket 2013 is not under question. The Polish center flew to the USA on Thursday to undergo medical tests, after completing the first stage of preparations for the EuroBasket together with the rest of the team, in Gdansk. "Physically, I feel better and better, the rehabilitation is going well, but I still feel the pain of the foot, even during training," the 29-year-old big man said. "I have to make sure that I will be healthy for the whole season." Gortat had suffered an injury in his right foot while playing for the Phoenix Suns in early March and sat out the remainder of the regular season, as his team had already been eliminated from the play-offs. Read more here.

August 1, 2013 - Rubio: Spain are going for Gold

ricky rubioFor the first time since 2007, Spain are embarking on a EuroBasket campaign without everyone in Europe considering them as the undisputed favourites to win the competition. Some key players on 'La Roja' however beg to differ. Point guard Ricky Rubio, first of all, made crystal clear on the day of the presentation of the Spanish squad to the media that the aim of the two-time European champions is to achieve a historic 'three-peat' at EuroBasket 2013, notwithstanding the absences of Pau Gasol, Juan Carlos Navarro, Felipe Reyes or Serge Ibaka. "No one [of us] has said that we are not going to Slovenia for the gold medal," Rubio declared. "The national team we have is of a great level [despite the absences]. Read more here.

July 30, 2013 - Fratello aims to build Ukraine's core

mike fratelloUkraine head coach Mike Fratello had his first taste of a EuroBasket tournament in 2011, in Lithuania, and will steer the country's national team into September's edition of the competition, in Slovenia. While Ukraine are certainly hoping to improve upon their 2011 result and advance to the Second Round this time around, the former Atlanta Hawks coach also keeps his focus on the big picture, which is to construct the basis for a national team that will compete at its best level in two years' time, when the country will play host to the next EuroBasket tournament. Last weekend, Ukraine played in their first warm-up games in preparation for EuroBasket 2013 with mixed results, as they lost 74-46 to hosts Slovenia but defeated F.Y.R. of Macedonia 69-60. Read more here.

July 30, 2013 - Serbia worry over Teodosic

milos teodosicSerbia head coach Dusan Ivkovic has admitted that the state of fitness of point guard Milos Teodosic is not satisfactory at this point in time, almost two weeks after the start of his team's preparations for EuroBasket 2013. "According to the latest information from Dr. Radovanovic and the conditioning trainer who are in Belgrade with Milos, his inclusion in the team will not be as fast as expected," Ivkovic said. "If things go in a way that bring his appearance at the EuroBasket into question, it would be for us an immeasurable loss in terms of quality and experience," the coach added. Teodosic picked up a left calf injury in a CSKA Moscow game in the VTB United League play-offs in late May, and was expected initially to undergo surgery. Read more here.

July 29, 2013 - Mozgov pulls out, piles on Russian woes

timofey mozgovRussia were shocked on Monday to learn that Timofey Mozgov, the player who was poised to be the starting center of the national team at EuroBasket 2013, has decided to not participate in the tournament. "I'm experiencing mixed feelings right now," the 27-year-old center wrote in a personal column on the wesbite. "I'm happy because there's finally certainty with my future and I'll continue to pay in the NBA. "But at the same time, I'm sincerely sorry I won't be able to help our national team." Mozgov's mention of his NBA career future is a reference to the fact that he signed a new three-year deal with the Denver Nuggets at the weekend, when under previous coach George Carl he had received limited playing time last season. Read more here.

July 26, 2013 - Great Britain without Deng, Freeland

luol dengLuol Deng of the Chicago Bulls and Joel Freeland of the Portland Trail Blazers are the big absentees from Great Britain's preliminary squad for EuroBasket 2013, that was announced on Friday. "Obviously we're disappointed that Luol's recovery from illness prevents him from playing," said newly-appointed head coach Joe Prunty. "His health comes first and we wish him a full and speedy recovery." Deng was hospitalised in June after contracting a viral infection that forced him to miss Chicago's last games in the NBA play-offs. "It's one of those decisions that you have to use your head over your heart," the Bulls small forward explained. "After the medical tests, it just simply isn't safe for me to put my body through that amount during the summer. "It's tough to take. People know how much it means to me playing for Great Britain. Read more here.

July 26, 2013 - Shengelia shock for Georgia

tornike shengeliaGeorgia international Tornike 'Toko' Shengelia is to undergo knee surgery and will not participate at EuroBasket 2013 with his national team, the Brooklyn Nets announced on Thursday. The 21-year-old forward, who played in the NBA's Summer League in Orlando as recently as last week, will have an operation to repair a damaged meniscus in his left knee on 31st July, in the United States. In addition to missing out on the showpiece September event with Georgia, Shengelia could also be sidelined during the start of the new season. Shengelia crossed the Atlantic last summer to join the Nets and in his rookie season with Brooklyn he appeared in 19 games averaging 1.6 points and 1.2 rebounds in 4.9 minutes per game. Read more here.

July 25, 2013 - Short-handed France still aim for Gold

boris diawFrance have kicked off their preparations for EuroBasket 2013 in Paris with their optimism intact, despite missing key players in the frontcourt. Big stars Tony Parker and Boris Diaw were all smiles on the first day of training camp and the latter, who is also the captain of the French national team, took it upon himself to set the tone of the campaign. "We have all the ingredients as a team to go for gold in Slovenia," a confident Diaw told the media, although he hastened to add that he is fully aware of the big potential of the other contenders at the EuroBasket. All eyes however were on the man of the last minute, center Johan Petro, who was invited to join the team only last week, after Ronny Turiaf became the latest big man to pull out. "The gold medal," Petro replied categorically when asked what his aim is in Slovenia. "Even if we have, how many now, 18 absences?" he added jokingly. Read more here.

July 24, 2013 - Czechs announce EuroBasket squad

jan veselyCzech national team coach Pavel Budinsky has announced a squad of 14 players for the upcoming EuroBasket 2013 in Slovenia. To the relief of Czech basketball fans the list includes the NBA star Jan Vesely who is with the Washington Wizards and Tomas Satoransky who has been drafted by the same franchise, as well as veterans Jiri Welsch and Lubos Barton. Vesely and center Pavel Houska are the only two additions to the team which won the right to play at EuroBasket following the Qualification Round last summer. From the 14 players in Budinsky's list half ply their trade outside the confines of the Czech league. Budinsky, has also publicised the names of 10 stand-by players. "We tried to pick the best possible squad," said the play-caller. "An additional advantage is most of them are returning players from last summer and that will help us find ourselves really quickly." Read more here.

July 23, 2013 - Biedrins disembarks plane to Slovenia

andris biedrinsAfter leaving Latvian media and fans alike guessing for the past week, Andris Biedrins announced on Monday his desire not to represent his country this summer. 27-year-old Biedrins, who last represented Latvia in his country's failed 2009 EuroBasket campaign had initially been named in Ainars Bagatskis' wider training squad for this summer's big event. However, when the team assembled in Riga on 18 July, Biedrins was a notable no-show with the national set-up failing in efforts to contact the soon-to-be Utah Jazz center. On Sunday Biedrins appeared in Tallinn, Estonia with former national teammate Kaspars Berzins to support Latvia U20 in their historic gold medal clash with Italy at U20 European Championship Men. He then teased media, leaking a photograph of himself outside of the arena - the first sign of him in a week - leading to speculation that he would be at training alongside Berzins and the rest of the national team on Monday. Read more here.

July 20, 2013 - Russia and Katsikaris part ways

fotis katsikarisThe Russian Basketball Federation (RBF) officially confirmed on Saturday that Fotis Katsikaris has stepped down as head coach of the senior national team, two days ahead of the start of training camp for EuroBasket 2013. Vasily Karasev, who was initially appointed as assistant coach of the national team last Thursday, will step in as interim head coach and conduct the first stage of Russia's training camp. Karasev is the coach of Russian club BC Triumph and he was in charge of the nation's team that participated in the Universiade (University Games) in Kazan, Russia earlier in the summer. Russia's preparations will get underway as scheduled on Monday 22 July and the executive committee of RBF will hold an extraordinary meeting on 23 July to decide on the coach who will steer the team to the EuroBasket. Read more here.

July 20, 2013 - Slovenia open Training Camp

bozidar maljkovicWith 47 days to go until EuroBasket 2013, the home team, Slovenia, have started their preparations for the biggest sporting event in the country's history. Head coach Bozidar Maljkovic gathered 13 players for the first camp in Rogaska Slatina with late inclusions Nebojsa Joksimovic, Mirza Begic and Bostjan Nachbar joining four days later to complete the 16-man squad. Slovenia star Goran Dragic was excited about the start of preparations, saying: "Every year when we meet, like today, it is great, because in the United States I don't have a chance to see my [national team] teammates. "We do a lot of things together in the national team which is a completely different thing compared to a club, where every player is locked in his own room. Here we eat and practice together. Everything is more authentic than in a club." Read more here.

July 15, 2013 - Udrih shock for Slovenia

beno udrihEuroBasket 2013 hosts Slovenia have suffered a major shock ahead of the start of their preparations as guard Beno Udrih has reverted his initial decision and will not play for his country in September's big event. Udrih informed the national team general manager Matej Avanzo via sms message, in which he also thanked head coach Bozidar Maljkovic and wished the team the best of luck at the EuroBasket. "Given the experience of past years, we believe that the fact that we were informed of [Beno Udrih's] intention prior to the start of preparations, is certainly preferable than a failure to appear at the training camp," the Slovenian Federation (KZS) commented in a statement on their website. "None the less, it is not fair towards the Basketball federation of Slovenia, nor towards the Slovenian public, that this decision was delayed so much. "Past experience also says that his decision to decline the cordial invitation to the national team does not make sense. Read more here.

July 14, 2013 - Belinelli ready for EuroBasket

marco belinelliDespite Danilo Gallinari's severe knee injury, Italy should line up with a strong squad featuring three NBA players at EuroBasket in Slovenia. Asides from center Andrea Bargnani, who just moved to the New York Knicks, and rookie forward Gigi Datome (who signed a two-year deal with the Detroit Pistons), guard Marco Belinelli declared himself available. "A few days ago, I spoke with coach Simone Pianigiani, and I told him I will be available. In a few hours I will talk to my new NBA franchise and I will discuss the summer schedule," the 27-year old guard said in Naples, during a recent return home. Belinelli just signed a two-year deal with 2013 NBA runners-up, the San Antonio Spurs, where he will enhance the foreign presence in the squad which also includes Frenchmen Tony Parker, Boris Diaw and Nando De Colo; South Americans Manu Ginobili (Argentina), Tiago Splitter (Brazil); Canadian Cory Joseph; and Aussies Patty Mills and Aron Baynes. Read more here.

July 12, 2013 - Jankunas misses EuroBasket train

paulius jankunasThe Lithuanian Basketball Federation (LKF) has announced that, contrary to initial estimates, forward Paulius Jankunas will not conclude his rehabilitation in time to play for the national team at EuroBasket 2013. "It is unfortunate, but recent tests showed that I have not yet fully recover, and one should play for the national team only if they are prepared to give 100 percent," Jankunas said. "I wish the team good luck at the EuroBasket and I hope that next year I will be part of it again," he added. According to a report on the Zalgiris Kaunas captain can already lift weights and undergo physical training normally, but the doctors have ordered him to abstain from playing basketball for approximately another month. The EuroBasket tips off on 4 September and Lithuania commence their preparations already on Monday 15 July. Read more here.

July 12, 2013 - Vucevic relishes reuniting twin towers

nikola vucevicNikola Vucevic is one of the NBA's brightest young stars, but the center hasn't taken much time off after a long season with the Orlando Magic. Vucevic has been hard at work preparing for September's EuroBasket and will form one of the tournament's toughest frontcourts when he joins forces with another dominant NBA center in Nikola Pekovic. Montenegro face some tough challenges in Group B, including Lithuania and Serbia, but Vucevic told he believes the country's talented team is ready for a successful EuroBasket campaign. "I took some time off after the season was over, but I started working out again around May 28. I was home for about two weeks working out then I went back to Orlando, working out there with most of the guys that are playing NBA Summer League. Now I'm back home working out until I join the national team on 1st August." Read more here.

July 10, 2013 - Turkey announce ambitious squad

hedo turkogluStars Hedo Turkoglu, Ersan Ilyasova and Omer Asik headline an impressive 20-strong preliminary squad for EuroBasket 2013 that the Turkish federation made public on Wednesday. The list of Turkey head coach Bogdan Tanjevic is an ambitious mix of old and new with the only big-name absence being that of Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter, which was however already announced in the spring. The now 34-year-old point guard Kerem Tunceri is also not included on the list; however the veteran had not participated in last summer's Qualification Round, after an almost uninterrupted 12-year long senior international career which commenced at EuroBasket 1999. Turkey's first get-together is on 16 July and the following day the team will fly to Bormio, in Italy, where the first stage of their training camp will take place. Read more here.

July 10, 2013 - Spain announce squad without Ibaka

serge ibakaSpain head coach Juan Orenga has chosen to announce directly a 12-man preliminary squad for the EuroBasket, accompanied by three reserve players, with forward/center Serge Ibaka not included on the list. "Following the long NBA play-offs in 2012, the Olympic Games and the last regular season in the NBA, the medical team of Oklahoma City Thunder suggested I take some rest this summer," Ibaka said in a statement. "I would like to thank all the support that I have received by the Spanish Federation and especially the president Jose Luis Saez and the coach Juan Antonio Orenga. "Even if I am not on the court in Slovenia, all my team-mates know that I will be with them in mind and spirit." While Ibaka's announcement did not come as a surprise, many had expected that his absence would open the doors of the senior national team to Real Madrid power forward Nikola Mirotic. Read more here.

July 10, 2013 - France lose another center in Gobert

rudy gobertFrance head coach Vincent Collet must be thinking he has fallen victim of a very bad practical joke, as hardly a day goes by without the announcement of another French center becoming unavailable to play at EuroBasket 2013. A day after veteran Ronny Turiaf made public his decision to not follow Les Bleus to Slovenia this summer in an interview with L'Equipe, Collet himself revealed in the same newspaper that his first option as a reserve at the '5' spot, Rudy Gobert, will undergo surgery in a few days and will also miss the EuroBasket. The 21-year-old Gobert was selected by the Denver Nuggets with the 22nd overall pick in the NBA draft in June, but was traded immediately to the Utah Jazz. "He has a major problem, he will be operated in his foot at the end of the Summer League [after 12 July], it was already scheduled," said Collet of the 2.13m center. Read more here.

July 9, 2013 - More big men woes for France, Serbia

milan macvanFrance center Ronny Turiaf has changed his mind and decided to not play at EuroBasket 2013, while Serbia forward/center Milan Macvan was absent from the national team's first gathering on Monday. France head coach Vincent Collet knew already that his frontcourt at the EuroBasket would be thin on the ground, but his troubles magnified when Ronny Turiaf also announced he would not suit up for Les Bleus in September's big event in Slovenia. "I informed the Federation that I will not be part of the French team this summer," Turiaf said in an interview with L'Equipe on Tuesday. "It's been 10 days since I've made my decision. "Right now, I am without a contract (Turiaf is an NBA free agent after playing last season with the Los Angeles Clippers) and personal reasons come into play. Read more here.

June 8, 2013 - Rubio: EuroBasket will mark next decade

ricky rubioThere are plenty who expect an end to the gold rush era of two-time European champions Spain at September's EuroBasket in Slovenia, but young Spanish star Ricky Rubio is having none of it. "Spain first, which means we will play in the final; Serbia, Russia, or France will be candidates, pending absences of players from different teams," the Minnesota Timberwolves point guard risked a prediction for the EuroBasket 2013 winners in an interview with sports daily Marca. "Perhaps we are not as favourites as in the past because of the absences, but the players who will be there will aspire to gold," Rubio explained. "There are now some key pieces missing [from the national team], but we have to stay loyal to our mentality and seek first place." Read more here.

July 6, 2013 - Slovenia trim squad to 16 players

bozidar maljkovicEuroBasket 2013 hosts Slovenia had announced a 34-strong preliminary squad back in February, but head coach Bozidar Maljkovic announced on Friday the 16 men he expects to report at training camp on 19 July. The most notable absence is that of FC Barcelona Regal power forward Erazem Lorbek, who had arthroscopic surgery in both knees at the end of the club season and will miss EuroBasket at home. The now 32-year-old guard Sani Becirovic, who last suited up for the national team at the 2010 World Championship and played in the Iranian league this year, is also absent from the squad. Fellow veteran guard Jaka Lakovic however is included on the list and forms part of a formidable playmaking trio that also includes Phoenix Suns star Goran Dragic and Beno Udrih of the Orlando Magic. Read more here.

July 5, 2013 - Serbia: Erceg, Velickovic pull out

novica velickovicThe '4' spot will be a major headache for Serbia head coach Dusan Ivkovic at EuroBasket 2013, as after the already confirmed absence of Dusko Savanovic, both Novica Velickovic and Zoran Erceg have pulled out of the preliminary squad. Savanovic, who had announced he would be unable to take part in preparations in an interview in mid-June, along with the other two star power forwards was submitted to an exam by the Serbian basketball federation's medical committee on Thursday. "Following the examination and the diagnosis of the federation's doctors, Dusko Savanovic, Novica Velickovic and Zoran Erceg have been omitted from the list," Ivkovic himself announced. Read more here.

July 5, 2013 - Georgia strong despite Pachulia absence

zaza pachuliaStar center Zaza Pachulia, who underwent Achilles tendon surgery in April, is the only big-name absence from the 20-strong preliminary squad for EuroBasket 2013 that Georgia head coach Igor Kokoskov announced on Thursday. The Serbian-born tactician however will still be able to count with a formidable frontcourt, as his squad includes the likes of Montepaschi Siena forward Viktor Sanikidze, who led the team in rebounds in last summer's EuroBasket Qualification Round, as well as center Giorgi Shermadini of Euroleague champions Olympiacos and forward/center Tornike Shengelia, who completed his rookie NBA season with the Brooklyn Nets. Galatasaray sharp-shooter Manuchar Markoishvili, who was Georgia's second-leading scorer behind Pachulia in the Qualification Round, with 18 points per game, is also included in the squad and is expected to be the main offensive option at September's EuroBasket. Read more here.

July 4, 2013 - 20 Years from Germany's Cinderella story

On 4 July 1993, Germany completed one of the biggest upsets in the history of the EuroBasket by edging out Russia 71-70 in the final and conquering their first - and only, so far - gold medal in the competition. Twenty years later, a surprising amount of details from that day are still vivid in the memory of Michael Koch, who was then the shooting guard of the German team. "This is something you can never forget in your life, it's a once in a lifetime experience," the former Telekom Baskets Bonn coach told "I can still remember the final seconds of the game, when Christian Welp had the and-one play and he made the free throw for us to go up by one point." Read more here.

July 1, 2013 - Bauermann trims Squad

dirk bauermannNew Polish head coach Dirk Bauermann has trimmed his squad for EuroBasket 2013 to 17 players who will report for camp on 23 July. The list, which was released over the weekend, sees four players removed from the initial 21-man squad. The four players initially named in the squad but have missed the first cut are Alexander Czyz (Acea Roma), Jakub Dloniak (Tarnobrzeg), Piotr Pamula (Asseco Prokom Gdynia) and Jakub Wojciechowski (PMS Torino). "Selecting the first players is always difficult," said Bauermann on the Polish Basketball Federation website, continuing, "We were in the United States, Italy and Spain. We met with the basketball players and watched their games. We wanted these players to show that they can help the Polish national team to success this year." Read more here.

June 24, 2013 - Parker headlines France preliminary squad

tony parkerTV viewers and spectators at EuroBasket 2013 will have the chance to enjoy the play of one of the biggest stars of the game as Tony Parker headlines the 17-strong French preliminary squad that was announced on Monday. Parker, who played at his first EuroBasket in 2011, is to make a seventh consecutive appearance in the show-piece event, an all-time record among French players. If France were to advance to the quarter-finals of the tournament in Slovenia and the San Antonio Spurs point guard features in each one of their First Round and Second Round games, he will enter the top ten on the list of players with the most games at EuroBasket in history. The late legend Kresimir Cosic, who played in nine EuroBasket tournaments with the former Yugoslavia (from 1967 to 1983) tops the list with 67 games. Read more here.

June 24, 2013 - Spain hint at Marc-Mirotic frontline

marc gasolDo not be surprised if reigning European champions Spain line up a never-before-seen and hugely intriguing frontcourt duo consisting of Marc Gasol and Nikola Mirotic at September's EuroBasket 2013. On Saturday, Gasol dispersed doubts surrounding his participation at the upcoming big event by means of a laconic but unequivocal message. "If [Spain head coach] Juan Orenga considers it appropriate, I will go to compete this summer together with my team-mates," the Memphis Grizzlies center tweeted. The message was received with immense relief among Spanish fans, who have been preoccupied about their team fielding an understrength frontcourt at the EuroBasket after Marc's older brother, the Los Angeles Lakers star Pau Gasol, had announced in May his unavailability for the tournament due to medical reasons. Read more here.

June 22, 2013 - Slovenia without Lorbek at EuroBasket

erazem lorbekThe hopes of EuroBasket 2013 host nation Slovenia were dealt a serious blow on Friday night, when star player Erazem Lorbek picked up a phone and made two calls to transmit bad news. The FC Barcelona Regal power forward got in touch with Slovenia head coach Bozidar Maljkovic and national team director Matej Avanzo to inform them that he would need to follow a two-month long rehabilitation process and would therefore be unable to play at the EuroBasket. Lorbek underwent arthroscopic surgery in both knees on Friday in Spain and while the operation was successful, doctors said that he could not resume training before late August, with the EuroBasket commencing on 4 September. The 29-year-old was submitted to the operation immediately after the end of the Spanish Liga Endesa Finals, where his team lost the league title to arch-rivals Real Madrid. Read more here.

June 21, 2013 - Petrovic has faith in Bosnian chances

aleksandar petrovicBosnia and Herzegovina head coach Aleksandar (Aco) Petrovic is relishing the prospect of his team competing in EuroBasket 2013 Group B, despite the fact many have branded it the 'group of death' in the first round. Speaking at a press conference in capital Sarajevo, the Croatian tactician brought back memories of his glorious playing days in the 1980's, when he exuded confidence every time he took to the court with Yugoslavia or with Cibona Zagreb. "We are not going to Slovenia as outsiders," Petrovic stated. "I believe that we will advance to the second round. "We have selected 16 players in the preliminary squad, which includes six or seven youngsters, and the rest are at their peak, playing at top level. "Our team can play well on both ends of the floor, on offence and defence." Read more here.

June 20, 2013 - Spanoulis heads Greek preliminary squad

vassilis spanoulisNewly-appointed Greece head coach Andrea Trinchieri could be spoiled for choice in the run-up to September's EuroBasket, after naming on Thursday an 18-strong preliminary squad of remarkable depth. Guard Vassilis Spanoulis, who led Olympiacos Pireaus to back-to-back Turkish Airlines Euroleague trophies in London last May headlines the list, which also features small forward Kostas Papanikolaou and a further four Olympiacos players. Greece captain Nikos Zisis and sharp-shooter Kostas Vasileiadis who reached the Eurocup Final with Uxue Bilbao, are other main options in the backcourt along with point guard Nick Calathes, who conquered that competition with Russian side Lokomotiv Kuban. The only Greek player to have pulled out of the EuroBasket was Denver Nuggets center Kostas Koufos. Read more here.

June 20, 2013 - EuroBasket 2011 MVP Navarro pulls out

juan carlos navarroA new EuroBasket MVP will be crowned in September as the holder of the Award, Spain star Juan Carlos Navarro, has admitted publicly that he will not travel to Slovenia with the reigning champions to defend his titles from 2011. "The only sure thing is that I will take a rest from the national team this summer," an exhausted Navarro said after the final game of the ACB Finals on Wednesday night. "Now it's too soon to think, it's time to rest. "As I've said before, it's been a tough season for everyone [at FC Barcelona] and for me personally. "I need to rest and recuperate well for next year," the 33-year-old shooting guard concluded. The Barcelona captain picked up a hamstring injury in his right leg during Game 4 of the Finals series against Real Madrid on Sunday and was doubtful for the title-deciding fifth game until an hour before tip-off. Read more here.

June 19, 2013 - Youngest ever Germany at EuroBasket

heiko schaffartzikThe 29-year-old point guard Heiko Schaffartzik is the eldest player on the 17-strong preliminary squad for EuroBasket 2013 that Germany head coach Frank Menz announced on Tuesday. As expected, superstar Dirk Nowitzki, who made his last bow with the national team at EuroBasket 2011, is not included on the list. Likewise, guard Steffen Hamann, who announced his retirement from international duty earlier in June and power forward Tim Ohlbrecht, who stated he would not play for the national team this summer, are also not part of Menz's plans for the upcoming EuroBasket. A minor surprise however is the absence of power forward Jan-Hendrik Jagla who had spent every summer in a Germany jersey uninterruptedly since the World Championship 2006, having made his debut as a senior international in 2005. Read more here.

June 18, 2013 - Pekovic, Vucevic in Montenegro squad

nikola pekovicTake the Montenegro side that impressed in last summer's Qualification Round with a 10-0 record, add two of the most promising NBA centers, and you get a frontcourt that could wreak havoc at EuroBasket 2013. This dream scenario is very close to turning into reality for the small Balkan country, as former Partizan, Panathinaikos and Minnesota Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic and Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic are included in the 21-strong preliminary squad for September's EuroBasket that head coach Luka Pavicevic announced on Monday. Pekovic however will most likely not be present on the first day of training camp in late July and will join the team at a later stage. Read more here.

June 17, 2013 - Serbia without Savanovic at EuroBasket

dusko savanovicSerbian power forward Dusko Savanovic will need to abstain from training during the summer because of a herniated disc in his lower back and will not play for the national team at EuroBasket 2013, it emerged on Monday. Savanovic, who played through the pain in the final stretch of the club season with Anadolu Efes, was included in the preliminary squad for September's EuroBasket that coach Dusan Ivkovic had announced on 6 June. "I thought I could play, that it would be enough to get some rest and then I would grind my teeth and make it, but the people in white coats [the doctors] were merciless," Savanovic explained to Serbian newspaper Sportski Zurnal. "Already at the end of the season things did not look so good but I was waiting to undergo a detailed examination. Read more here.

June 15, 2013 - Italy expect Belinelli to join Squad

marco belinelliThe Italian Federation (FIP) announced on Friday a list of 16 players that have been asked to undergo medical exams in Rome on 23 and 24 July, with a view to begin preparations in July for EuroBasket 2013. Toronto Raptors big man Andrea Bargnani and shooting guard Marco Belinelli, who competed this season with the Chicago Bulls, are headlining the list after being absent from last summer's Qualification Round, where Italy finished with a perfect 8-0 record. While Bargnani recently stated that he is looking forward to rejoining the national team, Belinelli, who is now a free agent in the NBA, has said that ideally he would prefer his contractual situation to be clarified before deciding whether he will play for the Azzurri at the EuroBasket. Meanwhile Italy's third big star, small forward Danilo Gallinari of the Denver Nuggets, is not on the list as he just underwent a second operation in the United States to repair the torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee and is expected to return to action late into the new season. Read more here.

June 14, 2013 - Ohlbrecht will not play for Germany

tim ohlbrechtHouston Rockets big man Tim Ohlbrecht announced on Friday his decision to follow a personal training programme in the summer rather than joining the German national team on their EuroBasket 2013 campaign. "This was a difficult decision for me because I always want to play for Germany," Olbrecht explained in a statement on the official website of the German federation (DBB). "Together with my younger team-mates we took the first step towards a generational change [in the national team] last summer. "This summer however is pivotal for my career so, in consultation with my team, the Houston Rockets, I decided to spend the whole summer in the United States and prepare myself intensely for the upcoming NBA season." Ohlbrecht, who turns 25 in August, had averaged 5.4 points and 4.3 rebounds in last summer's EuroBasket Qualification Round to help a new-look Germany under coach Svetislav Pesic punch their ticket to September's big tournament in Slovenia. Read more here.

June 14, 2013 - Unlucky Bertans to miss EuroBasket

davis bertansYoung Latvian international Davis Bertans has torn the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee and is expected to be out of action between six and nine months, consequently missing out on EuroBasket 2013. The talented forward, who plays for newly crowned Serbian league champions Partizan mt:s Belgrade, suffered the injury during the final game of the season, in the fourth clash of the KLS Finals against Red Star Belgrade on Wednesday. Bertans had already been on the floor for 12 minutes when, during the second quarter of the encounter, he took the lane with the intention to drive to Red Star's basket but instead fell on the floor with an expression of intense pain in his face. Partizan head coach Dusko Vujosevic immediately rushed on the court to console his player and his worried reaction left little doubt that the injury was visibly serious. Bertans underwent medical tests in a clinic in Novi Sad on Thursday which confirmed the worst possible scenario. Read more here.

June 13, 2013 - Biedrins in Latvian preliminary Squad

andris biedrinsLatvian national team head coach Ainars Bagatskis has announced a 17-strong preliminary squad for EuroBasket 2013 which features the welcome return of the nation's NBA player. Golden State Warriors center Andris Biedrins, as well as VEF Riga guard Kristaps Janicenoks, who last suited up for the national team at EuroBasket 2009, are included on the list and poised to make their return in a Latvia jersey in September's big tournament in Slovenia. "I think that if Andris plays at the EuroBasket it will significantly strengthen our team and will also benefit his personal career," Bagatskis stated. Biedrins is still only 27 years old and Janicenoks just turned 30 in March but they will be among the veterans at Latvia's training camp, alongside point guard Edgars Jeromanovs and after shooting guard Janis Blums who, at 31, is the oldest player in the preliminary squad. Read more here.

June 13, 2013 - Batum sees great chance at EuroBasket

nicolas batumFrench small forward Nicolas Batum is currently on holiday in Paris but is relishing his national team's prospects at the upcoming EuroBasket in Slovenia, notwithstanding impeding changes in their frontcourt. "We have enormous chances at the EuroBasket, despite counting with two big men less because of the absences of Kevin Seraphin and Ludovic Vaty," Batum told the website. "I still don't know what Joakim [Noah, of the Chicago Bulls] will do, but Alexis [Ajinca, of Strasbourg], Ian [Mahinmi, of the Indiana Pacers] and Ronny [Turiaf, of the Los Angeles Clippers] have had big seasons and will give a balance with the perimeter, where we have a great bunch of players." "Our objective [at the EuroBasket] is to reach as far as possible and step on the podium," Batum added categorically. Read more here.

June 12, 2013 - Great Britain appoint Prunty as Coach

joe pruntyGreat Britain concluded a long recruitment process on Wednesday by announcing that Cleveland Cavaliers assistant Joe Prunty will steer the national team at September's EuroBasket 2013 as their head coach. The American tactician joined the San Antonio Spurs' coaching staff in 1996 and later worked for the Dallas Mavericks and the Portland Trail Blazers before taking on the role of Byron Scott's assistant at Cleveland in 2010. "It is truly an honour to be appointed as Head Coach of the Great Britain Men's National Team," Prunty said in a statement on the website of the British federation. "Every person I have spoken with has shown tremendous passion and enthusiasm for the programme. "This is an important time for GB Basketball and the opportunity for all of us is extremely exciting heading into EuroBasket 2013." Read more here.

June 12, 2013 - Ilievski will give 100% at Final bow

vlado ilievskiAs EuroBasket 2013, the tournament where Vlado Ilievski will play his last game in an F.Y.R. of Macedonia jersey, approaches fast, there is a precious memory of his international career that he knows he will never forget. It's not a specific moment we can all buy into or perceive in the same way as the players and staff on the squad that surprised everyone with their historical run to the semi-finals of EuroBasket 2011. But it's an experience that every athlete aspires to every day of their career and only a select few get to taste it in their lives. "After this great chemistry we had between us as a team in Lithuania, which was incredible, it was the welcoming of our fans," Ilievski explains, trying to define the feeling to "There were 100,000 people in [our capital city] Skopje waiting for us upon our return. "They were waiting for hours at the airport, on the highway, they were everywhere along a 25 km route as we travelled on the bus to the city. Read more here.

June 10, 2013 - Savrasenko joins Russian roster

aleksey savrasenkoVeteran Russian center Alexey Savrasenko who, in principal, retired from the game with the conclusion of the VTB United league finals, might see action in a fifth EuroBasket after all, in September in Slovenia. Less than a week after announcing an 18-strong preliminary roster for EuroBasket 2013, Russia head coach Fotis Katsikaris took the decision to add Savrasenko, who turns 34 in February and last played for the national team in 2008, to his squad. The Greek tactician wanted to add more size to his frontcourt and few choices could help in that direction more than the 2.17m frame of the experienced Savrasenko, who had a good season coming off the bench for Eurocup winners Lokomotiv Kuban. "We have decided to invite Alexey Savrasenko for several reasons," Katsikaris said. "As you know, Sasha Kaun will not be able to play for the national team this year, so Alex will help us to reduce the deficit of big men. Read more here.

June 6, 2013 - Bargnani eager for EuroBasket to start

andrea bargnaniItaly big man Andrea Bargnani had a turbulent season with the Toronto Raptors in the NBA and regards the upcoming EuroBasket as the perfect launchpad to recover his fitness and form. "Unfortunately the season was marked by injuries, I only played in 30 games so I didn't get the chance to enter a rhythm," Bargnani, who is back in his native Rome and undergoing a personal training programme, told La Gazzetta dello Sport. "If you do not have the health to be able to stay on the court for consecutive games, it is impossible to perform well," the forward/center added by way of reply to the criticism he received for his displays during the season. Bargnani, who was drafted in the NBA by Toronto with the first overall pick in 2006, averaged 12.7 points and 3.7 rebounds per game this season, as the Canadian franchise failed to come anywhere close to the play-off spots, once again. Read more here.

June 6, 2013 - Teodosic in Serbia preliminary squad

milos teodosicSerbia head coach Dusan Ivkovic has included Milos Teodosic in the 20-strong preliminary squad for EuroBasket 2013 that he announced on Thursday in Belgrade. The charismatic point guard is currently undergoing rehabilitation for a left calf injury he sustained on 26 May, while playing for CSKA Moscow in the VTB United League play-offs, and is expected to reach full fitness in approximately two months. Captain Nenad Krstic headlines the list which includes all of Serbia's brightest stars, including Anadolu Efes power forward Dusko Savanovic, who struggled with a back problem during the final stretch of the club season. The real surprise though is the return of another star forward, Novica Velickovic, to the national team mix. The 26-year-old last suited up for Serbia at the 2010 World Championship and had been sidelined through injury for almost 10 months, since last year's Spanish ACB finals, when he was still playing for Real Madrid. Read more here.

June 5, 2013 - Finland squad reunites surprise package

sasu salinAll but one players on the roster of the Finnish national team that reached a ninth-place finish at EuroBasket 2011, their best showing in 45 years, have been included in the preliminary squad for next September's EuroBasket. Finland head coach Henrik Dettmann announced his 23-strong list on Wednesday and the only player from the 2011 team that will not have the chance to make a second consecutive EuroBasket appearance is Petri Virtanen, the Joensuun Kataja point guard. The bulk of that team were also on international duty last summer, in the EuroBasket Qualification Round, when they won six of their eight encounters to punch their ticket to the upcoming big event in Slovenia. Sharp-shooting guard Petteri Koponen of Russian Euroleague side Khimki headlines the list, while center Gerald Lee Jr. of Buducnost, 22-year-old sensation Sasu Salin and 36-year-old veteran Hanno Möttölä are also included. Read more here.

June 4, 2013 - Younger, still strong squad for Russia

fotis katsikarisNew Russia head coach Fotis Katsikaris announced on Tuesday his 18-strong preliminary squad for EuroBasket 2013 that, as expected, does not include Andrei Kirilenko, Victor Khryapa and Sasha Kaun. Speaking at a press conference in Moscow, the Greek tactician admitted that working with a roster that does not include these three players will be a 'challenge' but he also added that he is 'used to working hard and fight.' Katsikaris and Russian Federation president Alexander Krasnenkov pointed out instead that the upcoming EuroBasket will provide a chance to the country's younger players to step forward. "Our main goal is to build a strong team," Katsikaris said, in a clear indication that his primary focus at this stage is the work that will be done with the players during preparations. Read more here.

June 3, 2013 - Russia without Khryapa at EuroBasket

viktor khryapaViktor Khryapa, Russia's highest-profile player following Andrei Kirilenko's retirement for international duty in February, has confirmed he will not suit up for the national team at EuroBasket 2013 in September. "My body is exhausted and needs mercy," the CSKA Μoscow forward told news agency R-Sport on Saturday, in the wake of his team's win over Khimki in the VTB United League play-off semi-finals. "I have not had any rest since EuroBasket 2011, I am exhausted and have decided that I will not go with Russia to EuroBasket 2013," he added categorically. Saturday's declaration of intentions by Khryapa must not come as a huge surprise to recently appointed Russia head coach Fotis Katsikaris and the country's basketball federation. Khryapa's team-mates at CSKA Anton Ponkrashov and Andrey Vorontsevich, among others, had hinted in separate interviews with several months ago that he was considering to take the summer off. Read more here.

May 30, 2013 - Koufos for 10 years, but not this summer

kostas koufosDenver Nuggets center Kostas Koufos confirmed on Wednesday recent rumours that he has decided to follow a personal training programme this summer and will not suit up for Greece at EuroBasket 2013. "I wanted to play and was looking forward to it but unfortunately things don't always turn out the way we want," Koufos told the website. The 24-year-old center explained that he underwent arthroscopic surgery last summer, when he missed out on Greece's campaign at the Pre-Olympic tournament in Venezuela. "The rehabilitation process didn't give me enough time to work out correctly and strengthen my feet and despite the good season I had this year, I could not take advantage of my ability to score far from the basket," he said. "I only moved inside the paint and still did not get the ball so much to play with my back to the basket. Read more here.

May 29, 2013 - Teodosic avoids worst case scenario

milos teodosicSerbia breathed a collective sigh of relief on Wednesday as CSKA Moscow announced that Milos Teodosic will not be operated on his injured left calf, meaning he could return to action in time for EuroBasket 2013. The point guard was submitted to extensive tests in a specialised clinic in Munich and the 'German doctors expressed the opinion that the player does not need surgery,' a statement on CSKA's official website announced. "Teodosic needs to undergo conservative treatment with various types of physical therapy and special rehabilitation," the statement specified the next steps in the process. "It is expected that Milos will be able to join basketball practices in two months approximately," it concluded. The Serbian star will now return to Moscow and will decide on the details of his rehabilitation process in conjunction with his club. Read more here.

May 28, 2013 - Croatia announce preliminary squad

jasmin repesaCroatia head coach Jasmin Repesa made public his 24-strong preliminary squad for EuroBasket 2013 at a press conference in Dubrovnik on Monday. Veteran guards Marko Popovic and Zoran Planinic, who had announced on Sunday their unavailability for the upcoming EuroBasket, are the only big names missing from the squad. The long list is headlined by four top-level players that play abroad and had brilliant seasons this year in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague with their respective teams. Winger Bojan Bogdanovic of Fenerbahce Ulker and forward/center Luka Zoric of Unicaja Malaga led their team in scoring in the competition, while center Ante Tomic of FC Barcelona Regal and point guard Roko Leni Ukic of Panathinaikos were their teams' second-leading scorers. Read more here.

May 28, 2013 - Injured Teodosic could miss EuroBasket

milos teodosicSerbia head coach Dusan Ivkovic and the entire nation are nervously awaiting the final diagnosis on a leg injury that point guard Milos Teodosic suffered on Sunday and could prevent him from playing at EuroBasket 2013. Teodosic went down in CSKA Moscow's game away at Khimki in the VTB United League play-offs and his coach Ettore Messina knew immediately that it didn't look good. "Milos Teodosic is apparently out for the season because he has suffered severe damage to the tibia," the Italian tactician said on Sunday night. On Monday, CSKA president Andrey Vatutin was able to give more information, but it was not exactly what Serbia fans would like to hear. "Unfortunately, Teodosic might have to go into surgery," Vatunin said on Russian TV. Read more here.

May 27, 2013 - EuroBasket less than 100 Days away

With the number of days until the opening tip-off at EuroBasket reaching double digits on Monday, Lipko was out making a presence in the four cities who will be hosting the tournament this summer. To mark the occasion of less than 100 days remaining until EuroBasket begins, Lipko visited Ljubljana, Celje, Koper and Jesenice, handing out 100 balloons to passersby in each of the four locations. He also met with the mayors of Celje, Jesenice and Ljubljana who were each given one of the hundred balloons designated to their city. Read more here.

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