On Thursday, Team Russia announced its 21-player "extended" roster for FIBA Eurobasket, the bi-annual tournament that crowns Europe's best ... and lead to invitations to the Rio Olympics in 2016. No surprise as Sergey Karasev was named to the list, which is essentially the tryout roster. Those tryouts, along with a full schedule of "friendly" or exhibition games begin July 13.
Karasev could be one of three Nets playing in the tournament, which starts September 5 at four sites around Europe and ends with a championship bracket in Lille, France, on September 20. That's when most NBA teams are gathering for their October 1 training camp. The others, of course, are perennial Eurobasket star Bojan Bogdanovic for Croatian and if healthy, Mirza Teletovic for Bosnia.
All three Nets have significant FIBA experience. Karasev, for example, won a bronze medal at the London Olympics in 2012. He was also the youngest male basketball player in the Olympics. Two years ago, Bogdanovic was named to the All-Eurobasket first team that included Tony Parker, Marc Gasol and Goran Dragic.
The big question mark of course will be Teletovic, who i recovering from his blood clots. In interviews with reporters from both Bosnia and Brooklyn, Teletovic said it was too early for him to make a commitment. The Bosnian basketball federation says its primary concern is his health. With Teletovic and Jusuf Nurkic, the Denver seven-footer, Bosnia could be very competitive in the tournament, but neither has committed.
It's also possible the Nets could have another representative in the tournament. They currently have a first and second rounder in the June draft, but they could buy a pick, as they have in three of the last four drafts. If they do, a league source suggested they could take a European who the Nets would "stash" as they did Bogdanovic.