Ukraine men’s national team coach Ainars Bogatskis He said that the Legion of the NBA near the international window would not help the national team.
“We are in constant contact with Lin and Mikhailuk and the guys are ready to play for the national team, as for them, and for each player for the sake of honor. But there are NBA rules (NBA players can stay on the national team for no more than 28 days during the year – note ), if we use it now for the national team, we can lose it later.
The boys themselves will also be very useful now, they are not out of season, they can play better in the NBA and matches for the national team can help them in some way.
We remember that with Lin and Mikhailuk Ukraine already beat Spain in 2017, but I think in this window we have to solve our problems without them, and in August to meet them in the national team for the next qualifying round and the European Championship, ”- said Bagatskis.
It is reported that in early July, the Ukrainian men’s basketball team will play three matches in the qualifiers for the 2023 World Cup. The Ukrainians will play two title matches at home against Georgia (July 1) and Spain (July 7) in Riga, as well as an away match against North Macedonia ( July 4) in Skopje.