Lube Civitanova won a preseason friendly against Sieco Service Ortona. Yoandry Leal and Roberlandy Simon made their debuts for Lube.
Co-hosts Bulgaria wants to do well in front of its home crowd in this year’s WCH
Though he is still under contract with Sada Cruzeiro until the end of the 2019 season, Robertlandy Simon has left Brazil to head to Italy. He claims there are legal issues with his contract and has not plans on returning to Sada.
While it was thought to just be a sprain, it is now apparent that Georgi Bratoev has a fractured ankle. His status for the World Championships is in doubt.
Todor Skrimov is the latest Bulgarian player to fall victim to injury. He left after the first point of Bulgaria’s 3-0 defeat to France on June 15, 2018.
After playing the last month of the season injured, including the Champions League Final Four, Tsvetan Sokolov has had surgery to repair the patellar tendon in his left knee.
On paper, the Americans are the odds on favorite to win Pool 2, with Argentina offering the biggest challenge. However, the roster will be a bit young without the services of Micah Christenson, Matt Anderson and Aaron Russell, who just finished Champions League play.
Mikhailov was one of 3 Zenit Kazan players on the Dream Team. Silver medalists Lube Civitanova had 4.
Wilfredo Leon scored the finishing point on each of the 3 sets that Kazan won in his last game with the Russian side: his gift to the fans in the BasketHall on his way out of Russia.