On Thursday, the Euroleague announced the calendar for the 2022-2023 season, with already a first hiccup regarding the dates of FIBA’s international windows.
Coincidence or false note to correct? After the announcement of the calendar for the next Euroleague season, a first thorny case revives the debate on the possible release of Euroleague players for international windows, while FIBA had reopened the door in recent weeks.
On November 11, at 7:30 p.m., Olympia Milan will host Virtus Bologna as part of the 7th day of Euroleague. On the same day, at 5 p.m., Italy will challenge Spain in the second qualifying round for the 2023 World Cup. Two problems then arise.
On the one hand, Sergio Scariolo is both the coach of Virtus and the coach of Spain, and the Italian technician had clearly explained that it was good not to choose between the two, which is why there is a clause in his contract. On the other hand, Milan and Bologna are unlikely to release their players to the national team, as was the case last season.
This scenario only revives the Euroleague / FIBA debate. Will the two organizations find common ground in the coming weeks?
Photo: Sergio Scariolo (FIBA)