FIBA-NBA insurance policy prevents European NBA players from joining June playoffs


By Antigoni Zachari / [email protected]

A busy summer of basketball for national teams and players is about to begin with the FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup Qualifiers in June and August, followed by FIBA ​​EuroBasket 2022.

As always, the goal for national teams remains to include as many of their stars as possible, although as far as NBA players are concerned, that plan could be hampered, at least for the third window in June.

As Mozzart Sport’s Djordje Matic noted in a recent article on Serbian NBA stars, the current agreement between FIBA ​​and the NBA covers a maximum of 28 days of insurance for players wishing to join their national teams. respective.

Therefore, if international NBA stars wish to participate in the June playoffs (June 27 – July 5), they will only be able to participate in the preparation of their national teams for the August playoffs (August 22 – 30) and the FIBA EuroBasket (September 1 – 18) a few days before the denunciation, otherwise the insurance will no longer be able to cover them. If it is still possible for players to join their national team even without insurance, this certainly increases the risk factor, for example in the event of an injury.

In case they wish to skip the June window, the full squad training, as well as the August and September games will all be covered.

With that in mind, not only Serbian NBA players like Nikola Jokic, Nemanja Bjelica and Bogdan Bogdanovic, but NBA internationals as a whole should skip the June window, so they can strengthen their respective national teams in the U.S. playoffs. August and the EuroBasket. Of course, this political question applies to European players whose national teams have qualified for this latest competition.


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