Bazarevich: “Kirilenko changed the situation in Russian basketball”

2017-09-13T20:30:37+00:00 2017-09-14T11:16:28+00:00.

Giorgos Efkarpides

13/Sep/17 20:30

After an impressive come from behind win over Greece, Timofey Mozgov and coach Sergey Bazarevich seemed already focused in the semis and didn’t have much to say.

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“Tough game, we stayed disciplined for 40 minutes and we made it happened in the end.”, was Mozgov’s lone statement.

“It feels good, to be honest, to not play very good, maybe even bad in the first. We kept believing, kept working and we knew that we would gain momentum and we did it.”, said Bazarevich.

When asked about taking Shved out of the game, in the end, he said: “We wanted to have more muscle, in the end, to get stops and actually we succeeded. He was ready to come in for offense and it worked”

And with the Russian national team returning to a semifinal for the first time since 2011, the federation president, Andrey Kirilenko, also gets credit, according to Bazarevich: “He was a great player. He knows all these situations, he is a very good president. He changed the situation in Russian basketball at least in terms of the national team and I appreciate that he does not tell me anything.He probably trusts me”, he joked.

(Photo credit: FIBA)