Tornike Shengelia will not play in Eurobasket

Tornike Shengelia will sit out the Eurobasket tournament this September after having knee surgery earlier this month. AP Photo.

Tornike Shengelia will sit out the Eurobasket tournament this September after having knee surgery earlier this month. AP Photo.

About a week before he had knee surgery there was a weird report that had a quote from Tornike Shengelia‘s father in which he supposedly claimed his son could return from knee surgery in as little as two weeks and could even play in the Eurobasket tournament in September.

It seemed far-fetched at the time as even a meniscus surgery would keep him out at least two months. At the time I wrote that it was either incorrect or something got lost in the translation. Well, his Georgian basketball coach has confirmed that Toko will not play in the European tourney.

Zaza Pachulia and Tornike Shengelia are great loss for the team. I believe other players will do their best,” Igor Kokoskov, coach of the Georgia national team, said in a statement.

This is just as well. Even if Shengelia was technically healthy enough to play in the tournament it’s good to see him get some extra time off. He’s expected to be ready for the start of training camp in October which sounds about right. Not that he’s going to get a lot of minutes this year though. He might end up starring on the Nets’ D-League affiliate, the Springfield Armor.


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