Injury updated for the upcoming European Championship, with Alexey Shved and Boban Marjanovic set to miss the tournament that tips off on September 5th. Shved will be missing from the Russian national team, while Marjanovic will sit out Serbia’s European Championship run. Both players would have brought a lot of quality experience to their teams as both are linked with the NBA.
Alexey Shved (198 cm) is coming off the 2014/2015 season with the Philadelphia 76ers and the New York Knicks. Ending the campaign in New York, the guard played fifteen games for the Knicks and was in solid form as he averaged 14.7 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 3.6 assists. Despite that consistent season the Russian has decided to return home for the 2015/2016 season and will play for Khimki Moscow Region in the VTB United League and Euroleague.
Shved is suffering with a back injury and will need to sit out the summer in order to be ready for the upcoming club season.
Marjanovic on the other hand could conceivably represent Serbia at the 2015 European Championship, but a niggling injury could worsen and become long term. That is the assessment of the San Antonio Spurs, who have essentially nixed any chance of Marjanovic appearing. An MRI scan conducted last month revealed he has “significant bony edema” that “compromises Marjanovic’s ability to play basketball without compromising long-term health and future injury.”
The centre is entering his first season in the NBA through the 2015/2016 season after signing a $1,200,000 deal to represent 2014 champions, the San Antonio Spurs. Marjanovic has been a long time servant of Crvena Zvezda Belgrade in his home country of Serbia, and last season was one to remember for the big man. He helped Red Star win the Serbian League and was among the best players in the Euroleague with averages of 16.6 points (3rd) and 10.7 rebounds (1st) over 24 games. He was the only player to end with double-double averages in Europe’s elite club competition.