Why the world's top players won't be helping their countries qualify for basketball's World Cup this week
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NBA and EuroLeague stars will be missing from very important international basketball games because of confounding timing. The journey to the 2019 FIBA World Cup is beginning with dozens of important international qualification games scheduled over the next five days. Exactly zero current NBA players will participate in any of them. A limited number of players from EuroLeague, the world’s No. 2 club competition, will play in the games.

That means Giannis Antetokounmpo won’t be in uniform for...

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