Russia's Mozgov: 'I think our team can win EuroBasket'

Russia's Mozgov: 'I think our team can win EuroBasket'

Russia center Timofey Mozgov has put the other 23 teams on notice at FIBA EuroBasket 2017 that his side is capable of going all the way in the tournament.

Russia will play in Group D, in Istanbul, against Belgium, Great Britain, Latvia, Serbia and Turkey, with the top four sides advancing to the Round of 16.

"I think our team can win EuroBasket," Mozgov said to rsport. "Everything will depend on how fit the players are. If everyone's healthy and we play our game, play as best we can, we can win."

No one picked Russia to win the title at FIBA EuroBasket 2007 but they went on a surprising run to the Final in Madrid before pulling off a shock victory over hosts Spain.

A 7ft 1in (2.16m) center, Mozgov was not in that team that David Blatt steered to glory but he did play at FIBA EuroBasket 2011 and at the Olympics the next year when the team finished third in two extremely competitive tournaments.