Euroleague Basketball

NBA players wish pending World Cup qualifiers were different

Omri Casspi will try to keep up with his Israeli teammates when they open qualifying for the 2019 Basketball World Cup this week.

That's all he can do, because basketball's best players are stuck on the sidelines in the new format.

"It's kind of weird, obviously," the Golden State forward said. "No NBA, no Euroleague playing in these qualifications. Kind of taking away from the fun of the game, in a sense."

FIBA, basketball's governing body, changed its qualification system starting this year so fans could see their national teams play at home. Instead of regional qualifying tournaments, teams will now play home-and-away games against regional...