The head of the Russian basketball Federation Andrei Kirilenko shared his thoughts about the problem of the limit on foreign players.
“Of course, I would have liked to have played more Russian players. But, as I said, the growth of players is impossible without competition. It is simply impossible.
I always try to simulate the situation. Imagine that now in our League, each club has the opportunity to have only two foreign players.
In this case, the top clubs will collect generally all the best Russian players that are there, and what will happen to the fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth clubs?
It’s more the story of the owners, managers, and coaches, rather than a problem of limit.
If the coach doesn’t want to play Russian players or the Manager builds the team around Russian player, who cares what the limit is we introduce?
It may be wise to cancel the limit. I see this as a challenge. To cancel and see how players will adapt to it.
The economic situation today, can go to our basketball favor.
Inevitably budget cuts, clubs will not be able to buy foreign players and will be forced to build their team from what is available”, — quotes Kirilenko the website of the Interregional Amateur basketball League.