ImageRussian superstar Andrei Kirilenko will join J.R. Holden and withdraw from the national team. Unlike Holden, who will most likely retire from the international scene, Kirilenko will just skip this summer, his agent revealed.

Although exact reasons for the decision are not known yet, the federation's president Sergei Chernov recently had a meeting with the Utah Jazz forward and at the time he was unsure about taking part in Eurobasket citing personal issues.

Russia will play the competition's preliminary round in group B and will face Germany, Latvia and a yet to be determined national team.

By R.Horta of Basket-Spot