6 Sep 2010

Tall Blacks coach says Russia will be tough

7:01 pm on 6 September 2010

The New Zealand basketballers play Russia tomorrow morning for a place in the last eight at the men's World Championship in Turkey.

The Tall Blacks played Russia twice in the lead-up to the tournament, losing the first but winning the second.

Their coach, Nenad Vucinic says although they don't have to play the hosts Turkey, as many had expected, Russia will be just as tough.

Vucinic says the Russians have very mobile big players, who cause a lot of problems, and showed during a close loss to Turkey that they're as good as any team at the tournament,