CSKA suspends Mike James and his continuity is up in the air

The club will decide its future shortly after recognizing "an incident in the dressing room". Sports-Express also talks about a later fight with Shengelia, but James denies it.


CSKA Moscow reported on Wednesday the open conflict with its star player, the American Mike James, 30. In his Twitter account the club explains the following: “Mike James is suspended. Club clarification: On January 22, after the end of the game with Fenerbahçe, an incident occurred in the team's dressing room with the participation of Mike James. As a result, the club has decided to suspend the player for training and games. The final decision on James' future at CSKA will be made in the coming days, and explanations will also be given regarding the player's request to leave for his grandfather's funeral. " James has hinted on social media that he wanted to leave Russia to attend his grandfather's funeral, but that CSKA has not allowed him to do so.

The Russian media Sports-Express, according to Eurohoops, assures that James's situation has been complicated, which has led to the suspension, because in a later training he also fought with Toko Shengelia, but the American player assures in his social networks which is not correct information.

The incident CSKA is referring to occurred last Friday in the Moscow dressing room after the 83-89 defeat against Fenerbahçe. In that meeting, the American was very far from his scoring records with only 11 points (2 of 8 from the triple) and a PIR of 4 and the team did not offer a good collective image. James, officially suspended, has not traveled with the rest of his teammates to Berlin to face Alba of the Spanish Aíto García Reneses this Wednesday (8:00 p.m.). His withdrawal is very bad news for CSKA, which is second in the Euroleague after Barça.

James' situation at CSKA has been explosive since last November, when he was removed from the group for almost a week after a bitter argument with Dimitris Itoudis, his coach. The punishment caused him to miss a Euroleague match against TD Systems Baskonia (Moscow win 89-86) .

Top scorer in the Euroleague.

The point guard, who has a contract with CSKA until 2023, is the top scorer in the continental competition with 19.9 points per game on average, and is also second in valuation: 20.6, only surpassed by Nikola Mirotic, power forward for Barça.

If the North American finally leaves the Russian club, he will not be able to play in the Euroleague this season: January 6 was the last day for the players who have played this Euroleague to change teams. It would become a case similar to that of Thomas Heurtel, who left Barça once that transfer window was closed. However, the Moscow team could sign a substitute, since the market is open for players who have not participated in the Euroleague in the current campaign until February 24, prior to the start of matchday 26 of the phase. regular.

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