Nets News: Andrei Kirilenko Elected As Head Of Russian Basketball

On Tuesday, former Brooklyn Nets forward Andrei Kirilenko was elected president of the Russian Basketball Federation.

Kirilenko retired from professional basketball in June and ran unopposed for the position.

“I was raised playing Russian basketball and I’ve been playing basketball for about 27 years,” Kirilenko told “Russia Today." “I have finished my work as a player, but it’s a great opportunity for me to continue and help basketball in Russia just in a different role as being a president, rather as a player on the floor.”

Kirilenko, who reportedly had Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov’s support in the election, has a lot of work to do.

The Russian Basketball Federation was suspended by FIBA in July from international competition because of "disorder within the organization," which served as a catalyst for the new elections.

FIBA will only lift the suspension after the Russian Basketball Federation proves it has "changed".

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