The NBA’s finest are sitting out the FIBA World Cup qualifiers – and they are not best pleased. Friday for Ersan Ilyasova will be just another day for Atlanta Hawks forward. Practice, recovery, preparation for his next NBA game. But in between, he expects, there will be regular checks online to see how his other team is faring, 4000 miles away in Bursa. Frustration will likely be the main emotion, he says, when Turkey host Latvia in their opening qualifier for the 2019 FIBA World Cup.