Russia head coach Evgeny Pashutin is charged this summer with carrying out a vital mission with an eye on the future, beyond steering his team into EuroBasket 2015 from 2nd Qualifying Round Group G.
When Belgium launched their qualification campaign earlier in the summer with the motto 'Go for three', it was thought all the usual suspects would be on board on this trip towards a third consecutive EuroBasket tournament.
Three of the four teams that will cross swords in Group F of the EuroBasket 2015 2nd Qualifying Round have trimmed their squad to 14 players and, barring unforeseen circumstances, are not expected to modify their rosters further.
The rosters that Bosnia and Herzegovina and Great Britain will have for their upcoming EuroBasket 2015 2nd Qualifying Round Group A campaigns have undergone modifications due to unforeseen circumstances.
The progress of generational change that Russia commenced last year will need to accelerate even faster this summer, as four veteran players have had to pull out of the EuroBasket 2015 2nd Qualifying Round.