There is no need to introduce Nenad Markovic, according many basketball fans the greatest basketball player BIH had in the post war-era. He has played in the best European leagues and played for the Yugoslav and later for the BIH NT team leading it to victories against a superstrong Croatian team featuring basketball aces like Dino Radja, Zan Tabak, Damir Mulaomerovic, Arijan Komazec, Emilio Kovacic and Gordan Giricek.
First of all congratulations for the fantastic success you achieved with your team!
Q: How have you spent the last couple of days? How have you celebrated the championship with your guys? A:Thank you very much! I have celebrated with my assistant coaches and KSBIH officials. My players went home and they deserved to celebrate without their coach after being 40 days with him. It s been very emotional during the tournament and we have all been exhausted at the end.
Q: How do you feel now and what means the title for BIH basketball and for you personally? A:I think it s been a tremendous success for BIH basketball, its youth categories and the Bosnian basketball federation and we have to exploit this success for our future work in sub-senior categories. For me personally it s been a fantastic success and the greatest success I have achieved so far because I achieved it with young players players and being under enormous pressure caused by great expectations of all sides. However we stayed focused and won the gold medal.
Q: During the tournament you have been dissatisfied. Which things have to be improved in order to stay in the A division? A:It s not been so much dissatisfaction but mostly a way to keep a positive tension in the team. I wanted to preserve them from losing focus after the first four victories because the tournament lasts long and very both physically and mentally demanding so every relaxation might be fatal.We have to continue working the way we are working now with frequent workouts, practise games sending out a strong message to all player throughout Europe that we count on them and that we can offer them excellent conditions for their development.We have to set our goals higher. We don t want not only to stay in the A division!
Q: You have critisized some players in public after the defeat against Finland. Which things they need to be improve and which ist he role of teams and media in this process? A: I have never critisized single players and this is not my style because despite some players are dominant they title is always won by a team and not by single players. I have critisized the approach as we have been leading by 18 against Finland and I asked for more team play. Players generally have to work daily on their individual skills and they have to work on concentration and focussing which are key points in the development of young players!Definitely media have to support this process by being objective and not producing stars after a single good action. Most of these kids can t handle these kind of flatteries!
Q: Has there ever been a moment when you doubted about our sucess? A: I had never doubted that we will promote to A division but I have been well aware that the road to promotion won t be an easy one and that we would have to focussed 10 days, 8 matches which is for players in that age not easy at all.
Q: There have been many uncertainties concerning the roster and the preparations. How much impact had this on you and your team? A: The roster has been only uncertain for the public media but my coaching team and I had no doubts about the players which will make up the roster.The only pending issue has been emir Sulejmanovic but we have prepared for the first day on for the situation that he won t be able to play for us this championship.
Q: Some players didn t respond to your call or have not been able to play for our team. Which players are these and how much can they contribute to the team? A: Srdan Milanovic (201-C-95) of Leotar and Dejan Todorovic (F-94) of Clinicas Rincon are players which could give this team additional quality and promote the competition on their positions.
Q: We have qualified for A division. How are the chances to stay in A division and will you stay coach of the U 18 team? A: I have said already. We have to set our goals higher than only staying in the A division.I will soon have negotiations with general secretary Harun Mahmutovic and we will close the deal. Both sides are interested to extend the contract.
Q:Have you already a vision of the U18 NT if you stay its coach? A: Of course we have developed last year a vision since we have been optimistic that we will accomplish our mission and we have prepared long term plans. We have to planning over a longer stretch , looking in the future and being always ambitious. In my eyes it is the only way we can have success.
Q:Sometimes one could have the impression that Adin Vrabac (202-G/F-94), Nedim Buza (201-SF-95) and to a smaller extent Jusuf Nurkic (212-C-94) played their private matches? What makes up a leader? And how much can this be influenced by a coach? A:They are all young players which played for the first time such a demanding tournament in front of domestic audience, playing under tremendous pressure of mandatory promotion to A division and everyone of them tried to cope with this situation his own way. I am sure that there has not been self-promotion because all of them are brilliant guys who worked hard to win the gold medal. A leader is defined by many things. A leader is the driving forcer of a team, who never gives up, someone who always motivates and cheers up his team. Whenever his coach watches him in his eyes must shine the confidence that his team will win and he is willing to spark his teammates. It is not necessarily the best player of a team and a leader is definitely born not made. It s a matter of character and a coach has to recognize a leader and direct him in a positive rewarding direction.
Q:BIH has plenty of talent but it seems that we are much weaker when it comes to coaching talents and coaching education? Can you share this impression and how could we improve this? A:KSBIH and Sulejman Begovic who has got tremendous experience tries since years to improve the education of our coaches by organizing workshops with famous coaches. This weekend for example in Sarajevo will take place a workshop with Neven Spahija, Mirko Novosel
Q:You had already a great result in your coaching career while being being Panonios coach. Nevertheless you are at the beginning of your coaching career. Which are your plans? A: Yes you are right. I am a young coach but I have already gathered coaching experiences on senior NT, competitive leagues like it is the Greek one and the Adriatic league and coaching experiences on junior NT level like which results in a considerable number of matches I coached a team. I will soon pursue also my career as a club coach.
Q:You run your private basketball academy GEN. What is your concept and are you happy with the results after the first practice camps have been organised? A:GEN is a basketball academy that has been organised by Emir Halimic, Gordan Firic and I aiming to introduce kids to basketball with a completely new approach, strongly influenced by the way we have been introduced into basketball. We are definitely satisfied with the results but the most important ist hat the kids and their parents are satisified.
Q:Do you consider yourself to be more a individiual coach or a tactician? Do you prefer coaching younger players or ready to play- senior players? A:As a coach I have to be prepared for every situation and you have tob e ready to work with all types of players. I started my coaching careerr as a coach for senior teams but now I work with young players and junior teams and I don t have a problem with it. And well good fundamentals and individual skills are prerequisites for the execution of any tactic. The skills of your players are like a toolset of the coach who will define some offensive and defensive details to a individual working program. Afterwards you create a team tactic which is based on these details.
Q:In business life strong characters and leadership are required but it seems to me that such personalities often have problems in their careers? A: Well it depends on the character oft he coach. A coach hast o be ready for compromises with both players and team owners. He has to be clever while doing his job. You are right strong characters are appreciated but not stubbornness and thats a big difference.
Q:Many (KSBIH and teams) ask state institutions to increase fundings for sports in general and basketball. What do you think about this and what should be the mission of the state regarding sports? A: The state institutions and government definitely has to ensure the funding of sports in the country. However I can t offer them a plan how to perform this but they have to find a way as aoon as possible since sports represent countries more precisely sports and sportsmen and not politicians.
Q: Have you been satisfied with individual-tactial education and mental preparation of your players? Have there been voices from outside the NT influencing their game? A:Generally the team has been fantastically prepared as you can see in the result we achieved and the fact that we played our best defence at the end of the match. Another indicator is that none of our players hase picked up an injury during the tournament.
Q:You have been uncontested leader of your generation and some have considered you tob e very dominant. However weh ad a clear hierarchy within the team and you founded a basketball academy with Gordan. Which is the secret of being a leader, who is respected by the team and avoding personal problems with teammates? A: This is a natural selection and leaders always stand out in the end. It s a matter of character.
Q:When you have been coach of the senior NT you suffered some critisizm when you declared that Djedovic will be a starter instead of Damir Mrsic. Looking back what do you think about this move and how would have reacted player Nenad Markovic? A: Coaches always get critisized and thats the other side of the medal and I never take this personally because you have always to consider who critisizes you and why he critisizes you. Nenad Markovic would have respected the coaches decision.
Q: In BIH Basketball your name is pronounced in the same sentence with Mirza Delibasic but most who gave this country so much are marginalised. How do you bear this development? A: After the war this is normal in our country. All the negative things in our country are now present everywhere. All the good values, ethics have been marginalised. Unfortunatelly that s transformation of peoples of the Balkans.
Q: Are you still in touch with your former NT teammates? A: I am in touch with most of them with Samir Avdic,Dzevdo Alihodzic, Haris Mujezinovic, Adis Beciragic, Samir Seleskovic, Gordan Firic, Emir Halimic, Senad Begovic We have been a generation and we grew up together which also reflected on the cohesion on the court. We are good friends and there have never been negative feelings like envy between us.
Q:Many in this country say that we can live together and they promote segregation from childhood on. Have you ever faced such problems in your coaching career and would you say that the title means more in terms of sport or by the fact that kids from everywhere in BIH showed that together they can achieve and get friends? A: I mentioned before that many people leading this country don t want a strong and stable republic BIH because it wouldn t fit to their concept. They want mess, darkness and a lawless society in order to reign and profit. Our boys showed them what can be achieved if you stand together.
Q:You played many important matches. However I think that the match against Komazes, Radja, Sesar made you a legend and ensured your teammates a place in Bosnian basketball history.can you describe the feeling at this time and can you describe the feeling when you netted the ball? A: I can t describe the feeling how it feels to represent your country, make the people screaming, yelling, electrify the masses. My friends and me felt really privileged being part of it.
Q: Fans hailed you often with rather explicit chants. How much did you get notice of fan chants and how does it affect your game? Such things never motivated me. Only true cheering and a crowded Skenderija, which was and staid the basketball shrine (Mirza delibasic arena) motivated me.
Nenad thank you so much for what you have given to Bosnian basketball!
Alex Renfroe doesn't deserve the chance to represent Bosnia and Herzigovina! Bosnia deserves better! - 18 hours ago
Alex Renfroe doesn't deserve the chance to represent Bosnia and Herzigovina! Bosnia deserves better! Back in April of 2015 Harun Mahmutovic was finishing his negotiations with Alex Renfroe to represent Bosnia and Herzegovina's basketball team. Shortly after that it was announced that Renfroe would be the next American following the legacy of Americans who have played for Bosnia starting with Terrel Castle, Henry Domercant and Zach Wright. At that time there was no way to know that Renfro... [read more]
Alex Renfroe doesn't deserve the chance to represent Bosnia and Herzigovina! Bosnia deserves better!
Back in April of 2015 Harun Mahmutovic was finishing his negotiations with Alex Renfroe to represent Bosnia and Herzegovina's basketball team. Shortly after that it was announced that Renfroe would be the next American following the legacy of Americans who have played for Bosnia starting with Terrel Castle, Henry Domercant and Zach Wright. At that time there was no way to know that Renfroe would be following in the footsteps of another American to represent Bosnia internationally, the debacle that was DJ Cooper's tenure with the BiH National Team. At the time it seemed like a good idea, Renfroe appeared eager and had a good reputation as a quality person and a good teammate. He had played for seven teams since becoming a professional and looked like someone who could fit in, having experience playing in the Balkans and was familiar to the leadership of the Bosnian National Team. He played in five games for the BiH NT in 2015 mostly coming off the bench. He struggled on the floor and the team went 1-4 but he seemed to accept his role on the team and made a solid contribution. The trouble started when he was in Bayern this year and started sending mixed signals privately about playing for BiH. He committed to playing in 'The Basketball Tournament' a winner takes all tournament with a two million dollar pot for the winning team. His team, Kings of the South agreed to a $125,000 payout if the team was able to win it all. The question arose of his commitment to the BiH NT because of the timing of the finals of the TBT. The championship game is scheduled for August 2nd and Renfroe is expected to report to the BiH NT the next day, if his team made it that far. Privately he was making assurances he was in the tournament till the end and had no intentions of playing for Bosnia again this year. His team played in two games before being eliminated. His early round elimination didn't seem to effect his lack of commitment to the BiH National Team because when the call up came from coach Damir Mulaomerovic it has been reported that he said he couldn't make it this year due to 'personal matters' a nebulous, convenient excuse used by DJ Cooper when he decided he didn't want to play under the pressure of former BiH NT coach Dusko Ivanovic. Coach Mula was furious and he and KSBiH didn't accept this excuse from the player. Publicly Alex posted on twitter the reason why was because he needed time to prepare for the Bayern Munich season, that the qualifiers fall too close to his club season. It has been reported that he said he needed time as he has a new coach in Sasa Djordjevic in Munich. A poor excuse considering that Djordjevic was in Rio at the time coaching the Serbian National Team. The lame excuses and lack of respect forced KSBiH officials to threaten to pull his Bosnian passport as he had refused the call up to the National Team and was voiding his contract. A bad situation for an American international player with a European passport allows you not to be counted against countries limits on American players as you are now 'Bosnian'. That was when the story changed for a third time with Renfroe and he claimed an injury that happened to his ankle on August 9th. This is a preposterous idea Renfroe floated, as he was already called up to the National Team and was supposed to report almost a week before this time. Due to his profound lack of respect for BiH, KSBiH filed a complaint with FIBA to sanction him over this issue and compelled him to report for a physical. At which time he was finally forced to report for a medical exam. He showed up with Bosnian Emir Mutapcic who is close to Renfroe's agent and is a member of the Bayern staff. It was clear that Renfroe was coached up in how to report this soft tissue injury that would prevent him from playing for BiH. Those in the exam reported that it was obvious that this was not a legit injury but more wear and tear that you would expect on a professional player with many years already as a pro. The team was in turmoil over the whole situation players like Amar Gegic and Adi Zahiragic were with the team from the early stages and were putting in a lot of work to make the team. The rumors that Renfroe was going to show up threw the team into chaos; players revolted and stated that if he plays they will quit the National Team. There was little chance that this was going to happen, contrary to media reports at the time. It was clear that this was all a ruse to get Renfroe out of his commitment to the team and he responded as expected. The problem isn't that Renfroe deceived Bosnia and treated the team poorly, continuing the ugly legacy created previously by DJ Cooper the problem is that Bosnia has been through so much in its recent history and deserves better treatment. It wasn't too long ago that Bosnia was threatened with annihilation, its people were facing possible extinction. Public warnings were coming and many not heeded. Bosnia was plunged into a dark period where its very survival was in question. Somehow it beat the odds and it did survive, they proved to the world that they would not be marginalized and forgotten. For the people of Bosnia that is why sports are so important, it shows the country on an international stage, much to the dismay of those who want it resigned to history. For the fans you don't only represent basketball you represent Bosnia, the hope of a better future and the fact that they cannot be wiped away and forgotten so easily. For some it is a way to focus on helping to build a united future for the country, young people want prosperity, opportunities and happiness and care much less about the countries terrible recent past. Castle and Domercant knew this; Wright embraced his role, his legacy in Bosnian society and embraces his 'Zeko' moniker. Cooper and Renfroe either didn't grasp or didn't care about this important aspect of representing Bosnia, it's more than just a game, it is history, it is existence and if you embrace it, the people will never forget you. Turn your back on her and they will never forgive you. Instead Renfroe decided to play games, to have an utter lack of respect of those who came before him and paved the way for him. He denies what is widely known and ignores the fact that you can look at his social media and see his story and reasons why he didn't report change, he even denied being in Tuzla for his physical responding to questions with a crying with laughter emoji. His utter disregard for Bosnia, for her fans and basketball fans in general is astounding, he must think Bosnians are the dumbest people on the planet willing to consume every lie he lays out before him. The reality is the damage done by his selfish attitude won't destroy Bosnia in the long run, the country and people have survived much worse than this betrayal by someone they had embraced. The reality is he has brought about damage to his name, reputation and career. Professional basketball careers are a fleeting thing; he has turned a strength of his into a weakness, his character. The next time he has an injury and needs to sit out; will the team trust and believe him given his recent history? When a professional's word and commitment has no meaning beware, what others will then think of you might make your life difficult. There are so many people clamoring for the opportunities given to him and all can be taken away quickly, when your skills start to decline and they will, the quality of one's character can mean the difference between a short or a long career. Regardless, life in Bosnia will go on, it always does, if they can face the calamity of the countries recent history, one person's selfish pursuit and lies won't do real long term damage to the country or it's sporting reputation. What it will likely do is give the country great pause before granting another American the same opportunity. What Renfroe failed to realize is the tremendous opportunity it is to give a country hope, a respite from the daily grind of everyday life in the country. If you embrace Bosnia and her people they will do the same for you and your life will never be the same. This is an experience that through his own poor decisions he will never get to experience again. The good news is Bosnia deserves better than Alex Renfroe. Now they will move on without a person who doesn't understand what it means to beat the odds, change history and tell the world that regardless of what you think, we are here and will always be. Bosnia deserves better than someone of his character and now thanks to his selfish betrayal they now get that opportunity, the country is very familiar with this story and life will move on without him. The country is better off without people who have such utter disregard for the country's history, legacy and strong commitment and character. Good bye Alex, you will be forgotten.
Bosnia U20 Team Recap! BiH 97 - Slovakia 51: Slovakia was able to hang around for the first quarter before Bosnia ran away in the second going on a 25 to 6 run and putting the game away early. The team had a balanced attack with six players scoring in double figures led by Haris Curevac with 14pts. Bosnia had 64 rebounds to Slovakia's 28 and shot a blistering 60.9% from two in the game compared to Slovakia's 25% which was the difference. Croatia 70 - BiH 66: Bosnia came out dominating i... [read more]
Bosnia U20 Team Recap!
BiH 97 - Slovakia 51: Slovakia was able to hang around for the first quarter before Bosnia ran away in the second going on a 25 to 6 run and putting the game away early. The team had a balanced attack with six players scoring in double figures led by Haris Curevac with 14pts. Bosnia had 64 rebounds to Slovakia's 28 and shot a blistering 60.9% from two in the game compared to Slovakia's 25% which was the difference.
Croatia 70 - BiH 66: Bosnia came out dominating in the first quarter and running out to a 24-13 lead. Croatia started pressing the Bosnians and they had no response to the Croats ball pressure. Aleksandar Lazic was brilliant in the game with 22pts 13rbs 1 steal. He shot 4/4 from three and 8/9 FTs in the game.
BiH 73 - Romania 58: Bosnia once again got off to a nice lead and held on to beat Romania. The team shot well again from two and forced Romania into 22 turnovers along with getting them into foul trouble with their size inside. Kenan Karahodzic paced Bosnia with 21pts 7rbs 1ass 3blks in the game.
BiH 74 - Bulgaria 58: Bosnia won the first quarter by 10 points and never looked back in beating Bulgaria. The FT disparity was a telling stat in the game, Bulgaria shot four and Bosnia shot 19 in the game. Imran Polutak was dominating in the game with 16pts 6rbs 2ass 1stl 1blk in only 20min.
BiH 51 - Greece 77: Bosnia outscored Greece 18-11 in the first quarter but then Greece went onto blow them out the rest of the way 66-33 doubling the Bosnians score the rest of the way. Greece only had 8 turnovers to Bosnia's 23 and once again they proved that they had answers to their rival's ball pressure. Markus Loncar had a big game with 14pts 12rbs 1ass 2blks. The loss knocked Bosnia out of the quarterfinals and into the classification rounds.
BiH 89 - Georgia 49: Bosnia crushed Georgia and overwhelmed them with their size inside and rebounding. They had a balanced attack with five players scoring in double figures for the team. Edin Atic got on track with 22pts 5rbs 3ass 2stls 1blk and shot 3/5 from three in the game.
BiH 94 - Poland 63: Bosnia shot a blistering 67.4% from two in the game and had 48 rebounds and 25 assists in the contest. Bosnia was able run and scored easily in transition which Poland had no answer for. Atic had another brilliant game 16pts 13rbs 10ass with 2stls and a block.
C Markus Loncar: Loncar played very well for Bosnia and their three headed monster of centers in Loncar, Polutak and Karahodzic. In 24mpg he averaged 12.1ppg 7.3rbpg 1ass while shooting 58.3% from the field and 78.4% from the FT line. He proved to be a powerful asset for the team with his inside presence and toughness.
PG Amar Balic: Balic didn't get the chance to play much, getting into only 4 games and averaging 8mpg he shot 60% from two and averaged 1.5ppg 1rbpg and .8aspg in the tournament.
F Ibrahim Durmo: Durmo's opportunities where limited but he made the most out of them in this tournament. He played in all 7 games and averaged 11mpg 5.6ppg 3rbpg and shot 62.5% from two. He was a nice weapon coming off the bench and creating mismatches for his team.
PG Miljan Saric: Miljan didn't get much of chance to play only getting into two games in the tournament. He has proven his steady leadership as a floor general before this series however.
SG Haris Curevac: He had a big first game but then cooled off as the tournament progressed. He ended up averaging 25mpg 8.1ppg 3.4rbpg 2aspg 1.4stls. He shot a solid 56.4% from two but struggled mightily from three only shooting an abysmal 5.9% from three but did shoot an impressive 90.9% from the FT line.
G/F Edin Atic: Atic struggled early in the tournament and really didn't turn it on until they were out of contention and into the qualification rounds. He has immense talent but has some flaws that were obvious in this series. The early struggles begs the question was it a result of a lack of preparation, or does he play better when there is less pressure or was it something else? He has struggled ever since last summer and really needs to have a breakout year this season to cement his status as a legit NBA prospect and not just another flash in the pan player. He averaged 28mpg 12.1ppg 7.1rbpg 6.1aspg 2.6stls but struggled with turnovers at 4.9 per game. He also struggled with his shooting at 16.3% from three which was boosted from his last two games when he went 5/9 from three, up to that point he had been an atrocious 1/28 from three! It really was the tale of two players during the tournament. In the first five games he averaged 9.7ppg, in the losses against Croatia it dropped to 6ppg. In the final two wins of the tournament he averaged 19ppg. In his first five games he shot 27.9% from the field, in the last two wins he shot 50%. He also struggled with his FT shooting at 48.4% and he needs to iron out his shooting stroke before it's too late. It appears the Greece debacle was a wakeup for him but it was too little too late for the team to hope to move up to division A. The team looked for him to provide leadership on the floor but too often gambled and displayed poor decision making under pressure.
G Milan Luzaic: Milan was solid if unspectacular in the tournament. He was by far the best option at the PG position for the team and the drop-off between him and the others was considerable. He averaged 22mpg 6ppg 2.4rbpg 3aspg and shot a combined 53.1% from the field.
F/C Fahrudin Manjgafic: He got into 6 games but averaged only 8mpg 3.3ppg 1.2rbpg he shot 72.7% from two but struggled from three at 12.5% and the FT line with 33.3%. He didn't get much of a chance to prove himself in these games.
C Imran Polutak: Polutak was a big part of the strength of the team, the inside presence of three very good big men with him, Karahodzic and Loncar. He wasn't great in the tournament but was a consistent threat and was a useful piece for his team, even if he wasn't always used to his strengths in the tournament. He struggled against Romania and Croatia going 3-12 but shot very well from the field otherwise shooting 48.2% from the field in the other three games. His best game was against Bulgaria when in 20min he scored 16pts with 6rbs 2ass 1stls. Overall in five games he averaged 19mpg 7.8ppg 5rbpg 1.4aspg while shooting 41.5% from the field and 55.6% from the FT line. He is a surprisingly solid passer for a big man even if he isn't a great ball handler.
F/G Aleksandar Lazic: It was great to see Lazic back on the court after a long layoff due to a series of injuries for the talented young man. He didn't quite flash the same elite level of athleticism he had shown previously but that also could be due to rust instead of injury. He played very well in the tournament, turning in dominate performances against Croatia, Slovakia, Georgia and Poland. He can play and defend multiple positions but wasn't used as a rangy defender like he is capable of in this tournament. Even though he isn't a fluid athlete he used his size and length to score inside and out, as well as rebound at a very high level. No doubt given the opportunity he should be able to represent BiH again on the next level. He averaged 33mpg 11.7ppg 9.7rbpg 1.3aspg 1.6stls. He shot very well from two at 56.2%, 52.6% from three and 69.6% from the FT line. Lazic was brilliant against Croatia in a wasted performance he went 4/4 from three and 8/9 from the FT line scoring 22pts and added 13rbs. It was an excellent comeback campaign for the young forward.
PG Ivo Garic: Ivo only got into four games with a total of 19 minutes. He didn't hit a shot but has proven himself a steady floor general in the past.
C/F Kenan Karahodzic: Karahodzic finally was given the chance by FIBA to represent BiH after waiting for clearance from the international basketball body. He didn't disappoint, displaying his size, skill and outside shooting touch. He was sometimes used too much outside, loitering on the perimeter instead of punishing smaller teams on the inside. He struggled in the loss to Croatia and barely played against Poland but otherwise had a big presence on the floor for his team in all the games. Against Romania he put on quite a show with 21pts 7rbs 1ass 2stls 3blks. In 7 games he averaged 28mpg 12.7ppg 6.6rbpg 1.4aspg 1stl 1.7blks while shooting 53.1% from two, 34.6% from three and 58.8% from the FT line. With his combination of size and skill he is the kind of player that end up getting drafted and stashed by an NBA team which maybe in his future.
Coach Senad Muminovic: He did a solid job overall, beating the teams you expected them to beat and getting his team to use its size to its advantage. The team rebounded well and punished smaller teams with their size inside but struggled with passing at times and bringing the ball up the court. They also struggled shooting from the outside even with Lazic's blistering 52.6% from three. As a team they shot only 25.2% from three. The biggest problem was the team struggled to bring the ball up against the press. When Croatia started to pressure the ball on the inbounds the team failed to respond possession after possession. The team should have anticipated this tactic given the lack of ball handlers on the team. With the size and length the team had they should have been able to bring a big man to the middle of the court to break the press but failed to do so time after time, a complete failure in tactics by the team. They also should have developed more screen and roll plays given the ability of the big men to shoot from the outside or roll and finish at the rim. The team really has no excuse why they weren't able to move back up to division A, besides a failure of tactics and play against Greece which they looked ill prepared to face. A team with two legit NBA prospects and at least four players who look like they will be elite level European players, the fact that they couldn't get out of division B is quite the disappointment.
Spars Sarajevo keeps Micic for another season - 23 hours ago
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OKK Spars Sarajevo (Division I) re-signed 23-year old small forward Djordje Micic (202-93). He played there last season. In 27 Division I games he averaged 5.9ppg and 2.2rpg. Micic helped them to make it to the Bosnia and Herzegovina Cup Semifinals. The previous (14-15) season he played at Gradjanski where in 22 Division I games he had 7.3ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.3apg. Micic's team made it to the Slovenian final in 2012. He represented Bosnia at the European Championships U16 Division B in Saraj... [read more]
OKK Spars Sarajevo (Division I) re-signed 23-year old small forward Djordje Micic (202-93). He played there last season. In 27 Division I games he averaged 5.9ppg and 2.2rpg. Micic helped them to make it to the Bosnia and Herzegovina Cup Semifinals. The previous (14-15) season he played at Gradjanski where in 22 Division I games he had 7.3ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.3apg. Micic's team made it to the Slovenian final in 2012. He represented Bosnia at the European Championships U16 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia) eight years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 6.6ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 56%, 3FGP: 42.9%, FT: 65%. Micic has played previously professionally also in Slovenia (Un.Olimpija and LTH Castings). His game is described as:
Djordje Micic is a small forward with good understanding of the game. He can cover 1,2 and 3 postion, he is good ball handler, excellent court vision and can creat a lot during the game. Needs consistency in three point shooting, can score in different ways including mismatches on a low post. He is not aggressive defender and not a kind of player who can play full court press, but he reads well the offense and it's hard to beat. Main weakness is a lack of athleticism.
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