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!
Adriatic League: Igokea top Mornar Bar - 9 hours ago
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Igokea - Mornar Bar 74:69 Igokea celebrated the seventh victory in the Adriatic League regular season. They rallied past Mornar Bar at home court. Drasko Albijanic (211-C-86, agency: BeoExcell) scored 13 points to lead the Bosnian powerhouse. Igokea claimed a 20:17 lead ten minutes into the game. The hosts boosted the margin in the second frame. Igokea piled up a 39:28 halftime advantage. The hosts traded baskets with the visitors throughout the third term. Igokea entered the fourth fra... [read more]
Igokea - Mornar Bar 74:69
Igokea celebrated the seventh victory in the Adriatic League regular season. They rallied past Mornar Bar at home court. Drasko Albijanic (211-C-86, agency: BeoExcell) scored 13 points to lead the Bosnian powerhouse. Igokea claimed a 20:17 lead ten minutes into the game. The hosts boosted the margin in the second frame. Igokea piled up a 39:28 halftime advantage. The hosts traded baskets with the visitors throughout the third term. Igokea entered the fourth frame up by 11 points. Mornar Bar sank 20 points in the final period cutting the deficit but still came up short at the end. James Robinson (190-PG-94, college: Pittsburgh) accounted for 12 points, while Vuk Radivojevic (196-G-83) added 11 points for the winners. Vukota Pavic (203-C-93) responded with 19 points for Mornar Bar. Antabia Waller (188-G-88, college: Auburn, agency: Three Eye Sports) tossed in 18 points in the loss.
Djukovic's 31-point game gives him Player of the Week award - 3 days ago
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29-year old swingman Igor Djukovic (202-F/G-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for Spars Sarajevo and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6. He had the game-high 31 points adding three rebounds and eight assists for Spars Sarajevo in his team's victory, helping them to beat Siroki Primorka (#8, 2-4) 102-88. Spars Sarajevo maintains the 4th position in Bosnia and Herzegovina league. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost game... [read more]
29-year old swingman Igor Djukovic (202-F/G-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for Spars Sarajevo and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6. He had the game-high 31 points adding three rebounds and eight assists for Spars Sarajevo in his team's victory, helping them to beat Siroki Primorka (#8, 2-4) 102-88. Spars Sarajevo maintains the 4th position in Bosnia and Herzegovina league. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Spars Sarajevo will need more victories to improve their 4-2 record. In the team's last game Djukovic had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be Spars Sarajevo's top player in his first season with the team. Igor Djukovic averages this season 13.7ppg.
Second best performed player last round was Ljubo Samadan (207-C-83, agency: XL Basketball Agency) of league's second-best Zrinjski HT. He is Croatian center in his 2nd season at Zrinjski HT. In the last game Samadan recorded impressive 24 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course he led Zrinjski HT to another comfortable win 85-69 over the lower-ranked Mladost (4-2) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Zrinjski HT to move up to second position in the standings. His team's 4-2 record is not bad at all. Samadan is well-known at Zrinjski HT and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.3ppg (#6).
Third place about best performers goes to swingman Milos Markovic (201-G/F-84, agency: 011 Sports) of Gradjanski (#10). Markovic scored 17 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Markovic's great performance Gradjanski lost 81-83 to the higher-ranked Sloboda Tuzla (#6, 3-3). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Gradjanski can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 1-5 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Markovic he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Markovic has a very solid season. In 5 games in Bosnia he scored 9.0ppg.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Pavle Reljic (194-G-93) of Spars Sarajevo - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists 5. Vedran Princ (191-PG-82) of Zrinjski HT - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 10 assists 6. Bojan Stanojevic (203-C-88) of Mladost - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists 7. Haris Delalic (202-SF-94) of Bosna-Royal - 13 points and 8 rebounds 8. Devonte Brown (188-G-92) of Sloboda Tuzla - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists 9. Bojan Pelkic (204-F-83) of Leotar - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists 10. Almir Hasandic (191-SG-90) of Sloboda Tuzla - 28 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
Bosnian Prospects in Europe Update! Dzanan Musa: He's played in three leagues this season and the team has a tough schedule playing in the ABA league, Champions League and in the Croatian domestic league. He's played in 18 games already this season and he's played best so far in the ABA league. He's averaged 12.6mpg 5.9ppg and 1.6rbpg while shooting 61.1% from two. He has struggled with his outside shooting hitting only 5-29 from three so far on the season, barely breaking 20% from long... [read more]
Bosnian Prospects in Europe Update!
Dzanan Musa: He's played in three leagues this season and the team has a tough schedule playing in the ABA league, Champions League and in the Croatian domestic league. He's played in 18 games already this season and he's played best so far in the ABA league. He's averaged 12.6mpg 5.9ppg and 1.6rbpg while shooting 61.1% from two. He has struggled with his outside shooting hitting only 5-29 from three so far on the season, barely breaking 20% from long range. The team has started giving another prospect from Bosnia a chance to play as well in Darko Bajo.
Emir Sulejmanovic: Emir has really started to come on as of late and has started to make an impact for the club. He's played in 20 games already and has shown his wide array of skills for his team Cibona. He's had the chance to play significant minutes in the Champions League and has made the most of them. In 5 games he's averaged 17mpg 9.4ppg 4.2rbpg while shooting a blistering 67.9% from two so far.
Aleksandar Lazic: He's helped to lead his team to a 7-1 start so far. He's been relatively healthy so far and has played in 5 games and has made a major impact. He's averaging 26mpg 8.2ppg 7rbpg 1.4aspg while shooting 56.5% from two and 85.7% from the FT line. He's struggled shooting threes however hitting only 21.4% so far.
Sandro Gacic: He's really bounced back from a tough season last year and looks re-energized after sitting out the summer for the BiH NT. He's played in 8 games averaging 23mpg 12.9ppg 3rbpg 2.5aspg 1.1stls. He is struggling with his shooting percentage but looks good so far overall.
Nedim Djedovic: He's played ok for his club in D2 Spain but hasn't had the breakout year that many expected of him. He's still only a teenager so it still might happen at some point in the future. He's played in 11 games 20mpg 7.1ppg 3.3rbpg 1.2aspg and has shot ok from the field so far.
Amar Gegic: He's starting to get comfortable in Germany after coming over late from Spars. He's played in 7 games averaging 18mpg 7.4ppg 2.3rbpg 1.9aspg but he has struggled shooting from the outside hitting only 1-12 from long range so far this season.
Amar Balic: He's played very well for his club in Italy averaging 11.7ppg 5.8rbpg 5.1aspg but he is turning the ball over too much at four per game so far. He's joined on the team with Emin Mavric who is getting a chance to play as well for his team he's averaging 4.1ppg 1.9rbpg.
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