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Kerr called Jokic “one of my favorite players in the league” because of his vision and passing ability. And the Warriors coach has seen Jokic’s wide skill set first-hand, as he recorded a triple-double (17 points, 21 rebounds, 12 assists) the last time the teams met. “I always love watching players who just seem to be a move ahead on the chess board, and he’s one of those guys,” said Kerr, who also compared Jokic to Arvydas Sabonis “… They run everything through him and around him. He’s like the middle of the pinwheel, and you’ve got all these cutters and shooters around him. That’s why they’re so dynamic.”
“I worked on it this summer, just better basketball understanding, better reading so I think that’s the next step I’ve got to take on offence,” said Valanciunas, who even got some advice from countryman Arvydas Sabonis, one of the best passing big men in the history of the sport. “It’s not just about scoring, right? It’s about making the right play, being on the right spot, right timing, seeing the open cutters. You cannot be selfish if you want to win.”
This is the first time that a person directly connected to FIBA, the president of a national federation speaks against the World Cup qualification windows. Sabonis’ comments come from the fact that NBA players are not going to join their national teams and the same is expected to happen with EuroLeague players: “People who understand basketball should be disappointed. Fans come to the arena to watch the best players. We are not Spain, where you may not have ten players, but there are also other ten who are really good and will create interest. We don’t have that. The loss of any player is a knife wound”.
Lituania basketball federation Arvydas Sabonis doesn’t sound too happy with the new FIBA calendar with the windows in the middle of the season. NBA, NCAA won’t join the National Team games in the middle of the year and also EuroLeague players are expected to to the same.