Bosnia and Herzegovina Rumors
Jusuf Nurkic was the latest player to express his frustration with certain issues revolving around the Bosnian national team, via a post in his Instagram profile. The Denver Nuggets center didn’t travel with his teammates to Sweden for the next game of the Eurobasket 2017 qualifiers, something that was seen in a negative light by some of his country’s media. Apart from answering back to the general criticism he receives, he also mentioned that his future in his country’s national team is not certain at all. “He was injured“, they say, ‘he doesn’t want to play, he has bogus injury, he’s no good…’ I came to play and that wasn’t good. I gave my best and that wasn’t good. Whatever I do, it isn’t good. Do I annoy you this much, really? Anyway, I’m going to stay with these guys till the bitter end, but after all these things you did to me, next time I will think twice next time about playing for national team or not, you bunch of liars! And one more thing: How and when I travel with the national team is not my decision, but the decision of the Federation and the coaching staff. And one more thing: If I wanted to be separated from the team, I wouldn’t bother to come here anyway!”
According to Bosnian Basketball Federation secretary Denver Nuggets offered to Jusuf Nurkic a contract but only if he plays NBA Summer League. Jusuf Nurkic declined to play NBA Summer League because he wants to play for National Teams, U20 and A team. “Nurkic will join the National Team Under 20 on July 5 to play Eurobasket B Division and then he will join the senior National Team. But we are in a comical situation. Denver Nuggets want to sign Jusuf Nurkic to a contract but just if he plays in the NBA Summer League. However, Jusuf doesn’t want to change his plans because he wants to play for Bosnian National Team. His agent called us begging to accept Denver Nuggets’ proposal to play in the Summer League. Honestly, we did not know how to answer him. It is a ridiculous to ask us to let a player leave. Nurkic has a terrible desire to play for the National Team. He loves his country and we are all pleasantly surprised by his attitude” said Harun Mahmutovic.
Mirza Teletovic won’t get a chance to compete in the FIBA World Cup of Basketball this fall after Bosnia and Herzegovina was passed over for one of the four wild-card entries into the competition, which will be held in Spain in September. “I didn’t like it. I thought Bosnia deserved it, being in European Championships for nine years and having hosting the juniors and Eurobaskets” he said. “We’ve just made an amazing step and to me, it’s crazy that Bosnia didn’t get it. But it is what it is. “Bosnia is a small country, you know? It’s their decision. I don’t like it. But that’s OK.”
Traditional powers Brazil, Turkey and Greece were selected, as was Finland, a bid that came with some measure of controversy because the Finnish bid was backed by Rovio — the company behind the hugely popular “Angry Birds” video game franchise — pledging to advertise for the tournament if its home country received one of the four wild-card spots. “I don’t think so,” Teletovic said when asked if reasons outside of basketball should affect which teams qualify. “I think it should be deserved. I think they should look at the past five or six years, who is making good results, who is playing and who has always been fair, not which players do they have and media and market coverage.”