While speaking to “Sportklub” his intention is clear. “Yes, yes, of course. I hope to play as well in the qualification games”, Teodosic replied when asked when he will play again for the national team. However, he is not a fan of the current FIBA World Cup qualification system: “In this qualification system basketball only loses because of the lesser quality. FIBA might have imagined that in those windows Bogdan Bogdanovic, Nemanja Bjelica and all the EuroLeague players will be present, but this is simply not possible because we have also our season. I hope we will come to a solution and stop things looking like this”.
“We want to build a top-five team here in Germany. That’s my dream because I come from Braunschweig,” [Dennis Schroeder] added. Schroder also mentioned that he wants to be present in the World Cup Qualifiers game of Germany against Austria, played in Braunschweig on June 29. “It would mean a lot to me,” he said.
Bogdan Bogdanovic was 10 years old and living in Belgrade, Serbia, and life was coming at him fast. He was torn between committing to soccer, the sport he refers to as “the real football,” or basketball, the beautiful game that led Vlade Divac and Peja Stojakovic across oceans, around the world, ultimately into the arms of the increasingly global NBA. Sixteen years later, the Kings rookie known as “Bogi” remembers where he was, what he was doing, what he was thinking, when lightning struck. “I was watching the final game of the World Championships in Indianapolis (in 2002),” Bogdanovic recalled, “and when we won that gold medal with Vlade and Peja, I said, ‘I decide. Let’s go basketball.’ That was an amazing moment for my country.”
With the NBA not releasing players except in off-season windows, the players from the biggest league on the planet are limited in terms of availability. Baumann sees a roadmap, albeit a difficult one, where the NBA could eventually make the decision on its own to consider adapting fully to the new international window format. “The NBA is a league that is around 70 years. Since the 1960s they play exclusively as a domestic league, it’s a closed league and they live in their space which fits the US sports scenario. We have an excellent relationship with the NBA since the end of the 1980s. The relationship is clear, the NBA will release players as long as it’s outside their season. We respect the history, my predecessor [Borislav Stankovic] made that deal with David Stern, and the NBA respects us. Today, the G League frees the players,” said Baumann. “In terms of ambition, things only change when you start losing on the court. If the game is global and the NBA wants to dominate globally, then who knows whether they will have to think of a different schedule,”
Marc Stein: Alonzo Gee, Travis Wear, Terrence Jones, Larry Drew II and David Stockton are among the NBA vets chosen for the @usabasketball squad to face Mexico during All-Star Weekend and then play for Jeff Van Gundy in two @FIBAWC qualifiers this month, according to league sources.
Jeff Zillgitt: Also, Semaj Christon, who played for the U.S. in the November World Cup qualifying games, has been invited back, I’ve been told, for qualifying team training camp in preparation of February World Cup qualifying games. Aaron Harrison also one of 14 players invited.