Speaking to French portal BeBasket, Vucevic who may not have the chance to play for his national team any time soon, he explained why he things the new calendar will not work, “It’s complicated and it makes no sense”, said the Orlando Magic center. “It does not make sense if you do not close an agreement with the NBA and the Euroleague so that their players can compete. And then for us, Montenegro for example, what does it mean? That a player is going to qualify for the FIBA World Cup and I am coming back and I take his place for the tournament? It is not fair.”
Vucevic: “That’s the worst part of it. Those players are going to give their best in order to qualify and then they will have to be give their place to players who come from the NBA or the Euroleague. It’s unfair and it does not really make sense. You are going to have two different teams. And even for the fans. You organize games where the best players of each country will not be there. I understand that they wanted to do it like football, but in this case it was necessary to agree with everyone. If it’s not possible for everyone to be there, then we have to keep the system we had before, I think it worked well. I do not see where the problem of playing during summer is, it always worked”.
The final score was 76-72 and while Croatia never lost the lead, Montenegro almost stole the game at the final minute. Bojan Bogdanovic continues his streak and he is by far the most effective offensive weapon of Croatia. He proved it with 23 points and four out of seven threes. 12 points by Nikola Vucevic.
Ian Begley: Willy Hernangomez had 18 points & 9 rebs in Spain’s win over Montenegro in Eurobasket. He shot 6-for-7 from the field and 6-for-7 on FTs.