Should he carve an NBA career out of his partially guaranteed contract with the Heat, undrafted Hawaii forward Stefan Jankovic could have an interesting international decision, born in Serbia and raised in Canada. On one hand, Serbia is coming off a silver-medal finish in the Olympics. On the other hand, Canada could emerge as a power should Andrew Wiggins, Tristan Thompson and Kelly Olynyk take more active roles. “I’ve been in contact with both,” Jankovic said of the Serbian and Canadian federations. “Obviously there was some interest this summer, but due to summer league, for both Canada and for Serbia, I wasn’t able to do any of the training camps and tryout and the exhibition stuff. So that kind of limited what I was able to do. But in the future, I haven’t really made a decision, but I’ve been in contact with both.”
“They are just players. If you think about who they are, you are not going to be good at this. Maybe Australia showed us they can get beat. They can get beat,” said Serbian center Nikola Jokic, the promising Denver Nugget who bludgeoned the U.S. for a game-high 25 points in a 94-91 loss.
“We got to expect this,” said DeMarcus Cousins. “Every time we step on the floor, guys are going to give us their best effort, everybody wants to beat Team USA. We know that coming in, but at the same time, we can’t crumble the way we’ve done the past two games. Right now, we’re hurting ourselves. Not taking away credit of how Serbia played, because they played amazing tonight. But we’ve got to be a lot stronger mentally.”