After that game and the uproar which was created, fueled by a twitter comment made by Goran Dragic, FIBA announced that disciplinary proceedings against Australia were opened. According to FIBA bylaws Australia is facing a fine of up to 500.000 US dollars and/or suspension from international tournament play if found guilty. Boomers coach Andrej Lemanis also could face a fine of 100,000 US dollars or suspension if found to have willfully manipulated the result. The reaction of the Australian federation was a denial and also the will to cooperate in the proceedings. Eurohoops posed the question about the ongoing investigation, asking also if a draw after the end of the group phase in order to determine the couplings for the rest of the competition could be a future solution and the answer of Baumann was the following, implying that what happened in Spain can be used as an example for the future: “As you know there are open proceedings for this case. The point is that something like this can’t happen again in the future. As for the draw, we are happy with our current format and we are not expecting to change it”.
So the guy from Slovenia brought a bottle of wine with him Friday night, and he was not going to take “no” for an answer from Krzyzewski under any circumstances, no matter how uncomfortable it was making the FIBA media officials. “I have a gift for you,” the reporter said. “Don’t bring anything up here,” Coach K warned. But security being just a tad lax at this event compared to previous versions of the World Cup (back when it was known as the World Championship), the reporter was undeterred. “It’s not such great wine, but sometimes you have to be modest,” the reporter said as he walked the bottle up to the podium and handed it to Coach K, who was gracious enough to go with the flow and accept it.
But when the Phoenix Suns point guard was asked to pick a FIBA World Cup favorite just minutes after his Slovenian team was drubbed 119-76 by Team USA on Tuesday night, one might have assumed that he’d pick the Americans if only because of the magnitude of the one-sided moment. And one would have been wrong. “Uh, I mean so far, (it’s) Spain,” Dragic said.
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Team USA 119, Slovenia 76. WHAT HAPPENED. BARCELONA – In this setting where winning isn’t merely enough and every phase of Team USA’s games are analyzed in the context of whether or not they can beat Spain in a championship game, this wasn’t a good look. In the first half, anyway. It was an alley-oop fest at the end, when the guard-heavy Slovenians simply folded under the pressure of the American’s superior talent. Still, the start was ugly enough to make you wonder about what it means going forward.
Dragic, the younger brother of Goran Dragic, had 16 points and six rebounds in 27 minutes against the United States national team on Tuesday. He has informed teams of the Oct. 5 buyout deadline in the language of his contract with Unicaja Malaga of the European League, a source told RealGM.
Behind a resurgent desire to pursue the NBA culminating in a successful World Cup showing, Slovenian shooting guard Zoran Dragic has maintained discussions with the four teams interested in signing him for next season: the Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks, league sources told RealGM.
The round of 16 will start on Saturday. Barcelona Side: USA-Mexico / Slovenia-Dominican Republic / Lithuania-New Zealand / Turkey-Australia
Goran Dragic: Basketball is a beautiful sport, there is no room for fixing the game like today Australia vs Angola!! @FIBA should do something about that!
Emiliano Carchia: Zoran Dragic was PERFECT from the field: 22 points, FG 8/8, 2PT 4/4, 3PT 4/4, FT 2/2, 3 rebounds and 2 assists #Spain2014
“The NBA can offer so many good players, even if those other guys didn’t come, USA still has a good chance to win a gold medal,” Dragic said. “It’s them and Spain. But the way they play so aggressively, they can pressure the whole court. They can beat anyone.”
“Their energy is unbelievable,” Dragic told ESPN.com just outside Slovenia’s locker room, having managed a mere six points in 21 minutes Tuesday night against the swarms of NBA peers that never left him alone in Team USA’s 101-71 exhibition rout. “It’s hard. Especially on the pick-and-roll tonight, I didn’t see any solutions.”
Suns General Manager Ryan McDonough talked Monday to Dragic, who also said that he is “fresh.” McDonough said Filipovic, Duffy, the Slovenians and the Suns have cooperated to execute a mutually beneficial plan. “We wanted to make sure Goran was fresh and stays healthy but still allow him to get ready for the tournament,” McDonough said. “It’s been a positive experience.”
Dragic still might be seen more than Derrick Rose on Tuesday, but the agreement has been for Dragic to be kept to one practice per day and no more than 25 minutes of playing time in exhibition appearances. The Suns and his agents agreed to bump his exhibition appearances from three to five, which still keeps him out of most of Slovenia’s 16 exhibitions. “You have to be ready and be fair,” said Rade Filipovic, who represents Dragic along with agent Bill Duffy. “We don’t want him to be burned out or injured. Everyone is concerned or cautious. “You have to respect Phoenix. He had two or three ankle injuries. It’s tough. When you were born like him, you want to play. You know Goran. He plays hurt. But he’s 100 percent healthy. I expect him to be 100 percent and fresh for the new season. We try to learn from the past mistakes. He’s a national hero and the only guy who is the pride of the nation. It’s a huge pressure for him.”
BC Union Olimpija Ljubljana’s center Alen Omić (217 cm, 1992) will attend NBA Summer League 2014 in Orlando (from 5th to 11th July) this summer. He will play for Brooklyn Nets. After the Summer League he will join Slovenian National Team camp to prepare for the upcoming FIBA World Championship 2014 in Spain.
Goran Dragic agreed to play in the 2014 World Championship, as revealed in a press conference today and reported by the slovenian national television. Goran said: “This year’s NBA season in Phoenix was both physically and mentally very tough, while I was plagued by problems with a damaged ankle. At first I really wanted to take the time just for rehabilitation and family, but only after one month of break, I gained power, and is is easier now to take a final decision. Also, all the inquiries that I have done recently showed that I will be in perfect physical shape just in time for the World Championship. It is a great honour for me to represent the Slovenia in Spain and unite the fans for a common success of the Slovenian team.”
“That is hard because, back home, all the people judge you that you have so much money and you’re a star and now you don’t want to play for the national team. That bothers me a little bit but those people don’t know how the season goes, how many games it is and being in a different hotel every night. I’m more on the plane than in my car.”
With the Suns enjoying a 6-1 stretch, Dragic’s results are back to the norm of his outstanding season by no coincidence. He is shooting 53.8 percent overall and 46.2 percent on 3-pointers over the past seven games with averages of 18.1 points and 4.7 assists. The team success makes him feel emotionally better but the physical wear and tear still exists and makes him consider not playing for his Slovenian national team this September at the World Cup in Spain. “Sometimes, it is too many games,” Dragic said. “I still have to sit down with my national team and talk with them about making a decision if I’m going to play or not. I’m thinking more toward not playing and trying to get my body some rest to be fresher for the next season.
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In news that’s good for the Knicks, but not so good for Slovenia, point guard Beno Udrih has opted not to play in the EuroBasket tournament next month, the Slovenian team announced on Monday.
Dragic’s national team is preparing to host the European Championship and was playing its third game in the exhibition tournament in Celje, Slovenia. With 6:33 in the first quarter, disorder erupted after Dragic was driving left to the hoop and had the ball stripped by Turkey’s Dogus Balbay. When the two were moving out of bounds, Dragic shoved Balbay in the back and Balbay turned to strike Dragic with an open left hand before all players gathered at the baseline with little more ruckus.