Back-to-back NBA MVP, Nikola Jokic will play for the Serbia national team this offseason, as soon as he can, the Basketball Federation of Serbia, KSS, announced Wednesday. “For sure, the NBA players have a maximum amount of days they can spend with the national team of their country during the offseason,” noted national team director and retired player Dragan Tarlac regarding the agreement between FIBA and the NBA, “Nikola Jokic will be with the national team the first day he can, according to these restrictions.”
Serbia opens Group D play September 2 in Prague against Netherlands. Also in Group D are group hosts Czech Republic, Poland, Finland, Israel. The top four teams in each group advance to Round of 16. “Jokic will be with the national team from the first day when the NBA rules allow it,” the Serbian federation maintains.
Serbian national team doctor Dragan Radovanovic confirmed what was somewhat expected, and Bogdan Bogdanovic will be forced to miss the 2022 EuroBasket in September. Bogdanovic recently underwent surgery on his right knee in California, USA, and as Dr. Radovanovic tells sportklub.rs, the estimated time of recovery is no less than three months.
Goran Dragic returns to the Slovenian NT this summer for the upcoming FIBA World Cup qualifiers window in late June – early July. Dragic, the MVP of the 2017 EuroBasket, is likely headed for the “last dance” with the Slovenian national team. Featured on Aleksander Sekulic’s roster is also Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic, who will also join the team for the games against Croatia and Sweden.
With NBA guard Dennis Schroder as the driving force, the German Basketball Association held a presentation in Berlin regarding the national team’s participation in the upcoming EuroBasket. “It’s a new opportunity to make basketball even bigger in Germany. Everyone is already fired up,” the Houston Rockets guard said on Wednesday during a press conference in the Mercedes-Benz Arena.