The Finnish basketball federation announced today the presence of Markkanen on those two games which are scheduled on the 29th of June and the 2nd of July. “It’s nice to wear again the Finland jersey in front of our home fans. We have created memories for a lifetime during the Eurobasket games which were played in Finland and now it’s time to create some more memories”, said Markkanen.
The 40 participating teams (20 men’s and 20 women’s) were divided into 8 pools of 5 after the automatic seeding of the 5th edition of the FIBA 3×3 World Cup, which will be staged in the Philippines on June 8-12, 2018. The reigning champions will get busy early in the competition. Serbia’s men are in for a rematch of last year’s World Cup against the Netherlands while Russia’s women will meet 2-time winners USA. [….] The seeding is conducted automatically according to the FIBA 3×3 Federation Ranking of each national federation at the April 1, 2018 cut-off date.
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.”