“Pokusevski decided to dedicate himself to his physical preparation for the next season. I respect his decision, but with his talent, he could have learned a lot in the national team. Smailagic also made the decision to prepare for the next season. I wish them all the best,” national team coach Igor Kokoskov explained.
Michael Singer: The Nuggets support Nikola Jokic’s Olympic decision either way, but the team has real (& valid) concerns about his rest & recovery this summer, per source. Since start of the Bubble on Aug. 1st, he’s played 109 of 109 poss. games & finished 3rd in total mins (2488) this season.
Partizan Belgrade’s former legendary coach Dusko Vujosevic talked about how the club ignored Nikola Jokic back when the current NBA MVP was a youngster because he was considered “fat” and because no one believed to his potential at all. “I can make it up and mess around now, but I’ll be honest. I just didn’t see him, I didn’t notice him,” Vujosevic said to Mozzart Sport. “I know that people who did scout work at Partizan told me that he was fat and that it wasn’t worth bringing him in.
Brad Townsend: Second, Boban says he is looking forward to the Olympic qualifying tournament in which his Team Serbia will face JJ Barea and Puerto Rico and Nico Melli and Italy. pic.twitter.com/OhYXq5CTZX
The availability of the NBA stars to their respective national teams has always been rather questionable and that is especially the case when the team goes deep into the playoffs or the player doesn’t have his contract status taken care of. Nemanja Bjelica will be in a peculiar situation this summer as his obligations towards the Miami Heat ended after the team got swept by the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the playoffs. According to Mozzart Sport, however, the Serbian star will travel to Belgrade soon and will without a doubt make himself available to coach Igor Kokoskov for the summer and the Olympic qualifiers.