After beating Turkey, Serbia logged its second win at the Acropolis Tournament by dominating Italy 96-64. Nikola Jokic scored 20 points in addition to Bogdan Bogdanovic’s 15. Boban Marjanovic, Marko Guduric and Nemanja Bjelica added 13 points each.
One topic Popovich did steer clear of was a recent comment made by Serbian national team coach Aleksandar “Sasha” Djordjevic about potentially playing against U.S. Djordjevic said that if the Americans and Serbians meet in next month’s World Cup, “Let’s let them play their basketball and we will play ours and if we meet, may God help them” according to Eurohoops.net and Mozzart Sport. “You’ll have to ask Sasha,” Popovich said. “I don’t really pay attention too much. I’ve been doing this too long. But he’s a hell of a coach. He’s a competitor, and he’s been a hero in Europe as a player. He was fantastic, and they have a program that goes way back with a lot of success.
Serbia took down Lithuania in a tough preparation game ahead of the FIBA World Cup thanks to the effort of its NBAers. Bogdan Bogdanovic added 27 points and was Serbia’s leading scorer, followed by Nikola Jokic stopped at 14 and Nemanja Bjelica added 11 points.