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A couple of Svetislav Pesic’s answers touched on European basketball superstars and Nikola Jokic’s availability for the upcoming EuroBasket 2022, via MozzartSport. “Jokic will play for the national team only under one condition, and that is to become a better player through the Serbian national team. It is not a question of whether he loves his country. That is undoubted. He is a proud Serb, who writes messages to me in Cyrillic. We have to find a way to motivate him to compete with the best players in Europe. If he is not motivated, if he has no interest, then there is no point in playing,” Pesic pointed out.
The Serbia national team coach, and former Barcelona boss, spoke about Doncic and Jokic who are flourishing since swapping Europe for the US in and interview with Basketnews. “I don’t know where this idea that I don’t like American basketball came from. It’s a different system and a different country, different players… We can see the influence of NBA basketball in Europe. Every season you see more transition, fastbreak, more three-point shots. But in Europe, it’s still five against five. We can talking about improving European basketball but the best players are in the NBA,” Pesic told Donatas Urbonas.
“The NBA hasn’t changed Jokic or Doncic and generally, like other European players in the past – for example the great players from former Yugoslavia, of course they change every day with practice. You have to adapt to a new country, new rules, a new style of basketball… But they’ve changed NBA basketball a little bit, with creativity, with vision. For sure, they play another kind of basketball to most of, let’s say, the American NBA players. The characteristics of the great players doesn’t change. It’s the same as before. The best players bring something new every season – new shots, dribbles, technical and tactical things”.
Igor Kokoskov’s status was uncertain since Serbia missed the Olympics and it came as no surprise that the Federation announced parting ways with the coach. The two sides mutually agreed to the decision and the Serbian Federation will search for his replacement in the upcoming days. As already reported, Svetislav Pesic has been the main candidate for the position and has been willing to take the job as long as he can choose who to work with.
“Normally, when a player of this caliber returns to Europe despite this offer, everyone wonders if he’s coming back just for the money. He has a contract fitting for his quality but those figures that are reported are speculation, not to say lies. The guy is European-oriented, he and his family bought a house in Barcelona,” Pesic said to the TV show “In the Hoop”, per Mozzart Sport.