On Saturday, VELJKO MRŠIĆ led Zadar to the finals of the Croatian Championship and returned the title to the city that created basketball. Three days later, he changed to another more challenging role-the country The role of the team head coach. .
Today, the national team began to assemble before the Split game, where they will fight for the Tokyo Olympics qualification starting on June 29. A national team fan store was opened in the Grosbasket store in Zagreb, where you can buy redesigned jerseys, and there was a press conference where he announced that he would compete for the Split qualifier The list of 16 players for the match.
There are 16 names on it. There are no injured Simon, Bender and Samanic, but Croatia’s NBA players are healthy. Only one or two of them will enter the national team due to club obligations in the playoffs, possibly in the end. One minute.
We discussed this situation with Mršić, the issue of Marija Hezonja’s return to the Croatian jersey, and the consequences of the tournament being held at the same time as the European Football Cup, during which the country will be fascinated by other sports.
“Today we gathered eight players, tonight we will join in Rijeka with Jordano, Luka Babic and Rocco Ukic will arrive this weekend. Then we look forward to staying in their league Žižić and Hezonja, who played in the middle of the game, are the last one or two from the NBA league. We will know after the Western Conference semifinals. I expect that from sometime on June 20th we will be in full swing, with 9 days as best as possible Until the first game with Brazil”, Mršić stated the service information about the party.
However, this may not be possible, because if the Utah Jazz play against Bojan Bogdanovic and the Los Angeles Clippers against Ivica Zubac or the Phoenix Suns against Dario Saric The Denver series is extended to seven games, and the Masters is scheduled for June 20 in the morning according to Croatian time, so even the loser/s cannot join for at least two days, almost directly from the plane.
“The important thing is that they have the desire to give everything for the team, and then we can easily turn the lack of coordination into a positive direction. We can’t get rid of this situation, we can only draw a positive one,” Mršić said.
Although he will not admit it publicly, it is clear that Mršić will support the Los Angeles team in the Ute and Clippers series. Not only because Bogdanovic is our best player and the most difficult to be replaced, but also because of his width on the center line with Zizic and Bilan. He often comes into contact with Boyan.
“Either through text messages or we heard each other through invitations. He really took a bite and followed the national team. He even sent me a message after the championship final.”
On the other hand, if Bogdanovic enters the Western Conference Finals, the outside forward may become someone who has not been considered by the national team until recently. After returning to Europe, heading to Panathinaikos, Mario Herzonia handed himself over to Mršić.
“I have the same expectations for him and all other players, to be part of the team and to give everything for the team. We have clarified this and everything has been resolved with him. This of course can help us become Better” team. I never wrote him down, but I said that the Croatian national team players, in addition to top players, must also have humane qualities. We heard each other, and he said he was ready. “, explain the menu.
The Croatian national team has participated in such Olympic qualifiers twice in the history of the Olympic Games, and have been qualified for the competition, representing Beijing in Athens in 2008 and Rio in Turin in 2016. Some players from five years ago entered the national team again, this time they will play at home. However, their job will not be easy at all, and only one of the six teams will go to Tokyo. The opponents in the group are Brazil and Tunisia, and the opponents in the semifinals are Germany, Russia or Mexico.
Partly because of the 26-year medal shortage and a series of disappointments and collapses in the 2019 World Cup qualifiers, partly because of the epidemic, and partly because the coach’s character was accepted by the players. This time, although he played at home, he was not happy Crazy and didn’t have high expectations.