A few days ago, Damir Markota and Cibona parted ways by mutual agreement. Before Markota left the club, it was his conflict with coach Jovanovic.
The popular Swedes expressed their views on the event on the SportClub podcast.
Yes, the voice between me and the coach has been turned up, which is obviously decided. There have always been such fierce debates in team sports, I really did not expect that I would receive a letter of resignation. The club is on the side of the coach and, together with the sports director Rozić, decided to get rid of the players who have brought such great returns to the club. “
In the eyes of many people, he is the player with the most appearances in Cibona’s history. I think he has left a big mark on the players. I think it’s not as many as I have left, but it’s good . He still has to prove that he is a sports director. The fact that seven or eight players have left since the start of this season fully illustrates the fact that Rozic is the sports director. Let me say it again, he decides the player’s arrival and departure, for him, I no longer belong to Cibona’s plan. I certainly don’t think I will leave Cibona like this, but I don’t regret it. Cibona is my club. When I was from Sweden when I was 14 years old, it gave me everything. I have helped them many times, from getting high salary compensation to winning the NBA championship, until winning the state championship in 2019 (we defeated Cedevita in the final 4: 0 and when I became the MVP). I left many times and came back many times. I was at Cibona when we played in the Europa League, but when we became weaker, I tasted everything. Such a thing will not destroy my love for Cibona.
I think I can say that I will not return to China as a player. I have a history of 35 years and it is possible to return to Cibona after I finish my professional career, but in this case, it seems unclear. I plan to dedicate myself to curing the tendon that troubles me a bit, and find a club. Now, at what level-we will see. I have done well enough in my career that I don’t have to prove myself to anyone.
I have to admit, especially because of the way we beat Cedevita, the latter’s budget is 10 times that of the latter, and I performed well and won the MVP award. I won the championship at Cedevita a year ago, but I can’t compare with Cibona. My favorite moment of my career was the 2013 European Championship, when we almost missed a medal in Slovenia. We played great basketball and were very happy on and off the court. I will always remember that in the semi-final against Lithuania, we unfortunately lost all the arena.
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