The Croatian basketball team will not play Dragan Bender, who tore the cruciate ligament of his knee during the split qualifier for the Tokyo Olympics last night.
In the first game of the quarter-finals of the Israeli playoffs, the center from Capljina stayed on the field for only one minute. In that game, his Maccabi won 67:56 Defeat Beer Sheva (Beer Sheva). He left the floor with the help of Ante Žižić and other teammates.
Žižić was the first place in the game with 20 points and 5 rebounds. In this case, he should become an important member of the Veljko Mršić team, coach of the Split Championship, which will be held on June 29th with six countries. The team will win the Tokyo Olympics.
However, Bender will not join the team. After the game, Maccabi announced that Bender’s cruciate ligament had been damaged and it would take months to recover from the injury. To be sure, Bender will not appear on the basketball court until at least the end of this year.
A few weeks ago, Croatia did not have San Antonio Spurs young winger center Luka Šamanić (Luka Šamanić), who suffered a fractured left hand and may not be able to recover until qualifying.
Bender returned to Maccabi after four disappointing seasons in the NBA. He scored 5.4 points and 3.9 rebounds in 187 games this season, mainly for Phoenix, and briefly for Milwaukee and the Golden State Warriors last season. Effectiveness. He initially signed a three-month contract with Maccabi to maintain the option of returning to the NBA, but because he did not arouse people’s interest in the United States, he still remained in the pride of Israel.
He has 6.6 points and 3.8 rebounds in 34 European League games this season, and 8.2 points and 4.6 rebounds in the Israeli Championship.