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We always seem to have a thread for our b-ball NT heading towards major tournaments and with Duda picking his squad for the qualifiers this summer, I figured it was time for the next one.

First off the squad..

bekovi: Miloš Teodosić (CSKA Moskva), Stefan Marković (Valensija), Milenko Tepić (Kahasol), Aleksandar Rašić (Lijetuvos Ritas), Nemanja Jaramaz (Partizan mt:s), Nemanja Nedović (Crvena zvezda Diva) Danilo Anđušić (Partizan mt:s);

krila: Ivan Paunić (Virtus Bolonja), Mladen Jeremić (Hemofarm), Marko Kešelj (Olimpijakos), Andreja Milutinović (Crvena zvezda Diva), Nemanja Bjelica (Kaha Laboral), Vladimir Lučić (Partizan mt:s), Novica Veličković (Real Madrid), Duško Savanović (Anadolu Efes), Zoran Erceg (Bešiktaš), Milan Mačvan (Makabi/Partizan mt:s), Dragan Labović (Krasnije Krilja);

centri: Nenad Krstić (CSKA Moskva), Kosta Perović (Barselona), Milovan Raković (Žalgiris), Miroslav Raduljica (Anadolu Efes/Partizan mt:s), Dejan Musli (Kaha Laboral), Mile Ilić (Crvena zvezda Diva).

Secondly our schedule..

15/8 Iceland - Serbia
18/8 Serbia - Montenegro
21/8 Slovakia - Serbia
24/8 Serbia - Estonia
27/8 Israel - Serbia
30/8 Serbia - Iceland
2/9 Montenegro - Serbia
5/9 Serbia - Slovakia
8/9 Estonia - Serbia
11/9 Serbia - Israel

Nice schedule, good chance to see some b-ball during the summer for those of us who will be there. :thumbsup:

Top 2 qualify as well as the 4 best third placed teams.

Now give us your full analysis DZ and other experts. :D I see a fair number of younger players there like Nedovic, Musli, Andjusic, Jaramaz, Milutinovic, Lucic. Also slightly older newcomers in Dabovic and Jeremic.

Who's missing from the list except for guys like Milicic?

Novica btw very important for Real towards the end of the season. Good news for our NT as last year we missed him a lot.
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FIBA is the most retarded place on earth.

Not that i'm complaining cause it will guarantee our place when we win Slovakia today (up by 38 right now) - but what they did is, they gave the groups with the 6 teams in them an unfair advantage.

Cause as far as the best 3rd place finishers from all houses - what counts is the wins record - and we play 2 more games then groups with 5 teams in them, so naturally the common decision should be not to count the 2 games against the last place finishers, right?

But not in FIBA apparently :howler: So it ends up that the wins against Slovakia does count both of us :D
Where did you find this information?

It's been all over the news here the last few days.

Everyone thought that the 2 games against the worst teams will not count, but apparently after talks initiated by the Bulgarians, and eventually reach to FIBA - the word is they confirmed that the they will count and that the wins record will be the one deciding between the best 3rd place finishers.

Amateur hour at FIBA isn't anything new though - I mean just 2 years ago they decided AFTER the European qualification ended that they're increasing the number of teams participating to 24 :howler:

After that move, we should expect and understand any moronic thing coming out of that clown house.
What's the difference between 2nd and 3rd anyways - iirc the FIBA ranking is what matters anyways in the Euro draw, no?

Serbia-Croatia in the U-19 Worlds quarter final.

Your PG Micic looks like a European version of Jason Kidd lol.
My boy Micic destroying them, he's picking their defense apart.
Great game.

Croatia smart to switch to zone in an attempt to cool down Micic, and it's working - his impact on the game is grealy reduced since they're in the zone - although you guys are also just not hitting shots.

If Saric works on his shooting he can be such a beast.

Really liking Micic tho. Pure PG. His passing and playmaking instincts are superb - and atleast in those levels he seem a very good defender.

European Jason Kidd is really a fine comparison. Think he can have a future in the NBA if he really wants it.
73-66 :coffee:

Croats, European champs in this age category. Means nothing when they come up against daddy. :shades:

Semi's await.
Tbh, if they were in full strength(or to be more exact, with Mario Hezonja) they'd most likely come out on top
Look for number 7 for Australia, Dante Exum.

RIDICULOUS athlete, gonna be a star in the NBA someday. Only 17.
All up to how Exum plays, as far as the Australians having a chance.

You're the better team.
There's that athleticism :eek: - He has Russel Westbrook quickness when he comes off picks or after crossovers. You blink and he's already at the rim - gonna be a test for your perimeter defenders.
Seems like the match has been delayed?

Not sure but could be because China and Canada went to overtime.
They went to triple overtime, yes
You're doing a much better job closing the lane for Exum - Australia has no answer if that's gonna continue the rest of the night.

Micic has so much basketball IQ for a 19 year old.
Exum is trying too hard. Although I guess he can't be blamed that much cause his team goes as he goes.

But you can see it's affecting him in terms or trying to do too much.

Micic is a PNR master. If he can improve his pull up shot off the dribble, he'll be brilliant.
Man he's so quick.
No idea why you'd take Micic away from the high pick and roll action.

He's dominate whenever he was put there.
Wow, wtf.

Brainfart after brainfart - amazing. And you got off the hook lucky, this should have been atleast a tied game now.

Micic with 2 huge turnovers, but that guy who walked in the inbounds, seriously :palm:
That was huge

Australia to look to run one of their 3pt guys off a screen for a catch and shoot
Exum choking with the FTs, strong rebound by Micic there
Ohhh, in and out.. that's the game right there - congratz
USA are a beautiful matchup for you guys, cause their 'honor' won't let them guard zone.

And if you don't guard zone - Micic will dismember your defense like a brain surgeon with Pick and roll after Pick and roll.
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