Dusan Ivkovic surprised, two players missing
National team of Serbia started preparation for Qualification for EuroBasket 2013 in Slovenia. Even coach Dusan Ivkovic has 21 players on list, two players didn’t show up.
Miroslav Raduljica and Milovan Rakovic, due to undetermined reasons are not among their teammates and it is pretty strange.
Dusan Ivkovic said that he would like to talk to them to see what are the reasons why they didn’t show up for start of preparation.
Of course, in situation like this, there are always numerous speculations about possible reasons, but we will wait for official statement.
I am sure that we will not wait to long to hear explanation from players side, but as well statement from Serbian Basketball Federation about possible consequences.
This could be a such a big problem for National team of Serbia, especially because both players are position 5, and at this moment this position is the weakest link in National team of Serbia.
Team captain Nenad Krstic even injured came at the time to be with his teammates and support them. Also, Vladimir Micov will also miss practices in first several days at least.
First qualification game is scheduled for August 14, and National team of Serbia will meet Iceland. In the meantime, they will play few testing games and join few international tournaments.
This is not first time that some players refuses to play for National team of Serbia but it is symptomatic that these two players are again in same situation.
Basketball fans in Serbia are very mad and disappointed on these two players, but at same time some of Basketball fans are mad on coach Dusan Ivkovic since they believe that he is the main reason for such situation.
Let’s wait for official statements from both sides.