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rikhardur
11-10-2008, 05:11 PM
Croatia Target The Medals


If Croatia are going to build on the momentum of their sixth-place finish at this summer's Olympics, the national side will have to beat some very good teams at next year's EuroBasket in Poland.

On Saturday, Croatia discovered they would go up against fellow Olympic quarter-finalists Greece, along with Israel and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in Group A.

"We've always awaited draws with attention, but this one was different," Croatia sharpshooter Marko Popovic said.

"We're aware of our own qualities and almost immediately after the draw was made, we started to think about the second phase of the EuroBasket.

"Since we'll join teams from Group B, where one participant is still unknown until the last phase of qualifications, my wish is that Italy earn the place so we can meet them in Poland."

Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, France, Portugal, Belgium and Finland will play in the Additional Qualifying Round with the one spot still open in Group B.

Davor Kus had a great summer with Croatia and has carried his good form into the club campaign with Cibona Zagreb.

Kus says there is no reason why Croatia cannot dream of gold.

"As usual, you can't do anything before the draw but after it has been made, you have to face all opponents with the same wish, with the same enthusiasm if you want to reach your goals," Kus said.

"And, if we play on the same level we've played this summer (in Athens and Beijing), I think we are capable of defeating every single rival."

Tau Ceramica center Stanko Barac played in Athens and Beijing and he figures to be in the mix for Poland.

"Sincerely, the draw is not so important," he said.

"It's who'll accept the invitation to play for Croatia that is important.

"If all of our best players say ‘Yes, I'll come and play for my national team', then we'll have a chance to fight for a medal in Poland."

One of those "best players" is Sasha Vujcic, and he appears ready to make a comeback.

The former national team captain hasn't played for the national side since EuroBasket 2005.

"As Vujcic said he'll once again be in our national team, I can say that we will go to EuroBasket with one single goal: to reach one of three medals there," Popovic said.
http://www.fibaeurope.com/coid_sGqcuFazIAs483QoQRxk01.container_frontpage.ar ticleMode_on.html

Markoishvili
11-10-2008, 05:46 PM
Sasha Vujcic :D. I think Vujcic will not be an influental addition to the Croatian team. Injuries and age got to him, he is half a player he used to be. Croatia has very thin frontline. Barac and Banic are improving, but are not top notch players, Loncar is solid and Vujcic and Prkacin are defensive liabilites with limited durability.

Ante Tomic is putting up big numbers in the Adriatic league, but im not sold that he can deliever in such a strong competition. Still, he deserves a chance.

AlbionGate
11-10-2008, 06:16 PM
Barac 86 - Loncar 83 - Tomic 87
Banic 84 - Rudez 86
Tomas 85 - (Rozic 83 or Peric 85)
Planinic 82 - Rancic 83
Ukic 84- Popovic 82 - Kus 77
Repesa

Medal is a legitimate target for a team with such players.

Picek
11-21-2008, 08:26 PM
most important thing is that Repeša will continue as a coach of our NT atleast for EC in Poland..

rikhardur
11-24-2008, 04:49 PM
Repesa Stays On Croatia Bench


Fears that Croatia boss Jasmin Repesa might leave the national team and focus exclusively on Lottomatica Roma have eased.

Repesa, who guided the country to a sixth-place finish at this year's Olympics, has met with Croatian Basketball Federation (CBF) president Danko Radic in Rome and the two parties agreed that the veteran boss would continue in the job and that the contract would only be terminated if the coach decides he cannot physically combine both roles.

"We continue where we stopped, with the same agreement and the same team," Radic said.

"The only potential problem could be Repesa's health. We know that he had heart and blood pressure problems in the past. We hope that he can finish this big obligation that he has with the national team."

Drazen Anzulovic will remain as the first assistant to Repesa and appears to be a potential heir to the national team throne if Repesa does eventually step down.

Croatia will play at the EuroBasket in Poland next year in Group A (Poznan) with Greece, Israel and the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia.
http://www.fibaeurope.com/coid_9WcQZqVlIJ29lxxikSN7t0.articleMode_on.contain er_frontpage.html

pohani komarac
03-01-2009, 06:55 PM
God to se swed started to play god again when he joined bilbao. markota score 23 in uleb cup and 12 vs real madrid in acb league, all in last Q..he could be inportant for our team.

highlights. one great dunk...you should watch

http://acbtv.acb.com/video/1477

you also need open acb com.

Mindozas
03-01-2009, 07:05 PM
God to se swed started to play god again when he joined bilbao. markota score 23 in uleb cup and 12 vs real madrid in acb league, all in last Q..he could be inportant for our team.

highlights. one great dunk...you should watch

http://acbtv.acb.com/video/1477

you also need open acb com.

Nice to see him playin' like that.

Markota actualy was really good in last LKL finals and was one of the key factors why Zalgiris won series. In the start, when he joined Zalgiris in the middle of the season, he struggled, but when our main center N'diaye get injuried, Markota have got more playin' time, more trust from the coach and played great. IMO that's what he needs, to play more, to have trust from teammates and coach and he can be really usefull.

pohani komarac
03-01-2009, 07:26 PM
yup...he is god when jou trust him and when focused on basketball. but problem is when he comes to zagreb. to much love for casino's and party club's:)

Mojado
04-07-2009, 08:40 PM
Just watched the NCAA Finals in a re-live. US commentators tell,that Goran Suton got a call from the Croatian NT-coach who asked hom if he wants to play for Croatia.After talking to his dad, he agreed.His mother is Serbian they said.

rikhardur
04-07-2009, 09:05 PM
Just watched the NCAA Finals in a re-live. US commentators tell,that Goran Suton got a call from the Croatian NT-coach who asked hom if he wants to play for Croatia.After talking to his dad, he agreed.His mother is Serbian they said.
His mother is a Bosnian Serb. And I heard them also saying his father was Croatian, again he's a Bosnian Croat.

Beva
04-08-2009, 07:55 AM
His mother is a Bosnian Serb. And I heard them also saying his father was Croatian, again he's a Bosnian Croat.

Yes, so Suton can choose between USA (live there since 14), Croatia, BiH and Serbia...

He wants to play for Croatia, or that's what I've heard, and it's kind of logical... He didn't leave Sarajevo for no reason, it's hard for Croatian to feel welcomed there... And although in Croatia they don't like BiH Croatians (not only Bosnian Croatians) that much, he would be welcomed if he can contribute to the NT... Same as Planinić, Barać and company... Same goes to Serbia... Of course, he can play for BiH, but as a Croat, how can he feel good in a country where Bosniaks celebrated on the streets when Turkey beat Croatia in football? And why? Only because they're muslims... I'm not an racist or nationalist, but when I saw that, I was angry...

AlbionGate
04-08-2009, 11:15 AM
http://forums.interbasket.net/f37/top-10-international-players-in-ncaa-9248/p2.html#post

pohani komarac
04-09-2009, 10:23 PM
Yes, so Suton can choose between USA (live there since 14), Croatia, BiH and Serbia...

He wants to play for Croatia, or that's what I've heard, and it's kind of logical... He didn't leave Sarajevo for no reason, it's hard for Croatian to feel welcomed there... And although in Croatia they don't like BiH Croatians (not only Bosnian Croatians) that much, he would be welcomed if he can contribute to the NT... Same as Planinić, Barać and company... Same goes to Serbia... Of course, he can play for BiH, but as a Croat, how can he feel good in a country where Bosniaks celebrated on the streets when Turkey beat Croatia in football? And why? Only because they're muslims... I'm not an racist or nationalist, but when I saw that, I was angry...

it's more inividual. to many people are not educated because of politics, many of them don't even know that you are croats. my mother is croat from busovaca originaly but most of people don't even know that she is croat becase of politics forced by EU. now many of them living in my neiburghud because bosnian serbs and muslims forced them to leave their homes. some people respects them as croats, many of them don't even know that they are croats.

rikhardur
04-13-2009, 09:14 PM
Bosnia And Herzegovina, Croatia Want Suton

Bosnia and Herzegovina are desperate to have Goran Suton represent the senior national team just as he did as a youngster but the big man is also wanted by Croatia.

Suton, who hails from the Sarajevoc area, led the Michigan State Spartans into last weekend's NCAA Final where they were upended by the University of North Carolina.

Mensur Bajramovic, the Bosnia and Herzegovina coach, is looking to bolster the national squad ahead of the Additional Qualifying Round for this year's EuroBasket in Poland.

"I called Suton to last year's preparation camp," Bajramovic said.

"He replied that, due to his student obligations, he couldn't answer my call but he also confirmed that there wouldn't be any problems in 2009.

"And that's good news, since he is both a very good player and a healthy person in all aspects."

Bajramovic did not expect, however, Croatia to approach Suton and should he decided to play for Repesa, that could see him take part in the Final Round as the Croatians have already qualified.

"We'll do whatever it takes to have Suton in our national team, despite that fact we could have difficulties due to similar interests of Croatian basketball authorities," Bajramovic said.

"We've been informed by the Croatian Basketball Association that, allegedly, they didn't know that Suton is on our list of potential national team players," Nihad Imamovic, the vice president of Basketball Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina, said.

"We'll speak again with Goran, but the final decision on who he wants to play for - is on him."

If Bosnia and Herzegovina finish first ahead of Belgium and Portugal in Group A of the AQR and then beat the winner of Group B (Italy, France or Finland) in a two-legged tie, they will claim the last spot on offer for the Final Round in Poland.

The 23-year-old Suton averaged 10.1 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.5 assists as a senior at Michigan State.
http://www.fibaeurope.com/coid_PjimkCTWILgxr4U55DBO03.articleMode_on.contain er_frontpage.html

rikhardur
04-15-2009, 03:48 PM
Repesa, Croatia Aim High In Poland

Croatia coach Jasmin Repesa will be hoping to have his best players available for this summer at the EuroBasket in Poland.

More important than anything, however, is the "team spirit" that proved so valuable last year when the Croatians claimed one of three spots on offer at the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Athens that allowed them to compete at the Beijing Games.

"We have to build team spirit, where every member of our squad knows exactly why we've gathered," Repesa said a national team press conference.

"We have to go to Poland healthy and ready, with the strong belief that if we will play as a team - that we can play against anyone.

"That's the right path. On the other hand, if we don't build that attitude, we could lose every single game. At least 10 national teams will have the same thought. They want medals, also. But, only those who'll have enough luck, health and wisdom will be called winners."

Croatia, who reached the Quarter-Finals at the Olympics before falling to Spain, won't have it easy.

In the Final Round in Poland, they will go up against Israel, Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

The Croatian players will gather together on July 20 and seven days later start a training camp at Rogla, a mountain resort in northern Slovenia.

"There, every single called player will go through a basic training process that will be useful for them even when they go back to their clubs after they finish with their jobs with the national team," Repesa said.

As for the selection of players, Repesa said "it's too early for that" but clarified: "I'm not the only one who'll pick.

"We have our association's expert council.

"We are have the same task, to build a team that will make every citizen of Croatia proud. And we'll do that step-by-step. One group of players will compete at Mediterranean Games in Pescara (Italy), which will be a filter for our senior squad, and I guess that six or seven players will then join our main ‘A' team."

Repesa began the year as coach of Lottomatica Roma in Italy but resigned when the team wasn't playing well.

He has been able to monitor his national team players.

"Our main players have had quite good seasons with their clubs," he said, "so I have reason to be happier than I was a year or two years ago.

"Many more of our players are having better roles in their teams.

"Even our only NBA player (Toronto guard) Roko Ukic got more playing time (12 minutes per game) than we had expected.

"He's good, and despite the fact that he's had a lot of competition with Raptors, he's played well when he's received a chance.

"Since this was his debut in the NBA, we can't be dissatisfied since as rookie, he wasn't responsible for the bad season of the club."

Repesa reiterated the need for the players to be supremely focused and mentally tough.

"It's always good to be ambitious," he said, "to have your mindset high and serious.

"If you have high, really high ambitions, and you reach something less than the primary goal was, it's still good. That was and still is my life philosophy: always (set your goals) higher and better (than before)."
http://www.fibaeurope.com/coid_r3stqgtEIAETsU2Yfn-AO0.articleMode_on.container_frontpage.html

pohani komarac
05-04-2009, 12:29 AM
Good news for our NT. Vujcic said that if Repesa calls him he will be in our team. Trughout this year Prkacin, Ukic and Popovic said that they would like to see Vujcic in NT, while Pop aded that Gordan Giricek shouldn't be called. It sems to me it is not just that fans in Croatia hate self called best SG in europ, his (ex) teammates hate him too. GG alredy said he won't play in our NT. While Mario Kasun said that he would also like to play for NT. He was the only one who had good reason to skip last summer actions. So that means only Gira and tired Zizic won't be in team if we go injury free. Good news for me is that after long, long time we target medals unlike in last few years our goal was jut to qulify for WC and Olypics.

I would call this guys for preparations.

PG Roko Ukic (195 84. Toronto Raptors) -He had OK season with Toronto, but he should be better. It is time for him to step up in NT and become one of the leaders not just rotation player.
PG/SG/SF Zoran Planinic (201 82. CSK) -Small minutes for him this yer but I'm happy that he become more controled player under Messina.
PG/SG Marko Popovic (184 82. Unics) -Haveing nice season so far. He is our next capiten after Prka retairs
PG/SG Davor Kus (192 78. Cibona) -I don't like him but sadley Gira is idiot so he will be in our team
PG Rok Stipcevic (186 86. Zadar) -He isn't quality player for our NT, at least not jet, but somebody must be there in case of injurys. Had nice season with Zadar, not big time prospect but great worker. Fact that he broke finger in F8 of UC and stayed on cort showed his personality
SG Krunoslav Simon (196 85. Zagreb) -Same as Stipcevic I would call him just in case.
SG/SF Marko Tomas (201 85. Real Madrid) -Limited playing time this year while played in his unnatrul position of SG didn't do to much good for him. Hope he will change club soon.
SF Hrvoje Peric (203 85. Zadar) -Impruved big time under Zmago especialy when it comes to character, talent was never questionable and still has lot of space to improve. He could be surprise of EC.
SF Marin Rozic (201 83. Cibona) -Ipruved his shooting this year. Great fighter
SF/PF Damjan Rudez (206 86. Olimpija) -Did not impruve like expected but talent is still there.
PF Marko Banic (204 84. Bilbao) -May be limited talent vise but one who makes best out of his posibilitiys. Having great year
PF Damir Markota (209 85. Bilbao) -Big talent, big head case.
PF Mario Delas (208 90. Split) -Still not redy but more ready than Zubcic. It would be great expiriance for him to prepare with older guys. Had big up's and down's this season.
PF/C Kresimir Loncar (210 83. Unics) -Haveing nice season in Unics
PF/C Nikola Prkacin (208 74. Cibona) -Good season in Cibona. Probably his last games in NT. It would be great that he wins something at the end of his carer. He deserved being only player that never turned down NT call and played evry championsip in this worst years of our basketball.
PF/C Nikola Vujcic (211 78. Olypiacos) -Getting old, still he is one of best centars in europ.
C Mario Kasun (215 80. Efes Pilsen) -Hope this unlucky guy finaly stay helthy for longer than two days.
C Stanko Barac (217 86. Tau Ceramica) -Very limited minutes this year, I hope playing for "B" selection will help him to get back on track
C Ante Tomic (217 87. Zagreb) -I don't think he is ready but should be here. He is long term project. Haveing great individual season.
C Goran Suton??? (210 85. Michigan) -If he decides for us. I just wish press and fans leavs him alone, let that bee his desison.

rvat
05-04-2009, 09:24 AM
Anderson from Cibona wants to play for Croatia!

Picek
05-04-2009, 10:37 AM
Vujcic said that if Repesa calls him he will be in our team. why is that good news?
he refused to play for NT before and he shouldn't be called now..
he will just take someone's else place who wasn't tired to play for NT..

Iggypop
05-04-2009, 11:27 AM
What about Marino Bazdaric? He was part of the NM till injuries sidelined him for some time, but is actually showing some good games in ACB. Of course, he's not a starter either in NM nor club, but should be a great player of the bench when Marko Tomas needs a break.

Other big forwards are Vedran Vukosic and Jasmin Perkovic from Germany. Vukosic will at least be on the rooster of the B team, and Perkovic has a great season in Germany (in fact, the quality of German league is doubtfull if you remember Longin) playing for Oldenburg, who are top at the moment.

You also forget Sandro Nicevic who should be on the team instead of one from Tomic/Barac/Suton. I don't know how serious is Barac's injury.

IMO Anderson playin for Croatia is a "no go", don't wanna see an another Holden/Cook/Bremer even if he makes us better.

pohani komarac
05-04-2009, 12:17 PM
Anderson from Cibona wants to play for Croatia!

what?

pohani komarac
05-04-2009, 12:25 PM
why is that good news?
he refused to play for NT before and he shouldn't be called now..
he will just take someone's else place who wasn't tired to play for NT..

because all croatian players saying they would like to see Vujcic in NT, unlike Giricek. That means he wouldn't hurt team chemistry. And he still is our best player.

rvat
05-04-2009, 12:42 PM
what?

http://www.net.hr/sport/page/2009/05/03/0069006.html

pohani komarac
05-04-2009, 05:55 PM
he was just asked by reporter would he like to play for us. he said he wouldn't mind. nothing else

Iggypop I wrote players that I would call, not one that will be on the list so I didn't forgot anybody. For me it is stupid when forumers arguaging who will be on list whille non of us don't have crystall ball. It is usually coach and federation choice. Anyway so far from 2005 I have only one miss on Croatian forums (Rozic-2007) so I'm prety happy with my posibility's of seeing future:p:cool:


If you like it this is explanation of my opinion.

Vukusic was next on my list. He is our best defensive PF and only one who can play quality zone press, and press D but I would rather call Delas because hi is big prospect and just practicing with this team would in loong term help both sides. Markota? Well he is big head case and he can make very stupid things, but unlike Vuksic he can make difrence on court. To big Bilbao victorys (Tau, Real) was because he was "in" the game. I think I don't need to explain Banic. Perkovic? Don't know to much about him... Bazdaric? Evry time this guy played on higher lelvel he didn't do to much. Whille Simon isn't big time prospect he still could make impruvment and become usefull player unlike Bazdaric who's carerr is coming to end. Since non of them don't have big chance of making into roster so it is better for me to invite player who still has chance to become better.... Nicevic is ok player but he wasn't to usefull when he was 33, I dubt he will be now when he is 34. And unlike Simon Tomic and Barac are quit big talents, for sure futur of our NT at centar. Barac actally played for NT and never dispointed. Even he didn't play to much for Tau but at that age players impruveing even in practices and in MI he will have chance to get back feal for the game. Personaly I think he would have nice playing time if he played for team like Benetton. If Suton decides for us he is sure worth of testing, and also he is quite yung. So you see I did not forgot anybody, I just have difrent opinion than yours:p

Picek
05-04-2009, 07:56 PM
because all croatian players saying they would like to see Vujcic in NT, unlike Giricek. That means he wouldn't hurt team chemistry. one thing is what they think and another thing is what usually happens with him in the team..
and that is big nothing..
our team usually underachieves with him in the lineup..
even when he was at his best form and age he did nothing remarkable..


And he still is our best player.well, the fact is that without him we had a rather good OG appearance..
underlining OG.. that is something he couldn't help us achieve..
I'm against his return..
Banić should be our first option at the 4 and we have good enough players to play at the 5..
regardless of what he can bring to the NT..

Iggypop
05-04-2009, 10:32 PM
Iggypop I wrote players that I would call, not one that will be on the list so I didn't forgot anybody. For me it is stupid when forumers arguaging who will be on list whille non of us don't have crystall ball. It is usually coach and federation choice. Anyway so far from 2005 I have only one miss on Croatian forums (Rozic-2007) so I'm prety happy with my posibility's of seeing future:p:cool:


My post wasn't related that much to yours, and i would only disagree if you are Jasmin Repesa and this would be a final one... I just wanna put some more names to the list to discuss them...
The only player i don't want see playing for the national squad is Davor Kus, even if he is sure due to our lack on good SGs. This guy makes me angry, expecialy after his performace in the NLB finals (and against Fenerbahce at Zagreb).
Just few words to your explanation..of course Delas is a big prospect but you don't want to have these guys on your team if you're looking for a medal. He put some good numbers for a club like Split while Vukusic played his second year in the Euroleague and showed some great games. Delas is the one of those who should get some experience with the B-squad..
You can't compare Simon and Bazdaric, Simon is a shooting guard and should of course be on the team while Bazdaric is a SF. And i have no idea about Rudez and his game this year, his club sucks bad and his progress is very doubtfull, so why don't invite Bazdaric who was one of the better/important players before his injury. Barac is great but he's also injured, i hope he will be at full strenght till EC begins.

Croatia's big problem (and this is also the reason why you was able to "see future"): there're no anymore players we could talk about. Only Mario Stojic would be a possible candidate, but i'm pretty sure Repesa isn't counting on him since his last games during the EC 2007. All other players are either too young (Zubcic, Prostran) or too old (many of them), or are playing for clubs from A1 league . Zizic and Bagaric are awful, Giricek is not welcome.

pohani komarac
05-04-2009, 11:57 PM
I don't won't to see Kus either, but who else I would call. I see Bazda as SG, not as SF. Maybe we didn't watch same Bazdaric:confused:

I agree that we lack some fresh blood. Infamus 86-89 generation sucks:mad: Only few interesting players in this generations, but 90-94 looks prety promising:cool: , but they are to young to be in team. Still I would call Delas over Vukusic because I think Vukusic won't make it so it is good to give chace to one prospect, and Delas is most ready. I don't think he should bee in "B" team because he needs to play for U-19

Markoishvili
05-05-2009, 12:23 AM
I think Planinic, Popovic, Ukic, Kus, Tomas, Rozic, Peric, Vujcic, Prkacin, Banic, Loncar and Kasun (if healthy enough) are safe bets to make the final 14.

Nicevic, Tomic, Barac, Markota, Suton, Rudez, Bazdaric, Simon, Rancic and Stipcevic will fight for remaining two spots.

We have very good depth at PF/C, SG/SF not so much.

Beva
05-06-2009, 07:59 AM
Luka Žorić impressed me lately! Will he play at Mediterranian games, cause I think he deserves it more then Delaš, for example...

l'emigrante
05-06-2009, 10:30 PM
http://www.kosarka.hr/main.asp?dir=news&newsid=27412

what about the article? Anderson just said he would like to play for Croatia or the Federation is trying to naturalize him bu the end of May so he can play Eurobasket?

rikhardur
05-06-2009, 11:17 PM
http://www.kosarka.hr/main.asp?dir=news&newsid=27412

what about the article? Anderson just said he would like to play for Croatia or the Federation is trying to naturalize him bu the end of May so he can play Eurobasket?
Afaik the federation contacted him and he's willing to play.

pohani komarac
05-06-2009, 11:45 PM
http://www.kosarka.hr/main.asp?dir=news&newsid=27412

what about the article? Anderson just said he would like to play for Croatia or the Federation is trying to naturalize him bu the end of May so he can play Eurobasket?

One reporter preveusly asked him would he like to play for our NT he said yes. This asked him was he sereius with few questions is he ready for busy summers? Does he knows that he needs to prove to our couch? And stuf like that. This guy sounds deadly serius? Anway reporter saying that in order to play for us he needs to have Croation pasport before the end of May ( FIBA deadline for 24 roster names).

Anyway Repese was asked about that to and he said that he can't talk about him untill he have Croatian passport and that is not on him, that it is in Cibona or who ever to gat him passport. SO it means taht if he ever play for us it is 99% sure that won't be this summer.

Individualy we could benifit with him, but knowing Croatian an Balkan fucked up state of mind it is better that he never wears our jersey. Fans here are divided with him, and if he ever plays evrey lack of sucses will be on him. Eduardo Da Silva (unluckey football player now playing in Arsenal :( )came here when he was 15, maried Croation girl and still many fans does not like that he is on NT. Something like 5%, when talking about Alan it would be 40-60% that don't want him in our NT

pohani komarac
05-06-2009, 11:51 PM
http://www.index.hr/images2/aaaaaaa.jpg

Anderson listening our national anthem:D:cool:

Kotarac
05-07-2009, 05:43 AM
I think this all came about because Cibona is in the process of applying to get citizenship for Earl Calloway. Some journalist obviously asked Anderson the question and he gave the response that is to be expected and now there's all this talk about him playing for Croatia. I know a lot of people love his game (Novosel called him the best foreigner to ever play in Croatia) but it's way too early to be talking about him suiting up for the NT.

Kotarac
05-07-2009, 09:14 AM
Ukić | PG - 6'5" - 1984
Planinić | PG/F - 6'7" - 1982
Stipčević | PG - 6'1" - 1986

Popović | PG/G - 6'1" - 1982
Kus | G - 6'3" - 1978

Tomas | F - 6'7" - 1985
Markota | F - 6'10' - 1985

Banić | PF - 6'8" - 1984
Lončar | PF/C - 6'11" - 1983
Prkačin | PF/C - 6'10" - 1975
Vujčić | PF/C - 6'11" - 1978

Barać | C - 7'2" - 1986
Kasun | C - 7'0" - 1980
Tomić | C - 7'2" - 1987

The two players cut will vary depending on how things unfold. Usually there's an injury or two; maybe Vujčić doesn't end up on the team; form may decide one of the fringe players is cut etc etc.

I think because we're thin at SG we should be looking to play Popović there more than at PG. He doesn't have the size but he has the heart for it and can be effective in a rotation with Kus and Tomas (really no other options).

Ukić has to spend the bulk of the minutes at PG with Planinić playing there sparingly (he often has problems with the smaller PG's anyway) and obviously Popović alternating as well.

At SF we're pretty much set with Tomas. Markota and occasionally Planinić can fill in. Markota is too hot and cold (more cold though) and if someone like Rozić, Perić or Rudež get into the squad I wouldn't mind.

At PF we have a plethora of options and they all have their pluses and negatives. I think the most well rounded option is Banić, his major weakness is his lack of size but he is gritty and effective. I really don't see the point of having Prkačin in the team anymore even though he is the captain and heart of the team. His minutes would be better given to a younger player. Lončar is good back-up.

Kasun and Barać are good centres, there's not much else we can ask for. Vujčić can play PF or C (he's much better at C though) but I wouldn't overload him with minutes; give him 15-20 mins a game to make sure he is fresh. I don't think he's nearly as fragile physically as some believe but nevertheless he is getting on in age and has had some injury problems. I think Tomić definitely deserves to be on the team after his performances in the NLB.

Other options (perhaps also candidates for the Med Games):

Vladović | PG - 6'2" - 1983
Bogdanović | G/F - 6'7" - 1989
Simon | G - 6'6" - 1985
Perić | F - 6'8" - 1985
Rozić | F - 6'7" - 1983
Rudež | F - 6'10" - 1986
Nicević | PF/C - 6'11" - 1976
Delaš | PF - 6'8" - 1990
Pašalić | PF/C - 6'10" - 1984
Vukušić | PF - 6'9" - 1983
Zubčić | PF/C - 6'10" - 1990
Suton | C - 6'10" - 1985
Žorić | C - 6'10" - 1984

pohani komarac
05-11-2009, 06:37 PM
Repesa tallked to Anderson, explained him siutuation about preparations and whole program of being in national team and what is expected from him. Also he told him how Croatian fans treated all players who didn't wan't to play in NT (Vujcic and Giricek specialy), and for sample diferenece betwen German fans and ours, the way we treat sucses, failer, forigions, those who play for and those who don't play for NT and evrey other possible problem that he could run into. He gave him 48 hours to rethink his decison. He said that he wonna that Anderson realy question his decison ant to be honest to him sef and to others does he realy wanna this. If he says yes Croatian federation will try to speed up proces of giving him Croatian passport

Article on Croatian

http://sportske.jutarnji.hr/index.php?cmd=show_clanak&clanak_id=10754

rikhardur
05-11-2009, 07:31 PM
Very nice of Repeša to let him know about all the cons before having a final decision from Anderson. Very professional attitude.

rikhardur
05-11-2009, 09:31 PM
Nilsen: Home Sweet Home For Kus

Efficient, consistent and arguably punching above their weight, the Croatian national team has delivered back to back sixth place finishes at the last two major tournaments.

Without having truly stellar names or the added dimension of a healthy sprinkling of NBA protagonists, they held their own at the Olympics and EuroBasket 2007 by relying on an array of wily European based players who fit seamlessly into the system that Coach Repesa employs.

One such individual who remains a cornerstone of potential Croatian success is Euroleague veteran Davor Kus, a player who is more thankful than most for the settled nature of the national team after suffering from a considerable amount of uncertainty at club level.

Signed from Cibona by fellow Euroleague team Unicaja in the summer of 2007, Kus arrived on the Costa Del Sol feeling confident that he could look forward to shining under the expert eye of Sergio Scariolo.

It started well and he was instrumental in a shock victory for the ACB side over Memphis Grizzlies in the NBA Europe Live Tour. Kus drilled 20 points including a flurry of triples in the final quarter and the future seemed bright.

Despite a solid enough first year and a competent display in Beijing last summer, the 30 year old became a casualty of a critical coaching switch at Malaga and halfway through his two year deal, he was sent packing back to Zagreb on loan.

Adopting a typically pragmatic approach to the disappointment of his premature departure from the best league in Europe, Kus very much embraced his return ‘home' and embarked on an impressive Euroleague campaign.

With the added irony of having to face Unicaja in the group stages, the versatile guard underlined his quality by passing the impressive landmark of 1000 points in the competition and finished the campaign averaging double figures across the 16 games.

However it hasn't always been plain sailing at Cibona and having put in a bitterly disappointing display in the Adriatic League Play-Off Final defeat against Partizan, the roller-coaster ride looks like continuing.

I caught up with Davor recently to discuss the highs and lows of an eventful few years.

FIBA Europe: Hi Davor, Looking back, how do you feel about the performance of the Croatian national team finishing sixth in last years Olympics and also in the EuroBasket of 2007?

Davor Kus: After many years we managed to qualify for big competitions and became strong opponent for any national team in the world. Following these results everybody started talking about basketball in Croatia and I think that is our biggest success.

FIBA Europe: Do you think that the Croatian players still struggle under maybe some unfair expectation of playing for the national team because of so many great players in the past? Also what is the current mentality within Croatia amongst fans, coaches and players when it comes to the national team?

Davor Kus: Each and every generation in Croatia is compared with Drazen Petrovic's generation and that was bringing a lot of pressure for the players in the past, just because of unrealistic expectations. Now, when we set more realistic goals, it is easier to play and achieve better results.

FIBA Europe: There are not so many Croatia players in the NBA at this moment, is that a disappointment or do you think that it is not a true measure of current Croatian talent?

Davor Kus: I don't think that playing in the NBA is some kind of quality measurement, because I think that there are many high quality players in the Euroleague competition. Many Croatian players are playing in Euroleague clubs which is more important than sitting on the bench in the NBA.

FIBA Europe: What do you make of each of your group opponents in Greece, Israel and FYR of Macedonia?

Davor Kus: All of the teams that have been able to qualify to European Championships are good, but in my opinion, we can play against anyone. Our tactic is to play one game at a time and we will see how far we can get.

FIBA Europe: We guess that the pressure to win the group will be mainly on yourselves and Greece. If you do qualify what will be the keys for Croatia in getting further this time and maybe picking up a medal?

Davor Kus: The key is that we have played together for a while now and we know each other very well. We have the same coach and therefore the same system which we can follow.

FIBA Europe: If Croatia doesn't win the gold medal, which teams do you think will win this EuroBasket tournament and which national team do you think might cause a big surprise in getting further than people might expect?

Davor Kus: We are still not sure with which players other national teams will play because there have been a lot of rumours about some of the best players missing this competition. We hope that we are going to be the dark horse of this year's EuroBasket.

FIBA Europe: At club level, tell us how you dealt with not being part of Unicaja's plans? We guess it must have been tough for you but perhaps coming back to another Euroleague club and famous team like Cibona must have made it a little easier for you? Had much changed on or off the court?

Davor Kus: This is the way it works in professional basketball and I am trying to get only the best from each situation I come upon in my career. I think I have made progress as a player at Cibona this year because we were really competitive team and we played really high quality basketball. As some people say - every cloud has a silver lining.

FIBA Europe: How would you assess your own performances this season and also that of Cibona generally?

Davor Kus: I always assess my own performance comparing it to my team's performance. We played well this year in the Euroleague.

FIBA Europe: Your fellow guard Marko Tomas has had tough moments at Real Madrid this year after he was loaned out to Fuenlabrada last season where he enjoyed a great time. Do you look at his situation closely because of what has happened with the situation and your loan?

Davor Kus: I wouldn't say that Marko and me were in a similar situation, because he is in Real Madrid for a longer period of time. He was sent to another club to get more minutes and experience in the Spanish league so they could get more from him in upcoming seasons.

FIBA Europe: More positively, two of your national team-mates in Marko Banic and Damir Markota seem to be doing really well with Bilbao, we guess that this is great for Croatia and particularly for Damir who has not had a settled time recently?

Davor Kus: Banic is a standard national team player and it is extremely important that he continues advancing through minutes on the court with Bilbao. Markota, on the other hand, still has to fight for his place in the national team and I think it would be an easier task if he stayed in one club for a while instead of changing it all of the time.

FIBA Europe: Finally Davor, tell us about the differences of club basketball, Euroleague and the national team. How do you adapt your game and mentality and what advice will you always give to young players from Croatia trying to make the highest level?

Davor Kus: My goal is to be at my maximum performance in each and every game that I play - both for club and the national team, but there is a slight difference. When you play for Croatia there is always national pride present which pushes you to your upper limits or even over. My advice for young players is just two things - work hard and believe in yourselves.
http://www.fibaeurope.com/coid_-XbkqIW-JbwIDWsQqK7Jg0.container_frontpage.articleMode_on. html

pohani komarac
05-12-2009, 10:07 PM
"Nisu tu bitne samo igračke kvalitete. Kako bi to izgledalo da u reprezentaciji moramo govoriti engleski? Mi smo ozbiljna ekipa, nismo Gruzija ili Azerbajdžan. A od ozbiljnih reprezentacija samo Rusi imjau Amerikanca u svojim redovima."

Marko Popović

marko saying that he is not for anderson

Picek
05-13-2009, 01:18 PM
marko saying that he is not for andersonhe is 100% right about it...
the toughest period for our NT is behind us and even in those times we weren't looking for an import like Anderson..
why should we start now?

Kotarac
05-17-2009, 07:28 PM
why should we start now?

Perhaps the the HKS or Repeša think someone like Anderson will take us beyond the quarter-final stage and into the battle for medals?

That's the only reason I can think of and it seems logical. They are using the Holden-Russia situation as an example and in typical Croatian fashion some people are saying "if it's good enough for the Russians it's good enough for us".

Personally, I'm against such a move because it really defeats the purpose of int'l basketball. For so long now we've watched us struggle and if we were to have some success (a medal!) it would be a real pity in my eyes if someone like Popović or Planinić or Tomas was on the bench in favour of an American who spent 5-6 months in Croatia. It would be tainted for me.

Picek
05-18-2009, 01:22 PM
Repeša decided to end all the talks about Anderson playing for Croatia..
that won't happen..
good for us..

Markoishvili
05-18-2009, 01:25 PM
Thank God, but now is Bilic talking about inviting Sammir to football NT. This is getting ridiculous.

Billy Bounce
06-04-2009, 12:14 PM
Nikola Vujčić said in his interview in Israel that he 100% sure joins Croatian NT for Eurobasket 2009

sixama23
06-12-2009, 10:39 PM
Repeša decided to end all the talks about Anderson playing for Croatia..
that won't happen..
good for us..

I would like to congratulate Repesa about his decision. Croatia is a traditional basketball nation and has no need of naturalized players in National Basketball Team. There are many Croat talents that expects a chance to play for the their NT. It wouldn't be fair if an American had played for the NT instead of them.

ARdaQue
06-18-2009, 09:31 AM
What about Gordan GIRICEK of Fenerbahce Ulker ?

pohani komarac
06-18-2009, 11:01 AM
What about Gordan GIRICEK of Fenerbahce Ulker ?

giricek doesn't want to spend his free time on NT

ARdaQue
06-18-2009, 11:45 AM
giricek doesn't want to spend his free time on NT

He is used to be free in 2008-2009 basketball season in Fenerbahce Ulker. He is always injured (or he decided to injure in order to be free) and he didn' t play. Fenerbahce Ulker couldn't be champion in Turkish League and they were not qualified to Final 4 in Euroleague because of Gordan GIRICEK' s absence.

pohani komarac
06-18-2009, 01:21 PM
He is used to be free in 2008-2009 basketball season in Fenerbahce Ulker. He is always injured (or he decided to injure in order to be free) and he didn' t play. Fenerbahce Ulker couldn't be champion in Turkish League and they were not qualified to Final 4 in Euroleague because of Gordan GIRICEK' s absence.

with healthy giricek i doubt you would have better results. individaly he has qualitys but from junior days his teams allways suferd because his selfishnes. I don't know is his injury is real but over last few years in NBA he also had problems wit his health

Picek
06-18-2009, 07:58 PM
Torneo Angelico started today, our team that will be playing on MG is also there and today they played against the Greece team which is preparing for the same thing:

Hrvatska - Grčka 81:70 (16:20, 25:14, 21:16, 19:20)
Hrvatska: Rančić 8, Vladović 9, Stipčević 10, Simon 11, Andrić 5, Babić 6, Vrbanc, Tomić 8, Rudež 16, Lalić, Pašalić 4, Žorić 4

pohani komarac
06-19-2009, 11:24 AM
Croatian 24 man roster:

1. Zoran Planinić (PG/SG/SF 201 82. CSKA Moskva)
2. Marko Popović (PG/SG 184 82. Unics Kazan)
3. Roko-Leni Ukić (PG 195 84. Toronto)
4. Davor Kus (PG/SG 192 78. Cibona)
5. Marin Rozić (SF 201 83. Cibona)
6. Marko Tomas (SG/SF 201 85. Real Madrid)
7. Damjan Rudež (SF/PF 206 86. Union Olimpija)
8. Nikola Prkačin (PF/C 208 75. Cibona)
9. Krešimir Lončar (PF/C 210 83. Unics Kazan)
10. Marko Banić (PF 204 84. Bilbao Basket)
11. Sandro Nicević (PF/C 210 76. Benetton)
12. Nikola Vujčić (C 211 78. Olympiacos)
13. Mario Kasun (C 213 80. Efes Pilsen)
14. Ante Tomić (C 217 87. Zagreb)
15. Drago Pašalić (PF/C 210 84. Bilbao Basket)
16. Krunoslav Simon (SG 196 85. Zagreb)
17. Jakov Vladović (PG 186 83.Zagreb)
18. Rok Stipčević (PG 186 86. Zadar)
19. Mario Stojić (SG/SF 196 80. Menorca)
20. Goran Suton (PF/C 210 85. Michigan State)
21. Damir Markota (PF 209 85. Bilbao)
22. Tomislav Zubčić (SF/PF 213 90. Cibona)
23. Mario Delaš (PF 208 90. Split)
24. Damir Rančić (SG 198 83. Zadar)

Beva
06-19-2009, 01:18 PM
I would pick these 12 players:

PG: Planinić, Ukić
SG: Popović, Rančić
SF: Tomas, Rozić
PF: Banić, Lončar, Prkačin
C: Kasun, Vujčić, Tomić

I know we would be somewhat weak on guards, especially in case of injuries, but I don't want Kus or Simon in NT... Kus is weak when dealing with pressing, I just remember Argentina and I'm sure he's not for NT... Simon is still not ready, although he may be there in the future in case he transfers to some bigger club, or better league, like Banić, for example... We are pretty good on centers, and the only problem seems to be the SF position... But Tomas was OK when playing for NT, Rozić was good in defense, solid in transition and he hit some open 3s... And I definitely think Damir Rančić deserved to be in final 12, more than Kus... I support Cibona, but Rančić played fantastic second part of season, he could hit any shot he wanted... He's confident and that's great... If only he's a little better on defence...

Picek
06-19-2009, 03:51 PM
I would pick these 12 players:

PG: Planinić, Ukić
SG: Popović, Rančić
SF: Tomas, Rozić
PF: Banić, Lončar, Prkačin
C: Kasun, Vujčić, Tomić

I know we would be somewhat weak on guards, especially in case of injuries, but I don't want Kus or Simon in NT... Kus is weak when dealing with pressing, I just remember Argentina and I'm sure he's not for NT... Simon is still not ready, although he may be there in the future in case he transfers to some bigger club, or better league, like Banić, for example... We are pretty good on centers, and the only problem seems to be the SF position... But Tomas was OK when playing for NT, Rozić was good in defense, solid in transition and he hit some open 3s... And I definitely think Damir Rančić deserved to be in final 12, more than Kus... I support Cibona, but Rančić played fantastic second part of season, he could hit any shot he wanted... He's confident and that's great... If only he's a little better on defence...
LOL at Rančić :D
he can hit all the shots in the world if he wants but if he can't properly defend anyone then there is no space for him in the team.. not while Repeša is a coach.. and since he can't defend that is an easy decision...
it will be a huge surprise if Repeša will take him to Poland..
Rančić is a one dimensional player and with current depth of our thin guards rotation Repeša will prefer Kus who can play at both guard positions..
out of the 24 man if no injuries will occur we can take out Rudež, Pašalić, Simon, Vladović, Stipčević, Stojić, Suton, Markota, Zubčić, Delaš and Rančić..
and the only question remains if Prkačin will go instead of Nicević..
I expect Tomić to go for sure, the same way Repeša took Barać to OG...
this is all IMO ofcourse..

pohani komarac
06-19-2009, 04:10 PM
we once had petrovic, perasovic, komazec, mrsic, rimac, sesar, giricek...all this players could play sg and now we are discusing abuot kus (the vagina:D) and rancinc:mad:

this would be my 12

ukic, plninic, pop
kus:mad:
tomas, rozic
banic, loncar
vujcic, kasun, prka-ended his carer but he is still there for NT. what a king:cool:

this would be my 4 back-up's for preparations: rudez, markota, rancic and tomic

Picek
06-19-2009, 05:35 PM
this would be my 12

ukic, plninic, pop
kus:mad:
tomas, rozic
banic, loncar
vujcic, kasun, prka-ended his carer but he is still there for NT. what a king:cool:

this would be my 4 back-up's for preparations: rudez, markota, rancic and tomic
you need one more player on that list..
as for backups, Rudež had a really lousy season in Olimpija..
even when he got few minutes to play he was horrible..
besides, if it wasn't for Markota's injury he wouldn't be on OG either..
Markota was once again Markota.. this team would need him if he would be 100% into basketball..
he could play at four and open the inside game with his outside shots.. if they are falling ofcourse..
for me his status is questionable to say at least.. but I don't think Repeša will have guts to trust him and wait for him.. besides wasn't he injured?
Tomić is the one that needs to be given a chance, I guess a lot of things concerning his status will be clearer after MG ..

pohani komarac
06-19-2009, 08:18 PM
you need one more player on that list..
as for backups, Rudež had a really lousy season in Olimpija..
even when he got few minutes to play he was horrible..
besides, if it wasn't for Markota's injury he wouldn't be on OG either..
Markota was once again Markota.. this team would need him if he would be 100% into basketball..
he could play at four and open the inside game with his outside shots.. if they are falling ofcourse..
for me his status is questionable to say at least.. but I don't think Repeša will have guts to trust him and wait for him.. besides wasn't he injured?
Tomić is the one that needs to be given a chance, I guess a lot of things concerning his status will be clearer after MG ..

with Prka in team I doubt Markota would dare to make stupid things like wisitng casinos:D i would like to see Markota in team but I just don't know who to cut. Prka is needed because of lidership in team and he realy deserve to be in team because he never turned back to team. Kasun strenght is needed in rotation, while Vujo is still our best player and much needed because with him in low and high post wi get many ofensive tactical options. whille Banic and Loncar you will never get anything special but you know they wan't be terible like Markota can be in some stretches. but maybe he will show up in good mode in preparations games. whille on perimeter we don't have anybody besides Rancic to be in a team even he is not class for our NT. When his shoot is off he is totaly usless player. Besides with lac of quality no player is neded, and if somebody gots hurt we have 4 players that can play PG whill we miss clasic SG For Tomic is I don't see him contribute on that level. Barac (to bad that he is injured was more fisicley developed player in his age and solid defender wille Ante is big black hole in defence. But there is posiblty that teams would be allowed to lead 14 players and he and Markota surley would be in my 14. And Rudez had terible season but only from called (Peric is injured) players can efectivley play SF. Markota just can't guard smaller players

Kotarac
06-20-2009, 04:24 AM
Ukić, Planinić
Kus, Popović (Rančić)
Tomas, Markota (Rozić)
Banić, Lončar, Prkačin
Kasun, Vujčić, Tomić

It's time this team become Ukić's team...with two options like Roko and Planinić we can almost exclusively use Pop at SG...as bad as it sounds I'd still have Kus as the main option but I'd push Tomas through there occasionally and Planinić as well...I have Rančić in the 14 because I can't think of another pure shooter out there...it's just a matter of finding the right balance on the night as every opponent is different and some players will be on/off...I still think Markota will go to Poland provided he is healthy...Rozić is good on defence and is versatile but Markota gives us more options at his best...anyway, Tomas is almost untouchable at SF because he's our most rounded player in that position...Rudež is last in the pecking order and he only went to Peking because of injuries to others...maybe if he had a good season he would be a chance but he was average...our big men are good to solid...Banić and Prkačin will make it on fighting spirit alone, you always know what you will get with them...Lončar deserves a spot...if fit Kasun and Vujčić pick themselves and Tomić has to be there...he's not the finished product but you can't ignore his season in the NLB...

Markoishvili
06-20-2009, 08:55 AM
Markota can`t play SF. If he makes the team it will be as a PF. I think final roster will look like this:

PG Planinic/Ukic
SG Popovic/Kus/Rancic
SF Tomas/Rozic
PF Vujcic/Banic/Loncar
C Kasun (if healthy)/Prkacin

Kotarac
06-20-2009, 09:16 AM
I wouldn't take Markota as a PF...there are 10 other guys I'd take ahead of him...I was trying to think how Jasko would pick the team and so far he has shown a liking to Markota so that's why I put him in there...at the end of the day the only guy I'm comfortable with playing SF is Tomas anyway...

Khalid80
06-20-2009, 06:32 PM
Do u guys know the roster of the Croatian NT that is playing in the Trofeo Angelico (Angelic Trophy) in Italy? Is it a B team?

Thanks

pohani komarac
06-20-2009, 07:12 PM
Do u guys know the roster of the Croatian NT that is playing in the Trofeo Angelico (Angelic Trophy) in Italy? Is it a B team?

Thanks

yes B team with some A team candidates

Rok Stipčević (PG 186 86. KK Zadar)
Damir Rančić (SG 198 83. KK Zadar)
Marko Car (PG 191 85. KK Zadar)
Zoran Vrkić (SG/SF 202 87. KK Split)
Krunoslav Simon (SG 196 85. KK Zagreb)
Petar Babić (PG/SG 191 85. KK Zagreb)
Ante Tomić (C 217 87. KK Zagreb)
Luka Žorić (PF/C 210 84. KK Zagreb)
Jakov Vladović (PG 187 83. KK Zagreb)
Lukša Andrić (PF/C 212 83. KK Cibona)
Damjan Rudež (SF/PF 206 86. KK Union Olimpija)
Jure Lalić (C 212 86. Chrleroi)
Goran Vrbanc (SG 194 84. HKK Siroki)
Drago Pašalić (PF/C 210 84. Bilbao)

Kotarac
06-27-2009, 02:13 PM
Suton has not accepted the offer to play for Bosnia-Herzegovina and it looks like a formality that he will join the Croatian team for preparations on July 20...

Picek
06-30-2009, 06:11 AM
our B team defeated greeks again..
but yesterday in the official game at MG..
Tomić with 15+12..

Picek
07-02-2009, 07:14 PM
our team won all games so far, including the semifinal against Italy today..
Rančić was 7/8 for three pointer at one moment of the game... he finished 7/13 for three and had game high 29 points..
Tomić was 16+9, Andrić hit an important three pointer and had 15+6...
Simon missed today's game as well as the one against albania yesterday..
we are playing greek team in the final..

pohani komarac
07-02-2009, 08:01 PM
nice start. i guess tomic and rancic are sure bets to join A team

Iggypop
07-03-2009, 12:52 PM
our team won all games so far, including the semifinal against Italy today..
Rančić was 7/8 for three pointer at one moment of the game... he finished 7/13 for three and had game high 29 points..
Tomić was 16+9, Andrić hit an important three pointer and had 15+6...
Simon missed today's game as well as the one against albania yesterday..
we are playing greek team in the final..

u got to love this guy, he is often unable to make an easy layup but nails an important 3pointer

Picek
07-04-2009, 06:10 PM
we won the mediterranean gold winning against greek team by 12 points and won the gold undefeated..
Rančić scored 20 points (5/11 for three) and Tomić was 13+11..
from this team those two will be the biggest candidates for the A team..
probably the only ones..
this gold is just a start of what could be a really nice summer :cool:

Beva
07-04-2009, 09:16 PM
Rančić scored 20 points (5/11 for three) and Tomić was 13+11..
from this team those two will be the biggest candidates for the A team..
probably the only ones..


And you were laughing when I was mentioning Rančić as an A team candidate...

Picek
07-05-2009, 06:38 AM
And you were laughing when I was mentioning Rančić as an A team candidate...I still am...
I don't think he will be on the final list..
but he will on the preparations..

rikhardur
07-07-2009, 03:42 PM
CRO – Repesa: Croatia’s main aim is to reach 2010 in Turkey

ZAGREB (2010 FIBA World Championship) - Croatia coach Jasmin Repesa has one clear goal ahead of this year’s EuroBasket in Poland.

He wants to make certain that his team claims a top-six finish in order to qualify for the 2010 FIBA World Championship.

Should 2010 hosts Turkey end up in the top six, then a top seven finish would do for the Croatians.

"Yes, the World Championship is a must for us,” Repesa said.

“Why? We need to continue to take part in all of the big events, not just at the European Championship which was our only international competition in a span of 12 years before the Olympics in Beijing.”

Croatia also played at the 2008 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Athens and snatched one of the three places still on offer for the Beijing Games.

Once in China, Croatia reached the Quarter-Finals before injuries, and a clash with Spain, ended their chances of a medal.

Nevertheless, last year was a very good one for Croatia and with the expected return of Nikola Vujcic at center, the prospects look even better this year.

“If we want to have an impact in world basketball, we have to compete in all the important competitions,” Repesa said.

“Therefore, our main goal in Poland will be to qualify for the next World Championship.”

Should Croatia get to the Qualifying Round in Poland, then book a Quarter-Final spot and then reach the Semi-Finals, they will punch their ticket for Turkey.

At that point, Repesa’s team would be just a win away from a place on the podium in Poland.

"Of course, whoever is successful in qualifying for the championship in Turkey will be much closer to medal in Poland,” Repesa said.

“But, it won't be easy at all, as many national teams will have the same ambition this summer.”
http://www.fiba.com/pages/eng/fc/news/lateNews/p/newsid/30883/arti.html

pohani komarac
07-09-2009, 12:46 PM
Croatian 17 man roster:

Zoran Planinić (PG/SG/SF 201 82. CSKA Moskva)
Marko Popović (PG/SG 184 82. Unics Kazan)
Roko-Leni Ukić (PG 195 84. Toronto)
Davor Kus (PG/SG 192 78. Cibona)
Marin Rozić (SF 201 83. Cibona)
Marko Tomas (SG/SF 201 85. Real Madrid)
Damjan Rudež (SF/PF 206 86. Union Olimpija)
Nikola Prkačin (PF/C 208 75. Cibona)
Krešimir Lončar (PF/C 210 83. Unics Kazan)
Marko Banić (PF 204 84. Bilbao Basket)
Sandro Nicević (PF/C 210 76. Benetton)
Nikola Vujčić (C 211 78. Olympiacos)
Mario Kasun (C 213 80. Efes Pilsen)
Ante Tomić (C 217 87. Zagreb)
Drago Pašalić (PF/C 210 84. Bilbao Basket)
Mario Stojić (SG/SF 196 80. Menorca)
Damir Rančić (SG 198 83. Zadar)

rikhardur
07-22-2009, 06:52 PM
Croatia Boosted By Vujcic Return

Nikola Vujcic has vowed to make an impact for Croatia at EuroBasket 2009 after appearing at his first national team trainining camp for four years.

The Olympiakos star left the team in 2005, but has now got right back on the bike as the clock ticks down to next months tournament in Poland.

"It's good to be back," said Vujcic. "As far as I can see, nothing has changed here."

The 6ft 11in center is a veteran of four EuroBaskets, and although he no longer has youth on his side, he believes he can play a major role in Poland.

"I said that I would come back, and here I am," he said. "Not as a veteran who needs to prove something, but as a player in his best basketball shape who can help his team."

However, the 29-year-old is refusing to set targets for the team.

"A medal with Croatia is something I've always dreamed of," he said. "But I won't talk about that before the European Championship. We've always had the potential to do great things, but during my career I've learned that in sport you need a bit of luck, too."

Coach Jasmin Repesa cannot wait to deploy Vujcic in his team as Croatia face Israel, Greece, and Macedonia in the preliminary phase of EuroBasket.

"In one chat, Nikola has shown great desire to come back to the national team," the coach said. "I'm convinced he can help, just as he is sure what he is capable of. Vujcic is the type of player who can play inside, outside, stretch the defense and with his perfect understanding of basketball, there's no doubt we have added a new dimension to our offense."

Croatia will hold camps in Zagreb, Crikvenica and Rogla before playing two pairs of games, first against Poland in Poznan and then against Slovenia in Porec.

After further tournaments in Bamberg and Ankara at the end of July, Repersa will choose his final 12-man squad for the tournament.

"We are at the beginning now, and the first of all we set outself the goal of being better prepared physcially then everybody else," he said. "But the most important thing is to keep creating team spirit."
http://www.fibaeurope.com/coid_hx18,GGAJdAp5fmSvmQ6s0.articleMode_on.contain er_frontpage.html

Picek
07-27-2009, 05:06 PM
for last 7 days our NT (all of them except of Rančić) were together with their families in Crikvenica (seaside) building team spirit and doing some light work..
today real preparations started..
Prkačin is the only one having real problems so far..
his elbow shich created problems for him in the croatian championship final is still no healed and what is worst of it noone knows what is the real problem..
he has 50% percent chances of playing in Poland..
as much as Repeša likes his attitude and what he brings to the team as teams captain I doubt he will take him to Poland if not 100% ready..
it would be too much of a gamble..

Picek
08-07-2009, 05:26 AM
first part of preparations is over..
they came down to earth from Rogla and basic preparations are over..
on monday they are flying to Poland were the second phase begins with two prep games against Poland..
I expect them to be rusty in those two early games 'cause apparently for 10 days they didn't touch the ball.. pure strength excersises..
Repeša said he wants to have physicly best prepared team on the EC..
I guess we will some hard defence as a result of that :D
Prkačin is the only one who won't travel to Poland now..
I hate to say it 'cause he was really always there for us (same as Matej Mamić) but Repeša should let Prkačin go.. he missed to much already, and now this also.. pitty that injury will prevent him from playing his last minutes on the court (Prkačin said he will probably retire after EC)..

Picek
08-08-2009, 01:36 AM
friendly games start on tuesday and wednesday (11. and 12. august) against Poland in Lodz..
15. and 16. august against Slovenia in Poreč and Pazin..
and a tournament in Germany from 21.-23. with Germany, Poland and Macedonia..

pohani komarac
08-11-2009, 05:12 PM
we looked quite good since this is our first game since we came down from slovenian moutin:) Ukic 4/4 for 3:eek:

wardjdim
08-11-2009, 05:58 PM
we looked quite good since this is our first game since we came down from slovenian moutin:) Ukic 4/4 for 3:eek:

Score?

pohani komarac
08-11-2009, 06:00 PM
Score?

we won

Poljska – Hrvatska 78:82 (22:22, 19:26, 16:11, 21:23)
Poljska: Logan 16, Szewczyk 12, Gortat 11, Koszarek 10, Ignerski 8, Dylewicz 7, Wojcik 5, Chyliński 3, Witka 3, Kitzinger
Hrvatska: Ukić 23, Kus 3, Popović 11, Vujčić 4, Nicević 1, Tomas 7, Planinić 14, Pašalić, Tomić 5, Rudež, Banić 6, Kasun 8

wardjdim
08-11-2009, 06:07 PM
Thanks

I was focused on the Finland-Italy game

Do you have any impressions from Croatia and Poland?

Mag
08-11-2009, 09:25 PM
stats

http://live.plk.pl/mmp/mecz.html?game_id=624

pohani komarac
08-11-2009, 10:21 PM
Well we suprisengley looked quite good for first game, tough lot of individual and team mistakes. Imo it is easy to see Repesa signuture in our game with alredy quite good team game and lot of agresivnes and also Vujcic presence in ofensive even he didn't score to much. . As expected Repesa used lot of rotations giving chace for evreybody and mixing lot of difrent type of rotations besides Rudez and Pasalic. Rancic, Rozic, Stojic and Loncar were not in team today whille Prkacin is still recovering from injury. It's also clear that on defensive end we will have problems with perimeter oriented PF because we curentley don't have that type of player. Repesa used Tomic quite a lot at PF and Ante looked OK for his first real debute, but often late in rotations. We definetly upgraded our game with Vujcic. Especialy that was noticable when Poland tryed zone. Repesa just puted Vujcic in high post and evrything was done alredy and usualy when ball touches him something good happens. Nicevic started with him and didn't look to good but was ok at D. Hope Repesa will lead Tomic over him. Most thing I liked how during small strech Vujicic and Tomic looked together in ofensive end. That is what I expected when two smart and skilled bigs play together but they are week on glass and Gortat looked like Shaq when in one rotation Ante guareded him. Kasun is Kasun. Strong, atletic and fun to watch, but clearly lack of skills and BB IQ. Mostley Repesa used him with Tomic for most of the time and if they bouth will play at euro basket i think that will be our back up low post rotation as I expected because Tomic weakneses is Kasun strenghts and other way a round. However they seem not to unerstand each other but this is first time they play together. Lack of Tomic expiriance and also Kasun's lack of feal an understandig also helped that. There is time for them and I'm convince they will be fine. Tomic suprised me how agressive was to geth the ball in last minutes even he made few rookie mistakes as Repesa hoold him on court in final minutes. If he gets streght and better competition next year we will definetley have great future C with him. Banic as Banic allweys rock solid, but nothing special. Understands good with Vujcic and that will probabley be our starting big duo. Guards looked also quite good especialy Ukic who defenitley looked great tonight in like maybe 15-20 minutes, and definetly looked like he changed his shooting mechanics and got some strenght so he easly finished with contact plays. Hope he will qontiniue like that. Only thing I disliked when he was on court it looked like other guys were not agresive and just waited what he will do like all of them wanted to see how much he impruved. Repesa used lot of 3 combo Popovic, Planinic and Kus in lineup and that looked very good besides some typical stupid individual mistakes by Kus and Planinic and of course Kus sucks when he needs show balls. Planininic played best at the end and whing game wit his talent mostley but I hope this is last time Planinic is our go to guy when game is on the line. I would rather see crucial ball's in hands of Popovic, Ukic and Tomas. Tomas as usually good at D and to kind in ofensive end. Kus is ok since we don't have somebody to replace him but I don't know why Repesa uses him that much. Popovic is our key man i terms of leadership and he allways brings new dimension to our game...Overall we defintley have some hopes and I expect that maybe with one or two changes this will be our team in EB and style of play but of course more tuned.

I was more concetrated on our game but this I noticed from Pland. As for Poland it was clear they played more preparation games, less mistakes and much shorter rotation and we won more on talent and depth but nobady shouldn't uderrestimate them. They go to guy is Logan and key player of course Gortat and whole their game looked like basied ot two of them. Gortat is master of D and their inspirator whille on ofense it will much more depend on Logan and most plays are made for him. From screens, picks or one on one game but I would like if they used Gortat more dowl low to thight oup our D. Also they should use more Ignerski's versitality to create something

Mag
08-12-2009, 06:08 AM
As for Poland it was clear they played more preparation games

What do you mean?
It was the first game for a long time, the debut for Logan and Katzurin ...

icebreaker
08-12-2009, 09:33 AM
I just have a question... What happened to Croatia NT right now? I believe this country placed 2nd to USA Dream Team in 1992 Barcelona Olympics. It was very competitive. Since then, other countries have taken over their place.

pohani komarac
08-12-2009, 11:00 AM
What do you mean?
It was the first game for a long time, the debut for Logan and Katzurin ...

That means that they are in difrent faze of preparations, doing more tactical tunes

pohani komarac
08-12-2009, 11:05 AM
I just have a question... What happened to Croatia NT right now? I believe this country placed 2nd to USA Dream Team in 1992 Barcelona Olympics. It was very competitive. Since then, other countries have taken over their place.

lot of difrent things...war, lost of Drazen, losing wining mentality, best players missing from team, lack of good coaches, bad work with young players, courupted federation....

icebreaker
08-13-2009, 02:24 PM
lot of difrent things...war, lost of Drazen, losing wining mentality, best players missing from team, lack of good coaches, bad work with young players, courupted federation....

It is unfortunate for the Croatian team. I just hope that they can compete again with the USA Team since they have regained their lost glory back. In the same manner with the Team Philippines which in 1990 Asian Games placed 2nd to China. Since then, Team Philippines became the whipping boys of the other Asian countries. It's time to get to the top again.

Picek
08-16-2009, 06:19 AM
Hrvatska - Slovenija 78:82 (21:25, 18:19, 20:25, 19:13)
Hrvatska: Ukić 21, Kasun 12, Banić 12, Rozić 11, Nicević 10, Vujčić 7, Kus 2, Tomas 2, Tomić 1, Rančić, Stojić, Lončar.
Slovenija: E. Lorbek 14, Laković 13, S. Udrih 12, Nachbar 10, Golemac 8, Slokar 7, Brezec 5, Dragić 5, D. Lorbek 3, Zupan 2, Jagodnik 2, Vidmar 1, Klobučar.

well we lost out second prep game in a row.. I don't mind that since I didn't bet on it and it was only a prep game..
Slovenia simply played way better yesterday..
our defence looks really problematic, Kasun and Vujčić were getting spanked all the time..
Slovenia scored 44 points in first half, that tells a lot about our defence..
nevermind they hit a lot of threes, it is still too much..
offensively our guards were nonexistant except of Ukić..
this team simply needs Popović and Planinić in the game, without them it will be really hard against anyone..
as for Ukić, well I was actually quite surprised by him... he improved his shooting significantly, his movement as well.. he still gets into black periods but not as much as before..
Tomić and Vujčić played together, defensively they are liability since their defense is not their main strength and that could prove to be too much for this team to take..
but offensively those guys could be something really good, first offensive action after Tomić entered the game showed that..
we really need Tomas to find a club before the championship.. 'cause if he will be playing like this then Repeša should'nt even take him to Poland..
o.k., offensively he had an off game, but his defense was horrible.. slovenians were scoring over him whenever they wanted to..
if will be playing like this after our last preparation game then I would be worried.. I'm not know..

Picek
08-17-2009, 08:36 AM
Croatia - Slovenia 72-77
http://www.kosarka.hr/modules/statcenter/showstat/showstat.asp?gameid=30552

second loss to slovenians, third in a row for our guys..
Repeša was furious after the game, from 19-th minute to 27-th minute slovenia beat us by 20 points 'cause they were losing 40-29 minute before the HT and had a big lead later on in the third quarter..
he was furious with the way guys played..
what is now concerning is the fact that we were humiliated at rebounding..
anyway, I'm still not worried.. (:confused:)
it looks like Rudež and Pašalić will be cut from the team.. probably today..

Picek
08-17-2009, 11:26 AM
it looks like Rudež and Pašalić will be cut from the team.. probably today..only Pašalić has been cut today..
16 players left...

pohani komarac
08-17-2009, 11:04 PM
only Pašalić has been cut today..
16 players left...

rudez has ben cut few hours after drago:D

pohani komarac
08-22-2009, 04:34 PM
marko tomas injured adn probaly lost for eurobasket

ballhoger
08-23-2009, 11:26 PM
and who is most reliable candidate to replace Marko Tomas, u know that ?

anyway, I think that Real Madrid stopped improvement in Marko's career and during last 2 friendly games against Poland it was easy to notice that he is not the same guy he was before. So he is one of the most disappointed thing in Croatian NT this year.

Beva
08-24-2009, 07:29 AM
and who is most reliable candidate to replace Marko Tomas, u know that ?

I think Marin Rozić is sure as starting SF, back-up could be Mario Stojić...

zyy
08-26-2009, 10:10 AM
Croatia - Slovenia 72-77
http://www.kosarka.hr/modules/statcenter/showstat/showstat.asp?gameid=30552

second loss to slovenians, third in a row for our guys..
Repeša was furious after the game, from 19-th minute to 27-th minute slovenia beat us by 20 points 'cause they were losing 40-29 minute before the HT and had a big lead later on in the third quarter..
he was furious with the way guys played..
what is now concerning is the fact that we were humiliated at rebounding..
anyway, I'm still not worried.. (:confused:)
it looks like Rudež and Pašalić will be cut from the team.. probably today..

Why didn't Popovic, Vujcic and Prkacin play? Will they miss Eurobasket?

pohani komarac
08-26-2009, 11:54 AM
Why didn't Popovic, Vujcic and Prkacin play? Will they miss Eurobasket?

back then popovic was recovering from small injury and prkacin also but litle bit biger injury. vujcic didn't play probably because repesa wantet to chek other guys. they all 3 played at tournament in germany few days ago so I guess they are OK for now. For now Tomas had very big injure and for 99% he will mis EC whille Planinic haveing some problems and he didn't play last two games but he should be OK

stats from last two games
vs poland
http://kosarka.hr/media3/statHRvPolj.jpg

vs germany
http://kosarka.hr/media3/stathrvNjem.jpg

Picek
08-26-2009, 08:04 PM
Turkey - Croatia 77-82
http://212.174.96.214/tbf/netcasting/

this looks so much better then it looked against Slovenia in Croatia..
too bad Planinić still isn't playing..
but I'm shocked with the progress Ukić made this last year..
I was never really his fan because he was overhyped but this is something really different now (9 assist are more valuable then 16 points).. his shooting has gone up by 100% compared to last year, he even shows enough maturity not taking every possible shot..
Prkačin adds a lot of to this team, he simply opens some possibilities to the rest of the team when he is in the game..
defensively we still have blackouts from time to time and that can hurt us later on but hopefully we can fix some of those mistake..
and it looks like rebounding is our chronic problem, we simply have problems in that department..
as for the game, nice atmosphere in the hall, turks were little bit too hard though.. especially with some hard fouls in fourth quarter..
but we were in control for most of the game..
it looks like Tomić and Rančić will be final two cuts from the team.. too bad for Tomić though.. I would really want to see him in Poland..

greg
08-26-2009, 08:14 PM
too bad Planinić still isn't playing..

What's the reason?



but I'm shocked with the progress Ukić made this last year..

Not only you :)

pohani komarac
08-26-2009, 08:29 PM
[QUOTE=greg;321030]What's the reason?

QUOTE]

polish court:D popovic and planinic said they hurte their legs in poland on to solid (i guess thats the english word) court in poland...but planinic absance realy scares me. even if he gets ok time for fiting him in system runs out

T.W.Is.M.
08-26-2009, 10:29 PM
Did Vujcic play? In what condition is he?

Picek
08-27-2009, 03:41 AM
Did Vujcic play? In what condition is he?he played 10-11 minutes and then he hurt his back.. he didn't play after that..

Picek
08-29-2009, 05:43 PM
beated Latvia 96-81
but again we lost the rebounds.. this is now frustrating :mad:
Planinić played only few minutes today, I hope he didn't renew his injury 'cause he played good against germans yesterday..
edit: Planinić was expelled because of two technicals..
that's better then injury..

Picek
08-30-2009, 03:56 PM
second time in a row we won Efes WC..
but this tournament showed two things:
1. there is still lot of work to be done on our interior defense
2. our rebounding needs serious adjustment and more concentration..

Markoishvili
08-30-2009, 04:19 PM
Both of those things are related to the profile of players we have in the frontcourt. Vujcic, Prkacin and Nicevic are well below the average athletically and with the exception of Prkacin`s post defense, they are poor defenders in the post as well as in pick&roll. In most of the games i was able to see, Vujcic was terrible. He didn`t manage to create scoring opportunities with his back to the basket and was only useful in high-post where he could shoot jumpers or pass the ball to a cutter. Nicevic is same brand of player with steadier jumper at this point.

Kasun needs to put emphasis on rebounding. He is only our Center with tools to cover the space and get the job done on the glass.

Picek
08-30-2009, 04:39 PM
Both of those things are related to the profile of players we have in the frontcourt. Vujcic, Prkacin and Nicevic are well below the average athletically and with the exception of Prkacin`s post defense, they are poor defenders in the post as well as in pick&roll. In most of the games i was able to see, Vujcic was terrible. He didn`t manage to create scoring opportunities with his back to the basket and was only useful in high-post where he could shoot jumpers or pass the ball to a cutter. Nicevic is same brand of player with steadier jumper at this point.

Kasun needs to put emphasis on rebounding. He is only our Center with tools to cover the space and get the job done on the glass.I agree about Vujčić.. plain awfull..
I was against his comeback in the first place, I'm even more against it now.. I would rather like to see Tomić in Poland even if he would sit on the bench then Vujčić..
only thing Vujčić was supposed to give us he is not doing, he simply doesnt open any scoring opportunites with his ability to play as a PF and taking his defender out..
but I guess team that was playing today is our 12 men team for Poland..
which means Tomić and Rančić are out..
if no new injury occurs ofcourse..
I don't think Repeša will wait and gamble with Tomas..
Rozić will be our starting SF..
defensively it's a better solution, I like what he is bringing to the team..
offensively he is incosistent but that is a risk we will need to take..
basicly a team without real SG and with only one real PF who can't shoot anything from the outside (he scored his first three pointer ever in NT jersey against Latvia I think)..
good thing is we have Repeša who is able to compensate all those things sitting on the bench..
IMO Spahija had better players and more choices in 2005.
but this is team at it's best, they are playing like it..
and the fact we don't have a go to guy hurt us but we can also make it our advantage..

pohani komarac
08-31-2009, 06:08 PM
as expected tomic and rancic ben cut by repesa

Picek
08-31-2009, 07:03 PM
as expected tomic and rancic ben cut by repesa
yup..
I guess Repeša didn't take Rančić because of his poor defence like I was saying before..
I was kinda hoping all along he would take Tomić though..
but Vujčić's return killed that space to take someone who could learn.. :mad: :mad:
opportunity Barać had last year...
anyway:

PG Roko Leni Ukić
PG Zoran Planinić
PG Marko Popović
PG Davor Kus
SF Marin Rozić
SF Mario Stojić
PF Marko Banić
C Mario Kasun
C Nikola Vujčić
C Krešimir Lončar
C Nikša Prkačin
C Sandro Nicević

lack of quality SG is a problem for us but we have been having the same problem for few years now (I hope Bogdanović will be given a fair chance in Cibona).. but we are not the only ones with that problem (Serbia, Lithuania, Slovenia etc.)..
Tomas is still on the list but chances he will see Poland are pretty slim IMO..
like stated yesterday Vujčić didn't bring us anything so far, atleast not what was expected from him.. so we will again play without a PF who can actually hit something from outside..
thank God we have Repeša on the bench..

comparison to last year team:
pluses:
- Roko Leni Ukić has been outstanding so far and he made a huge progress
- Banić is player we can really rely on now, he doesn't bring us everything we need from a PF but has definitely grown a lot
- Rozić looks really good defensively, offensively he was never a real threat and we have to live with that. he shouldn't be given crucial balls 'cause he is not consistent enough. but he is our best defensive player, a real pit bull..
- Kasun is here, he brings us a lot of energy under the basket. he started slow defensively, he still looses his focus but it looks a lot better now, hopefully he can improve it a little bit more in the next 7 days. offensively he brings us type of C we didn't have last year
- whole team looks more mature then last year, even when they lose focus they bounce back immediately. in critical situations they simply know how to respond, although it needs to be said we haven't played against the best (against Slovenians we lost). cohesion of the whole team looks really nice, eventhough Vujčić himself admitted some of the players weren't really thrilled with his comeback at the beginning of the preps.
- Planinić was injured last year as well, he entered the team in athens without any playing time in the preps. atleast he played few minutes here.
- we were able to expand the time of perfect basketball from minute or two to 5-6 minutes every game.. if we could only manage to expand that to 10+ minutes in a game. that would be perfect and would make us really hard to beat
- Repeša - it seems to me that some time off did him good. he looks eager to make the next step. this is his baby (nevermind Spahija had a lot of the same players in 2005.), this team's team play is what he made..

minuses:
- we don't have Tomas, he was one of our best players last year. even if he would be 100% I doubt he could be that this year, but still we will miss him.
- Popović looks out of sync so far
- Lončar and Nicević look worse then they did last year. especially Lončar, Vujčić's comeback hurt him the most. his playing time anyway..
- Prkačin is a year older, he had injury problems and he can't play more then few minutes at high level every time he enters the field.
- Vujčić, doesn't bring us anything he was supposed to, but he is playing too much. it's like Repeša is waiting for him to finally deliver something, I hope he won't wait too long..
- rebounding issue, it wasn't such a big problem for us last year
- defending the paint. it looks better then it looked in the first prep games it is still far from perfect though

all in all, I think we can play some 10% better then we did last year.. we will have to wait and see where will that put us at the end..

Fish
09-01-2009, 08:32 AM
The only thing I know for Croatian team is
that you NEVER know! The potential is there for reaching really high...but they may suddenly loose on a bad day as they can beat anybody on a good one...

sounds familiar? :rolleyes: (as the rest of the 6-8 teams at the EB2009)

It is just great to see all these talented guys coming out of Croatia over and over again!

F

pohani komarac
09-01-2009, 05:59 PM
yup..
I guess Repeša didn't take Rančić because of his poor defence like I was saying before..
I was kinda hoping all along he would take Tomić though..
but Vujčić's return killed that space to take someone who could learn.. :mad: :mad:
opportunity Barać had last year...
anyway:

PG Roko Leni Ukić
PG Zoran Planinić
PG Marko Popović
PG Davor Kus
SF Marin Rozić
SF Mario Stojić
PF Marko Banić
C Mario Kasun
C Nikola Vujčić
C Krešimir Lončar
C Nikša Prkačin
C Sandro Nicević

lack of quality SG is a problem for us but we have been having the same problem for few years now (I hope Bogdanović will be given a fair chance in Cibona).. but we are not the only ones with that problem (Serbia, Lithuania, Slovenia etc.)..
Tomas is still on the list but chances he will see Poland are pretty slim IMO..
like stated yesterday Vujčić didn't bring us anything so far, atleast not what was expected from him.. so we will again play without a PF who can actually hit something from outside..
thank God we have Repeša on the bench..

comparison to last year team:
pluses:
- Roko Leni Ukić has been outstanding so far and he made a huge progress
- Banić is player we can really rely on now, he doesn't bring us everything we need from a PF but has definitely grown a lot
- Rozić looks really good defensively, offensively he was never a real threat and we have to live with that. he shouldn't be given crucial balls 'cause he is not consistent enough. but he is our best defensive player, a real pit bull..
- Kasun is here, he brings us a lot of energy under the basket. he started slow defensively, he still looses his focus but it looks a lot better now, hopefully he can improve it a little bit more in the next 7 days. offensively he brings us type of C we didn't have last year
- whole team looks more mature then last year, even when they lose focus they bounce back immediately. in critical situations they simply know how to respond, although it needs to be said we haven't played against the best (against Slovenians we lost). cohesion of the whole team looks really nice, eventhough Vujčić himself admitted some of the players weren't really thrilled with his comeback at the beginning of the preps.
- Planinić was injured last year as well, he entered the team in athens without any playing time in the preps. atleast he played few minutes here.
- we were able to expand the time of perfect basketball from minute or two to 5-6 minutes every game.. if we could only manage to expand that to 10+ minutes in a game. that would be perfect and would make us really hard to beat
- Repeša - it seems to me that some time off did him good. he looks eager to make the next step. this is his baby (nevermind Spahija had a lot of the same players in 2005.), this team's team play is what he made..

minuses:
- we don't have Tomas, he was one of our best players last year. even if he would be 100% I doubt he could be that this year, but still we will miss him.
- Popović looks out of sync so far
- Lončar and Nicević look worse then they did last year. especially Lončar, Vujčić's comeback hurt him the most. his playing time anyway..
- Prkačin is a year older, he had injury problems and he can't play more then few minutes at high level every time he enters the field.
- Vujčić, doesn't bring us anything he was supposed to, but he is playing too much. it's like Repeša is waiting for him to finally deliver something, I hope he won't wait too long..
- rebounding issue, it wasn't such a big problem for us last year
- defending the paint. it looks better then it looked in the first prep games it is still far from perfect though

all in all, I think we can play some 10% better then we did last year.. we will have to wait and see where will that put us at the end..

you said it all

Picek
09-19-2009, 02:57 PM
all in all, I think we can play some 10% better then we did last year.. we will have to wait and see where will that put us at the end..well, for us this championship is now over..
tomorrows game against France doesn't matter although I would like us to win it..
but after this championship who would have thought that our placement would actually be better then in 2007.
our win/lose ratio as well..
and still our game sucked like never before..
we have a long history of losing..
and after a while you simply get used to it..
being a loser simply growns in you..
but never, ever have we played as bad as we have been playing here..
and still after 14 years we will play on WC..
ironic?
or is european basketball really that bad..
before the championship my expactations were huge..
after horrible 6 games, before 9 pm last night my expectations were still huge..
Slovenia beat us 3 times this year, fair and square.. and still I have a hard time admitting to myself that they have better players then we do.. or better coach.. or better team.. eventhough we lost.. I know I'm not being objective about it.. but it is how I feel..
and eventhough I like to tease slovenians I don't think there is so much tensions between two countries when it comes to sports..
serbs are our biggest rivals in more or less every sport..
last night I was so extremely dissapointed after the game..
when you have a long history of how to be a loser then you get so dissapointed only on rare occasions when something unpredictable happens (like the quarterfinals in 2005.)..
and still I don't think I was so dissapointed in 2005. as I was last night (probably because I was more mad and sad then dissapointed in 2005.)
as much as I don't want to be disrespectfull to Slovenia I don't think they beat us last night..
they won the game because we took an axe and cut the whole leg from our body.. figuratively said ofcourse..
and after that there was no way back.. ofcourse you have to admire the fact they played good defense for most of the second half.. but still we were there, making one mistake after another even when we weren't pressured..
anyway..
Repeša did something many coaches tried but ultimately failed..
he got us to OG after so many years, he got us to WC after so many years..
and still I feel kinda disspointed of him eventhough I'm his really big admirer..
maybe I expected too much of our players.. maybe this is best someone could get out of them .. most of us in Croatia had big expectations.. eventhough we knew this team has it's flaws..
the fact is we played the ugliest basketball on this championship..
being addicted of shooting from outside was simply a big part of our game..
but still we had an all time low of three points attempted on this championship..
zone defence was never our best defence but we knew how to play it.. on championship I don't think we played it more then 10 minutes in total..
I don't know.. so many thoughts and things to write..
I need to take a break from basketball..
I watched every game of this championship (either live or rerun) and I feel tired..
will continue this later on..

p.s. go Spain take that gold finally..
go Serbia start a new dinasty..
go Slovenia, take that medal.. eventhough it will be bronze..
come on Greece.. go home :D :p

UKO
09-19-2009, 07:39 PM
Vujcic said he hopes next coach is counting on him :eek::eek::eek: idiot :(

jugoplastika
09-19-2009, 08:27 PM
Vujcic said he hopes next coach is counting on him :eek::eek::eek: idiot :(

Read between the lines.:);)

"Nadam se da će i sljedeći izbornik računati na mene. Ostaje razočaranje jer nismo napravili što smo htjeli", rekao je Vujčić.

"I hope that our next coach will count on me. There is still disappointment because we didn't get there where we wanted to", said Nikola Vujčić.

I expect, according to this, from Repeša to quit as a national team's head coach.