Pokusevski and Jovic will not be at the 2022 European Championships with Serbia, blocked by the NBA franchises – OA Sport

Serbia will have to do without Aleksej Pokusevski and Nikola Jovic for the next European Championshipswhich for the team coached by Svetislav Pesic they will start at the O2 Arena in Prague. This is because their NBA franchises have kept them stuck working for next season, in different situations.

Pokusevski, who has combined two seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder averaging 8.2 and 7.6 points respectively, while also sometimes playing in the G League with the affiliate Oklahoma City Blue. This year he became the 12th youngest player ever to score a triple double (17 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists in the April 3, 2022 victory with the Phoenix Suns).

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Jovic, on the other hand, after a season at the Mega in Belgrade, was chosen with the 27th call from the Miami Heat, with whose shirt he played in the Summer League. Pesic himself announced the resignation of the two players, not very happy with the situation. And to say that, in his very long career, he had seen a lot of them.

Other selections, however, also have their own to do. Always at high altitude Heat there is the problem of the center Omer Yurtseven, who did not show up for Turkey’s withdrawal (in Bormio): a clarification seems to be coming in the next few hours. In Greece, however, the four brothers Antetokounmpo they are in different situations. If Kostas and Alex train regularly with the Hellenic team, Giannis and Thanasis still have to wait a few days: in fact, there is an NBA-FIBA agreement that limits the players’ preparation days to 28 for the major international events, which become 14 for the Olympics. . Same goes for Tyler Dorseywho, attention, is not a real naturalized: he was born in Pasadena to a Greek father and under this flag he has already played under this flag since the Under 19 after that, the year before, Team USA had discarded him at the Under 18 level .

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