| ||Damir Mulaomerović is one the most experienced and decorated players in European basketball. His professional career spans over 20 years and brought him to Italy, Spain, Greece and Turkey. He's now back in Croatia, playing with EuroChallenge side KK Zagreb. |
Hi basketball fans! My name is Damir Mulaomerović, although probably most of you know me simply as Mula. Welcome to my blog on fibaeurope.com!
On Wednesday I trained normally with the rest of the team for the first time in days. I'd played in the two games against Gran Canaria in the EuroCup/EuroChallenge Qualifying Round, and then in the Adriatic League opening game against Radnicki, but I tore a muscle and could not play in the following two games, against Igokea and Zadar.
I feel fine now though, went through the entire practice without a problem and I'm 90% sure I'll play against Krka on Saturday, unless the doctor says otherwise.
To be honest, if it was up to me I would have already played last Saturday, since I felt ok, but the doctor didn't let me. It's difficult to be side-lined, I just love the game so much. I always thought that I'm among the luckiest people in the world, I do what I like the most, playing basketball, and I get paid for it.
I've been doing it for many years now but I don't feel tired, I still want to play basketball as long as I'm involved in an interesting club that can motivate me. I came back to Zagreb to play for KK a year and a half ago, and we have managed to become a very respectable club, so I'm proud that I could help. I like the work that's being done at this club, so I feel nice here.
We have some great young players in the team, you all know Dario Saric for example but, believe me, I can see the rest of our young players also have potential, the club and I expect a lot from them. They are the future; I try to support them as much as I can, especially in the tough away games where it's more difficult for a young player.
Not all of them will become the greatest ever players, but it's enough if they work with the aim to become good basketball players.
I don't like to think about and plan the entire season, I prefer to look at the next game and focus on one game at the time.
However, it would be great if this year we manage to make that extra step. Last year, we missed out on the EuroChallenge Final Four in the last game and almost the same thing happened in the Adriatic League. It's the worst thing, after all these months I still think about how we came so close, so this year I really want us to make it to both Final Fours.
If I was very hard pressed, I would choose EuroChallenge because there is nothing like competing for a European title, I have won the EuroLeague but I would like one more and it would be so nice for the club to have another trophy on show. Of course I prefer both titles!
In theory the Adriatic League should be a bit easier this year, because teams like Partizan lost their coach, some important players and will not be so strong. However, others like Olimpija have improved and this remains a very tough league, the level of competition and the players remains high.
In the Eurochallenge, all three teams in our group are good but I think that if we play according to our capabilities, we can even top the group. I definitely expect us to qualify to the Last 16. There are so many good teams in the competition though that we have to take it step by step.
One of the great things about basketball is that it's a straightforward game, if you play better than your opponent during the 40 minutes of the game, you win. This doesn't happen in football, where you can play bad and still win.
That explains for example why we lost at Gran Canaria. We were defending a very thin advantage from the first game in Zagreb, we had some injury problems and we played against a team with a good roster and a good coach in a very tough home court, as everybody in Spain knows. They deserved to beat us that night, as simple as that.