Bostjan Nachbar is full of optimism after helping Slovenia win a tough opener at EuroBasket 2005 over Bosnia-Herzegovina.
The 2.07m forward and his team-mates are trying to reach the quarter-final round for the first time, and the 74-65 Group C triumph in Belgrade over their neighbours was an excellent start, especially as they twice trailed by six points in the third quarter but gritted their teeth and hit back for victory.
Two European stars have signed for the New Orleans Hornets.
Slovenian forward Bostjan Nachbar has re-signed for the franchise while New Orleans have also snapped up the Lithuanian free-agent Arvydas Macijauskas. Nachbar will remain in New Orleans after joining the Hornets last December from Houston.