Roundup: Serbia Worry Over Teodosic

30 July 2013

EUROBASKET 2013

Serbia Head Coach Dusan Ivkovic with Milos Teodosic
Serbia head coach Dusan Ivkovic is still waiting for his point guard Milos Teodosic

Serbia head coach Dusan Ivkovic has admitted that the state of fitness of point guard Milos Teodosic is not satisfactory at this point in time, almost two weeks after the start of his team's preparations for EuroBasket 2013.

"According to the latest information from Dr. Radovanovic and the conditioning trainer who are in Belgrade with Milos, his inclusion in the team will not be as fast as expected," Ivkovic said.

"If things go in a way that bring his appearance at the EuroBasket into question, it would be for us an immeasurable loss in terms of quality and experience," the coach added.

Teodosic picked up a left calf injury in a CSKA Moscow game in the VTB United League play-offs in late May, and was expected initially to undergo surgery.

Further medical exams suggested that he could treat the injury with physiotherapy and other rehabilitation methods, and he was expected to return to action by early August, therefore Ivkovic included him in his preliminary squad.

Meanwhile one Serbia player that will definitely miss the EuroBasket is unlucky power forward Stefan Bircevic, who got injured in training camp.

"His injury is of such a nature that he will not be able to continue preparations," Ivkovic said.

"This greatly complicates the situation because he was basically the only player at his position."

Bircevic is the fourth power forward to become unavailable for Serbia, after Dusko Savanovic, Zoran Erceg and Novica Velickovic all pulled out from Serbia's EuroBasket campaign, before the start of preparations.

"This is a serious handicap for us, especially since Bircevic was an excellent fit with the team and worked great," Ivkovic explained.

"Therefore, we have called young Luka Mitrovic [who played with the national team at the recent U20 European Championship], to join the team in training camp."

 

Mekel Pulls Out, Maljikovic Cuts Brodnik

Gal Mekel, Israel
Gal Mekel will not make the trip to Slovenia to suit up for Israel at EuroBasket

Israeli point guard Gal Mekel has decided to not take part with the national team at EuroBasket 2013, after signing a contract to play in the NBA with the Dallas Mavericks.

Mekel has announced that, after careful consideration, he has instead chosen to prepare for his upcoming rookie NBA season.

The point guard had an excellent club season with surprise Israel champions Maccabi Haifa, but has had limited playing time with the national team both in last summer's Qualification Round and at EuroBasket 2011.

Meanwhile Slovenia head coach Bozidar Maljkovic has trimmed his preliminary squad down to 15 players by releasing Jaka Brodnik from the next stages of the EuroBasket hosts' preparations.

The 21-year-old forward would have become a senior international for the first time had he made the 12-man squad for the EuroBasket, as he has only played for Slovenia at youth level.

Israel were drawn in First Round Group A together with France, Germany, Great Britain, Ukraine and Belgium while Slovenia will do battle in Group C with reigning champions Spain, Croatia, Georgia, Poland and the Czech Republic.


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