The Heat is unquestionably one of the best run franchises in the NBA, with consistently good results and much faster rebuilding than elsewhere. However, it also happens to leaders to slip, the proof with this controversial decision.
Next month, the season will be officially launched with the EuroBasket, an increasingly prestigious competition with the many talents from the Old Continent who shine in the NBA. Giannis Antetokounmpo should be there, just like Luka Doncic and Rudy Gobert, which could give very high level matches from the group stages.
Moreover, the level should be fairly uniform among the favourites, with Spain much less strong than in recent years but which is used to major events, with Slovenia still in the euphoria of the semi-final disputed in recent Olympic Games, and with Serbs who can count on the presence of reigning double MVP Nikola Jokic.
The Heat refuse to let a player go to EuroBasket
Unfortunately for this country, the coach will not be able to count on two nuggets who could have done a lot of good for Serbia during the tournament. As a few years ago, two NBA franchises categorically refused to let the players concerned leave for this major competition. Obviously, European basketball is not yet fully respected… Coach Svetislav Pesic said:
As for Aleksej Pokusevski and Nikola Jovic, we didn’t get permission from the Thunder and Heat to select them for EuroBasket. Both of these teams want the players to stay put and prepare for next season.
The Heat and the Thunder do not want their players to represent their national team, which caused reactions on social networks:
Work for it in an empty gym instead of playing against other professionals on a big stage?
— Knicks Champ (@NoelNordvall) August 3, 2022
Jovic must work to deserve to participate next time 🤷🤷🤷
Working in an empty hall rather than playing against professionals in a big competition?
That’s a damn shame 😞 wanted to see him a joker ball out
— Rudy Gobert ❼ (@JTamenut) August 3, 2022
It’s a shame 😞 I wanted to see him play with Jokic
Like a while ago, when European basketball did not weigh reallyt On the other side of the Atlantic, two franchises refused to let their players leave, which irritated the Serbian selection, but also some fans. What better way to progress than to play such a great competition?