Gobert, Jokic, Antetokounmpo…the NBA stars present at the Euro
A year after the Olympic Games, Eurobasket takes place. France and Slovenia are the favourites, ahead of Serbia and Greece who will try to thwart the predictions. And for this competition, the stars of the NBA will be present: Rudy Gobert, Nikola Jokic, Giannis Antetokounmpo or even Luka Doncic.
This Thursday officially begins theEurobasket which is played in Germany, Italy, Georgia and the Czech Republic. To launch their adventure, the Blues face Germany this Thursday, one of the host countries. Considered one of the favorites, theFrench team will have to do without Nando De Colo and Nicholas Batumtwo executives, who preferred to ignore it to focus on their club season. Significant absentees, even if Vincent Collet can count on Evan Fournier and of course Rudy Gobert.
Rudy Gobert wants gold
After the formalization of his trade in timber wolves, Rudy Gobert focused directly on theeuro. The French pivot has already announced the color. ” There remains the desire to seek higher. At the Euro, we will clearly aim for the gold medal. This is our goal. In recent seasons, we have had some very good competitions. We had bronze and silver, but we still haven’t had gold! “, confided recently gobzilla. alongsideEvan Fournier, Rudy Gobert will have the heavy task of carrying this French team. After a nice but frustrating silver medal at the Olympic GamesRudy Gobert finally wants to win gold, he who was not in the game in 2013 during the coronation of the band in Tony Parker.
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Nikola Jokic to make Serbia shine
Opposite, the competition will be raised. On the Serbian side in particular, with Nikola Jokic. Still voted MVP of the regular season NBAthe pivot of Denver nuggets has already shown what he is capable of in the warm-up match against Greece in Giannis Antetokounmpo. Even though Serbia are not among the obvious favourites, jokic has everything to take his country to the top of Europe.
Giannis Antetokounmpo wants to restore the Greek coat of arms
Distrust also with the Greece of a certain Giannis Antetokounmpo… Frustrated by his failure in the conference semi-finals against the Boston Celticsthe champion NBA 2021 is coming with revenge on this euro. Along with his two brothers, Thanasis and it costs, Giannis will try to make Greece shine. A mandatory mission for the greek monster who has always been very attached to his country, especially since Greece is an orphan of a medal at theeuro since 2009. Before facing Italy, Giannis Antetokounmpo scared already Gianmarco Pozzeccothe Italian coach: He is a fascinating player. But I have several problems. Already, we had little time to work and I believe that if I watched his videos, I would fall into depression”.
“We are going to Germany to leave with the gold medal”
Finally, how to speak of this Eurobasket without mentioning the name of Luka Doncic? semi-finalist of OJ with Slovenia, the player of Dallas Mavericks hope to do better this summer. With l’French teamSlovenia is the other big favorite of this Eurobasket. Doncic is aware of this and he does not hide. ” We are going to Germany to leave with the gold medal. We must aim for the title in each competition. Nobody took us seriously when we said that in 2017. It’s different today. It’s good to see that all the teams give their all when they face us », assumes the number 77 of the mavs. After a season NBA exceptional concluded by the first conference final of his career, Luka Doncic hope to follow up with a big one euro. And this time there won’t be Nicholas Batum to counter Slovenia…