There is a lot of discussion among the basketball lovers, will Nikola Jokic play for Serbia on the World Cup in China or not? Basically, it is not that important because one individual doesn't make a team, and the success and titles are won by a team of players who work together the best, even if they have a lower individual quality than other teams.
That is why it is irrelevant to stress about it, but it would be good if he participated. After the finish of the season in NBA, sadly in the semifinals of the conference, there are 2 roads in front of Jokic.
After good psychic and physical rest, he can dedicate himself to the national team or spend the summer in individual work so he could play the next season even better. It is up to him to decide.
However, we found out from the sources close to Jokic that he always had great desire to play for the national team, however, the circumstances (singing of contract) prevented him from participating on Eurobasket 2017 in Istanbul.
That would be the only competition he hasn't been on because he was solving his existential problems in the NBA. That was solved two years ago, and this season was his dream season because he took Denver to playoffs after six years and he was close to entering the finals of the conference.
1. FINISH OF THE SEASON EARLIER WITH DENVER AND ENOUGH TIME FOR REST
If Denver went further into the finals of the Western Conference of the NBA, that would mean more games, at least four, or even five, six, or seven, God forbid, which would mean 15 more days of games and more exhaustion, or injuries and similar. Now, he has enough time to lick his wounds from dropping from semifinals, to rest, to cool his head and to dedicate himself to the national team.
2. THE SUCCESS WITH NATIONAL TEAM WOULD HEAL THE WOUNDS FROM NBA PLAYOFFS
Every top player who won anything with the national team agrees that success with it is the favorite ones in the career.
3. GOOD GAMES FOR THE NATIONAL TEAM AND MEDALS ARE GREAT INTRODUCTION OF EVERY PLAYER INTO NEW SEASON
Nikola Jokic proved that himself when he won the Olympic silver in 2016, which is treated as the greatest competition in the USA, and he had better status right away. He had more confidence and his scores went up.
4. THERE ARE NO MORE OBSTACLES, THE CONTRACT HAS BEEN SIGNED, NBA STATUS PROVEN
Nikola Jokic no longer has any obstacles, he can respond to the call. He finished the season without injuries, the contract was recently signed, he has a great reputation in the NBA by playing in All-Star, and then the stories that he is in close selection for the MVP of the season.
5. HE WOULD SHUT THE MOUTH OF EVERY CRITIC WHO CALLED HIM OUT LAST YEAR
By playing for the national team, Jokic would show everybody his patriotism and the fact that he was prevented to play on Eurobasket, but also that he is just 24 and that he will have the opportunity to play on a lot of competitions.
6. PERSONAL MARKETING IN THE USA AND SERBIA
The leading star of Colorado team is just 24 years old and he went from a chubby boy who cries due to basketball training, to the guy who dominates under the hoops in Serbia and in America. Nikola managed to fight for the minutes, and then to sign the record contract, and then to justify everything by having unreal games on the court.
He got the status of All-Star player and he has a medal from the Olympic games in Rio 2016.
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The fact is that his story with Serbia isn't over yet. The appetites of the fans aren't pleased with one participations because they want to see their best basketball players dominating in China.
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7. ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM PLAYERS AND MANAGERS
Unlike the previous gatherings of the national team, some "wormer winds" are blowing now. While talking with other members of this team, we have found out that the players are talking to each other all the time. The Eagles are cheering for each other.
The fact is, if there are changes, the All-Star of Denver will play side by side with Bogdanovic, Bjelica, Teo, and the rest.
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The recent statement of the manager of Misko Raznotovic helps this.
- I want it to happen. If there are any chances it will happen. If he plays, I believe that we can defeat the Americans - said Raznatovic.
Of course, everything is for nothing with one "No" from Nuggets. But, after everything he has done for the club, he has earned to make a great success with the state he plays. If the coach Michael Melone cares about Nikola's happiness and if Djordjevic made contact with the coach if the "alien basketball players are coming to the tournament", the guy who cried in his birthplace Sombor should be on the other side.
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(Telegraf.co.uk / D.S. S.G)