Vasilje Micic will not play for Serbia in the next crucial game with Turkey


By Aris Barkas/ [email protected]

In a strange turn of events, back-to-back EuroLeague champion and Final Four MVP Vasilje Micic will not play in Monday’s match between Serbia and Turkey for the FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup as scheduled.

Micic was due to arrive in Serbia today, but the Serbian national team have been informed that the player will not be traveling and preparing for the upcoming EuroLeague game between Anadolu Efes and Barcelona, ​​which also does not leave the big man behind. Turkish Sertac Sanli join the Turkish national team.

The fact that Ergin Ataman is both the coach of the Turkish national team and Anadolu Efes creates even more bad faith and complicates matters, given the importance of Monday’s game since Micic is the Serbia’s best player outside of de facto unavailable NBA MVP Nikola Jokic.

If Serbia (4-3) beat Turkey (3-4) at home and Greece (4-3) win away to Belgium (3-4), then Serbia and Greece will will qualify for the FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup 2023, leaving Turkey and Belgium eliminated.

It’s just one more incident in the long dispute that accompanies FIBA’s winter windows in Europe. Until recently, EuroLeague players were generally not included in national team rosters, due to the scheduling conflict with the EuroLeague season.

However, this time around, many clubs have allowed players to join their national teams as a sign of goodwill.

In most cases, however, this courtesy was only extended to local players and not to foreigners, leading to many questions about the fairness and balance of the FIBA ​​Playoffs competition.

It should be noted that two EuroLeague players who do not play for Serbian clubs, Vladimir Lucic from Bayern Munich and Marko Guduric from Fenerbahce, have already arrived in Belgrade and will play against Turkey.