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Sports Serbia has to do without Jokic - and some more

19:45  17 june  2021
19:45  17 june  2021 Source:   kicker.de

Nikola Jokic's basketball brilliance, explained in one incredible pass

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Serbia has to schedule this summer without Nikola Jokic - the center is not the only player who sucked Coach Igor Kokoskov for the upcoming qualifying tournament for the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Er wird den Serben fehlen: Nikola Jokic. © imago images He will be missing the Serbs: Nikola Jokic.

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"The state of my body requires a longer break," Jokic shared Via Instagram before confirming Tanjug news agency that he also follows the desire of his club Denver Nuggets: "That's the proposal the club I have to accept. " In fact, the 26-year-old NBA-MVP has a mammoth program behind: since 1 August 2020 he played 109 games for the nuggets and was averaging 35 minutes on the court.

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In addition to Jokic, the five-time world champion Serbia still has to open Raise the 19-year-old Aleksej Pokusevski (Oklahoma City Thunder) and the one year older Alen Smailagic (Golden State Warriors). "Pokusevski wants to work on his physique," the coach explained his decision and stressed, "Both players would have continued to us. It's a pity."

question marks behind Bogdanovic

open is the participation of Bogdan Bogdanovic, which plays with the Atlanta Hawks still in the NBA play-offs - and in the conference semi-final against the Philadelphia 76ers with 3: 2 front. "We are in contact and will not exercise pressure on him," Kokoskov said and highlighted that one had to do with the players who are there - among others, Nemanja Bjelica (Miami Heat) and Boban Marjanovic (Dallas Mavericks) arrived.

Serbia Nevertheless Favorit

Serbia has to qualify for the Olympic Games in Tokyo from 29 June to July 4th in Belgrade. With there is Vladimir Lucic from FC Bayern, but still like Nikola Kalinic and Euroleague-MVP Vasilije Mici has been a few days extra vacation.

The Serbs meet the qualifying tournament on the Dominican Republic, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Italy and Senegal - and are all cancellations for the enormous individual quality crystal clear favorite, albeit Italy, which has to do without Marco Belinelli, and Puerto Rico on no Case to underestimate.

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DENVER (AP) — The Denver Nuggets' season came to an ignominious end with Jamal Murray looking on from the bench and newly crowned league MVP Nikola Jokic watching from the locker room. The Phoenix Suns completed their second-round sweep with a 125-118 win Sunday night in Denver, holding off an inspired effort by the Nuggets following Jokic's stunning third-quarter ejection. Long have the Nuggets chafed at the lack of respect and calls that Jokic gets, particularly this season as the 7-foot Serbian blossomed into the NBA's runaway best player.

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