Euroleague basketball-based historian Vladimir Stankovic has traveled to China where he will be following the World Basketball Championship up close, starting with the Foshan games this week. One of Turkish Airlines’ EuroLeague stars that he will keep an eye on is All-EuroLeague security guard Vasilije Micic from Serbia and Anadolu Efes Istanbul. Shortly before the start of the games, Stankovic talked to Micic about his career as a club and national team.
After such a great season the big question is whether you and Efes can keep going in 2019-20.
“We’ll answer that on the pitch. It won’t be easy because now everyone’s looking at each other differently and we can’t surprise anyone, but we’ll try to do our best. I think we have reasons to be optimistic.” First, the team has not changed, we are more experienced and will be better coordinated. “
Your decision to renew your contract with Efes surprised many. We know you’ve had offers from clubs with bigger names. Why Efes?
“I’m happy in Istanbul. I had a great season with my team-mates in the role I wanted. In the past I have changed teams almost every season and now I have the opportunity to have some continuity in the same club . ” The same teammates. It is true that I have received several calls and offers from EuroLeague teams, but for all of these reasons I have decided to stay in Efes. ”
How do you see the next EuroLeague season?
“It will be stronger than the previous one, one of the strongest in history. Almost every team has signed great players, and that guarantees quality. Several players have traveled from the NBA and it confirms that this is the best league in the world after the NBA is. ” I expect a very even competition and a great fight in the playoffs. I think it will be more difficult to be in the top 8 teams than to make it to the Final Four. There are a lot of favorites. ”
“The usual suspects, I think there is no need to mention them. I think there are at least 10 favorites.”
What do you think of the FC Barcelona signings?
“Barcelona have taken a big step forward and their signings have been spectacular but they will also be under more pressure. Other teams have made good signings too, so I expect a great season that will be closer than ever.”
Let’s talk a little about the World Cup. What do you expect from it?
“First of all, I have to say that I feel very bad because of so many injuries, including one in France with my team-mate Adrien Moerman. Virtually no team will be complete in China, but despite everything it will be like that.” be quality and good games. ”
After Milos Teodosic’s injury, Serbia only has two point guards, Stefan Jovic and you. Will it be complicated playing more minutes than you expected?
“We will also miss Dragan Milosavljevic who can handle the ball. I don’t think we will have any problems in the first steps of the attack as several players can handle the ball. Jovic and I can help from Nemanja Bjelica and Nikola to get.” Funny, big guys who have good technique and vision and are good passers-by. You can also create games. ”
Many see Serbia as a favorite, especially in the FIBA power rankings. What do you think about it?
“I hope you are right! But there is a long list of favorites: Canada, Australia, Greece, Spain, Germany, USA … Okay, Serbia is one of the favorites, but gossip is one thing and the dish is another. We played well in the pre-season games, but now the moment of truth is just around the corner. The big stage is ahead and we don’t have much room for mistakes. We have reasons to be optimistic, but we have to take it step by step because of that next game is always the most important. “