Luka Doncic spent the last part of the summer playing for the Slovenian national team in the EuroBasket tournament.
Doncic has joined calls to improve his group stage schedule with four games in five days due to the increased risk of injury. After Monday’s practice, Doncic said the lack of time between games was a threat to the player and that club players would be unhappy if players injured in international play were injured.
“We’ll play four games in five days,” Doncic said after Monday’s EuroHoops practice in Slovenia. “Yesterday we basically played two games in 24 hours. Yes, that has to change for everyone. Everyone is doing the same thing. Everyone has a bit of a break. It’s a problem because of injuries, you know. More injuries can happen. Especially the clubs will not be very happy,” he said. .
Luka Doncic on the Eurobasket program: four games in five days? https://t.co/wNIbInVWKb Something that needs to change
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Doncic and Ivan Fournier have been the most critical of EuroBasket’s schedule, with both making the same request that teams need more time to rest and recover between tournaments. Fournier said he knows the urgency to win is “even more important” as the Eurobasket has fewer games left. However, with the intensity and physicality of the international game, playing games at such an intense pace creates a “huge challenge” for players.
“It’s a basket of euros, and there are those who come back. Back-to-back are very difficult. And it’s two things that are back-to-back in the NBA and EuroBasket,” Fournier told AeroHoops. “There are fewer games here, so it’s more intense. When you play at 20:30, you usually fall asleep around 3:00. It’s a really big challenge. To be fair, it’s the same for everyone. It would be nice if FIBA changed that so we could get more rest between games.
The Slovenian national team led by Doncic is 2-1 after losing to Bosnia and Herzegovina. Despite the upset loss, Slovenia has already advanced from the tough Group B (B).Bosnia and Herzegovina, France, Germany, Hungary, Lithuania and Slovenia).
“This team is crazy, you know,” Doncic said. “All six teams are very competitive. Can be beaten by any team. All the games are great to watch. Great for fans. But it’s a tough team because anyone can beat you.
Slovenia will play France next Wednesday.