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Old 09-02-2008, 06:56 AM   #1
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International competition would be much more difficult for Team USA if the former Yugoslavia would still exist. This could be the squad:

Radoslav Nesterovic
Nenad Krstic
Darko Milicic
Vladimir Radmanovic
Bostjan Nachbar
Peja Stojakovic
Aleksandar Pavlovic
Gordan Giricek
Zoran Planinic
Sasha Vujacic
Beno Udrih
Marko Jaric

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Old 09-02-2008, 06:59 AM   #2
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International competition would be much more difficult for Team USA if the former Yugoslavia would still excist. This could be the squad:

Radoslav Nesterovic
Nenad Krstic
Darko Milicic
Vladimir Radmanovic
Bostjan Nachbar
Peja Stojakovic
Aleksandar Pavlovic
Gordan Giricek
Zoran Planinic
Sasha Vujacic
Beno Udrih
Marko Jaric
And that's better than Spain or Argentina?
Also consider some of those Serbian players aren't playing for their national team anymore.
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Old 09-02-2008, 07:05 AM   #3
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I am not saying this team could be better than Argentina or Spain. But Yugoslavia would always be better than for example Croatia. Soviet Union would also be better than Russia or Lithuania.
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I am not saying this team could be better than Argentina or Spain. But Yugoslavia would always be better than for example Croatia. Soviet Union would also be better than Russia or Lithuania.
If they wouldn't be better than Spain or Argentina, how would international competition be much more difficult?
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Old 09-02-2008, 07:26 AM   #5
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Yugoslavia and Soviet Union could win Argentina, Spain, Creece and maybe USA. The group stages would become more difficult with more quality teams and it would take more energy from Team USA on the road to the final games. I just think international competion would be more fun with Yugoslavia.
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Yugoslavia and Soviet Union could win Argentina, Spain, Creece and maybe USA. The group stages would become more difficult with more quality teams and it would take more energy from Team USA on the road to the final games. I just think international competion would be more fun with Yugoslavia.
Not sure about Soviet Union's roster, but Yugoslavia's wouldn't beat Spain or Argentina.
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Old 09-02-2008, 07:48 AM   #7
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International competition would be much more difficult for Team USA if the former Yugoslavia would still exist. This could be the squad:

Radoslav Nesterovic
Nenad Krstic
Darko Milicic
Vladimir Radmanovic
Bostjan Nachbar
Peja Stojakovic
Aleksandar Pavlovic
Gordan Giricek
Zoran Planinic
Sasha Vujacic
Beno Udrih
Marko Jaric

That team could beat argentina or maybe spain. giricek is a very good defender. beno is a very underrated PG. peja is one of the best primeter scorers.darko and rasho provide solid defense. kiristic is a very good scorer when fit and jaric isnt as bad as people are making him out to be. peja, radmanovich and vujacic would be money from the primeter.

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Old 09-02-2008, 08:20 AM   #8
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Soviet Union roster:

Zaza Pachulia - Georgia - Atlanta
Darius Songaila - Lithuania - Chicago
Zydrunas Ilgauskas - Lithuania - Cleveland
Andrei Kirilenko - Russia - Utah
Andris Biedrins - Latvia - Golden State
Linas Kleiza - Lithuania - Denver
Jonas Maciulis - Lithuania - Zalgiris
Ramunas Siskauskas - Lithuania CSKA Moscow
Travis Hansen - Russia - Dinamo Moscow
Rimantas Kaukenas - Lithuania - Montepaschi Siena
Sarunas Jasikevicius - Lithuania - Panathinaikos
John Robert Holden - Russia - CSKA Moscow

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International competition would be much more difficult for Team USA if the former Yugoslavia would still exist. This could be the squad:

Radoslav Nesterovic
Nenad Krstic
Darko Milicic
Vladimir Radmanovic
Bostjan Nachbar
Peja Stojakovic
Aleksandar Pavlovic
Gordan Giricek
Zoran Planinic
Sasha Vujacic
Beno Udrih
Marko Jaric

Having Vladimir Radmanovic automatically eliminates this squad from any chance of winning anything. I hate that guy.
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Old 09-02-2008, 08:49 AM   #10
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Today's Yugoslavia with the current mental state of these players would probably be a major underachiver. Serbia in the last years continuously underachieves. So does Croatia, so does Slovenia. More often than not, the chemistry between the players of these current squads is explosive in a bad way. Rebuilding is needed.
Serbia by itself always had the talent to stay at or near the top of Europe. Instead, the get eliminated from the 1st rounds of tournaments and from the Olympics. Adding Croatians and Slovenians would only increase the turmoil between them. And it's sad, because all former Yugoslavs love basketball.
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Today's Yugoslavia with the current mental state of these players would probably be a major underachiver. Serbia in the last years continuously underachieves. So does Croatia, so does Slovenia. More often than not, the chemistry between the players of these current squads is explosive in a bad way. Rebuilding is needed.
Serbia by itself always had the talent to stay at or near the top of Europe. Instead, the get eliminated from the 1st rounds of tournaments and from the Olympics. Adding Croatians and Slovenians would only increase the turmoil between them. And it's sad, because all former Yugoslavs love basketball.

definitely.

by individual talent alone, serbia is still undoubtedly stronger than anyone not named argentina or spain, but most of the best guys don't even want to bother to play for the national team, and the last time they did, they self-destructed in the worst fashion in front of their own fans. can only imagine what would happen if you put them together with croats and slovenians.

we aren't balkans for nothing.
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I remember Croatia having a very strong team in the 80's and 90's and really pushing even the original Dream Team at times. Watching Kukoc as a teenager, and watching Petrovic take on the whole team on his own was wonderful to watch.

Croatia/Serbia has been where the biggest amount of talent from overseas has come to the NBA. Producing legends such as Drazen, Kukoc, Divac, Stojakovic, Raja. All very good players with and even stars.
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Yugoslavia=combination of different counties. Its just not right. Something like USA.
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I remember Croatia having a very strong team in the 80's and 90's and really pushing even the original Dream Team at times. Watching Kukoc as a teenager, and watching Petrovic take on the whole team on his own was wonderful to watch.

Croatia/Serbia has been where the biggest amount of talent from overseas has come to the NBA. Producing legends such as Drazen, Kukoc, Divac, Stojakovic, Raja. All very good players with and even stars.

Ummm, the original Dream Team didn't get pushed by anyone ever. I believe Croatia was the best team they had to face but they still blew them out just like every other team they faced.
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I remember Croatia having a very strong team in the 80's and 90's and really pushing even the original Dream Team at times. Watching Kukoc as a teenager, and watching Petrovic take on the whole team on his own was wonderful to watch.

Croatia/Serbia has been where the biggest amount of talent from overseas has come to the NBA. Producing legends such as Drazen, Kukoc, Divac, Stojakovic, Raja. All very good players with and even stars.


yeah they pushed the dream team really hard, they only lost by 32 points.
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