Luka Doncic talked about the upcoming FIBA EuroBasket (September 1-18) and the effort of Slovenia to defend its title.
The superstar of the Dallas Mavericks said the team will travel to Germany to win the tournament for a second straight time.
“We are going to Germany to win gold. In every competition where we compete, the goal must always be the first place. We will do everything for it, but we will see if we make it. In 2017, no one took us seriously when we announced our attack on the gold medal, today is different. It’s nice when you see that everyone will make an extra effort against us to win.
I’m not in top shape yet, but it will be until the European Championship. I was surprised myself with my performance in the game against Istanbul, it was better than I thought it would be. But it will soon get even better,” Luka Doncic told Slovenian media on Tuesday, via eurohoops.net.
Dan pred @TelemachSi spektaklom med 🇸🇮 in 🇷🇸 v ljubljanskih Stožicah so se o odličnem vzdušju v #mojtim prepričali tudi predstavniki sedme sile.
Tekmo z začetkom ob 20.15 uri si boste lahko ogledali na @Sport_Klub_Slo. #WinForSlovenia 🏀🇸🇮💪 @SloveniaInfo
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— Košarkarska zveza SIovenije (@kzs_si) August 16, 2022
With Goran Dragic and Luka Doncic headlining the roster, the Slovenians enter the EuroBasket as the grand favorite to repeat.
Slovenia will wrap up its preparation this week and will face Eastonia (August 25) and Germany (August 28) in the tip-off of the Second Round of the Basketball World Cup Qualifiers.
They will then travel to Cologne in late August and will take on Lithuania, Hungary, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Germany, and France in the group stage of the EuroBasket (Group B).