Nikola Kalinic may not play for Serbia in the 2023 Basketball World Cup, which will take place in Japan, Indonesia and the Philippines in late summer (August 25 – September 10).
The Serbian forward admitted that he still hasn’t made a decision on his future with the national team and whether he will be available for summer’s major tournament or he will take time off to rest.
“Oh, I don’t know, to tell you the truth. We’ll see what happens in the summer. Honestly, it gets harder and harder for me every season, I feel more and more pain in my knees, Achilles tendons, and back.
We’ll see, I’ll talk with the head coach and my family, with everyone, and we’ll find the best decision,” Nikola Kalinic said in an interview with Sasa Ozmo from SportKlub Srbija.
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Currently playing for Barcelona, Nikola Kalinic is not expected to finish the season before mid-June, therefore he will have about five to six weeks to rest before joining Serbia’s training camp in late July.
Serbia will participate in the 32nd edition of the Acropolis Tournament in mid-August (8-10), taking on hosts Greece and Italy en route to the 2023 Basketball World Cup. The games will be played at OAKA Altion in Athens.