With the NBA season still a solid while away from starting, the eyes of basketball fans worldwide are on EuroBasket. The tournament's standing has increased quite a bit during this iteration, the MVP, arguably the best player in the world and the best young superstar in the world are all playing in the competition. Luka Doncic made some insane highlight plays in a recent game against France, and Giannis Antetokounmpo and Nikola Jokic keep dominating like only they can.
The tournament has entered the knockout stage now, and with many contenders for the crown, the focus is on the best teams. And while some teams are thriving and growing in popularity, others have not had it so good. Bosnia and Herzegovina, despite having NBA talent like Jusuf Nurkic, lost 3 of their group stage games and were eliminated from the competition.
While questions are being asked of the players and the coaching staff, there seems to be another issue that the team faced during the tournament. Nurkic has spoken about the situation the Bosnian players were facing off the court, and the picture he has painted is not a flattering one.
Jusuf Nurkic Highlighted The Terrible Conditions The Bosnian Players Were Staying In
Jusuf Nurkic is called the Bosnian Beast by some, and while he is proud of his teammates and countrymen, he asked some tough questions in light of Bosnia's disappointing performance. As per Basket News, he called out the Federation over the lack of support for the team.
"It starts with the Federation. What do we have? Do we have people who lead it, do we get a coach 10 days before? A lot of things happen before sport, sport is the easiest part.
"Give me the President of the Association, the director, and the Board of Directors, and Bosnia and Herzegovina will never have problems with preparations, hotels, or food again. If you can do that, I am ready to take over all the functions myself if it's up to me.
"What's the point if four players sleep in one bed, if we don't solve some things that are priorities? People have to understand that the national team is above everything, in any matter, we have to know that the athletes are given the best conditions.
"We will not progress, we can do these miracles, because these are miracles, because you leave with 12 guys who absolutely gave their maximum. I'm proud of everyone because they gave their last atom of strength to do their best. I really can't blame anyone."
These are very strong words from Nurkic, who seems very frustrated with the facilities at the team's disposal. EuroBasket is a prestigious tournament, and the team will have felt like they could have done more. Whether his harsh words bring about some actual change remains to be seen, but he has certainly made a solid effort.