In a press conference that took place early Wednesday morning in Belgrade, Serbia’s coach Sasa Djordjevic revealed that Boban Marjanovic will be out of the country’s national team this summer and won’t play in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
Injury is not the factor for Marjanovic not being able to play but stating, the circumstances with his NBA contract and him being a free-agent has disrupted him from playing for the Serbian team. Marjanovic went on to state that he does want to play for his country in Rio and that it has been a life-long dream for him to dawn the colors of his native Serbia.
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Djordjevic mentioned that Marjanovic was ready to play for the National Team and as of Tuesday, he stated he wasn’t available.
“20 days ago Boban Marjanovic told me that he would play for the national team. Yesterday he said no. I’m upset because of it, said Djordjevic. “And Nikola Milutinov dropped out of the national team. He wants to play in the NBA Summer League. I have to say that these are some things I cannot explain”, he commented.
Marjanovic relased a statement to Eurohoops.net and stated he has dreamt of playing for Serbia in the Olympic Games.
“Playing in this jersey has always evoked special emotions. My desire to play for the national team has never been disputed, neither is now. I want to play for Serbia in the Olympic Games, it’s one of my dreams.
The 27-year old center is convinced that his Serbian team will qualify to the Olympic Games and hopes that he will be able to fight for a spot on the 12 man team heading into Rio.