Nemanja Nedovic tells what Pesic has changed in his coaching style

2022-08-03 18:27
Credit: FIBA
Credit FIBA

Nemanja Nedovic will make his long-awaited comeback to the Serbian national team this month.

Besides two matches in the FIBA World Cup Qualifiers in 2019, the last time former Panathinaikos OPAP Athens guard played for his home country was in 2016 during the Olympic Games in Brazil.

"It's a nice feeling, I wanted to play national basketball," Nedovic told today. "The last time I played in Rio was in 2016, then due to various unfortunate circumstances, I could not be on the team. I'm ready, I see the others are ready too. We have a great squad, we look quite powerful, I'm looking forward to everything to come."

Nemanja Nedovic

Nemanja  Nedovic
Position: PG, SG
Age: 31
Height: 191 cm
Weight: 88 kg
Birth place: Serbia

Nedovic will once again play under coach Svetislav Pesic, his first time since 2012 when the guard played for Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade, a team he came back to play in this offseason.

Pesic is usually known as one of the strictest coaches in European basketball. The things have changed, however, Nedovic says.

"This is a different story. He was very harsh and strict before. Now he is more flexible, moodier," the player explained. "He is aware that these are all players who have been playing at the top level for many years. We have Jokic, who is probably the best player in the world right now. It is important that we adapt to him and he to us, to create a good atmosphere, the rest will be easy."

Serbia will face the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Finland, Israel, and Poland from 2 to 8 September in Group D in Prague.

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