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Russia vs New Zealand, Day 10 of the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Istanbul, Turkey, 06 September 2010, Eighth-Finals round

ISTANBUL (FIBA World Championship) – Giving up just a fraction over 60ppg, Turkey have been the defensive standouts of the 2010 FIBA World Championship.

Their zone in particular has given opposition headaches, but New Zealand coach Nenad Vucinic thinks teams have been attacking it the wrong way.

Vucinic has been lauded by coaches around the FIBA World Championship as a mastermind, David Blatt describing the New Zealand offence as “far more sophisticated” than others at the tournament.

Vucinic caught up with Paulo Kennedy from www.fiba.com to give an exclusive analysis of many of the contenders for the gold medal. To see the full interview go to FIBA TV.


New Zealand’s offence follows the traditional Oceania style, with lots of ball and player movement, and Vucinic believes teams need to take this approach to overcome Turkey’s zone.

“Their zone has been very, very effective for them because they are big,” he said. “I think the teams are too stationary against their zone, they have to move the ball and move the players a lot more, rather than try to position, because they cover from the three point line to inside with the length they’ve got.”

Vucinic also talks about how to exploit Lithuania at the point guard position, why Serbia is a chance to win it all, and why Spain is his favourite over the USA.


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