|Host City: Kayseri|
|Host City: Istanbul|
|Host City: Ankara|
|5. Puerto Rico||1/4||6|
|6. Cote d'Ivoire||1/4||6|
|Host City: Izmir|
|3. New Zealand||3/2||8|
|#||Name||P||Height||DOB||Place Of Birth||Club|
|14/05/1983||Ljubljana, Slovenia||Montepaschi Siena, Lega A (ITA)|
|09/07/1978||Ljubljana, Slovenia||FC Barcelona, ACB (ESP)|
|18/01/1984||Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina||Unics Kazan, Superleague A (RUS)|
|19/05/1981||Maribor, Slovenia||Union Ljubljana, 1. A SKL (SLO)|
|19/08/1987||Novo Mesto, Slovenia||Partizan, KLS (SRB)|
|02/08/1979||Celje, Slovenia||Estudiantes, ACB (ESP)|
|03/07/1980||Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia||Efes Pilsen, TBL (TUR)|
|06/05/1986||Ljubljana, Slovenia||Phoenix Suns, NBA (USA)|
|23/05/1974||Koper, Slovenia||Vršac, KLS (SRB)|
|13/09/1982||Kranj, Slovenia||St. Petersburg, Superleague A (RUS)|
|14/09/1987||Ljubljana, Slovenia||Fenerbahçe Ülker, TBL (TUR)|
|02/10/1979||Postojna, Slovenia||Milwaukee Bucks, NBA (USA)|
|Min||Minutes played||Tot||Total rebounds||BS||Block Shots|
|%||Shooting percentage||PF||Personal fouls||G||Played Games|
The Slovenian National Team is going to have to find the answer to this question in order to succeed: is it possible to replace the Lorbek brothers? Difficult - but not impossible.
In Poland last year, Erazem Lorbek (16.4 points 52.4% shooting and 7.4 rebounds) was the second best inside player in the tournament after MVP and champion Pau Gasol. He carried his team throughout the competition, displaying a unique set of offensive skills. His brother, Domen was not so impressive on the statistical sheets but he brought defense and a lot of spirit to the team.
In Turkey, head coach Mehmed Becirovic, a rookie at the international level, won’t have the Lorbek brothers to guide the team. Add to that the absence of influential leader Matjaz Smodis, who was injured all season.
The biggest challenge for Slovenia then is to find someone to replace Lorbek and Smodis in the paint. Uros Slokar now has the experience and the shooting range to be a good power-forward. With Primoz Brezec at centre, the starting five is going to hold its ground. On the bench, Becirovic will have to count on a new generation of big guys – Gasper Vidmar and Hasan Rivzic. .
On the perimeter however, Slovenia is going to be very dangerous. Firstly, it would probably be a good idea to try playing Jaka Lakovic and Goran Dragic at the same time on the court. Dragic can fill the shooting guard position and defend stronger guards. The creativity, experience and shooting abilities of those two would create a terrible threat in offence for opponents.
Slovenia were dealt a blow during their preparations for the FIBA World Championship when guard Beno Udrih quit the National Team’s training camp because he was unhappy at being asked to back up Lakovic. This will likely open up more playing time for coach Becirovic’s son Sani as well as Beno’s brother Samo or even Dragic’s kid brother Zoran.
Even without Beno, the Slovenian guards can compete with just about any team. They are not very tall, but it would not be too much of a problem because the forwards on the team have great size for their position.
Over the years, Bostjan Nachbar has developed as one of the best forwards in the FIBA game, and on the bench, the old warrior Goran Jagodnik is also tall and a good shooter. With the Dragic brothers, coach Becirovic might be able to overcome the absence of the ‘Lorbek Bros’! In Slovenia, a small country of two millions inhabitants, basketball is a family thing!
|2006||U20 European Championship Men DIVISION A||3rd|
|2004||European Championship for Men U20||1st|
|2002||European Championship for Junior Men||2nd|
|2000||European Championship for Young Men||1st|
|1999||European Youth Olympic Days Basketball Tournament for Junior Men||3rd|
|1998||European Championship for Men '22 and Under'||2nd|