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Even before USA loss, Heatís BD Dragic questioned World Cup legitimacy
 

 
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Even before the United States lost Wednesday to France and was eliminated from medal contention, Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic viewed the event as less than a true world championship.
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Because of the revised procedure for the event, which included qualifying games during the NBA season, Dragic and emerging NBA star Luka Doncic were unable to participate. That kept Slovenia, the defending European champion, out of the competition. The United States, by contrast, qualified behind the play of rosters cobbled together from the G League.

“If I’m honest,” Dragic said after returning from Slovenia to resume training at AmericanAirlines Arena, “I don’t even watch it because I feel like this World Cup is not the best by quality with all the best European teams. Some of them didn’t qualify because of changing the rules. FIBA made qualification throughout the season, so all the best players couldn’t play.”

With the World Cup also serving as the primary qualifier for next summer's Japan Olympics, it puts Slovenia in another difficult position. The United States qualified for the Olympics by reaching the quarterfinals of the World Cup, a run that ended with Wednesday's 89-79 loss to France in China.
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 1 week ago '17        #2
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n*ggas slapping but aint clearly read Dragon's statement

all he's saying is that him Luka and Slovenia shoulve been in the tourney with other Euro teams and I dont blame him Slovenia couldve been a medal finish team clearly

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 CEITEDMOFO said


Even before the United States lost Wednesday to France and was eliminated from medal contention, Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic viewed the event as less than a true world championship.

Because of the revised procedure for the event, which included qualifying games during the NBA season, Dragic and emerging NBA star Luka Doncic were unable to participate. That kept Slovenia, the defending European champion, out of the competition. The United States, by contrast, qualified behind the play of rosters cobbled together from the G League.

ďIf Iím honest,Ē Dragic said after returning from Slovenia to resume training at AmericanAirlines Arena, ďI donít even watch it because I feel like this World Cup is not the best by quality with all the best European teams. Some of them didnít qualify because of changing the rules. FIBA made qualification throughout the season, so all the best players couldnít play.Ē

With the World Cup also serving as the primary qualifier for next summer's Japan Olympics, it puts Slovenia in another difficult position. The United States qualified for the Olympics by reaching the quarterfinals of the World Cup, a run that ended with Wednesday's 89-79 loss to France in China.



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