AdamTheGreek wrote:Not 100% or not, he still needs to be on that squad.
Yeah that's what everyone was thinking too .. Our current starting center (Van Den Spiegel) played for Real Madrid a couple of seasons and is pretty good too, but a guy like Mbenga can be very valuable. Big body, shot-blocker, experience at a high level.
Rasho Brezec wrote:Doesn't he have ego issues?
Not really, there's an issue not directly related to the National team itself that seems to be the problem.
To make a long story short, he has a pretty big feud with the manager that discovered him. And that guy happens to be a Basketball legend in our country, and a lot of people (probably including our coach) don't appreciate that ..
Ego isn't really an issue with DJ. He was at every qualifying game despite not being on the roster. I think the biggest problem with the coach is that he has a policy of only wanting to play guys that actually play with their teams. DJ hasn't played a minute of professional ball in months now, and that's the dilemma.
On one side there's the coach's policy, but on the other side DJ's a great defender, shot-blocker and there are A LOT of good Centers in this tournament so you will need a guy like him to match up with those other big guys ..