Bojan Bogdanovic is now free to join his Nets teammates in New Jersey. Croatia is out of Eurobasket following a 80-59 blowout loss to the Czech Republic, ending a disappointing tournament. for both him and the team.
Following a 9-0 run in friendly games, Croatia sleep-walked through group play, then was destroyed by the Czechs in Lille, France, Sunday. The Czech Republic was led by 6'11" former Wizard Jan Vesely, who had 20 points and 13 rebounds, and future Wizard Tomas Satoransky, a 6'7" point guard, who had 11 assists to go with this 10 points.
Bogdanovic, who suffered both an ankle sprain and a concussion in group play, had another mediocre game, with 12 points on 5-of-14 shooting, including 1-of-5 from deep, which actual improved on his three point shooting percentage for the tournament. In six games, Bogdanovic shot only 17.2 from deep. He averaged 11 points. Two years ago, Bogdanovic was first team All-Eurobasket, along with Tony Parker, Marc Gasol and Goran Dragic.
The 26-year-old's medical condition is not viewed as an issue by the Nets. There's no indication when he will fly to New York.
Igor Marinovic of Croatia's Sportske Novosti, who often writes for NetsDaily, said the Croatians had "mental issues" and took the Czechs for granted.
That's what happens when you think more about your next opponent (Serbia) then current one (Czechs) #EuroBasket2015— Igor Marinovic (@sofoklo13) September 13, 2015
Sunday's defeat means Croatia cannot qualify for the Olympics next year in Rio de Janeiro.
Andrea Bargnani's Italian team plays Israel later Sunday.
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