Dzanan Musa has a few things in common with his friend Luka Doncic. The two men are the same age – 23 – and were both drafted in 2018. Since then, the Slovenian – n°3 in this Draft – has become one of the best NBA players where the Bosnian (29th pick ) returned to Europe after two tasteless years with the Nets (4 points on average and 49 games played).
Yesterday, the two men crossed swords at the Euro. And Dzanan Musa (22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists) stole the show from the Mavs player (16 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists) during Bosnia and Herzegovina’s surprise victory over Slovenia. ” I don’t look at individual stats. I’m just happy to help the team win, that’s the most important thing », start reacting one of the heroes of this day of competition.
His performance in this meeting, scrutinized by some NBA observers – Chauncey Billups was for example present to follow his teammate Jusuf Nurkic – undoubtedly allowed to send a message.
“ Everyone doubted me. There was a time when it was difficult for me to find the way. Rio Breogan helped me regain my confidence and today Real Madrid trusted me “, Continues the rear, MVP of the Spanish championship with the first team mentioned, before being recruited by the second this summer.
One of the best scorers in the Euro
The doubts concerning him still seem to be fading, match after match, on the scene of European competition. After three games, he is one of the best scorers of this Euro with almost 24 points on average (62% on shots), 5 assists and 4 rebounds, and one of the best ratings.
In its wake, Bosnia and Herzegovina (2 wins – 1 loss) took another step towards what few connoisseurs would have imagined: qualification for the 1/8th finals. His team, like Hungary, seemed to evolve a good tone below the four other formations of this group B, all likely to aim for the podium (Slovenia, France, Lithuania and Germany).
” We talk about it in the locker room. Everyone says that in this group, these two teams (Bosnia and Hungary) have nothing special, we feed on it. At the Euro, anything is possible. When you beat one of the best teams in the world, you gain confidence and you also get respect from other teams. No one sees Bosnia anymore and says, ‘Aaah, Bosnia, those guys…’. They see guys who have beaten some of the best teams in the world twice in ten days “, welcomes Dzanan Musa, referring to their victory against France in qualifying for the World Cup.
This Euro therefore seems to have a taste of revenge on several levels for the person concerned. He intends to continue to show our country that anything is possible. We are close to doing something big and I think we are going to do it. »