NBA players are used to stringing games together, although the league tries to adjust the schedule as best as possible over the years. For FIBA? There is obviously still work, since Evan Fournier is the first to have criticized the setting up of the meetings. However, he is not the only one to think so, since Luka Doncic came to support him a few hours later.
In a few weeks, the various NBA players will find their respective franchise for a new regular season. If some are still warm, and even on vacation, others are already on the court with the EuroBasket 2022. This is the case of Nikola Jokic, Evan Fournier, Giannis Antetokounmpo or Luka Doncic, to name a few. . Players that will have to be watched closely next year in the NBA, especially given the FIBA schedule.
Indeed, this Euro is not easy, it is enough for that to see the intensity of the meetings. The duration of the matches is slightly shorter, but the players give even more on the field, especially since there is a competition to be won at the end. It’s not easy, especially since FIBA does not really try to spare the main players, such as Evan Fournier has just made it clear to the media.
Luka Doncic in support of Evan Fournier!
The Frenchman, not known for keeping his tongue in his pocket, was a little annoyed at the sequence of matches. The Blues do not have much time to rest, which weighs on their body. We can also talk about the risk of injury, which is very high, especially for NBA players and the upcoming schedule for the regular season. At least Evan isn’t the only one who thinks so, since Luka Doncic approved.
We will have to play 4 games in 5 days with Slovenia. Yesterday we theoretically had two games in just 24 hours. So yes, I think changes are needed for everyone. We all work the same way, with much less rest. It’s a problem for injuries obviously. We are more exposed to all that, especially with our franchises who must be unhappy.
Injuries are obviously the biggest risk with this series of matches. The risks are greater, not to mention the long-term consequences. Remember that Doncic himself is hit in the wrist, and even if it is nothing serious according to the first echoes, the current calendar does not really allow him to breathe a little. The Mavs player is therefore the first to hope for changes:
I can only agree with Evan Fournier for once. More rest is always a good thing.
Evan Fournier and Luka Doncic have the same vision of player rest, and we can imagine that given the series of matches in this competition, they are not the only ones to think so. It’s a little too late for today, but FIBA will have to sort this out, and quickly.