– I am not one of those people who like to ask – said Igor Milicić on TVP Sport. He – together with his chosen ones – is preparing for his debut as the coach of the Polish national basketball team.
Press materials / Wojciech Figurski / 400mm.pl / In the photo: Igor Milicić and the players of the Polish national team
From Monday, the Biało-Czerwoni are preparing in Warsaw for the first matches of the qualifying round of the World Cup. This time the team is led by Igor Milicić, who replaced Mike Taylor as the head coach of the Polish national team in October.
In the first “window” our team will face Israel (Thursday, 6:00 pm) and Germany (Sunday, 8:00 pm). Estonia is the last group rival.
How does Milicić assess the chances of promotion? – I’m not one of those people who like to guess. I only look ahead to the next game. I have no thoughts on what our chances are. We fight, we win and we go further – this is my thought – he said in the TVP Sport program “Sports Evening”.
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Milicić made a revolution in the composition. What was it about? For a strong rejuvenation. It is vain to look for such names as Aaron Cel, Adam Hrycaniuk or AJ Slaughter. They are ready to help, but …
– We are going towards rejuvenating this staff. These players have something to prove – admitted the coach. – We want Poland to have someone to play at a high level for many years to come. If we do not give the youth a chance now, we may miss such a moment of generation change and be left with nothing for the future.
The game plan is simple. It has to be fast, dynamic and aggressive. This is the only way for Biało-Czerwoni to succeed. – We have to dominate the defense in order to aggressively destroy those better-quality or more experienced rivals who stand in front of them – admitted Milicić.
– I think that these players are physically adapted to this kind of basketball. This is a good time to see if our youth has a chance to fight for something great – he concluded.
The Poles will play in Tel Aviv on Thursday, and three days later in Lublin they will play against Germany. It is already known that Michał Michalak and Michał Sokołowski will certainly be missing from the group members due to an injury. Due to his club duties, Mateusz Ponitka will not join the team until the second match of the Polish team.
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