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National team in good hands with Pesic

No one had any doubts about Svetislav Pesic leading Germany into next year’s EuroBasket when he was put in charge of the national team earlier this year.

Pesic is one of the best international basketball coaches of all time, the man who guided the Germans to the 1993 European Championship  and in 2001 steered the former Yugoslavia to EuroBasket gold.

The very next year, Pesic had the reins when Yugoslavia travelled to Indianapolis, Indiana, and won the world title on American soil.

They beat Argentina in a thrilling Final  that went to overtime.

This week, Pesic steered the Germans to a 79-69  victory over Bulgaria , a result that kept his side unbeaten in the Qualification Round for next year’s EuroBasket in Slovenia and also punched his team’s ticket to the competition.

It was a sixth triumph in as many games for Pesic and Co.

They top Group B ahead of surprising Azerbaijan (4-3), Bulgaria (3-4), Sweden  (3-3) and Luxembourg  (0-6).

Ever the perfectionist, Pesic doesn’t kid himself about the current status of Germany’s national team, one that doesn’t have the greaT Dirk Norwitzki or his fellow NBA man Chris Kaman

What Pesic does have is a side that works as hard as any on the continent.

He embraces his role as the coach of a national team that is trying to be among the best in Europe.

Pesic always loves a challenge.

“It is very important for a coach to be motivated,” he said.

“I am very motivated by the energy and enthusiasm of my players.

“And this is why my job makes sense to me.

“We have reached our first goal but many more are yet to come. We still have things to work on.”

One aim was to get to the EuroBasket.

Another will be to book a place at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup  in Spain, with the EuroBasket serving as a qualifying event for that great tournament.

Robin Benzing is leading the German team with an average of 12.7 points per game and 2.15m center Tibor PleiB is playing his best basketball in a national team shirt, averaging 12.5 points and 9.3 rebounds.

Germany have many more weapons.

Their biggest is the willingness to play as a team.

One certainty is that the more time that Pesic has with Germany, the better they will become.

 

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