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    Perhaps I am off but it seems like Slovenia has a disproportionate number of players who can make it into the NBA relative to its population. Any Slovene poster have an idea? Is it something in the water? the air? I am really curious. Are sports popular in Slovenia which emphasize skills useful for basketball (ie handball)?



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    Five players in the NBA. Two more drafted. The second best point guard in Europe is Slovenian. 8 foot kid that magically appeared in the European tournament who is averaging like 12 blocks a game.

    It must be the water or air or something. Though having an average height in the country of 6-foot-5 doesn't hurt.

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    and that pissing me off a bit.
    You know Poland has almost 40 mln. people Slovenia about 2 milions.
    Our sport sucks with just few exceptions
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    Five players in the NBA. Two more drafted. The second best point guard in Europe is Slovenian. 8 foot kid that magically appeared in the European tournament who is averaging like 12 blocks a game.

    It must be the water or air or something. Though having an average height in the country of 6-foot-5 doesn't hurt.
    6'5? no way...it must be high then
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    Five players in the NBA. Two more drafted. The second best point guard in Europe is Slovenian.
    and probablly best PF in europe is also Slovenian. Smodis, he talked to few nba teams this summer, but now he decided to sign 5M three year contract with CSKA Moscow.

    It must be the water or air or something.
    maybe.. but there is such a big number of great players, playing all over europe that we canīt believe how we hadnīt made a bigger result on any championship. we need to wait a few months, ...and blow away french team for breakfast!!!

    and iīm 6―0, but i dunked first time with both hands on my 16 birthsday.

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    and that pissing me off a bit.
    You know Poland has almost 40 mln. people Slovenia about 2 milions.
    Our sport sucks with just few exceptions

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    Backyard weightlifting?

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    Have some respect for the world's strongest man...Poland had to choose, world's strongest man, or basketball players...

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    Backyard weightlifting?
    hehe Pudzian
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    I would like to react. I've seen on french tv that a survey showed that the number of people around 7 foot is so important in all the ex Yugoslavia compared to France, it was like 10 times more at least, which is huge. It seems to be due to the mountain chain surrending those countries.
    Furthermore, the basketball culture seems to be more important in ex Yugoslavia, I've talked with some Serbian / Croatian friends about that and they really consider this sport as number one with football, which is really different for other countries. (football is THE sport in Europe & Latin America)

    So I would say height & cutlture could explain that fact.

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    http://www.findarticles.com/p/articl...19/ai_20159533

    Consider these statistics: in 1850 Americans were the tallest people in the world, with American men averaging 5'6". Almost 150 years later, American men now average 5'8", but we have fallen in the standings and are now only the third tallest people in the world. In first place are the Dutch. Back in 1850 they averaged only 5'4" -- the shortest men in Europe -- but today they are a towering 5'10"

    Maybe the spurs should be scouting for the next dunking dutchman...?
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    Marcus, that first picture of the village by the sea is really beautiful... what is it off and where did yo get it?

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    Marcus, that first picture of the village by the sea is really beautiful... what is it off and where did yo get it?
    I think he get it from the google site

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    Is it Slovenia?

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    maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan

    must be

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    If so... wow! Slovenia is even more beautiful than I imagined! = )

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    That picture makes me think of a fairy tale land. Magical!

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    Mountains and lakes are beutifull always. Then the photographers comes to work and then you have pictures like that.
    We also have got some mountains

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    tell me about poland... like what time is it there now?

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    11 am nothing special after all.
    What do you want to know?
    Do you know that Poland is in Europe? The Europe is continent just like America.
    We've got some mountains some sea some stupid politicians, and some stupid people.
    We are not ver weathy country. But it is not that bad as many think (I think)

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    Wow seven hours difference.

    There has to be something unique about your country that you boast about... tell me that.

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    The picture above is Bled and the church in the front is on the island in the middle of a lake.




    Krvavec ski slope


    vineyard form Stajerska region


    slovenian coast


    Postojna cave


    rafting on the Soca river


    Triglav, the highest Slovenian mountain

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    Yes - corruption.
    And finding the ways how to be smarter than the law.

    But we've got some beautifull women , (hehe the region)
    Weather is well in summer hot (but not that much) and in winter snows (sometimes heavily).

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    BTW, Krakow and Gdansk are much more beautiful than any of the slovenian cities.

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    aha and in Poland there are many old bulildings, architectry and stuff like that.

    Also great wivs but I think Slovenia has got more of them (a bit)

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    BTW, Krakow and Gdansk are much more beautiful than any of the slovenian cities.
    Maybe.
    I live 20km from Gdansk.
    But I was never in keen of the cityies

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    That's lake Bled. A small alpine lake in the North west of Slovenia (the church in the foreground is actually on a small island, it has a bell you can ring and make a wish, it is supposed to be very effective in matters of the heart). A few miles further there's also lake Bohinj that many consider even prettier although not so photogenic.

    As for the Marcus' question I honestly do not know. Basketball is very popular in Slovenia and there's a lot of "open" courts all over the place where you will see young people playing "street" basketball all day long. Tradition is also important since Basketball was a very popular sport in our former country - to this day people speak about Yugoslavia's win over the Soviet Union for the world championship title. Another reason is also that the Yugoslav school of coaching is one of the best and has dominated european basketballs for many years.
    In all fairness - I hope other Slovenian posters here can prove me wrong - NBA knowledge is not very good. People that know about what is going on in the NBA are usually part of a fanatical minority - the general public knows very little about it (beside the usual populistic crap that medias are serving all over the world).

    I'm sure all of the above are contributing factors, but it is true also for many other countries - so it might be the water
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    Uros Slokar is playing very well in the Summer Pro League.


    vs. mavs 9 points (2-2 FG, 5-5 FT), 4 rebounds in 18 minutes
    vs. heat 20 points (7-10 FG, 6-8 FT), 9 rebounds in 30 minutes
    vs. grizzlies 8 points (3-7 FG, 2-4 FT), 6 rebounds in 22 min
    vs. lakers 20 points (6-9 FG, 1-1 3pts, 7-11 FT), 10 rebounds in 34 min

    averages:
    14,25 ppg
    64,3% FG
    100% 3FG
    71,4% FT
    7,25 RPG

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    Uros Slokar is playing very well in the Summer Pro League.


    vs. mavs 9 points (2-2 FG, 5-5 FT), 4 rebounds in 18 minutes
    vs. heat 20 points (7-10 FG, 6-8 FT), 9 rebounds in 30 minutes
    vs. grizzlies 8 points (3-7 FG, 2-4 FT), 6 rebounds in 22 min
    vs. lakers 20 points (6-9 FG, 1-1 3pts, 7-11 FT), 10 rebounds in 34 min

    averages:
    14,25 ppg
    64,3% FG
    100% 3FG
    71,4% FT
    7,25 RPG

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    Thanks Slomo! I am definitely want to visit that church when I save enough to go to Slovenia--- maybe next summer! = )

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