Day 1 of the FIBA EuroBasket went underway yesterday, and we already had some great games, plays, and performances. Some of the biggest stars in the game were out, but one of the biggest stories was an off-court incident that happened to the Slovenian National Team.
Call an Uber
The Slovenian National Team is the defending champion and one of the biggest favorites to win the EuroBasket again this year. Still, the path to glory won't be easy with the competition as stiff as ever. For Game 1 in Köln, Germany, Luka, Dragic, and the co. had the difficult task of facing Lithuania, led by the Twin Towers of Domantas Sabonis and Jonas Valanciunas.
But what happened to them before the game wasn't the best start. The team bus that was supposed to be in front of the hotel to take them to the arena never showed up. But Luka and the team improvised, calling up a couple of local taxis to take them to the game.
Goran Dragic, the team's captain, made sure to call out Fiba after the game on Twitter, as there were videos and photos of the Slovenian players actually riding in the taxies.
They still got the win
But the ride there wasn't too bad, as it didn't affect their performance. In a tough battle between two great teams, Slovenia would prevail with the 92-85 win and start their run in the best way possible.
Their center Mike Tobey led the way with 24 points and 8 rebounds, while Luka (14p,10a,6r) and G. Dragic (19p, 3r,3a) helped close the deal. On the other side, Sabonis and Valanciunas both underperformed, but the outings from Kuzminskas(19 points) and Grigonis(18 points) almost led them to a big win.
The taxi incident wasn't too big of a deal, as the Slovenians had fun with it and probably gave their drivers a unique experience with a solid tip. From EuroBasket's and Fiba's side, it was probably just a scheduling mishap that you don't often see, as the rest of the competition has been stellar so far.