Palavra skips season due to thrombosis, Bambur 3 months out for tendon injury.
This year’s 3×3 season could not start up worse for team Vitez, currently best ranked team from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Their best player and leader of the team Željko Palavra will miss the season due to deep vein thrombosis diagnosed at the hospital in Nova Bila.
Željko Palavra, a member of the basketball team Kakanj which participated in this year’s Bosnia and Herzegovina basketball league playoffs, had just returned to the court after knee injury.
Two games played with thrombosis
„After the game and the massage, the muscles of my limbs were swollen, and people in the club thought the muscles had been damaged. As the pain was getting stronger I went to a medical examination where ultrasound was done by doctors to determine thrombosis. I have played two games in this condition and I’ve had a lot of luck.
I’ll have to be at the hospital for a few more days, strictly resting,“ said Palavra, currently ranked 40th at the FIBA 3×3 Players Ranking.
Palavra is aware that the diagnosis is not good or encouraging.
“Well, it seems that it’s time for me to skip one year after almost 10 consecutive basketball and streetball seasons. I hope it will only be one year, but the priority now for me is to start walking first and then to gradually and qualitatively recover.
I’m sorry I will not have the chance to play at the Lipik Challenger this year, because of the beatiful memories associated with Lipik and the people involved in the tournament. At the same time, reliving that unforgettable emotion in Lipik is an additional motivation for me to return to the court,“ said Palavra.
Adi Bambur injured
As if the problems with Palavra were not enough, Adi Bambur was injured and will pause for at least three months due to tendon injury.
The new unfavorable circumstances determine the plans and goals of team Vitez for this year’s 3×3 season. However, as Ranko Križanović points out – there will be no withdrawal!
„Of course these circumstances had disrupted us, but we will try to get the maximum out of this season. The new member of our team is Nedim Mustafica, an excellent player who will bring additional quality to our team. We are negotiating with Siniša Štemberger who is also interested in joining us,“ said Križanović.
Siniša Štemberger is currently ranked 30th at the FIBA 3×3 Players Ranking.
Nedim Mustafica (26 years old, 200 cm), played for a number of 3×3 teams last season. Among others, he was a member of the Croatian team Zagreb at the tournaments held in Pale and Stara Gradiška.
Team Vitez Ecos Romari is currently ranked 11th at the FIBA 3×3 Team Ranking. They were a big surprise at the Lipik Challenger 2016 with their first appearance in the Challenger Final which led them to the Prague Masters where they were defeated by team Saskatoon in the semi final.
Last year they had won their first Challenger in Odense, Denmark.
“We plan to participate 4 or 5 Challengers this season and hopefully qualify for a few Wourld Tour Masters events. We had received an invitation for the Moscow Challenger, and we will probably play in The Hague and Ulaanbaatar too.
Of course, we hope for a chance to perform in Lipik for which we are attached by beautiful memories. As for the goals, we would be very pleased to finish the season in the Top 10 teams,“ Križanović concludes.
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