Indian Men’s Basketball Coach Veselin Matic will retain the top job for the next three years, with the eventual aim to bring India within the top eight teams in Asia.

Responding to a question regarding his tenure (that was reported to have expired in May this year), Matic confirmed he will remain at the helm till 2024. The year 2024 is significant because it will mark the Paris Olympics, the ultimate goal for any Indian basketball team.

Indian Men's Basketball Coach Veselin Matic 2021 FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers

Enjoy being Indian Men’s Basketball Coach: Matic

Speaking at the post-game press conference after the FIBA Asia Cup Qualifying win over Palestine, Matic spoke about embracing challenges.

“I enjoy coaching in India. We are in a process…that we make a different basketball in India (sic). It is for me something that is a challenge. I tried it with Syria and succeeded… I tried with Iran I succeeded… I tried with Lebanon also. This [coaching in India] is a new project for me. [Because of] COVID little bit we have slowed down (sic)…without COVID we would have been in the [Asia Cup] Championship a lot more easily. But it’s okay. [COVID] has also given certain advantages…we know what we want [now].”

The coach also highlighted the talent of the next generation of Indian men’s basketball players.

Pranav Prince has NBA Potential

“We have talent… lots of talent. Half the young players you’ve seen today [in the game against Palestine]….yesterday [against Saudi Arabia] the injured player [Pranav Prince]…he’s NBA potential…an over 2 mtr (6’7”) guard. We have many good players who in the future can be a [strong] factor in Asian basketball.

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