Vlatko Cancar staying ready to aid Denver Nuggets following excellent Summer Olympics with Slovenia
V. Cancar Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
Vlatko Cancar’s Olympic experience was unaffected by the fact that he was a basket short of showcasing his talents against the best basketball team in the world.
Currently in his third year with the Denver Nuggets, Cancar was one of two NBA players on Slovenia’s roster alongside Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic.
After losing in the semis to eventual champion France by a score of 90–89, Slovenia’s chances of winning a medal were dashed when they were defeated by Australia in the bronze medal match.
Cancar concluded with 11 points and nine rebounds against France, who fell to a United States team studded of NBA stars in the gold-medal game.
He added eight points and four rebounds in the final game of his first Olympics.
In the group round, he led Slovenia with 22 points in a win over Spain and gained some bragging rights against Nuggets teammate Facundo Campazzo with 12 points in a win over Argentina in Slovenia’s first Olympic basketball game.
I Enjoyed Myself and Learned a lot.
Just to represent my nation, Slovenia, was an honour. I think the moment that remained with me the most was the opening ceremony when Naomi Osaka sparked the fire to start the Olympics.
I still feel chills now. I think it’s simply incredibly wonderful, being at the Olympics,” Cancar remarked.
“All in all, it was a good summer.”
The hope is that fun spills over into the season.
Cancar hasn’t had many chances to go up against the top players in the world, as he’s yet to crack seven minutes per game in the NBA.
In limited action last year, he averaged 2.1 points and 1.2 boards a contest. Cancar is prepared for that opportunity this year by returning to his NBA-entry weight and claiming to feel more nimble as a result.
I know that we are a Tremendously good Squad, a Championship Team.
My job description consists mostly of learning to adapt to any circumstance that may arise. I think that’s going to be really helpful me in the future for my basketball career.
Whatever place that I’m put in and the function that I’m allocated to is going to assist me a lot,” Cancar added.
“(My) expectations include being ready every minute that I get an opportunity to play.”