About the conditions: “The arena is very good indeed. Everything is alright, we don’t have any problems – the hotel is good, the food is also fine. What else do we need?”
About New Zealand: “They have a couple of brighter players, Kirk Penney is their scorer. We’ll have to stop him. They’re playing some interesting offense with a lot of screens. It’s a good team and a good game is ahead.
They have players, who can shoot. There are no special big men in the post, therefore they’ll rely on long range shooting. It will be hard to stop them if they get on fire early on. We can’t allow them to do so. If we deal with them defensively in the beginning of the game, everything will be alright.
We need to fight for a victory and believe in ourselves. We already have confidence but the victory would bring an extra boost. It’s good to have a chance to get things rolling before we meet the strongest teams of the tournament.”