He is not a Buck anymore, having been traded to Los Angeles Clippers (and subsequently waived) in the trade that fetched Jared Dudley and a future first-round pick, but Miroslav Raduljica scored one of the most improbable baskets you’ll ever see in your entire life. The even more amazing part is that those points were crucial to Serbia’s 90-85 win over France in the FIBA World Cup Semifinals.
Serbia started the fourth quarter with a cushy 15-point lead, a lead built as France struggled to score, but France abruptly halted their scoring woes and started making everything. Nicolas Batum, in particular, scored 17 of his 35 points in the final quarter.
Then midway through the fourth, Raduljica flashed into the post, established position and got set to receive a pass. As he reached to catch it, he poked the ball skyward and it banked in off the glass. Here are a couple of angles of the improbable field goal.
Miroslav laughed all the back down to the other end of the court.
France would eventually close to within three points of Serbia in the final minute, but with the extra points afforded by Raduljica’s good fortune, Serbia was able to deliberately foul and accept giving up the two free throws and not a game-tying three-point shot — and up until that point of the quarter, France had made 9 of 12 from long range, so a game-tying three was definitely a possibility. Instead, the Serbs made their own free throws in the final seconds and closed out the win.
Serbia advances to play the United States in the gold medal game Sunday.
As a side note, even though the Clippers waived him, it is impossible for the Bucks to re-sign Raduljica in 2014-15. The collective bargaining agreement states, “If a player is traded and subsequently waived by his new team, he cannot re-sign with his original team for one year following the trade or until July 1 after the last season of the player’s contract, whichever is earlier.” So if Miroslav plays in the NBA for this upcoming season, it won’t be in Milwaukee.