Well, things can scarcely get worse for JDA Dijon, and so the debut of Stevan Milosevic for tonight’s game against Ligue Nationale de Basket’s current no. 2 Cholet (14-5) must be looked at with much optimism by the club’s fans.
The 24-year-old 2.11-meter tall center comes to France from Partizan Belgrade, where the youngster scarcely played in bits of three Top 16 round games, averaging under seven minutes a game in Euroleague play for the black-and-white.
Milosevic arrives in Dijon as the club currently sits at the bottom of the LNB table at a pitiful 4-15; the club has been a bit of a revolving door in 2009-10 and relegation appears a grave danger if not utterly imminent. Milosevic will serve as replacement for Roger Powell. Powell, formerly of the Utah Jazz, CB Murcia and Hapoel Jerusalem, joined Dijon on February 4 before going down to injury in his second game with the club.
Powell had in turn been taken onto the Dijon roster to replace team captain Damir Krupalija, injured in late January.
Meanwhile, Frederick Adijwanou, who had been taken on to replace the injured Nick Fazekas, will most likely be departing Dijon when his short-term contract runs out on Sunday. This, saliently points out French-language website Inside Basket, will “leave Dijon with a rotation of three interior players in Milosevic, [Steffon] Bradford and [Alexis] Tanghe.”
Dijon general manager Philippe Sudre, in a serious good news/bad news kind of media spin attempt, commented that though the team had been “looking for a big man since December, the economic context … wasn’t favorable until now.”
When it may be too late.
But it’s been that kind of season for Dijon.