Goran said: "This year's NBA season in Phoenix was both physically and mentally very tough, while I was plagued by problems with a damaged ankle. At first I really wanted to take the time just for rehabilitation and family, but only after one month of break, I gained power, and is is easier now to take a final decision. Also, all the inquiries that I have done recently showed that I will be in perfect physical shape just in time for the World Championship. It is a great honour for me to represent the Slovenia in Spain and unite the fans for a common success of the Slovenian team,"
Slovenian national team GM said: "We took a few days of break before the press release, as Goran wanted to first inform his employers the Phoenix Suns and his agent about the decision, but at the same time to undergo further just in case medical examinations on his ankles, which caused so many problems during the last NBA season. Today, when everything is finally resolved, it is clear that he will play in his third World Championship"