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An Interview with Dušan Domović Bulut, Basketball Player

Welcome again! It is an honor to present you Dušan Domović Bulut, a Serbian professional basketball player, former world number one player, and one of the greatest 3×3 basketball players of all time.

Dusan started his 3×3 basketball career in 2012 in the Novi Sad 3×3 team and still competes for the same club. During his club career, he won FIBA 3×3 World Tour four times, the FIBA 3×3 World Tour MVP two times, the FIBA 3×3 World’s #1 player award, and the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Most Spectacular Player.

Furthermore, his appearance for the national team of Serbia brought a lot of success to him and his country. As a result, he won the World Cup four times and the MVP title twice, the European Championship two times, and the MVP award once. Lastly, he also won the Bronze Medal in the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020.

Dusan’s career is so exciting that I am sure you are eager to hear more about it. Therefore, let’s jump on the interview to find out everything.

    Tose Zafirov

    Mr. Olympia Representative

    Welcome again! It is an honor to present you Dušan Domović Bulut, a Serbian professional basketball player, former world number one player, and one of the greatest 3×3 basketball players of all time.

    Dusan started his 3×3 basketball career in 2012 in the Novi Sad 3×3 team and still competes for the same club. During his club career, he won FIBA 3×3 World Tour four times, the FIBA 3×3 World Tour MVP two times, the FIBA 3×3 World’s #1 player award, and the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Most Spectacular Player.

    Furthermore, his appearance for the national team of Serbia brought a lot of success to him and his country. As a result, he won the World Cup four times and the MVP title twice, the European Championship two times, and the MVP award once. Lastly, he also won the Bronze Medal in the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020.

    Dusan’s career is so exciting that I am sure you are eager to hear more about it. Therefore, let’s jump on the interview to find out everything.

    Tose Zafirov:

    Hello Dusan. I am honored to have you with me today. To start, can you briefly introduce yourself to the audience? What is your history, and what made 3X3 a part of your life? Moreover, what inspired you to seek a professional career in this sport, and how did you come to fall in love with it?

    Dušan Domović Bulut:

    Hello Tose, my name is Dusan Bulut, and I am a professional 3X3 player, born and raised in Novi Sad, Serbia. I got caught up in the game at a really young age. At the age of 9, I started to play basketball, and at age 10, I started to play 3X3 tournaments. This was one of the things that Serbians did during the summer, and I fell in love with the game immediately.

    When I was a teenager, at age 16-17, I already played enough 3X3 tournaments to earn some pocket money with my friends during the summer. During the winter, we went back and played 5×5 basketball.

    Back in 2021, when FIBA organized the basketball 3X3 international tournaments, I gathered a team, and we went all in. Therefore, I stopped playing professional basketball and dreamed of becoming one of the best 3X3 players because I preferred the freedom and creativity this game gives you.

    Tose Zafirov:

    How do you get ready for a match? Additionally, do you follow any particular routine, and if so, why? Furthermore, do you stick to a specific nutrition and workout routine? Finally, do you frequently go to the gym before a game as well?

    Dušan Domović Bulut:

    I don’t have an exact routine I practice, but instead, I do some kind of light meditation before a game. Therefore, my routine consists of just staying prepared all season, hitting the court daily, perfecting my technique, taking care of my body, and hitting the gym almost every day. To sum it up, I just dedicate myself to the craft, and that’s the best preparation for the game.

    Tose Zafirov:

    No matter how well-prepared you are in terms of nutrition and exercise, there is still one more important to take into account. How do you cope with the pressure of performing in front of a large audience?

    Dušan Domović Bulut:

    I like pressure. Therefore, I think that if you want anything good to happen in your life, you need to have pressure, just like diamonds, which are a chunk of coal that is made good under pressure. Also, nothing good ever happened while sitting on the beach and drinking coffee. When you advance, there is always going to be some kind of pressure. You just need to embrace it and play along.

    Tose Zafirov:

    We both know that every sport has its ups and downs. So, how do you maintain your motivation after a game you lose? Additionally, how do you deal with your frustration when the referee’s decision doesn’t go your way, too?

    Dušan Domović Bulut:

    I just practice a lot. Of course, I’m not perfect, and sometimes my mind is not prepared, or I get angry. However, I always try to shut down my emotions during the games. No matter what happens, I just continue and stick to the game plan and the things I know. Sticking to what I practiced during the training is how I try to be calm and relaxed during all kinds of situations.

    Tose Zafirov:

    What does it take to be successful? So, do you find it simple to accomplish any goals you set for yourself, and how do you inspire yourself to do so? Moreover, do you have an idol?

    Dušan Domović Bulut:

    I just have an enormous passion for the game, and even if I lose or win tomorrow, I’m back on the court the next day, trying to improve myself. Even when I lose, I look at it as a lesson. I don’t have a problem with the critics or not playing perfectly because sometimes it happens.

    So, just keep going and give your best day after day!

    Tose Zafirov:

    What was the most significant game you ever played, and when did you feel especially proud of yourself this season? Above all, how does it feel to be the top player in the world, according to FIBA 3x3?

    Dušan Domović Bulut:

    I don’t look at the past or the future too much, so when you ask me what is the most important game in my career, I will always say the next one. This is because I want to live in the moment and embrace what’s in front of me.

    Tose Zafirov:

    What is the most exciting part of basketball or playing 3×3? Moreover, can you tell us more about the camp 3×3 and what distinguishes the academy from a camp?

    Dušan Domović Bulut:

    The main difference between basketball and 3×3 players is the mental attitude. Even though it’s the same sport, it’s a totally different discipline. To better explain the difference between the two, I always mention Usain Bolt, one of the world’s best runners. He can probably do a long jump too, but he doesn’t want to since it’s a totally different technique and practice.

    When it comes to the difference between an academy and a camp, an academy is supposed to be a more comprehensive way of learning. Therefore, an academy should take care of your mind and body and educate you in a proper way. However, people use the term “academy” just because it sounds good. When I organize something, I organize camps or training camps, which last 3 or 4 days. In those camps, we gather, practice together, and share our experiences and knowledge.

    Tose Zafirov:

    What lessons have you learned from basketball that you could apply to other areas in life? Furthermore, how do you feel about making your whole country proud?

    Dušan Domović Bulut:

    Basketball is my life. Therefore, a lot of values that I learn in the game I implement in my everyday life. Also, representing my country is one of the best things that has ever happened to me, and it’s a major honor to have this moment in my professional carrier.

    Tose Zafirov:

    Do you believe 3x3 basketball has the potential to become the world’s best sport? Additionally, where do you see 3×3 basketball in Serbia within the next ten years?

    Dušan Domović Bulut:

    My personal opinion is that 3×3 basketball is never going to be bigger than 5×5 basketball. The reason for this is that 5×5 basketball is more complex, and it’s harder to play with a smaller hole. Therefore, 3×3 will always be a secondary sport to 5×5 basketball, and that’s my personal opinion, but we will see.

    Tose Zafirov:

    What advice would you provide to a basketball beginner? Finally, what is your message to the entire globe?

    Dušan Domović Bulut:

    Just do it for the love of the game. There will always be ups and downs, and there will always be problems, not just in sports but in everyday life. But, if you have passion for things that you do, everything will fall into place, and it is going to be much easier for you.

    Final Words

    I want to express my gratitude for your honest answers, Dusan. It was a real pleasure to speak with you, and I wish you luck in all your future endeavors!

    In order to find more details about Dusan’s life and career, you can visit his official Wikipedia page.

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