HoopsHype Goran Dragic rumors

April 23, 2014 Updates

Two months later, it's no more plausible after he has attained what he wanted on South Beach, but dreaming is free for a Suns franchise that can create about $20 million of cap space in July and would like to play off Eric Bledsoe's close friendship with James to make the pursuit. "If we can get LeBron, I would like to get him," Suns guard Goran Dragic said when asked about team off-season needs. Arizona Republic

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Dragic said he played at 35-40 percent on the left ankle that he sprained Wednesday and kept him out Friday at San Antonio. "It's tough," Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said. "We told them that all we can do is try to win these last two games and maybe something happens. It's probably not likely but you never know. Our guys are pretty down. They had two great efforts these last two games. "That's how we've been all year with ups and downs and runs. It's a tough way to lose these two games. To their credit, they battled every minute of both games." Arizona Republic

April 11, 2014 Updates

The timing could not be worse. The bad timing is not even that the Suns have to play here with their season in the balance against the Spurs, the NBA's best team, and in an AT&T Center full of ghastly Suns postseason flashbacks from 2003 to 2008. It is the timing of Suns scoring and playmaking leader Goran Dragic going into a limp on his sprained left ankle and how it puts him in question for Friday's game at San Antonio. The game already was a quandary for the Suns (47-31) because, as much as every win can help the playoff chase, the more important game is on the tail end of this back-to-back set Saturday night at Dallas. The Suns are 8-9 this season on the second night of back-to-back sets. Arizona Republic

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Suns guard Goran Dragic is a music video star. Klemen Slakonja, a Slovenian television star and comedian, made a music video in which he raps a song about Dragic to celebrate the Suns star's basketball achievements and Slovenian roots. "It's fun," Dragic said of the song, "Dragon, Dragone," a bilingual title for his nickname. "It's about my career and how I became the player I am now and how the fans back home love me. He's even in a suit like when I was a rookie singing on stage." Dragic had to sing "The Greatest American Hero" at a charity event as a rookie. This video, with more than 150,000 views on YouTube, has quite a bit more production value with shots around their hometown, including at the Dragon Bridge. Slakonja's provided translation said the last line means, "We feel pity for your opponents." Arizona Republic

March 25, 2014 Updates

With the Suns enjoying a 6-1 stretch, Dragic's results are back to the norm of his outstanding season by no coincidence. He is shooting 53.8 percent overall and 46.2 percent on 3-pointers over the past seven games with averages of 18.1 points and 4.7 assists. The team success makes him feel emotionally better but the physical wear and tear still exists and makes him consider not playing for his Slovenian national team this September at the World Cup in Spain. "Sometimes, it is too many games," Dragic said. "I still have to sit down with my national team and talk with them about making a decision if I'm going to play or not. I'm thinking more toward not playing and trying to get my body some rest to be fresher for the next season. Arizona Republic

"That is hard because, back home, all the people judge you that you have so much money and you're a star and now you don't want to play for the national team. That bothers me a little bit but those people don't know how the season goes, how many games it is and being in a different hotel every night. I'm more on the plane than in my car." Arizona Republic

March 19, 2014 Updates

After all the point guard battles you’ve had, when the Suns traded for Eric Bledsoe, did you say to yourself, “Oh, man. Again?” Be honest. Goran Dragic: I’m always honest. When I found out, I was like, “Oh my god! What is going on right now?” I was never afraid of competition, but, of course, you start thinking: “What are they going to do now? Are they going to move me?” But I called my agent, and he said not to worry. And the GM and the coach — they called me the next day. Coach Jeff [Hornacek] explained to me that he wanted us to play together, and be like the old Suns with two point guards like Jeff and KJ (Kevin Johnson). When I found that out, I was kind of surprised. But at the same time, I couldn’t wait to share. We had some trouble at first, trying to figure out those things. But me and Eric — we are really good friends. We talk a lot. And you can see that in how we play. Grantland

March 1, 2014 Updates

Goran Dragic almost didn't play Friday night. On a bad ankle, with his Phoenix team needing to end a three-game skid, he decided to give it a try. The result was a career-high 40-point performance in 42 minutes, leading the Suns past the New Orleans Pelicans 116-104. "I think everybody knows about Goran Dragic now," Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said, "or they should." A game-time decision because of a sore right ankle that had kept him out of Wednesday's loss at Utah, Dragic played all but the last 10 seconds of the second half in the first 40-point game for a Phoenix player since Amare Stoudemire's 44 on March 19, 2010. "That's what All-Stars do," Hornacek said, a not-so-veiled reference to Dragic being left off the All-Star team. At the end, as Dragic sank the free throws that got him to 40, the crowd chanted "M-V-P." USA Today Sports

Goran Dragic: I would like to thank to all @Suns fans and to my team for supporting me!I'm truly bless to play basketball for such a great organization Twitter @Goran_Dragic

February 11, 2014 Updates

Q: When you took Earl Clark over Jrue Holiday at 14 was that partly because you thought you had Curry and didn’t want to draft two point guards? Steve Kerr: We liked Holiday a lot. We still had Nash, we had Goran Dragic who we loved and we had a potential thought we had a potential deal involving Curry. We didn’t know what was going to happen. And so you toss all that together, we were thinking, ‘Well, we could end up with four point guards. Do we take a guy and then just let it sort out later?’ That’s probably the right thing to do, just take the best player and sort it out later. San Jose Mercury-News

February 6, 2014 Updates

Rockets coach Kevin McHale isn’t surprised at the year Phoenix guard Goran Dragic is having. Dragic, who is averaging 20.1 points per game for the Suns this season, played for the Rockets two seasons ago, in McHale’s first year coaching the team. “I saw Goran do the same things for 20 games or whatever it was when Kyle Lowry was hurt when he was here with us,” McHale said. “It was very impressive. I have seen him do it before and (Phoenix coach Jeff) Hornacek has opened it up for him. He runs up and down the floor. He attacks. He is just a clever guy with the ball. He is a very good basketball player. I think that he has been for awhile.” Houston Chronicle

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The issue is whether Dragic did enough to convince head coaches from a loaded Western Conference to vote him as one of seven West All-Star reserves. If he is not announced in that group Thursday night, the next issue is whether incoming Commissioner Adam Silver would pick him as a replacement All-Star should injured Lakers guard Kobe Bryant not play (a likely scenario) or injured Clippers guard Chris Paul not play (he plans to play). "If they put me there, I'll probably be the happiest guy in the whole world," Dragic said. "For the first five seasons, I couldn't even imagine or think about that I could be there. If that happens, I think I'm going to cry or something." USA Today Sports

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