HoopsHype Goran Dragic rumors

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Thomas has spent the past 70 days with Dragic, who has led his Slovenian national team to the quarterfinals of the European Championship in his hometown Ljubljana. As a first-year assistant coach for Slovenia, Thomas has seen the Dragic that a young Suns team will need this season. “I didn’t realize what a tremendous leader he is, by his words and example,” Thomas said. “I marvel at how our guys look up to him on a daily basis. It’s impressed me beyond what I can express.” Arizona Republic

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The Suns turn the draft intrigue a different direction today by bringing in the top four collegiate point guard prospects for a workout at US Airways Center. The Suns’ workout will feature the point guard quartet of Michigan’s Trey Burke, Lehigh’s C.J. McCollum (a combo guard), Syracuse’s Michael Carter-Williams and Miami’s Shane Larkin. Suns general manager Ryan McDonough is taking a best-player-available approach to the draft and a 25-win team needs that, even if their best performer (Goran Dragic) and last year’s lottery pick (Kendall Marshall) are already point guards on the roster. Arizona Republic

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Scola and Dragic were asked whether they would recommend interim head coach Lindsey Hunter returning next season. Both players punted the topic. “That’s a tough question,” Dragic said. “ ... I’m here to play basketball. It’s not my decision to make.” Dragic did say he liked Hunter’s approach to practice. “Alvin (Gentry) was a great coach for the veteran players; he knows when to give them a day off, but for our team we have a young team and we really need to practice hard every day,” Dragic said. “When he (Hunter) took over the team I think we maybe had one or two days off. I think it should be like that.” Arizona Republic

Scola said he thought Hunter did “a great job. Circumstances were bad and he did as good as he could. But I don’t make those decisions. I’m just a player.” Would a third coach in less than a year be unsettling for the team? “I think it would be a sign of things being bad,” Scola said. “But things are bad.” Arizona Republic

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Dragic has passed the 40-minute threshold six times in that span; he did so only five times in the previous 53 games. He has remained mostly healthy, something for which he gives credit to Suns strength and conditioning coach Mike Elliott and the injury-preventive exercises Elliott puts him through. Dragic thinks he can keep up the pace without running himself into the ground. “I like to play basketball, so every minute that I’m on the court is a privilege,” Dragic said. “It’s the best. If I’m going to stay healthy, then I think I can do that.” Arizona Republic

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Hollins, a 7-foot center, picked on Goran Dragic, a 6-3 point guard, with a backcourt Flagrant Foul 1 on an inbound play because Dragic tried to use his body into Hollins for separation to get open against his pressing (again, with a 25 -point lead and nine minutes to go). Hollins pressed his left arm across Dragic’s chest and ran it around his neck as he dragged Dragic from the paint to the Suns bench. Jermaine O’Neal got involved immediately while official Billy Kennedy walked alongside them. When it got toward the sideline, Michael Beasley shoved Hollins away. Hollins and Beasley were ejected. Arizona Republic

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