HoopsHype Goran Dragic rumors

April 17, 2013 Updates

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

April 12, 2013 Updates

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

April 4, 2013 Updates

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

“He hooked me and then I tried to separate,” Dragic said. “He was choking me and I tried to get free. That’s it. I don’t know why that happened. It was just a dirty play. I tried to separate but he’s strong. “You have to stand for yourself and get separated. Michael helped and separated us. I feel sorry for him because he got ejected. He was a true teammate and he helped me. I would do the same thing. It’s hard when the big guy is going against a point guard.” Arizona Republic

Earlier in the game, Dragic was on the floor in the lane when Clippers star Blake Griffin stood over him with his legs straddling Dragic’s body. P.J. Tucker came over to push Griffin off Dragic. “Maybe that was the plan — to try to get me frustrated,” Dragic said. “Blake does this kind of thing a lot. It’s not the first time. He didn’t step on me. He just stood over me.” Arizona Republic

“He choked Gogi,” Beasley said of Hollins’ foul on Dragic. “These guys in this locker room are my family. They’re my brothers. You’re not going to choke my brother and sit there and smile about it. I feel like the only reason he did that was because it was Gogi. He’s bigger than Gogi. I’d do it a million times. I’d do it for anyone in this locker room. That’s not right to do anybody. You want to pick on somebody. I got a 7-footer to my right (O’Neal) that likes that kind of stuff. Don’t pick on our smallest guys and then to put him in a headlock and hold it for five minutes? I just wanted to get him off Gogi and he threw his fists up at me. That’s when the situation got heated.” Arizona Republic

March 29, 2013 Updates

The timing and the idea of holding out Goran Dragic, the Suns’ best player coming off his best game, for the past two nights said something to fans and players about the lack of importance to win for a last-place team. Dragic did not want to sit out. He was told to sit and it is not like when a 38-year-old Steve Nash did it to save his body for a playoff push. The Dragic move privately disturbed some Suns who have been trying to adhere to the mantras for all-out effort, no excuses and a winning culture. Arizona Republic

February 27, 2013 Updates

Yet a commemorative cup can only communicate so much of a fan's passion. We need something more, an item that's already a part of our daily routines. Thankfully, the fine people at Card.com are here to help. As noted by Ian Levy at Hickory High, basketball fans can now purchase debit cards featuring the images of Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley and Phoenix Suns point guard Goran Dragic Yahoo! Sports

February 15, 2013 Updates

Charles Barkley has his own rules. He can say most anything he wants without fear of repercussion. That makes him funnier than most everyone on television. But he has a serious side. He wants to build his own basketball team. He turns 50 on Wednesday, and wants the thrill of real competition one more time, the kind that a cushy network studio job can’t provide. And more than anything, he wants to save his Suns from irrelevance. “That’s my hometown team,” Barkley said. “I live in Phoenix. I watch the Suns religiously. And I’m very disappointed in their direction. “They’re not competitive. Even the really bad teams like Cleveland and Sacramento have players to build around. The Suns? Their best players are Goran Dragic and Marcin Gortat.” Arizona Republic

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(Dragic) stopped playing soccer when a tackle opened up a deep three-inch gash along his leg. "I went straight to the hospital, I even passed out because I saw blood. I was 9 or 10, I was recovering maybe a month, and after that my mom and dad said no more soccer for you. That's how I started basketball -- my friends in the neighborhood were basketball players and one day I went to see a practice. "Basketball was difficult the first couple months I tried it, but then when we started to play games it was really fun. I started waking up 2 a.m., 3 a.m., just to watch some NBA games. I had some trouble with that, especially the next day at school -- I fell asleep. When my mom found out, she let me watch NBA when it was Friday or Saturday and I didn't have any education the next day. SI.com

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Center Marcin Gortat recently — to a Polish newspaper — chronicled the struggles he’s felt adapting to the offense, namely pinpointing the lack of ball movement, especially through him, and the difficulty finding chemistry with point guard Goran Dragic. “Nothing’s going to change,” Gentry said in response to the comments. “We try to throw him the ball, and we’ll try to get him the ball as much as we can and ... . We’d love to be able to throw him the ball and have him post up and score for us. That hasn’t been one of his strengths, really.” Arizona Republic

November 19, 2012 Updates

Last season you've scored a lot of points off of Steve Nash pick and rolls. The team doesn't play that way anymore. Marcin Gortat: That's true, but I can score in various situations. Finishing pick and rolls, in transition, from midrange, around the rim. There are a lot of options. Unfortunately, my two strongest plays – the pick and roll and post-ups have been taken away from me. It's not easy, we have a lot of plays that don't include me. And my chemistry with Goran Dragic hasn't been quite equal to what I had with Steve. These are things that we need to work on. The Gothic Ginobili

November 5, 2012 Updates

“Obviously, it’s helping me,” Scola said of Dragic. “But two don’t make a team. Everybody needs to know each other and what we do, we’re struggling a little bit in the process, but we still have to find a way to win basketball games. “We need to start building. We’re not there right now. I think we have good players; we can play. We showed we can play… We got to get in our heads and figure out how to… We know it’s going to take some time, so we need to learn to do that while being effective. Because if not, it’s not only going to be a bad year, it’s going to be a long year.” HoopsWorld

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