Goran Dragic on Luka Doncic: 'By the end of his career he could be the best ever'

Goran Dragic on Luka Doncic: 'By the end of his career he could be the best ever'

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Goran Dragic on Luka Doncic: 'By the end of his career he could be the best ever'

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“He is only 23 years old and he is playing like a veteran. He could score even 40 points in every game,” added Dragic. “He plays the game at his rhythm, he is very big, he can shoot, he can pass, he can rebound. I don’t know what else we can say about Luka, he is like… an astronaut,” Dragic described Doncic’s game. “I think he could be [the best player in history]. He is still very young, but if he stays healthy and plays a long more time I think that by the end of his career he could be the best ever,” added Dragic.
Source: BasketNews

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Jon Johnson @jonjohnsonwip
Nick Sirianni brought on a Serenity Now, The local Snack of the Night is back, need more House of the Dragon, & more for a Tuesday morning ⬇️ go.audacy.com/97qnGQeShtb6:58 AM
Josh Martin @Bulls_Wire
Chicago Bulls free-agent addition Goran Dragic defended Giannis Antetokounmpo from Gilbert Arenas’ recent criticism. bullswire.usatoday.com/2022/09/11/bul…4:00 PM
BasketNews @BasketNews_com
Goran Dragic believes Luka Doncic can become the best player ever 🤔
The Slovenian guard talked about his decision to rejoin the national team, his superstar teammate, and more:
basketnews.com/news-177876-go…3:58 PM
BasketNews @BasketNews_com
Luka Doncic sat out practice ahead of the quarter-final game against Poland 👀
The Slovenian superstar was spotted with an ice wrap around his ankle:
basketnews.com/news-177880-wo…2:56 PM
Dwain Price @DwainPrice
Are you ready to watch Luka Doncic do his thing again? Doncic and Slovenia will play Poland on Wednesday at 1:20 p.m. CT in the EuroBasket quarterfinals. By the way, the @Dallas Mavericks open training camp on Sept. 27. It’s right around the corner, so finish up your vacation. – 2:18 PM
Emiliano Carchia @Sportando
Slovenia’s Zoran Dragic to miss remainder of Eurobasket with injury sportando.basketball/en/slovenias-z…9:45 AM
BasketNews @BasketNews_com
The EVOLUTION of Luka Doncic 🇸🇮🌟
2015 ➡️ 2018 ➡️ 2022 pic.twitter.com/00GE2G0s6r8:45 AM

BasketNews @BasketNews_com
If you could choose one #EuroBasket player’s signed jersey, who would you pick? 👀
🇫🇷 Rudy Gobert
🇩🇪 Franz Wagner
🇹🇷 Cedi Osman
🇩🇪 Dennis Schröder
🇸🇮 Luka Doncic
🇫🇮 Lauri Markkanen
🇷🇸 Nikola Jokic
🇬🇷 Giannis Antetokounmpo
❓ OTHER pic.twitter.com/U7ROq5Lplq5:32 AM

BasketNews @BasketNews_com
Forget Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, Luka Doncic, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Nikola Jokic and the others…
🇮🇹 Nicolo Melli is the best player in the world for Gianmarco Pozzecco 😅💪
#EuroBasket pic.twitter.com/08RSl32T6Y5:02 AM

BasketNews @BasketNews_com
🇷🇸 Nikola Jokic & 🇸🇮 Luka Doncic catching up during their free-time in the #EuroBasket 🤝
📸 @KoszKadra pic.twitter.com/WdUArLpRwn4:37 AM

Chuck Cooperstein @coopmavs
Look at the bright side. 38 days until Luka and Mavs open @NBA season in Phoenix – 11:18 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
It’s a very well-shot and well-acted show, and I appreciate a good slow burn as much as anyone…but I’m gonna need House of the Dragon to start picking up some steam here soon – 10:21 PM
Zach Kram @zachkram
House of the Dragon episode 4!
Send me your questions for this week’s mailbag: What should we make sure to answer at
@ringer? – 10:07 PM
Josh Martin @Bulls_Wire
Chicago Bulls free-agent addition Goran Dragic defended Giannis Antetokounmpo from Gilbert Arenas’ recent criticism. bullswire.usatoday.com/2022/09/11/bul…7:40 PM
Chuck Cooperstein @coopmavs
The first stunner of the knockout round At Euobasker. Italy beats Serbia 94-86 coming from 14 down. Niccolo Melli (Remember him?) 21 pts 6 ribs 4 assts 2 stls 2 blks including one of Jokic (32 pts 13 rebs). Italy-France in qtrs. Winner likely gets Luka and Slovenia in semis – 2:02 PM
BasketNews @BasketNews_com
Pelicans draft-and-stash second-round pick Karlo Matkovic (@KarloMatkovic15) talks about #EuroBasket with Croatia, his NBA plans & his experience of playing for Bosnia.
He also ranks Luka Doncic, Nikola Jokic & Giannis Antetokounmpo from 1-3 👀
basketnews.com/news-177676-ka…4:20 AM
Dwain Price @DwainPrice
After scoring 35 points today to lead Slovenia to an 88-72 victory over Belgium, Luka Doncic now has pumped in 118 points in his last three games at the EuroBasket tournament. @Dallas Mavericks @NBA
mavs.com/doncicgoesfor3…11:29 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Gobert sparks France, Doncic leads Slovenia into EuroBasket final eight nba.nbcsports.com/2022/09/10/gob…8:25 PM
Eurohoops @Eurohoopsnet
From earlier today: Goran Dragic defends Giannis Antetokounmpo and speaks his mind on Gilbert Arenas comments 👇
https://t.co/7ggBRAwqsg pic.twitter.com/HHKMMfNZG66:44 PM

Jorge Sierra @hoopshype
#Eurobasket Day 9
MVP: Luka Doncic
Best non-NBAer: Lorenzo Brown pic.twitter.com/FcrlGjiiKG5:22 PM

Emiliano Carchia @Sportando
Luka Doncic: 35 points, 5 assists in Slovenia’s win over Belgium in Eurobasket round of 16 sportando.basketball/en/luka-doncic…1:38 PM
Dionysis Aravantinos @AravantinosDA
Goran Dragic defends Giannis Antetokounmpo after Gilbert Arenas’ comments:
“Gilbert Arenas, was he ever MVP? I don’t know, I don’t think so. He can not talk about Giannis!”
(Via Ioannis Rammas, @Eurohoops) pic.twitter.com/y9e4OYTAa712:52 PM

BasketNews @BasketNews_com
🇧🇪 Belgium head coach Dario Gjergja says that 🇸🇮 Luka Doncic gets a different treatment from the referees 🗣️ #EuroBasket pic.twitter.com/raxE5YfHSN12:35 PM

Eurohoops @Eurohoopsnet
Belgium’s Retin Obasohan reacts to Goran Dragic saying he’s the “strongest” player he’s ever faced
eurohoops.net/en/eurobasket/…12:26 PM
Donatas Urbonas @Urbodo
Belgium C Kevin Tumba on Luka Doncic getting different treatment: “Refs need to be fair with everybody. It’s not because he is Luka & can talk to refs like he wants”
Coach Dario Gjergja: “I’ve been listening about 50/50 for the last 2 months. But let’s stop lying to each other.” – 12:11 PM
Eurohoops @Eurohoopsnet
Everyone can have an opinion BUT Luka Doncic doesn’t care about the comments on his weight 👇
eurohoops.net/en/eurobasket/…12:10 PM
Eurohoops @Eurohoopsnet
Goran Dragic defended Giannis Antetokounmpo from the comments about his lack of improvement
“Giannis is the MVP. Gilbert Arenas is not. Was he ever the MVP?” 👇
eurohoops.net/en/eurobasket/…11:35 AM
BasketNews @BasketNews_com
Since 🇸🇮 Luka Doncic broke a few 🇬🇷 Nikos Galis’ records, here is one he won’t be able to achieve just yet:
In 1987, Galis scored 3️⃣0️⃣+ points in ALL his games (8).
Greece won the EuroBasket, of course. pic.twitter.com/yj8byzX3cn11:19 AM

Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
Luka Doncic so far at EuroBasket: 197 minutes, 168 points, 39 assists. – 11:16 AM
Chuck Cooperstein @coopmavs
Luka last 3 games:
39.3 pts
7.5 rebs
5.5 assists
54.8% FG (40-73)
41.4% 3pt (12-29)
83.9% FT (26-31) inc 20-22 in last 2 – 10:56 AM
BasketNews @BasketNews_com
Kids absolutely adore 🇸🇮 Luka Doncic 🤩 #EuroBasket pic.twitter.com/qlRarxTxmR10:54 AM

Dionysis Aravantinos @AravantinosDA
Luka Doncic is a Top 5 player in the world.
It’s crazy to think he’s still only 23. His potential is unmatched.
But, he has to stop complaining to the referees. And it’s constant whining, talking, and laughing ironically.
It’s such a bad look for a player of his caliber. – 10:53 AM
BasketNews @BasketNews_com
Luka Doncic leads Slovenia over Belgium with a 35-point performance 🔥
Belgium stayed in the game for 3 quarters but eventually, Doncic and company were too much for the Lions:
basketnews.com/news-177765-in…10:46 AM
BasketNews @BasketNews_com
🇸🇮 Luka Doncic is the first player in the last 31 years to score 3️⃣0️⃣+ points in three consecutive #EuroBasket games since 🇬🇷 Nikos Galis in 1991. pic.twitter.com/JLH5yqDIUP10:45 AM

Chuck Cooperstein @coopmavs
Slovenia advances 88-72, a 19-1 run over nearly 6 minutes of 4th qtr finally puts the game away. Doncic 35-5-5-4 steals. inc 9-10 FT (Slovenia 23-25 FT to offset 42% shooting). Not their best game by a long shot, but now off until Wed to play either Poland or Ukraine – 10:43 AM
Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon
Luka Doncic’s scoring in the last three games: 36, 47, 35. The previous EuroBasket record for a Slovenian: Goran Dragic’s 35 in the 2017 final. – 10:41 AM
BasketNews @BasketNews_com
It took 3️⃣5️⃣ points and 3️⃣6️⃣ minutes from Luka Doncic for Slovenia to beat 🇧🇪 Belgium 🇸🇮😳 #EuroBasket pic.twitter.com/910jadIwoM10:40 AM

Dwain Price @DwainPrice
Slovenia defeated Belgium 88-72 in the knockout round of the EuroBasket tournament today in Berlin. Luka finished with a game-high 35 points. – 10:39 AM
GeorgeZakkas @ZakkasGeorge
“Luka Magic” in Berlin. 💎
Luka Doncic was unstoppable in Slovenia’s win vs Belgium in the Round of 16 in #EuroBasket: 35 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. #BringTheNoise pic.twitter.com/qW9mKL981A10:37 AM

Christos Tsaltas @Tsaltas46
Luka Doncic refused to lose and put Slovenia on his back against Belgium.
35 points
7-15 2P
4-10 3P
9-10 FT
4 rebounds
5 assists
4 steals
32 efficiency
Slovenia advanced to the #EuroBasket 2022 quarter-finals.
#MojTim #SLOBEL #BringTheNoise #MFFL pic.twitter.com/9qRi35vjze10:36 AM

Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
Luka and Goran combined to score or set up 42 consecutive points. My goodness. – 10:36 AM
BasketNews @BasketNews_com
🇧🇪 Kevin Tumba threw an elbow at 🇸🇮 Luka Doncic TWICE 😳 #EuroBasket pic.twitter.com/nNlclQ9T1e10:32 AM

Chuck Cooperstein @coopmavs
Slovenia 63-60 after 3. Playing a lot like they played vs Germany in WC qualifier and vs Bosnia in Groipplay. Lazy defense. Poor rebounding. Poor shooting (39%). Doncic 28-2-2 – 10:14 AM
Eurohoops @Eurohoopsnet
Doncic has 28 points but Slovenia enters the last period leading just by three (63-60) over Belgium 👏 pic.twitter.com/0D8ASuuWV910:11 AM

Dwain Price @DwainPrice
Slovenia leads 63-60 after the third quarter. Luka has 28 pts. – 10:10 AM
Dwain Price @DwainPrice
Luka doing Luka things. He scores, then takes a charge. He has 26 pts. – 10:02 AM
Chuck Cooperstein @coopmavs
Lot of messing around by Slovenia late in 2nd qtr allowing Belgium to close to 44-41 at half. Slovenia had 11 pt lead in 1st. 10 pt lead in 2nd then relaxed. Doncic 16-2-2 w/3 steals. Just 1-6 on 2ptrs (He’s getting hammered) Former Baylor Bear Manu Lecomte leads Belgium w/9 – 9:35 AM
Christos Tsaltas @Tsaltas46
Luka Doncic vs Belgium (1st half)
16 points
5-13 FG
4-7 3P
2-2 FT
2 rebounds
2 assists
3 steals
Slovenia leads 44-41 at half time. #MojTim #EuroBasket #MFFL #SLOBEL9:32 AM
Dwain Price @DwainPrice
Slovenia is up on Belgium, 44-41, at the half. Luka has 16 pts. – 9:32 AM
BasketNews @BasketNews_com
🇸🇮 Zoran Dragic gets injured and has to leave the court 😕 #EuroBasket pic.twitter.com/2zbm9GiUJ19:29 AM

BasketNews @BasketNews_com
Boston Celtics GM Brad Stevens is in Berlin watching 🇸🇮 Luka Doncic’s Slovenia battle 🇧🇪 Belgium 👌 #EuroBasket pic.twitter.com/JplcW1CqQU9:16 AM

Eurohoops @Eurohoopsnet
With the French national team bracing for a possible quarterfinal battle with Serbia, Andrew Albicy picks Jokic over Giannis and Luka 📽️
eurohoops.net/en/eurobasket/…9:12 AM
Dwain Price @DwainPrice
Luka with his 4th 3-pointer. He has 16 pts. – 9:12 AM
Chuck Cooperstein @coopmavs
Like vs France, Coach Sekulic not taking out Doncic at start of 2nd qtr. – 9:08 AM
Chuck Cooperstein @coopmavs
Slovenia 24-19 after one. Began on a 16-5 run to start, and looked like a blowout (in may still be before its done). Belgium responded with a 14-4 run to make it 20-19. Luka 11-2-2 including those three bombs to start the game. – 9:06 AM
Dwain Price @DwainPrice
Slovenia leads Belgium 24-19 after the first quarter. Luka has 11 pts and two assists. – 9:04 AM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Sunday notes on a Saturday: Have Heat made a comparative case for winning from within? sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-h… Also: Tim Hardaway on fair play; Markieff Morris’ deal; Goran Dragic’s opportunity; 76ers’ bulk packaging; Jimmy Butler’s rating; more. – 9:01 AM
Dwain Price @DwainPrice
Luka scores inside. He already has 11 pts. – 8:53 AM
BasketNews @BasketNews_com
Three minutes into the game and 🇸🇮 Luka Doncic already has 3️⃣ three-pointers. Not a good sign for 🇧🇪 👀 – 8:50 AM
Chuck Cooperstein @coopmavs
Oh Luka!! 3 straight 3s to start the game – 8:49 AM
Dwain Price @DwainPrice
Luka is 3 for 3 from 3. GET UP and watch this. – 8:49 AM
Dwain Price @DwainPrice
Luka drains another 3. – 8:48 AM
Dwain Price @DwainPrice
Luka for 3. – 8:47 AM
Emiliano Carchia @Sportando
Luka Doncic in legal battle with his own mother over controlling trademark “LUKA DONCIC 7” sportando.basketball/en/luka-doncic…8:36 AM
Emiliano Carchia @Sportando
Luka Doncic in legal battle with his own mother over controlling trademark “LUKA DONCIC 7” sportando.basketball/en/luka-doncic…8:36 AM
Dwain Price @DwainPrice
I know it’s Saturday morning, but it’s time to GET UP! Luka Doncic and Slovenia plays Belgium at 7:45 a.m. in the EuroBasket tournament on ESPN+. Luka scored 83 points in his last two games. What will he do today? Something amazing again, so GET UP! @Dallas Mavericks @NBA8:31 AM
BasketNews @BasketNews_com
Even Luka Doncic is stressed watching 🇹🇷 vs 🇫🇷 😁 #EuroBasket pic.twitter.com/hzxgSBcSVc7:21 AM

BasketNews @BasketNews_com
You can say this 🇸🇮 Luka Doncic guy is popular in Berlin 👀 #EuroBasket pic.twitter.com/02Ri25Kxe55:47 AM

More on this storyline

After beating Belgium 88-72 on Saturday to advance to the quarter-finals, Dragic has talked about the physical and mental toll it takes on him to still play, but does not regret his decision. “When you are winning, it feels like the best decision [to join the national team],” said Dragic and laughed. “But when you go back to your room and everything hurts, your whole body hurts, sometimes I am thinking ‘oh my god, why do I have to go through this again’,” Dragic added. -via BasketNews / September 13, 2022
While talking to Eurohoops after qualifying for the Eurobasket quarterfinals, Dragic didn’t hold any punches on the issue: “Giannis is the MVP. Gilbert Arenas is not. Was he ever the MVP? I don’t think so. So he can’t talk about Giannis. Giannis won the championship, won the MVP award. He has been the defensive player of the year”. -via EuroHoops.net / September 10, 2022
So how he explained this take by Arenas? “Sometimes when they retire they just want to be relevant and sometimes you come out in the media. It is what it is. Gilbert Arenas was an unbelievable player and an unbelievable scorer, but in the end, I feel like this generation has a lot of good European players in the NBA who are MVPs, or win the championship”. -via EuroHoops.net / September 10, 2022
The Slovenian national team is preparing for their EuroBasket 2022 quarter-finals match against Poland, which will be played on September 14 at 20:30 CET. However, the Slovenian superstar Luka Doncic sat out the practice on September 12 and could have been seen with an ice wrap around his ankle. A worrisome sight for Slovenia and its fans. -via BasketNews / September 12, 2022
During an interview with USA Today’s Sports Seriously, Brunson revealed that opinion and talked about what it was like to play with Doncic over the last few years. “It wasn’t really difficult (to play alongside him) because you knew what it was. Luka is such a great talent. He can do anything on the court,” said Brunson. “I think, for me, I kind of figured out how to play with him because he’s so dominant. He knows how to play the game, he knows how to help his team win. I truly loved playing with him because we were in a position to win every night, because of him. “I’ve said this numerous times and I’ll continue to say it until I speak it into existence; That dude is a first-ballot Hall of Famer.” -via Sports Illustrated / September 12, 2022

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