You mentioned taking some time away from the game. What…

You mentioned taking some time away from the game. What have you been up to over the last two years? Roy Hibbert: I have a 2-year-old son. He was born around the end of my last season so we’ve been doing that. It’s the best. I miss them right now. As for contemplating life after basketball, are you comfortable with moving away from trying to play anymore? Roy Hibbert: Oh, yeah. I have investments. I want to make sure I use my talents the best way I can before five, six years from now people forget who I am. Took some time and then just went to get back into it. Hope to affect some young person’s life. You have to strike while the iron is hot. I finished playing two years ago. I think I put together a good body of work when I did play. I’ve talked to general managers and people, and they see that, and they think I have a lot to bring whether it’s in Summer League or something else.
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Goran Dragic talked to the Slovenian press before Saturday’s prep game against Montenegro and explained his motivation about his return to the Slovenian national team. “I predict the semi-finals, but then anything is possible”, said a smiling Dragic, who is ready to defend the title he won together with a young Luka Doncic back in 2017. However, after five years things are different and Dragic understands it: “In my opinion, I will play a little less minutes, it will not be at that level. I don’t know how much I played, 36 minutes per game? Everything will depend on how I feel. The role will definitely be different. I was Batman, but now I’ll be Robin. The most important thing will be to make sure we have good chemistry and be a leader on the court and lift guys up when it’s most difficult. My role remains the same, Luka’s may have changed a bit more, but I believe that everyone has their own role in the national team and that there will be no problems. We all understand each other, we are one big team, and that’s why we can make a good result. That chemistry is what other teams don’t have.”
Dragic had also to convince the Chicago Bulls to let him play, something that was not ideal for them: “When I had a medical exam with Chicago and sat down with them, they said I’d rather not play. I said I’d rather and in the end it’s the player who decides. I had to go to Chicago, undergo a medical examination and everything else. When you go to a medical examination, you always wait for the results, because you never know what can happen”.