How did defenses react to it? You mentioned not having …

How did defenses react to it? You mentioned not having many contested 3-point attempts. As the season came on, did defenses respect you as a shooter? Jack Sikma: It was pick your poison. Teams that decided they were going to stop the 3-point shot made themselves more vulnerable to whatever teammate I had that we wanted to use in the post-up situation. It was dictated by the gameplan of the opposing team. In the pick-and-roll game at that time, the way that it was played, they didn’t really worry too much about the big popping to the three. That didn’t happen. You were going to stop the penetration of the ballhandler with some help and then once that’s under control, you’d recover late. It’s played a little bit differently nowadays for those guys that can drill the three. The bigs gotta get back to them a little bit quicker. And when I say wide-open threes, it’s just I never tried to make a basketball move where I would free myself up off the dribble to get a three. That just didn’t make sense.
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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”.