The start of Heat training camp is still weeks away, but don’t tell Goran Dragic that. The 31-year-old Heat point guard already looks like he’s ready. Dragic has spent the offseason in Slovenia preparing for EuroBasket, and he started the tournament with an efficient 30-point performance to lead Slovenia to a 90-81 win over Poland on Thursday in Helsinki, Finland.
Marcin Gortat: RIP Maestro !!! The greatest basketball player in polish history!!! ADAM WOJCIK pic.twitter.com/ehT0p811QL
During a reception following the royal couple’s lunch with Polish President Andrzej Duda, Gortat said he shook the prince’s hand and chatted with him for a few minutes. Their conversation included Premier League talk, with Gortat asking Prince William whether he’s more of a Manchester United or Chelsea fan. (The future king is an Aston Villa supporter because when he got into football as a kid, he didn’t want to be like all of his friends.) More importantly, Gortat invited Prince William to a Wizards game. He probably should’ve clarified he meant basketball, not Quidditch.
Eleven National Federations are participating in a workshop on the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 and its bidding process. The national basketball governing bodies of Argentina, Australia, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Serbia and Turkey are attending an informative workshop at the House of Basketball. Over the course of two days (Tuesday-Wednesday 1-2 November), FIBA is presenting the rights and requirements tied into bidding – and eventually hosting – the competition.