Slovenia recovered from its loss to Lithuania with a win over Dominican Republic, placing themselves as one of the top 8 teams in the world. Australia losing also helped. And the Phoenix Suns reportedly want more Dragons.

So much to tell:

Firstly, team Slovenia beat the Dominican Republic on Saturday. After that traumatic loss to Lithuania on Thursday Goran Dragic and his teammates managed to pick themselves up somewhere in the 2nd quarter getting the win and advancing to the quarterfinals. Full game stats can be found here. They face team USA next (Tuesday Sep. 9th, 12AM PHX time). Though there is little hope or rational expectation of a win in Tuesday's game, when asked what he expects of the game the Dragon himself said: "Victory!". OK, so this was said with a smile and a laugh, but he goes on: "I think (so :P) this will be a hard game, the Americans have a very athletic team. You get past one, and Anthony Davis is waiting there and blocks everything. When we penetrate, we'll have to find the open player and count on a good shooting night. Maybe Coach Zdovc will try zone. You never know what can happen. Maybe the Americans won't be having a good day, we will and something might come from it". Even Coach Zdovc said "they (USA) are not unbeatable".

Secondly, the Basketball Gods punished Australia on Sunday for allegedly tanking the game against Angola. I admit I kept one eye on the game, wholeheartedly cheered for the Turks in the 4th and had a good long laugh over the Aussie loss. That's not all the punishment they're getting; FIBA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Australia. Whether this was inspired by Goran Dragi?'s public dissatisfaction over the matter we'll probably never know. Either way steps should be taken to avoid these situations in the future. Oh, and by the way the Dragon has a sense of humor (if someone could explain the 3+5=7 part that'd be great) and is a bit clairvoyant (0:24).

Another interview can be found here.

Thirdly, there have been rumors going around that 3 NBA teams have interest in Zoran Dragi?, Goran's brother. This doesn't really come as a big surprise since he's been the epitome of effort and energy for Slovenia on offense and on defense. He is averaging (through 6 WC games) 13.2 points (53.6% shooting), 1.5 assists, 3.8 rebounds, 1.7 steals in 26 minutes and he makes a block every other game. What is a bit surprising is one of the teams (per ESPN' Marc Steinreportedly interested in Zoki are the Phoenix Suns. The Suns are currently pretty loaded at the guard position so I don't see how he would fit on the roster, especially since he has previously stated he'd "want to have an important role" if he left his Unicaja Malaga for the NBA. Of course if this whole Eric Bledsoe saga doesn't give us a favourable outcome, we'll have more to talk about. In the mean time, lets see how Suns fans feel about acquiring Zoran Dragi?.

Final thing, we all know Goran Dragic should have been an NBA All-Star last season. FIBA has their own All-Star FIVE voting, which anyone can participate in. Lets try to fix the injustice and get the Dragon on this All-Star team shall we? While we're at it we can also make him the MVP ;)

Poll
Do you want the Phoenix Suns to sign Zoran Dragi??

  267 votes | Results

Slovenia recovered from its loss to Lithuania with a win over Dominican Republic, placing themselves as one of the top 8 teams in the world. Australia losing also helped. And the Phoenix Suns reportedly want more Dragons.

So much to tell:

Firstly, team Slovenia beat the Dominican Republic on Saturday. After that traumatic loss to Lithuania on Thursday Goran Dragic and his teammates managed to pick themselves up somewhere in the 2nd quarter getting the win and advancing to the quarterfinals. Full game stats can be found here. They face team USA next (Tuesday Sep. 9th, 12AM PHX time). Though there is little hope or rational expectation of a win in Tuesday's game, when asked what he expects of the game the Dragon himself said: "Victory!". OK, so this was said with a smile and a laugh, but he goes on: "I think (so :P) this will be a hard game, the Americans have a very athletic team. You get past one, and Anthony Davis is waiting there and blocks everything. When we penetrate, we'll have to find the open player and count on a good shooting night. Maybe Coach Zdovc will try zone. You never know what can happen. Maybe the Americans won't be having a good day, we will and something might come from it". Even Coach Zdovc said "they (USA) are not unbeatable".

Secondly, the Basketball Gods punished Australia on Sunday for allegedly tanking the game against Angola. I admit I kept one eye on the game, wholeheartedly cheered for the Turks in the 4th and had a good long laugh over the Aussie loss. That's not all the punishment they're getting; FIBA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Australia. Whether this was inspired by Goran Dragi?'s public dissatisfaction over the matter we'll probably never know. Either way steps should be taken to avoid these situations in the future. Oh, and by the way the Dragon has a sense of humor (if someone could explain the 3+5=7 part that'd be great) and is a bit clairvoyant (0:24).

Another interview can be found here.

Thirdly, there have been rumors going around that 3 NBA teams have interest in Zoran Dragi?, Goran's brother. This doesn't really come as a big surprise since he's been the epitome of effort and energy for Slovenia on offense and on defense. He is averaging (through 6 WC games) 13.2 points (53.6% shooting), 1.5 assists, 3.8 rebounds, 1.7 steals in 26 minutes and he makes a block every other game. What is a bit surprising is one of the teams (per ESPN' Marc Steinreportedly interested in Zoki are the Phoenix Suns. The Suns are currently pretty loaded at the guard position so I don't see how he would fit on the roster, especially since he has previously stated he'd "want to have an important role" if he left his Unicaja Malaga for the NBA. Of course if this whole Eric Bledsoe saga doesn't give us a favourable outcome, we'll have more to talk about. In the mean time, lets see how Suns fans feel about acquiring Zoran Dragi?.

Final thing, we all know Goran Dragic should have been an NBA All-Star last season. FIBA has their own All-Star FIVE voting, which anyone can participate in. Lets try to fix the injustice and get the Dragon on this All-Star team shall we? While we're at it we can also make him the MVP ;)

Poll
Do you want the Phoenix Suns to sign Zoran Dragi??

  267 votes | Results

Slovenia recovered from its loss to Lithuania with a win over Dominican Republic, placing themselves as one of the top 8 teams in the world. Australia losing also helped. And the Phoenix Suns reportedly want more Dragons.

So much to tell:

Firstly, team Slovenia beat the Dominican Republic on Saturday. After that traumatic loss to Lithuania on Thursday Goran Dragic and his teammates managed to pick themselves up somewhere in the 2nd quarter getting the win and advancing to the quarterfinals. Full game stats can be found here. They face team USA next (Tuesday Sep. 9th, 12AM PHX time). Though there is little hope or rational expectation of a win in Tuesday's game, when asked what he expects of the game the Dragon himself said: "Victory!". OK, so this was said with a smile and a laugh, but he goes on: "I think (so :P) this will be a hard game, the Americans have a very athletic team. You get past one, and Anthony Davis is waiting there and blocks everything. When we penetrate, we'll have to find the open player and count on a good shooting night. Maybe Coach Zdovc will try zone. You never know what can happen. Maybe the Americans won't be having a good day, we will and something might come from it". Even Coach Zdovc said "they (USA) are not unbeatable".

Secondly, the Basketball Gods punished Australia on Sunday for allegedly tanking the game against Angola. I admit I kept one eye on the game, wholeheartedly cheered for the Turks in the 4th and had a good long laugh over the Aussie loss. That's not all the punishment they're getting; FIBA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Australia. Whether this was inspired by Goran Dragi?'s public dissatisfaction over the matter we'll probably never know. Either way steps should be taken to avoid these situations in the future. Oh, and by the way the Dragon has a sense of humor (if someone could explain the 3+5=7 part that'd be great) and is a bit clairvoyant (0:24).

Another interview can be found here.

Thirdly, there have been rumors going around that 3 NBA teams have interest in Zoran Dragi?, Goran's brother. This doesn't really come as a big surprise since he's been the epitome of effort and energy for Slovenia on offense and on defense. He is averaging (through 6 WC games) 13.2 points (53.6% shooting), 1.5 assists, 3.8 rebounds, 1.7 steals in 26 minutes and he makes a block every other game. What is a bit surprising is one of the teams (per ESPN' Marc Steinreportedly interested in Zoki are the Phoenix Suns. The Suns are currently pretty loaded at the guard position so I don't see how he would fit on the roster, especially since he has previously stated he'd "want to have an important role" if he left his Unicaja Malaga for the NBA. Of course if this whole Eric Bledsoe saga doesn't give us a favourable outcome, we'll have more to talk about. In the mean time, lets see how Suns fans feel about acquiring Zoran Dragi?.

Final thing, we all know Goran Dragic should have been an NBA All-Star last season. FIBA has their own All-Star FIVE voting, which anyone can participate in. Lets try to fix the injustice and get the Dragon on this All-Star team shall we? While we're at it we can also make him the MVP ;)

Poll
Do you want the Phoenix Suns to sign Zoran Dragi??

  267 votes | Results

Slovenia recovered from its loss to Lithuania with a win over Dominican Republic, placing themselves as one of the top 8 teams in the world. Australia losing also helped. And the Phoenix Suns reportedly want more Dragons.

So much to tell:

Firstly, team Slovenia beat the Dominican Republic on Saturday. After that traumatic loss to Lithuania on Thursday Goran Dragic and his teammates managed to pick themselves up somewhere in the 2nd quarter getting the win and advancing to the quarterfinals. Full game stats can be found here. They face team USA next (Tuesday Sep. 9th, 12AM PHX time). Though there is little hope or rational expectation of a win in Tuesday's game, when asked what he expects of the game the Dragon himself said: "Victory!". OK, so this was said with a smile and a laugh, but he goes on: "I think (so :P) this will be a hard game, the Americans have a very athletic team. You get past one, and Anthony Davis is waiting there and blocks everything. When we penetrate, we'll have to find the open player and count on a good shooting night. Maybe Coach Zdovc will try zone. You never know what can happen. Maybe the Americans won't be having a good day, we will and something might come from it". Even Coach Zdovc said "they (USA) are not unbeatable".

Secondly, the Basketball Gods punished Australia on Sunday for allegedly tanking the game against Angola. I admit I kept one eye on the game, wholeheartedly cheered for the Turks in the 4th and had a good long laugh over the Aussie loss. That's not all the punishment they're getting; FIBA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Australia. Whether this was inspired by Goran Dragi?'s public dissatisfaction over the matter we'll probably never know. Either way steps should be taken to avoid these situations in the future. Oh, and by the way the Dragon has a sense of humor (if someone could explain the 3+5=7 part that'd be great) and is a bit clairvoyant (0:24).

Another interview can be found here.

Thirdly, there have been rumors going around that 3 NBA teams have interest in Zoran Dragi?, Goran's brother. This doesn't really come as a big surprise since he's been the epitome of effort and energy for Slovenia on offense and on defense. He is averaging (through 6 WC games) 13.2 points (53.6% shooting), 1.5 assists, 3.8 rebounds, 1.7 steals in 26 minutes and he makes a block every other game. What is a bit surprising is one of the teams (per ESPN' Marc Steinreportedly interested in Zoki are the Phoenix Suns. The Suns are currently pretty loaded at the guard position so I don't see how he would fit on the roster, especially since he has previously stated he'd "want to have an important role" if he left his Unicaja Malaga for the NBA. Of course if this whole Eric Bledsoe saga doesn't give us a favourable outcome, we'll have more to talk about. In the mean time, lets see how Suns fans feel about acquiring Zoran Dragi?.

Final thing, we all know Goran Dragic should have been an NBA All-Star last season. FIBA has their own All-Star FIVE voting, which anyone can participate in. Lets try to fix the injustice and get the Dragon on this All-Star team shall we? While we're at it we can also make him the MVP ;)

Poll
Do you want the Phoenix Suns to sign Zoran Dragi??

  267 votes | Results

Forget Philadelphia...Phoenix is the new City of Brotherly Love.

According to reports, the Phoenix Suns, who are already the most family friendly franchise in the NBA, may be looking to add yet another sibling to it's roster.

Marc Stein of ESPN was the first to report that the Suns are one of three teams interested in signing Goran Dragic's younger brother, Zoran Dragic, after the conclusion of the World Cup games this summer.

Zoran. the 25 year old brother of Phoenix-Phenom Goran Dragic, has been one of the best players this summer on the Slovenian national team.  In fact, Goran called his brother the "best player on the court" after scoring 16 points in Slovenia's loss the the U.S.A. basketball team in August.

But Zoran's play isn't coming out of nowhere.  Zoran has been on the NBA's radar for a while now.

In fact, you may or may not remember that Zoran played on the Houston Rockets' Summer League team in 2012, the same summer that Dragic eventually left to sign back with the Phoenix Suns.

In his stint with Houston, Zoran averaged only around 6 points, 1 assist, and 1 rebound in about 21 minutes of play.  However, since that time, Zoran has continued to develop overseas, and has made a name for himself for his international play.

Zoran Dragic had a PER of 18.3 last season. That would've been good for fifth out of all NBA Shooting Guards (Harden, Wade, Manu, DeRozan)

— Scott Chasen (@SChasenKU) September 8, 2014

Of course you can't really compare the PER of an international player to the much stiffer competition in the NBA, but it does indicate that he is playing well, regardless.

Zoran is a 25 year old, 6'5" 205lb shooting guard who is known for his ability to score by slashing to the basket, and his intense play and energy on both ends of the court (sound familiar?).

This past year, Zoran averaged around 10 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, and 1 steal in around 20 minutes of play, while shooting around 43% from the field overall.

While those numbers aren't stellar, they could be useful to the Suns who may just be willing to take a gamble on another Slovenian with a great pedigree.  Plus, having Zoran on the team certainly wouldn't hurt Phoenix's chances of re-signing Goran next summer if he opts out (which he will).

The one catch is that Zoran is currently under contract with Unicaja Malaga in Spain.  However, according to Marc Stein, a buyout may be possible if Zoran leaves before the start of the new season, and pays fees that would exceed one million dollars.

According to Larry Coon's NBA CBA Faqs, the Suns or any other NBA team could contribute as much as $600,000 of cap-free money to buyout Zoran, the rest would have to come out of his salary.

Will any of this materialize?  Who knows.  But if any team is interested in bringing Zoran over to the NBA, the Suns seem to make sense.  It would be a low-risk proposition that could not only pay off down the road from a developmental sense, but also in helping to keep one of the Suns' biggest stars happy in the short term, and more importantly, when it's time to sign his next contract.

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