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.

Welcome back to the Madhouse!  Good times this week as the NFL kicked off its season (and Antonio Brown took that figure of speech a little too literally).  The Arizona Cardinals make their debut tonight on Monday Night Football against the San Diego Chargers.  Check out Revenge of the Birds for all your Cards' coverage.

In other news, Guardians of the Galaxy continued to dominate the worst box office weekend in 13 years, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie finally tied the knot, ISIS continues to be the international villain of the year.

What's got you hyped this week?  Let us know in the Madhouse!

It their first WNBA Finals Game Brittney Griner made history while Elena Delle Donne had to thrown in the towel...

WNBA Finals -- With 13,263 fans on hand at U.S. Airways Center history was witnessed as the Phoenix Mercury are now just two wins away from a third WNBA Championship.

Coming into this series it was almost as if the Team of Destiny was battling the team of destiny with parallel storylines colliding with only one able to reach their destiny. A lot of times the championship is contested between one team that has a feel of destiny behind them and another team is there to serve as a trivia answer down the line.

The Phoenix Mercury were pit as a Team of Destiny last year, but injuries and other variables cut that narrative off at the knees before this years historic run.

They broke all the records, won a ton of games, and became the team to beat from the standpoint of being a dominant force to be reckoned with. On the other side of tracks the Sky are the team of destiny as that team that will not die and should not be where they are. Typically teams that are 15-19 in the regular season and went through the embattled season that they have are getting ready for the draft not Game Two of the WNBA Finals.

"There was a lot of focus on Delle Donne" Candice Dupree on the series preparation for the team. "One teammate said that we cannot 'overfocus' on her because they are still going to have four other people on the court. We did prepare a lot for the plays that they do run for her and when she was in the game, we played her well, she had like two points. That was the biggest thing."

With the Sky at half strength in both regular season contests where the Mercury won both and looked great this is a series of far too many unknowns to take those games too serious.

This is a series that unlike any other before has two teams of some form of destiny and where everything we have seen from these teams this season is a complete wash away. Not relevant in the slightest.

Game one the Mercury's destiny was stronger.

From the opening tip to the closing buzzer the Mercury controlled and dominated the game. With a 9-0 to start the game where Brittney Griner became the WNBA's single game playoff leader in blocks for a quarter (6) limiting the Sky to only 8 points total. The first quarter has been where the dominance has shown through the strongest for the Mercury the most in the playoffs holding teams to 15.6 points per game (34.6% FG) in the first period.

Ironically earlier in the season one of the primary concerns for the Mercury was poor starts and having to play catch-up against inferior teams.

IT'S THERE LENGTH. THERE IS A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SWARMING AND LENGTH. THEY GIVE YOU A STEP AND THEY MAKE UP WITH THEIR LENGTH-Sky Coach Pokey Chapman On The Mercury Team Defense


That is now a thing of the past as the Mercury are leaving the first quarter with an average of a +3.7 advantage on the scoreboard setting the tone for the game. Defense was the catalyst for them in game one with six blocks (five from Griner), one steal, two 24 second shot-clock violations, and forcing six turnovers as a whole. The length was on full display shutting down the Sky's offense on every possession.

Allie Quigley (1-10) and Elena Delle Donne (1-4) were not able to get into any rhythm through three quarters and the two most important offensive players for the Sky finished with 15 points on 5/19 shooting from the field.

Sylvia Fowles (19 points 11 rebounds) had good surface value numbers, but needed 20 shots and had to play nearly every minute to get there.

Defensively the Mercury took the away everything the Sky tried to do with 11 blocks, 7 steals, forcing 16 turnovers (resulting in 20 points for the Mercury), 31.9% from the field, and 14.3% from three. The length was disrupting and the rotations were so crisp that whether the Sky went for ball movement or traditional pick-n-roll they were not able to get any offensive momentum.

Unfortunately for the Sky their star and leader Delle Donne was only able to log 10:24 in this game, all in the first half, and felt she was more of a negative impact on her team.

"I told coach to pull me," Delle Donne said after the game about her injury. "I'm not able to move. I'm not able to do anything that is helping the team. If I want to play the rest of the series maybe resting here will help with the next game."

So the white flag was raised and going into the second half the most dynamic player on the Sky was no longer a factor for the Mercury defense.

All of that led to, for the Mercury, more records were broken, but for the Playoffs and the WNBA Finals.

Diana Taurasi (19 points 11 assists) had the most assists in a half with 7 in the first half and tied for most in a game. Griner had the most blocks in a quarter (5 in the first), in a half (6 in the first half), and in a game with 8 blocks. As a team the Mercury gave up the fewest points in a half (20 in the first) and shot the highest percentage from the field (58.5%) in a single game. When this team walks on the court they make history.

Heading into Game Two on Tuesday, again at home, the Mercury did all the little things at the end to thwart any potential momentum by the Sky a la the Minnesota Lynx at the end of Game One of the Western Conference Finals.

"Yes, definitely," Coach Brondello on playing the starters deeper into the fourth quarter to stop the Sky from gaining any momentum.

"I wanted to finish playing well. We have two days off in-between so it is not a big deal for us and they kept their starters in so no real disadvantage in that regard. And just staying in rhythm. That is what it is all about. The season is not done so it is about staying in rhythm."

Starting quarters strong and closing out games is the marker of a championship team. With this win the Mercury are two more games of similar quality away from raising another banner as the Champions of their sport once again.

Serbia got its biggest game of the FIBA World Cup from Phoenix Suns draft pick Bogdan Bogdanovic on Sunday to push it into the quarterfinal round. Bogdanovic led his team with 21 points on 7-of-11...

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The Phoenix Suns sharpshooter from Europe, Bogdan Bogdanovic, led team Serbia over the undefeated (not anymore) Greece, scoring 21 points and hitting key shots late in the game to secure a quarterfinal berth for his team.

The "BB gun" (as he was emphatically named by one of our fellow Brightsiders) looked really good in the game, he was focused on D and on offense, he was showing great movement, communication and, it pleases me to say, also good shot selection, something he has been having trouble with for his whole career. I guess he is really benefiting from the intense work that the coach of the Serbian national team is demanding. A sign of good things to come, we all hope.

His final stat line was 21 points (7/11 shooting, including 4/7 from behind the arc and 3/4 from the FT line) 2 assists, two turnovers and one steal in a little over 27 minutes of play.

The win was a bit of an upset, as Greece was undefeated going into the game, but the Serbians showed good discipline and lots of hustle on defense and were moving the ball well on offense, distributing shots throughout the whole team. AS a result, Greece never really stood a chance and the more the game was near the end, the more nervous the Greeks got, an obvious sign were a few missed wide open shots. Now if you know anything about Greek national team, they are not the ones that miss in key moments. Hats off to Serbia, who now wait for an opponent to present itself, namely the winner of the last game of the day between Argentina and Brazil.

Do I sense a former Sun-prospective Sun showdown?

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