Thanks to local Slovenian fans Pece and Jogi, Bright Side of the Sun had incredible first-hand coverage of Goran Dragic's dramatic run through Eurobasket 2013. Dragic's efforts were rewarded with Slovenia's second-best finish ever in the Euro tourney, a ticket to the World Cup in 2014 and an individual All-Tournament team award.
Dragic was voted as the one of the two best guards in the tournament, along with Tony Parker (whose Les
Blues Bleus won the Final).
Dragic put up career highs in international tournament play with 15.8 points (4th overall) and 4.5 assists (3rd overall). he was also top-ten in field goals made and attempted, as well as free throws made and attempted. He was top-20 in 6 other categories as well. In short, Dragic had a stellar tournament, carrying an otherwise undertalented team to a 5th place finish.
Now Dragic returns to Phoenix in a matter of days, scheduled to arrive in the Valley 5 days before Training Camp starts on September 30. I can't wait to speak to him at Media Day next Monday.
Video of Slovene players and fans
All-Tournament announcements and highlights
Check out these wonderful recaps of the biggest Slovenian games here, from Pece and Jogi:
- Slovenia drop final first round game to Poland, ready for Second Round
- Slovenia beat Italy to tip off Second Round
- Catharsis in Ljubljana: Slovenia beat Greece, make Final Round
- Slovenia lose to France in Quarterfinals
- Slovenia defeat Serbia, qualify for World Cup 2014
- Slovenia tops Ukraine, takes 5th place
Also, check out other articles, including the previews and early game recaps on the STREAM at the top-right of this post.
Thanks again to all the Slovene and Euro fans on Bright Side for making this a truly interactive experience for us desert dwellers in Arizona!