Goran Dragic is eternally grateful to Steve Nash
The first feeling of Goran Dragic when he comes to Phoenix? ” It was an amazing experience. At the same time, the first few days were scary “, remembers the current leader of the Bulls. At that time, in 2008, the Suns team included in its workforce some legends such as Shaquille O’Neal or Grant Hill.
But a third future Hall of Famer will, logically, hold the rookie’s attention: Steve Nash. ” Steve helped me a lot during my career. On how to be professional, how to eat healthy, work ethic and of course pick-and-roll. This is the main thing. I am happy that I had the opportunity to learn from him “, listed the Chicago player whose team faced Brooklyn last night.
A rich experience for the 22-year-old leader but ” a lot of pressure. When you’re the backup playmaker for one of the best players and he leads the team, you have to stay level. It’s hard to reach especially at a young age. I had a hard time, especially at first. But when I realized I wasn’t Steve Nash and I had to be myself, it got easier. “, assured the left-hander who averaged 4.5 points in 13 minutes in his rookie year.
The reason for his freelance in Brooklyn
Traded in February 2011 to Houston, the 45th pick in the 2008 Draft began life as a minor league starter in Texas.
When he returned to Arizona a year and a half later, Steve Nash was gone, and Goran Dragic was able to increase his production, even being rewarded with the Most Improved Player trophy in 2014.
An All-Star in 2018, the Slovenian said he learned a lot from his eldest in terms of reading the game, especially in the “pick-and-roll”. ” He constantly manipulates. This is something really unique. “Steve Nash went crazy in this two-man game, making Amar’e Stoudemire happy with the racket.
Nearly 15 years later, the two men found themselves with the Nets, coached by the former point guard, with Goran Dragic. At that moment, the left hand said to himself: ‘I believe in karma.’ Steve has done so much for my career. So I want to give something back to try to help him. That’s why I decided to go to Brooklyn. Of course, we don’t have the season we want. This is a difficult situation. But I don’t regret it. He is a very good person. I will always be grateful to him. »
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