Everyone can quickly go to the NBA, and the example of Dario Saric is one of many, although the case of the Croatian, between unfortunate exchanges and injuries, is quite telling. In his sophomore season with Philadelphia in 2017/18, the No. 4 turned in nearly 15 points per game and could legitimately hope to make his mark as a major within the league, if he still has 23 years.
Five years and two trades later, Dario Saric therefore made his annual return to the land of his first exploit, with the Suns jersey on Monday. With three short minutes on the clock that night, and an almost zero impact to start the season, he was in a complicated situation, he entering the final year of his contract.
A hard pill to swallow
Despite this sad observation, the interior was comforted by the joy of returning to his old home, where everything had begun well for him.
“It always felt that way. I have great memories of the time. I see everyone I knew before the game. The room is a little different, that they renovated it. But the fans are the same, they’re still completely behind the Sixers. It’s great. It’s great to be back, to see the people I know and remember the great history I live here ”he slipped around the edges of the meeting, making sure that he specifically maintained links with former comrades of that time, such as Furkan Korkmaz.
His match was mostly spent on the bench also gave him time to remember the lovely adventure that lasted more than two seasons, until Philly got the chance to recover Jimmy Butler. With Robert Covington, Dario Saric served as a bargaining chip, to his great surprise.
“I was a bit surprised. I didn’t know what to expect. It was the first time it happened to me in the middle of the season. I said to myself: ‘It can’t happen like this’. But I understood that it is part of work and we end up moving. he added. “My first impression was not understanding, because it was my first team. After a few days, we moved and focused on his new team, his new teammates, and you try to be the best player you can be with.
Are the Sixers too impatient?
Four years later, almost to the day after his trade, there were still regrets, as Jimmy Butler left for Miami the following summer. Dario Saric believes the Sixers want to go fast.
“This is a good, young team. A lot of potential. We can be a good team in the long term. With good “role players”, and good stars in the team. I don’t know. That’s what I saw, but apparently not everyone saw the same thing and switched players.”he added.
Back from a white period due to an injury to the knee ligaments, Dario Saric continues to take his problems patiently hoping that his time will come, whether as a strong winger or as a pivot.
“I don’t have knee pain, which is the most important thing. I’m not scared. My strength has never been speed, jumping or anything like that. I understand basketball well, so that’s the most important thing. I feel good , I’m ready, and I can’t wait to be on the pitch”.
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