Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 at 10:50 am  |  14 responses

Goran Dragic Excited to Play With Eric ‘Mini-LeBron’ Bledsoe

Point guard Goran Dragic really likes what Phoenix did this offseason, and says he can’t wait to hoop alongside Eric Bledsoe (whom Goran refers to as a “mini-LeBron James”.) Per the Suns’ website: “I’m really excited with what they’re doing,’ Dragic said. ‘I talked with [Suns General Manager] Ryan [McDonough]and [Head Coach] Jeff [Hornacek] a couple of times. They told me what they’re doing and how they want to do things. I think it’s awesome.’ [...] After temporarily switching out Phoenix teammates for his Slovenian countrymen, Dragic will return next month to get acquainted with his new partner in the Suns’ backcourt, Eric Bledsoe. Both McDonough and Hornacek have expressed optimism over the plan to start the two of them together as interchangeable playmakers and scorers at both guard positions. The duo boasts a combined NBA experience of just eight years, leaving plenty of room for the potential that has Dragic excited to see how they mesh together on the court. ‘He’s a mini-Lebron James,’ Dragic said of Bledsoe. ‘He’s got that big strength so when he’s in the open court, he’s unstoppable. Like a lot of fans know, I like to play fast basketball. When I get the ball to the other guy, he’s going to run. We’re going to score a lot of points.’ As for Dragic himself, he’s intent on both improving his game while taking care of himself as Eurobasket 2013 unfolds. With self-improvement and an improved supporting cast, last year’s most consistent player is looking for the Suns to take a collective next step in the right direction. ‘Right now, my goal is to be healthy, to not have injuries in the European championship,’ Dragic said. ‘When I’m done with that, [I'll] try to play as hard as possible and improve a lot of things. Personally, I’d like to upgrade from how we did last season to this season. I think we have a better team this year. I’m hoping we’re going to fight for the playoffs.’”

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  • Sean Superstar Juan

    Mini mini LeBron James.

  • LakeShow

    It will be fun and interesting to watch.

    One thing for sure, Bledsoe showed last year he deserved a little more shine. Let’s hope he fulfills.

  • Caboose

    Anyone else notice Phoenix is a place where lots of kids who have “potential” or “didn’t have a chance to shine” end up? Then do nothing with the chance?
    Michael Beasley, Hakim Warrick, Jared Dudley, Aaron Brooks, Shannon Brown, both Morris twins, Josh Childress, Channing Frye….I wonder if Bledsoe will fit this pattern…

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    maaaaan that is a really big reach to call all of those guys a “didn’t have a chance to shine” player.

  • Caboose

    In hindsight, it’s a reach. But at the time?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    – Beasley had a chance in Minnesota, put up like 19ppg.
    – Warrick was already a bust. He played less in Phoenix then at any other location.
    – Jared Dudley was a role player from the day he stepped on the court…in college. Everyone predicted his career would be similar to how it is.
    – Aaron Brooks? reached his ceiling the year before he was traded
    – Shannon Brown? ok that’s fair. Shannon Brown definitely fits.
    – The Morris Twins? LOL, have you seen them play?
    – Josh Childress was a 6th man candidate before he chose to go to Greece and ruin his career. His own fault as a player.
    – Channing Frye? played 26 mpg his second year, and regressed from his rookie year.
    Really, Bledsoe is sort of similar to Shannon Brown. Although he’s already proven to be a much better defensive player. But none of those other guys, except for relative years in the league.

  • The Seed

    I used to tell people he was the better player on the Kentucky team with Wall. If Bledsoe would have stayed he would have been a top 5 pick. Bledsoe will have a better career than Wall, especially since he will finally get a chance to start. BOOK IT!!

  • IDOT

    Suns should get a bigger and better 2 guard to play in the backcourt. Having Bledsoe and Dragic together isn’t going to make them into a playoff team.

  • will

    hen good players with potentiial go to bad teams they disappear. you dont develop your game on a bad team and losing generally changes peoples opinion of you. so its not necessarily the players but the system that doesnt work. you put a guy with good skills and tons of upside in a good situation you get a kawhi leonard or a paul george. you put that same talent on a bad team/situation then you get a michael kidd gilchrist or a mike beasley type of underachiever

  • Caboose

    Michael Kidd Gilchrist is FAR from an underachiever.

  • LP @ThisisEther

    he better get that perimeter shooting percentage up…

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    they are tanking……

  • Caboose

    He’s younger than MOST rookies from this year. He’ll be just fine.

  • LobCity

    Bledsoe has already stepped in to produce in the playoffs and while CP3 was injured. So I’m confident he won’t be a bust, the question is how good can he be. He was allowed to gamble on D and rely on his athleticism because he was never in danger of fouling out as CP3′s backup. If he’s gonna be a starter he’s gonna have to make those fouls last so he won’t be the ball hawk he was in limited minutes. Same thing with turnovers, more time means more turnovers. I think it’ll be an adjustment for him but he won’t end up on the list with the rest of those guys.