The ball was bouncing away, threatening New Zealand's last-chance possession, though if a player could just dive on the floor and corral it, any NBA fan would know what to do. When it happened, Slovenia's Goran Dragic of the Phoenix Suns blasted them on Twitter.
The Scoop:Speaking at the FIBA World Cup of Basketball, Dragic said, "Got a very interesting position with the club. Guess I'll break the contract and sign a new one. As I spoke [to the Suns], I immediately during the first week, when the market opens, sign and I will therefore be calm." Dragic is coming off a breakout 2013-14 season during which he averaged averaged 20.3 points, 1.6 threes, 3.2 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 1.4 steals, and should be one of the top 10 point guards on draft boards heading into fantasy drafts.
On a map, Slovenia is a mystery to the U.S. ''Do you know where Slovenia is?'' center DeMarcus Cousins was asked by a European journalist Monday. ''Do you know where Alabama is?'' On the basketball court, the Americans know exactly where to look: on the perimeter. Goran Dragic and the Slovenians are a small team that thrives on the outside but struggles to defend the interior.
Goran Dragic didn't have his best game during Saturday's win over the Dominican Republic, turning the ball over six times to go with 12 points, two boards, six assists, and one steal.
The Scoop:He missed all four attempts from beyond the arc and his entire team struggled from there, making a total of just six treys on 26 attempts. The Slovenians were attacking the rim quite a bit due to the lack of size of the Dominicans, but they won't be able to do that when they play Team USA on Monday.