Trans. Apr 1 5:43 ET (Apr 1 5:43 ET ) Phoenix Suns point guard Goran Dragic has seen his star rise considerably in the 2013-14 season. Entering the year set to form a potent backcourt combo with major offseason acquisition Eric Bledsoe, Dragic has somewhat unexpectedly become not just the Suns' most productive player, but an All-Star-quality guard. He's getting a lot more notice among NBA circles.
It would figure, of course, that Dragic would be even more popular in his native Slovenia, a country of a little more than 2 million people which nonetheless boasts a total of two active NBA players (Beno Udrih is the other, although Sasha Vujacic had a stint with the Los Angeles Clippers earlier this season). Well, it turns out that Slovenians are quite proud of Dragic, so much so that people are making songs about him. Below, check out the video for "Dragon, Dragone":
As the style of the video would suggest, it was the work of a comedian. Greg Esposito of Suns.com has more (via EOB ):
According to Dragic, the video is from a Slovenian comedian and impersonator named Klemen Slakonja -- we're guessing is the foreign equivalent to Frank Caliendo minus the Jon Gruden impression -- who has a national television show. The guard said a lot of it, including the scenes with the stone dragons, are filmed in his hometown. And, while we couldn't get him to sing it, the Dragon told us the lyrics are satirically praising his evolution as a basketball player.
Slakonja did some impressive research on his subject though as towards the end of the video he even parodies Dragic singing in a suit from his rookie season. The rendition of " Greatest American Hero " took place at the Suns Charity Gala in 2009. And yes, we have video evidence of that too .
While that description might seem to be making fun of Dragic, the translated lyrics — also available at Suns.com — are pretty darn positive, describing Dragic as the best playmaker in the league and "faster than a bird." I suppose the contrast between the lyrics and goofiness of the video is a joke in itself, but it seems pretty apparent that everyone involved likes Dragic a whole lot. And why wouldn't they?
The only problem, really, is one line: "And the team is playing like one big family." After the Suns lost to the lowly Lakers on Sunday night, Dragic openly questioned the team's desire to make the playoffs . Currently, the Suns find themselves in a three-way tie with the Dallas Mavericks and Memphis Grizzlies for the final two playoff spots, but on the outside looking in due to various tiebreakers. Perhaps everyone can look at this video together, share a good life, and get back to whatever worked for the Suns earlier this season.
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The Scoop:Doc Rivers reportedly wants to sign a big man instead, though that move might be delayed to allow for greater roster flexibility until the trade deadline passes. Vujacic shot 2-of-5 from the field in a total of 10 minutes of action for L.A.
The Clippers have signed Vujacic to a 10-day contract.
The Scoop:He was part of the Lakers' NBA championship teams in 2009 and 2010. The 29-year-old from Slovenia has also played for the former New Jersey Nets. He has career averages of 5.6 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists during his seven years in the NBA. Vujacic most recently played for a Turkish team the last two seasons, where he averaged 9.9 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists.
The Scoop:Vujacic will be playing on a 10-day contract and he's unlikely to provide more than occasional 3-pointers off L.A.'s bench. He last played in the NBA for the Lakers and Nets in 2010-11, when he averaged 9.8 points on 40.2 percent shooting.
The Scoop:Vujacic took a physical, and the deal could become official by Tuesday. This move would solely be to add depth to the Clippers backcourt, and it is extremely unlikely Vujacic would have any fantasy impact.
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