Goran Dragic Mentorship
For guys who want to be NBA players it never hurts to study people with good basketball IQs and do your "homework" per se. Derrick Rose used to have a scrapbook/notebook filled with NBA PGs tendencies and takes note of what they eat etc.
If you guys are curious what its like to get mentored by one of the games best, here is Goran Dragic interview :P
NBA / Dec 2, 2009 / 3:00 pm
Goran Dragic: What I’ve Learned From Steve Nash
By Gerald Narciso
Playing behind greatness can do wonders for any young athlete. Think about how much having Joe Montana around helped Steve Young or how much Dr. J meant to Charles Barkley’s development. Phoenix Suns backup point guard Goran Dragic is in a situation where he can learn from one of the best floor generals in the game in Steve Nash. The second-year guard from Slovenia has improved in almost all of his stats from last year.
During last night’s game against the Knicks, you could really see Nash pull him aside during timeouts and throughout the game to give the 23-year-old some pointers. Before tipoff, I caught up with Dragic to ask him what he’s learned from the former two-time MVP. (Disclaimer: Goran is still struggling with his English)
Dime: What kind of things has Steve Nash taught you on the court?
Goran Dragic: I try to learn everything. He’s one of the best point guards in the league. I have to be focused and listen on what he has to say to me. But he’s taught me everything so far. How to push the team, make offense run. Put all the players in their spots. Pick and roll and find the open player.
Dime: Has he told you to be patient when you’re trying to pick your spots when you shoot?
GD: No, we didn’t talk about that. If I’m going to be alone, I’m going to shoot. Everybody in our team, if you’re alone you have to shoot. But like I said, try to be as organized as much as possible.
Dime: Does he give you pointers off the court like on the plane or after practice?
GD: Not in the plane but on the practice. On the practice we play against each other, so if I make some mistakes, he correct me. He tells me what I have to do and all these things, but so far it’s really well and I learn a lot from him.
Dime: We all know Nash likes to eat healthy. Does he give you pointers on having a good diet?
GD: We didn’t talk about that. But I know this stuff, like how you have to eat. Notice, I’m skinny I can eat everything (laughs) and I will not go bigger. But still, off the court, we just hang out. When we are away we got together to dinner and we talk all these things. So far it’s really good and I’m lucky to be here.
Dime: Depending on your matchup, does he give you pointers on how to play certain people.
GD: No because we know what we have to do. Because in the practice, we practice like this and we have to play our concept. So far it’s working. I don’t know maybe because we run a lot and everybody’s in great shape and we just push the ball and make easy baskets.
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Only thing he said is Steve Nash tell him that he messed up in practice... I feel like every NBA vet does that... Nash don't talk to him about life outside the NBA, other players, nor do they talk about the game other than at practice... This isn't mentorship, its watching a player do his thing... Its no different from me watching the game, its just this bum get to talk to Nash in practice... LOL... Don't do this again... Posting useless articles with no substance, about a crappy player....
I think that the article was cool. It's always just interesting to hear what other players have to say about their practicing with other players on their team. I think Dragic is a below average player in the NBA, but Phoenix sees him as the next Steve Nash (poor man's version probably) and he does have raw,albeit good PG skills so maybe it could happen. But yea, that wasn't a "dumb" article at all to me, lay off of him lol..
This is for you iggy and anyone else who wants to at least TRY to step up their b-ball knowledge.
PS the first message Nash says make me laugh,
and he includes draw double teams without posting up included (!) for u small PGs out there (shoot the J)
I aint in the NBA but I can drop some knowledge with the best of them :P
My NBA 2K9 rating is 89, what is yours?
It doesnt matter,
no soup for you!
Sincerely, Okeke da 6'6
Americans are spoiled and always expect instant results in all aspects of our lives. Most people don't understand how difficult it is to transition to another culture, a new language, and finally, from European to NBA style basketball. And let's not forget that Dragic was only 22 years old last year and had to listen to the criticism and complaints of impatient Americans. How many people on this forum think they can go to a foreign country, adapt to a totally new culture, learn how to speak a foreign language, and play a radically different style of basketball, and believe they can make those adjustments seamlessly?
With all of those changes in his life, Dragic clearly had a terrible season last year. It was no surprise to me that his confidence was shattered early on and he never recovered. But you know what, Phoenix coaches apparently saw a lot of potential in him during practice, so they supported the guy, which was the right thing to do.
I watched Phoenix play twice this year and Dragic looked very good as a backup PG for Nash. I couldn't make any kind of intelligent assessment in the limited time I saw him, but he appeared to be very fast, an aggressive driver to the basket, and a more than adequate passer. Unfortunately, it also appeared as if he plays Steve Nash style defense. I noted that in last night's blowout, he shot 5 for 6, which is good even in practice.
In sum, let's give the young man a little more time before we start making definitive comments about his abilities or lack thereof.
And shouldn't be in the league (the coach is helping him out with his confidence for christ sakes)... I can name a handful of PG's who should be playing ahead of him... Like a Kevin Ollie...
And Okeke you posted a video that Nash gave pointers to all of us!!! Dragic recieved the same pointers as US... Nothing different... Nash didn't take this boy underneath his wing!!! And the guy we are talking about won't have a job after his contract is over------- SO its a useless article like I said...
Your rating in NBA 2k9? What are you talking about?
Do you mean your MY PLAYER rating in NBA 2k10? LOL... What point were you trying to make with that? Curious?