Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/23/13
Goran Dragic believes his new backcourt tandem with Eric Bledsoe can push the Phoenix Suns away from the NBA's basement and bring a retro touch back to Arizona. The 27-year-old point guard took over the reins of the Suns last season from Steve Nash but could do little to arrest a slide toward the draft lottery in a 25-win campaign that underlined the feeling that one personnel move after another in recent times could be adjudged a bust. As a result the team cleaned house cutting ties with the troubled Michael Beasley saying goodbye to GM Lance Blanks and bringing in Ryan McDonough from the Celtics as a replacement. The Suns then installed former fan favorite Jeff Hornacek as head coach. They now have a much younger roster a ton of salary-cap flexibility a small stock of first-round picks and most importantly of all the chance to re-build over the coming years. At the EuroBasket championships this month in his native Slovenia Dragic led his national team to fifth place averaging 15.8 points and 4.5 assists per game. And in conversations with the fifth-year point guard Dragic said Hornacek promised to revive a familiar look in the desert to begin the process of turning the Suns around. "He told me he wants to bring back that old Phoenix Suns basketball up-tempo game try to create off the dribble and off fast breaks" Dragic told ESPN.com. "Probably a little like we play with Slovenia putting pressure on the ball and trying and play as fast as possible. "Of course we still have a lot of salary cap. Probably next year we'll go for big names one of the superstars. But I think we drafted well especially Alex Len the big guy from Ukraine. Then we brought in Eric Bledsoe from the Clippers. So I think we'll play together in the backcourt me as a 2 or 1 him as a 1 or 2. That will be a good combo for us." Dragic figures to take on an even greater load with so many new faces around. However he has had plenty of practice over the past six weeks. He figures to be an All-Tournament selection at EuroBasket shrugging off the intense scrutiny which comes when you are the most recognizable member of the home team in the biggest sporting event your country has ever staged.
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