MIAMI — It’s been quite the offseason for Goran Dragic.
The Heat point guard led Slovenia to the EuroBasket gold medal this month and is now preparing for the start of training camp. For the first time since the end of last season, Dragic spoke to South Florida reporters in a Friday afternoon conference call.
Here’s some of what Dragic had to say …
— On winning the EuroBasket championship: “It’s tough to compare because I’ve never won an NBA title. But for my country, this is an unbelievable achievement.” He noted that 94 percent of Slovenia was watching Sunday’s gold medal victory over Serbia on their televisions.
— On cramps he experienced in Sunday’s gold medal game: “Nothing to worry about. It was just part of the game. It’s the final game, you put a lot of emotions in. It was just part of the game that I had cramps. It’s nothing serious. I’m fully confident that I’m going to be ready for training camp.”
— There’s no doubt that Dragic was determined to win a gold medal for Slovenia this year. “With all my body, with all my mind, I was all in,” he said.
— Dragic now has his mind set on competing for an NBA title: “It’s still not over. There are a lot of challenges ahead. I’m looking forward to battling for a title in Miami. Nobody gave us a chance in Slovenia and nobody is going to give us a chance in Miami.”
— Dragic is still in Slovenia, but he’s scheduled to return to Miami on Sunday. The Heat will hold media day on Monday and training camp will begin Tuesday.
— What were Dragic’s thoughts when he found out most of the Heat’s core would be back this upcoming season? “I’m really happy. When I found out we signed [James Johnson], Dion [Waiters] and Wayne [Ellington] and a couple pieces and got a good young piece in Bam [Adebayo], it was great. I feel like this team, we can do something special. I’m hoping we’re going to be healthy from the beginning of the season to the end.”
— Dragic said he hasn’t spoken to coach Erik Spoelstra yet about how the team will handle his training camp after a busy offseason. “We’re going to sit down and talk,” Dragic said. “If you ask me, I can start practicing twice a day.”