Everyone wondered how much havoc Goran Dragic would wreak on offense in EuroBasket 2013. Turns out the Suns guard’s biggest statement in the opener came on defense.

With Slovenia clinging to a two-point lead with under a minute remaining, Dragic found himself being posted up by Czech Republic star Tomas Satoransky. The matchup, sporting a three-inch disparity in height, provided an early answer as to how well the Slovenian playmaker could potentially match up defensively against shooting guards in the NBA.

For the next two-and-a-half weeks, the biggest basketball tournament in Europe will call Slovenia home.

The southern European country, which lies between Italy, Austria and Hungary, has been home to Suns point guard Goran Dragic for much longer. Before he was a playmaker in Phoenix, Dragic woke up at 3:00 a.m. in the morning to watch the best basketball players on the planet.

100% Cotton: Coaching Style

By Cotton Fitzsimmons, Fastbreak Magazine

With the Suns' rebuilding mission clear, ESPN gave Phoenix high marks for following through on that plan.

Caron Butler would have been a part of the Suns' rotation this season, but both he and Suns management were able to make an arrangement that benefitted both sides even better.

For Butler, a return home sets him up for the latter portion of his career in a place that means more than just business. For Phoenix, there's additional room for maneuvering, something General Manager Ryan McDonough can't get enough of.

Of the 139 players who have donned the purple and orange of a Phoenix Suns jersey, only five have had their jerseys retired.
When Walter Davis, a Sun from 1977-1988, had his No. 6 retired earlier this month, he joined an elite group of Suns greats. A small fraternity founded on Nov. 19, 1976, when the Hawk landed in the rafters of the Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

It was "Hawk Night" at the Madhouse on McDowell when the Suns' first superstar, Connie Hawkins, was honored with the retirement of his No. 42 at halftime of the Suns, New York Nets game.

A wise man once said, “Lucky is the person whose vocation and avocation are one and the same.”

In the world of the NBA, this anonymous credo applies to pretty much everyone involved with the game, but it would especially apply to Lowell Fitzsimmons.

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