The Slovenia Times

Goran Dragić announces end of career

Goran Dragić plays his last game for the national team in June 2022. Photo: Jure Makovec/STA

Goran Dragić, the Slovenian point guard who spent 15 seasons in the NBA and led the national team to the title of Eurobasket champions in 2017, has formally announced his retirement from active basketball at age 37.

Dragić, an NBA All-Star at the peak of his career in 2018, spent most of his years in the NBA with the Phoenix Suns and the Miami Heat, also leading the latter to the league's finals in 2020.

His final team were the Milwaukee Bucks, where he played the last game in April, having played 946 games in the NBA and averaged 13.3 points.

He is still the Slovenian national team's record holder in by number of appearances (90) and points scored in both official (1,095) and overall games (1,760).

Dragić, who was drafted to the NBA in 2008, was picked the MVP of the 2017 FIBA EuroBasket in Turkey, where he helped take Slovenia to their first title of European champions.

In his farewell message, published on Instagram on 31 December, Dragić wrote he was officially retiring, having "lived my greatest dream".

"I'm extremely grateful to the countless people in my life who have enabled me to play and play this long."

Dragić added he is ready to pursue his next challenge and would love to stay involved in the game of basketball.

"All good things come to an end but this dream of basketball will always be with me. Thank you to all the fans who have cheered me on in the NBA, Europe and my beloved Slovenian national team."


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