Goran Dragic of the Miami Heat. AFP Photo
Miami: Goran Dragic of the Miami Heat said Tuesday that he is prepared to forgo his annual offseason move back to his native Slovenia if that is what the NBA schedule necessitates.
Dragic, his wife and their two children are in Miami and have no plans to leave for Slovenia amid the global coronavirus pandemic. His parents recently left Miami to return home, but the Heat guard says he's staying.
"Three days ago they flew back home because they had to, the government said that all the Slovenian citizens needed to get back," Dragic said, referring to his parents, adding that they wore masks and gloves on their not-very-full flight back to Slovenia.
"But my situation is different. Here is my home. We have health insurance in America and we have a home to go to, so we're going to stay here."
Dragic said the Heat are participating in a daily team workout on Zoom most mornings, those sessions often including strength and conditioning.
"We try to work together, in isolation," Dragic said.
Dragic has been working out individually as well at his waterfront home, trying to stay fit. He's hopeful that the season resumes at some point, and said he hopes the league has teams play no more than a handful of games before starting the playoffs.
"I'm running around the house. I'm going to be in good shape," Dragic said.
Dragic is averaging 16.1 points and 5.1 assists this season for the Heat, coming off the bench in all but one of his 54 games.