For the first time since he arrived with the Heat back in 2015, Goran Dragic will begin the season without playing alongside Dwyane Wade. Wade signed with his hometown Chicago Bulls after talks with the Heat went down.
Today, Goran Dragic spoke with reporters for the first time about not playing alongside Dwyane Wade again. Dragic was at the Miami Heat store in Dolphin Mall signing autographs for Heat fans.
"I was surprised," Dragic said while signing autographs at Dolphin Mall. "But, I wish him all the best in Chicago. He signed with them and thinks it's best for him. And I support that."
"The only thing I can think about right now is this team and try to get better," Dragic added.
He also responded to yesterday's news about his teammate Chris Bosh, who failed his physical yesterday. The Heat will begin next week's training camp without it's All-Star.
"I feel for Chris," Dragic said about Bosh. " We're playing basketball and unfortunately he cannot do that right now. I wish him all the best. We already survived without a lot of key players so hopefully we can do it this year."
With no Wade and for now Chris Bosh, the Heat will depend heavily on Goran Dragic to provide offense for that. When told this is now his team, Dragic didn't shy away from answering.
"I'm ready." Dragic said. "I already felt great at the end of last season. This year I'm in way better shape."
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