via AZ Republic:
Goran Dragic was ejected from an international scrimmage on Sunday for his role in a bench-clearing altercation. Dragic, playing for the Slovenian national team, shoved a Turkish player and was in turn slapped, but fortunately the incident didn’t result in serious violence. He’ll lead his team as the host nation of the EuroBasket tournament this summer, and he should be healthy and fit when he joins backcourt mate Eric Bledsoe and the Suns in training camp. In addition to the video above, here is more from the Arizona Republic with more on the story.
per AZ Republic:
So much for the “international friendly.”
Suns guard Goran Dragic was ejected from an international friendly today while playing for his Slovenian national team when he set off a bench-clearing skirmish by shoving a Turkish player in the back and getting hit with a retaliative open hand to the face.
Dragic’s national team is preparing to host the European Championship and was playing its third game in an exhibition tournament in Celje, Slovenia. With 6:33 in the first quarter, disorder erupted after Dragic was driving left to the hoop and had the ball stripped by Turkey’s Dogus Balbay. When the two were moving out of bounds, Dragic shoved Balbay in the back and Balbay, a former Texas Longhorns guard, turned to strike Dragic with an open left hand before all players gathered at the baseline with a little more ruckus.
Dragic was ejected but his team still won the tournament by beating Turkey 72-53. Dragic’s younger brother Zoran scored 11. It was the rare time when Dragic was more instigator than victim, a welcome difference from when Ryan Hollins put him in a chokehold last season or when Nate Robinson tackled him as a Rocket.