Chicago Bulls guard Goran Dragic has seen a lot in his 14-year NBA career, but he'll never forget when then-Bulls star Derrick Rose posterized him. During the team's media day, Dragic recalled the moment, calling it a "nightmare."
Wrong end of a highlight
It was January 2010 when Dragic - a sophomore guard at the time - and his Phoenix Suns took on the Bulls. Halfway through the fourth quarter, Rose received an outlet pass in transition with Dragic a step behind. Rose leaped for the two-handed hammer, and Dragic jumped with him, eager to block the dunk attempt. The rest, as they say, is history.
A reporter reminded him of the highlight play, and Dragic grinned, thinking of that time, realizing he should have known better.
"It was my second year in the league. First year, I did not play much. So my second year I started to play a little bit. So I had to go for that play," Dragic narrated. “Of course, if I knew now I would never go."
A lot has changed since that play. Rose became the youngest MVP in league history but has been plagued by injuries throughout his career. Dragic, on the other hand, is still going strong. He's a former All-Star and all-NBA guy and was named the Most Improved Player in 2014. A revered veteran, Dragic's presence is made more significant with the absence of starting guard Lonzo Ball.
While it remains to be seen who Bulls head coach Billy Donovan will start in place of Ball, there isn't any doubt that Dragic will play a crucial role in the Bulls' success this season.
And as for that posterizing dunk? Dragic is a good sport about it.
"At least I'm on TV all the time," he said.