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    After historic EuroBasket conquest, Goran Dragic retires from international play for Slovenia

    Sep 20, 2017
    Goran Dragic said the timing was right for him to retire from playing for Slovenia after winning the Fiba EuroBasket title. AP

    LJUBLJANA, Slovenia — NBA guard Goran Dragic has confirmed he is retiring from the Slovenia team that won the European basketball championship.

    Dragic says on Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time), "I achieved what I wanted, the gold medal, and this is the right time to bid farewell."

    The 31-year-old Dragic led Slovenia with 35 points to beat Serbia 93-85 in the final on Sunday in Istanbul, earning the MVP award.

    He says Slovenia's qualifying campaign for the 2019 world championship will start in November, and it would be impossible for him to play due to his professional duties with the Miami Heat in the NBA.

    Tens of thousands of jubilant Slovenes greeted the new European champions on Monday in the capital of Ljubljana.

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    Goran Dragic said the timing was right for him to retire from playing for Slovenia after winning the Fiba EuroBasket title. AP
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