MiamiHerald / The Miami Heat was on a bus ride to practice Thursday afternoon when an urgent message from the league office came in.
The news: Goran Dragic had been selected to play in his first All-Star Game by commissioner Adam Silver as an injury replacement for Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love, who broke his left hand Tuesday night against the Pistons and will miss the next six to eight weeks.
Armed with that news before it hit social media or the news wires, coach Erik Spoelstra decided to surprise his 31-year-old point guard and make the announcement at practice moments later in front of Dragic and his teammates so they could all share in the joy.
“It’s one of the very few times in life where you can surpise somebody. Now with social media things get out there so quickly,” Spoelstra said. “You could see the shock on his face. It’s cool to see a group enjoy someone else’s success. They’re a part of it and Goran even thanked everybody for that. This group is great like that. They can get out of themselves and find joy when somebody else is playing well and accomplishing something.”