Luka Doncic Rumors

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Luka Doncic
Luka Doncic
Position: G-F
Born: 02/28/99
Height: 6-7 / 2.01
Weight:227 lbs. / 103 kg.
Salary: $7,683,360
The play was the last of Doncic’s career-high 19 assists, to go along with 36 points, 14 rebounds and just 2 turnovers in 42 minutes as the Mavericks beat the Bucks 136-132 in overtime inside the NBA’s bubble at the Walt Disney World Resort. “I clapped,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. “I applauded. I thought it was phenomenal. The sign of a great player, a truly great player, is the ability to pull off something like that against a team like Milwaukee, that gives up virtually nothing in the paint. “We’re seeing more things all the time. Luka is not only a great basketball player, he’s a great performer. “I’d pay money to watch him play. I don’t say that about a lot of players, but he’s really special.”
By the time it was over, Doncic had unleashed a couple of step-back 3s, orchestrated a beautiful two-man game with Kristaps Porzingis, and perhaps most jaw-dropping of all, dropped a between-the-legs pass to Max Kleber in traffic for an easy slam and one before polishing off the game with a contested runner in the lane. He finished with 36 points, 14 rebounds and 19 assists (a career-high), with only two turnovers. “He’s one of the most talented guys I’ve ever played against,” Antetokpounmpo said after the game. “He’s making the whole team better, and he’s going to keep getting better.”
Still only 21, Doncic shares some commonalities with Antetokounmpo, though he’s more naturally gregarious. Doncic’s brand of stardom is likely to be less about the commercial (though he is a committed sneakerhead) or off-court visibility. What drives Doncic toward stardom, say those in Dallas, is his insatiable love of basketball theatrics. When Doncic thinks about stardom, he doesn’t imagine a signature shoe or holding court surrounded by NBA peers. It’s strictly about hitting the biggest shot with the most dramatic flair. It will be about the showmanship on the floor, not the salesmanship off it.
Three first-time All-Stars this season — Bam Adebayo, Luka Doncic and Brandon Ingram — were all named finalists for the league’s Most Improved Player award, while the top two picks in last year’s NBA Draft — New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson and Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant — were named as two of the three finalists for Rookie of the Year, along with undrafted guard Kendrick Nunn from the Miami Heat.
Duane Rankin: Still wow. Absolutely wow. #Suns 117, #Mavs 115 F Luka Doncic 40. Kristaps Porzingis 30. Led by as many as 15. 33-of-37 FTs. 6-31 on 3s. Devin Booker 30 (Fouled out) Ricky Rubio 20 points, 9 boards, 7 dimes. Cam Johnson 19 and 12. 29 fouls. 37 bench points. Up next? LAC 8/4. pic.twitter.com/XJuO2gTjaz
Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic believes that his former Real Madrid teammate Facu Campazzo has what it takes to make the jump to the NBA. “I’m glad he comes here. He deserves to be in the NBA and I hope he succeeds [making the NBA],” Doncic said in a zoom call following the loss to the Houston Rockets when asked if he’s followed the rumors and reports on Campazzo leaving Real Madrid for the NBA.
Storyline: Facundo Campazzo to the NBA?
The 22 teams participating in the season restart feature 89 international players from 34 countries and territories, including the record eight international 2020 NBA All-Stars: Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks; Greece), Luka Dončić (Dallas Mavericks; Slovenia), Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers; Cameroon; BWB Africa 2011), Rudy Gobert (Utah Jazz; France), Nikola Jokić (Denver Nuggets; Serbia), Domantas Sabonis (Indiana Pacers; Lithuania)*, Pascal Siakam (Toronto Raptors; Cameroon; BWB Africa 2012) and Ben Simmons (76ers; Australia).
NBA players are spending their downtime inside the Orlando bubble at the Walt Disney World Resort in various ways. Some are playing video games while others are working out in their rooms. As for Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic, he’s passing the time a little differently. When he isn’t draining ridiculous trick shots, Doncic spends his time fishing. After the Mavericks held practice Sunday evening, he said that he brought his fishing gear to the bubble with him. Fishing is is a hobby that he’s enjoyed for some time. “In the summer, I go fishing a lot of times in Croatia,” Doncic said. “Almost every day, I go out there and go fishing.”
Storyline: Orlando Bubble
Luka Doncic spoke to the press for the first time in months before the NBA return later this July and he appeared hopeful for the season-finale tournament in Florida. And while several players chose to sit out the season finale, for Doncic that was not the case. “I never hesitated. I missed basketball a lot, so I just wanted to play. There was no question about me. I always wanted to play”, he told the media on Thursday.
Luka Doncic spoke to the press for the first time in months before the NBA return later this July and he appeared hopeful for the season-finale tournament in Florida. And while several players chose to sit out the season finale, for Doncic that was not the case. “I never hesitated. I missed basketball a lot, so I just wanted to play. There was no question about me. I always wanted to play”, he told the media on Thursday.
Little did Doncic know on February 28, when he met U.S. Ambassador to Slovenia Lynda C. Blanchard before the Mavs-Heat game on Slovenian Night at Miami’s American Airlines Arena, that he soon would need Blanchard’s help. And Doncic almost certainly didn’t fathom that the help he would need stemmed from a developing worldwide pandemic that would force the NBA season into hiatus on the night of March 11, just 12 days after that Dallas-Miami game. The hiatus would last more than 100 days, during which Doncic returned to his hometown of Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Ljubljana-based Blanchard and her embassy staff were able to connect Doncic’s personal advisors at BDA Sports Management in contact with the Slovenian embassy in Washington, D.C. to ensure that he was aware of requirements for entry into Slovenia. Those contacts later made sure Doncic and his family knew where to find the latest information on regulations for re-entering the U.S. “She [Blanchard] helped me from the United States during corona to Slovenia, with all the papers you’ve got to do,” Doncic said Thursday. “And to come back [to Dallas], too. It was very helpful.”