“For me, it’s normal,” said Jose Calderon, who is Spanish. “I’m used to it. In Europe, everybody does that. Every team goes looking the exact same way every time to play. Depending what is your team, you can go all with the same sweats, you can go all with the same suits, but usually everybody dresses to travel the same.” The Cavs aren’t as strict with the dress code as many European teams — they don’t wear the suits on the plane, for instance — but even the times they do wear the suits has taken some getting used to for a few players.
On Tuesday, May 21, according to various media, the 19-year old signed his EuroLeague Final Four jersey and donated it to the Drazen Petrovic Memorial Center. The jersey had a dedication to it: “To Drazen’s mother”
With that as the backdrop, Hawks GM Travis Schlenk was prompted about Doncic on Tuesday as part of an interview with 92.9 The Game in Atlanta and he started by indicating that Atlanta is looking to “get a read” on Doncic’s status. (via KL Chouinard of Hawks.com) “I had a chance to sit down with his agent last week in Chicago and try to get a read on the situation, and his agent obviously was flying over to the (EuroLeague) Final Four in Belgrade. He’ll get back to the States this weekend and we’re going to circle back with him.”
From an on-court perspective, though, Schlenk appears quite impressed with Doncic and he shed light on his viewpoint. “What he has been able to accomplish in Europe, we’ve never seen before — A 19-year-old kid who has been MVP of the Final Four, MVP of EuroLeague, won a European Championship — what he has been able to accomplish at his age has never been duplicated over there.”
Schlenk: He has got really good size at 6’8. He has got really good court vision with his ability to pass the ball. He is a good shooter, not a great shooter, but that’s one thing guys get better at with a lot of repetition, and obviously in the NBA, you get nothing but repetition. His body, his frame, he has got a good frame and he has got the ability to add good weight. He is certainly an intriguing prospect and, with his basketball IQ and his ability to make his teammates better for his age and just his maturity on the court, it’s really impressive.
The multi-awarded player told Eurohoops: “I have no words to describe how I feel. I’m happy to be here and I’m happy for winning the championship. I simply focus on how I will celebrate, nothing else. We can’t overdo it though, we have a game on Thursday [laughs]”. As for his future in the NBA and whether he’d like to be drafted at No. 1 or be chosen by a certain team, Luka mentioned that it’s not the right timing to discuss about it: “That’s not on me, the teams are the ones that select. As I said I’m focused on celebrating, I will say everything about my future later”.
In the official press conference after winning the EuroLeague title and the MVP award with Real Madrid, Doncic was asked if he is about to continue the legacy of ex-Yugoslavian players in the NBA. “I will decide soon, but now I am focused on celebrating”, he said with a smile, avoiding the question. “When the time comes about the NBA I will decide”.