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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2019 12:10 pm 
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Mark Cuban spoke about the importance of Dirk Nowitzki to Luka Doncic, the 19-year-old star who 'eats, plays basketball, and plays "Fortnite,"' and nothing else
Meredith Cash
5 Feb 2019, 20:54

In an interview at Goldman Sachs for their Talks at GS program January 29, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban shed some light on Luka Doncic, his team's young star who is captivating NBA fans across the country.
Cuban marveled at the 19-year-old's early success, poked fun at his hilariously simple lifestyle off the court, and talked about his relationship with 13-time NBA All-Star and veteran teammate Dirk Nowitzki.
Check out Cuban's comments below and watch the full video here:

Mark Cuban is far from a typical NBA team owner. From barking at players from behind the bench to speaking openly about tanking, the 19-year owner of the Dallas Mavericks is no stranger to the spotlight and the controversy that often comes with it.

Most recently, Cuban shed some light on his team's young star, Luka Doncic. In an interview at Goldman Sachs for their Talks at GS program January 29, Cuban teased the 19-year-old sensation for his hilariously simple life off the court.

"He does three things in life: eats, plays basketball, and plays Fortnite," Cuban said. "I have to struggle with him to keep those priorities ordered correctly."

Aside from poking fun at the rookie's lifestyle, Cuban had nothing but praise for his young Slovenian star, who received more NBA All-Star votes from fans than Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry.

"This last guy we drafted last year, Luka Doncic, is the real deal," Cuban said. "He's 19 years old and already one of the top players in the NBA. It's incredible. And he's a good kid."

Cuban went even further, comparing Doncic to 13-time NBA All-Star and Mavs great Dirk Nowitzki.
Dirk Nowitzki Luka Doncic
Cuban drew a lot of similarities between Mavs great Dirk Nowitzki and rookie sensation Luka Doncic.
AP Photo/LM Otero

"They're similar," Cuban said. "They're both European. They both have their own unique styles and bring something different that the NBA really hadn't seen to their games. But they're just good people. Dirk's just a great guy... he's just a unique individual and Luka has a lot of those same qualities."

Cuban sees Nowitzki's relationship with Doncic as a "passing of the torch" of sorts. Though he hasn't officially announced his retirement, the 21-year NBA veteran is likely playing his last season in Dallas, while Doncic is just beginning his stint with the Mavericks. He will team up with fellow European sensation Kristaps Porzingis — whom Dallas recently acquired through a blockbuster trade with the New York Knicks— to bring success back to the franchise.

The "Shark Tank" star said that Nowitzki — whom he later referred to as the best person and player ever to suit up for the Mavs — has pitched in to help Doncic acclimate to life as an NBA star and prepare him for future greatness.

"It's cool to see Dirk convey and support and educate Luka on how to carry himself because there's a lot of different ways a kid today can be a professional," Cuban said. "[He's] learning how to do it in a manner that you're always looking to get better, you always treat people with respect, you're always supportive of the fans because they pay your salary, and recognizing that is critical to working your way to being something special in this league. Dirk does a great job of educating Luka and all of our young guys." ... urt-2019-2

PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2019 11:42 am 
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Luka Doncic picks up third triple-double in his last seven games
Ben Weinrib,Yahoo Sports•February 7, 2019

Dallas Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic fell 10 days – or alternatively one rebound – shy of becoming the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double. Since then, he’s seemingly made it his mission to dominate every game.

Doncic picked up his third triple-double in his last seven games on Wednesday by dropping 19 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds on the Charlotte Hornets. He completed the triple-double just three minutes into the fourth quarter, and it was also his first triple-double that came during a win, as the Mavs came out on top 99-93.

The 6-foot-7 point forward continues to impress with jaw-dropping passes and acrobatic shots, and Wednesday’s game was no exception. The highlight of the game for Doncic came in the closing minutes with the Mavericks up two points. Doncic took the ball coast-to-coast and hit a ridiculous and-one reverse layup extend the lead to five.

Luka gets creative at the rim!

(via @NBA)

— Yahoo Sports NBA (@YahooSportsNBA) February 7, 2019

After Nic Batum hit a layup of his own to bring it back to a one-possession game, Doncic answered with a signature step-back 3, which seemed to put the game out of reach.

Doncic leads all rookies with 20.7 points per game and is second with 7.0 rebounds and 5.4 assists. He’s been on an absolute tear the last seven games as well, averaging 24.6 points, 9.6 rebounds and eight assists per contest.

Doncic’s performance in a historical perspective
Much to his chagrin, Doncic fell short of becoming the youngest player to record a triple-double by 10 days, but he and Markelle Fultz are the only teenagers to complete that feat in NBA history. That makes Doncic the only teenager to record multiple triple-doubles as well.

Doncic was already the only youngest player to record two triple-doubles by 55 days – edging out LeBron James – and now he’s the youngest player to record three triple-doubles. He edges Hall of Famer Magic Johnson by 117 days.

With 29 games left on the Mavs’ schedule, Doncic doesn’t have a realistic shot at Oscar Robertson’s rookie record of 26 triple-doubles. Frankly he doesn’t have much of a chance at Ben Simmons’ second-place record of 12 last season, either. However, he’s currently sitting in a seven-way tie for seventh at three and could easily make it to Johnson’s third-place record of seven.

Doncic’s triple-double was overshadowed
Maybe it’s because triple-doubles have become second nature for Doncic, but Wednseday night’s game against the Hornets will likely not be remembered for Doncic’s well-rounded performance. Instead it will be remembered for what happened to his teammate, Harrison Barnes.

Midway through the second half, news broke that the Mavericks had dealt the forward to the Sacramento Kings for Justin Jackson and Zach Randolph. Barnes was literally on the court as the news went down, and he sat out the fourth quarter.

Many players, including James, were not thrilled with the hypocrisy of how players are often called selfish while teams freely deal players while they’re in the middle of a competition. ... 55785.html

PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 7:23 am 
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Why Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic says it's easier to score in the NBA than in Europe
By Selby Lopez , Staff Writer

Luka Doncic has caught the NBA by storm during his rookie season with the Mavericks.

Through his step-back 3-pointers, no-look passes and high-flying dunks, the 19-year-old Slovenian guard makes the game look easy.

And Doncic doesn't exactly disagree.

"Here [in the NBA] its easier to score compared to Europe," Doncic said In an interview with Spanish network Movistar+. "In Europe, the court is smaller and here there is the three seconds rule. I think it's easier to score here."

While some may take it as Doncic puffing his chest, the numbers back up his claim.

According to, Doncic averaged 14.5 points per game while leading the Real Madrid team to a title and being crowned the youngest EuroLeague MVP.

Through 52 games of his rookie season in Dallas, Doncic is averaging a team-high 20.6 points per game on 43 percent shooting from the floor and 35 percent from 3-point range.

In an interview with SportsDay Mavericks Insider Brad Townsend, Doncic's agent Bill Duffy said he wasn't surprised by Doncic's early success.

"It's all predictable," he said. "I anticipated he'd come in here and do what he's doing. He knows how to play. He's mature. He's played with countless NBA players. So he's not awestruck by that.

"And the NBA game is more conducive to his skillset, with the spacing and the way he handles the ball, with his size. So it's a perfect setting for him and his skillset."

While Doncic's impressive season almost has him locked for Rookie of the Year, he touched on his disappointment of missing out on an All-Star selection.

"I wanted to go and I was very disappointed when they told me I wasn't. What matters is the people who voted for me," Doncic said in the radio interview with Movistar+. "I was impressed and that's what matters most to me. Maybe next year I'll be there."

SportsDay columnist Tim Cowlishaw said the All-Star Snubbing was a disservice to fans in a recent mailbag. Cowlishaw writes:

"Anyone who gets as many votes as Luka (second among West forwards) deserves to play in the game. The fans have spoken. They would rather see him than LaMarcus Aldridge and Karl-Anthony Towns since there's not much reason for big men in this game, anyway. It's not that the players chosen from the Western Conference aren't as good. You have to be great to be one of the 12. But I think any player picked to start by the fans should at least be added as a reserve. It's the fans' game."

Doncic also spoke on the playing with fellow European and newly-acquired Maverick Kristaps Porzingis.

"It's something special what we're going to have here with Porzingis. He is a great player and we can do many good things," Doncic said. "We already knew each other, we played many times against and now, finally, we play together. We can do great things."

If Doncic's theory holds true about scoring being easier in the NBA compared to Europe, he and Porzingis could be one of the top scoring tandems in the league next season. ... nba-europe

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