Sasa Doncic responds to Brian Windhorst’s comments that Luka Doncic is a difficult person to deal with in the locker room.
After their elimination in the first round at the hands of the L. A Clippers, the Dallas Mavericks seem to be having an eventful offseason. With their second best player Kristaps Porzingis seriously underperforming, the Mavs should be on the lookout for surrounding their generational talent, Luka Doncic, with all the right pieces.
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While that may be the goal, rumors of Luka being a difficult teammate have been around the league. First, reports that the Slovenian doesn’t have a good relationship with big man Porzingis, followed by analyst ESPN, Brian Windhorst’s comments regarding his ability to connect with others.
In a recent appearance on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas, Windy said the following:
âI don’t know how many people will be happy to play with Luka (Doncic). I think Luka is, maybe, a difficult person, he’s a great player but when you watch the Mavericks play he barks at the coach, he barks at his teammates, he barks at the officials. He’s always barking about something. He can really be a irritable guy.
Windhorst is certainly right about the Slovenian’s temper tantrums in front of officials this season, however, calling him a difficult person at such an early stage can be a bit too much.
Sasa Doncic roasts Brian Windhorst for his stupid take on Luka Doncic
Luka’s breezy assessment, speaking of his antics on the pitch and calling him a “irritable guy” seemed to have reached the ears of Slovenian superstar’s father, Sasa Doncic.
A former professional basketball player turned coach, Sasa responded with the following when asked what he thought of Windy’s analysis:
âI don’t know. Maybe this reporter is probably the greatest genius in basketball. So please don’t ask me about it (laughs). I’m telling you, what he does in the NBA is beyond awesome. I speak as a basketball fan.
âAs a father, I am very proud of him. He is not afraid of anyone. He has that heart and guts to compare himself to everyone else. What he does at 22 in the NBA, as a European player I think nobody does.
Sasa’s point about Luka having the heart and courage to compare himself to everyone else is relevant. We have seen it time and time again. However, what should be remembered is that basketball games are won by teams and not by individual players. At only 22 years old, Luka still has a lot to learn and discover about himself as a player and a leader.
Luka will also claim a super-max contract that the Mavs will be crazy not to offer him. Locked in a 5-year contract, it would be in Luka’s best interest to work to dispel this view that he is a tough teammate in the hopes of attracting talented players to Dallas as the generational talent hopes to return the season. next with revenge.
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