Credit: Vernon Bryan/Dallas Morning News
Credit Vernon Bryan/Dallas Morning News

Luka Doncic

Luka  Doncic
Position: SG
Age: 22
Height: 201 cm
Weight: 99 kg
Birth place: Slovenia

The NBA has found in Luka Doncic one of its brightest stars. The 22-year-old Slovenian guard, already an All-Star, is on his way to achieving greater things in the league, especially in the case he wins a championship with his current team, the Dallas Mavericks who recently signed him to a super-max extension.

Doncic will have this year a new coach, Jason Kidd. Luka traveled to his native Ljubljana to inaugurate a spectacular basketball court that was completely renovated, remembering that it was there where he took his first steps in the world of basketball.

As a world icon, Doncic was chosen this year as the cover image of NBA 2K22 whose launch will be on September 10. On a very special day for Doncic, the Slovenian shared some of his thoughts with "Marca" to talk about the Olympic Games, the Mavs, Usman Garuba, even Kylian Mbappé.

On Slovenia's fourth place in Tokyo: "I always say the fourth place is the worst. I am happy that we beat Lithuania in the qualifiers after a very difficult and important game. We feel that we could have done more."

On his commitment to Slovenia: "If everything goes well, I'm sure I'll be back with my national team."

On the new season for the Mavs: "Well, we have made many changes, especially in the staff and the goal is still to fight for the championship. The truth is that I am very excited about the season we are going to face."

On Jason Kidd: "I think he's an excellent coach who also knows a lot about how to play basketball and how to lead a team. It is an excellent opportunity for me to grow and I think it will help me a lot."

On whether the Mavs are ready to fight for the ring: "As I say, that is my goal and I believe that you can always fight. We'll see how the season goes but in my opinion we can be there, fighting for everything. I do not know if we need one or two players. We first have to start playing and then we will see what happens."

On Usman Garuba: "I haven't played with him so I can't talk much about his game when I was in Madrid, but I think he's going to do very well. From what I have seen he is a great player and I think he will adapt to the league soon."

On whether he thinks that Kylian Mbappé will end up playing for Madrid: "I hope it happens because he is a great player. I think it would be good for the team if Mbappé were there."

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