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With EuroBasket 2022 around the corner, all eyes are on Luka Doncic in Slovenian national team practices.

Luka Doncic

Luka  Doncic
Position: SG
Age: 23
Height: 201 cm
Weight: 99 kg
Birth place: Ljubljana, Slovenia

Although previously critiqued for his body and lack of fitness, Luka has noticeably slimmed down during this summer, sparking talks about an even more dominant NBA season in the future.

Anze Macek, the kinesiologist who has been working with Doncic for the past two years, gave some insight about the regime change the Slovenian wunderkind took this offseason.

"Shortly after the end of the season, he contacted me and said that he wanted to start fitness training immediately. Together with Goran Dragic, they worked for three weeks," Macek said to SportKlub Slovenija. "The national team action followed. When he went on vacation, he asked me for a work plan."

"He remains active," he said. "I am in contact with him almost on a daily basis. He keeps his shape. He will improve everything during the national team practices where he will prepare with maximum effort."

The comments about his body have no real impact on Luka, Macek says. On the contrary, they drive him forward, the Slovenian team fitness coach is certain.

"Luka is a global star. In plain sight. People follow him every step of the way, as far as possible. Therefore, evil tongues also appear very quickly. Maybe they are trying to get to him by commenting on each photo. But that's really not a good way," Macek explained. "He always has an answer. This only further motivates him and drives him forward."

Where is Luka's ceiling? Nobody probably knows but Macek is sure - even though Doncic is tremendous in some regards, he still has room to improve.

"Each athlete always has certain reserves. Everyone can always be better," Macek said. "Doncic is extremely strong. He has tremendous eccentric power. That's why he can make these quick stops and changes of direction and rhythm in the game. It will certainly get better over the years. He is also increasingly aware of the importance of physical preparation. That's why I believe in progress."

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