Dallas Mavericks: Luka Doncic hangs with NBA legend Kobe Bryant

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images) /

Dallas Mavericks rookie standout Luka Doncic spent some time with NBA icon and future Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant on Aug. 30.

The Dallas Mavericks traded up to draft Luka Doncic in part because the franchise believes in his massive potential.  Doncic is still 19 years old and could be a game-changer for the Mavs as early as this season.

The Slovenian standout has been keeping good company too.  Doncic posted a picture on his Twitter of him hanging out with the legendary Kobe Bryant.  You can see the photo here.

Asking for tips?

It is unclear if the two met to work out together or not, but Doncic likely asked for some tips.  He is expected to be the Mavs starting shooting guard this season.  Kobe is one of the best two guards of all-time, so he could be an asset to Doncic’s success.

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Some similarities

The two men do share a few similarities.  They are both of similar build, Doncic is listed at 6’7 and 218 pounds and Bryant is 6’6 and 212 pounds.  Both men are also sponsored by Nike and spent much of their childhood in Europe.

Doncic dreams of following a similar career arc as Bryant despite their on-court games not being all that similar.  Kobe was a scorer and Doncic prefers to be facilitator and playmaker.  They are both men of immense talent, though.  Watching Luka play should be a treat this season.

Final thoughts

Dallas Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic spent some time with Lakers legend Kobe Bryant on Aug. 30.  It is cool to see Doncic already hanging with the NBA’s elite.  It goes to show you that fellow players respect his talent and have significant expectations for his play.

Fans cannot wait to see Doncic on the court in a Mavs uniform. His first game will be against the Beijing Ducks in preseason on Sept. 29 in Dallas.  The Mavericks then head to China for two games before returning home to face the Hornets on Oct. 12.

Doncic’s first regular season game with the Mavericks is on Oct. 17 in Phoenix against the Suns.  Expect a sellout and plenty of cheers for the rookie in his first game that counts.

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