Dallas Mavericks: Luka Doncic eager to be a part of Dirk’s Tennis Classic

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Michael LeBrecht /NBAE via Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Michael LeBrecht /NBAE via Getty Images) /

Dallas Mavericks highly touted rookie Luka Doncic is excited to join Dirk Nowitzki’s Pro Celebrity Tennis Classic on Sept 15.

The Dallas Mavericks could face a changing of the guard in the near future.  Franchise icon and future first-ballot Hall of Famer Dirk Nowitzki turned 40 this summer and could retire after any season.  It will be nearly impossible for the Mavs organization to replace everything Dirk brings to them.

Dallas believes they drafted his heir apparent this offseason in Luka Doncic.  Doncic is a 6’8 wing who can do it all on the court.  He can shoot, pass, be a playmaker, run a pick-and-roll, and so much more.  Doncic figures to be the type of player that others desire to have on their team.

The 19-year-old may also be looking to get on the legend’s good side early in his career.

Dirk’s Tennis Classic

The third annual Dirk Nowitzki Pro Celebrity Tennis Classic is coming up on Sept. 15.  The Mavs GOAT holds the event to raise money for his charity, the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation.

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Last year, the classic brought out plenty of star power.  Actor Owen Wilson, fellow Maverick J.J. Barea, and former Dallas Star Mike Modano headlined the celebrity field.  Tennis great Andy Roddick starred for the pro tennis players.

With the event on the horizon, Dirk sent out a Tweet promoting the classic which you can view here.

Doncic quick to respond

Doncic was fast on the reply which you can see here.   Perhaps, Luka is taking a page out of Dirk’s humor on social media book.  It is possible Doncic will be part of the event this year, though.  We may have to wait until Saturday to find out.

Forming a bond

Expect Doncic and Nowitzki to quickly form on-court chemistry.  They both hail from Europe and Doncic aspires to be great like Dirk.  Doncic wants to learn and improve every chance he gets.  That should make life easier for both men.  Expect Nowitzki to impart plenty of his wisdom to the young Doncic this season.

Final thoughts

Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki is holding his annual Tennis Classic this weekend and rookie Luka Doncic was quick to respond to his Twitter invite promoting the event.  The two Mavs supporting each other on social media likely bodes well for the upcoming season.

Mavericks fans are excited for the upcoming season and the improvement that the team made this offseason.  Expect more wins and plenty of highlight plays for this Dallas squad.

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