Dallas Mavericks: God Shammgod on his career, the Mavs, and Luka Doncic

Dallas Mavericks God Shammgod (Photo by Cassy Athena/Getty Images)
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Dallas Mavericks: God Shammgod on his career, the Mavs, and Luka Doncic

The Dallas Mavericks added God Shammgod as a player development coach in 2016. The basketball legend has helped Luka Doncic, Kristaps Porzingis, and many others expand their games as the Mavs continue to climb back up the NBA ladder. He is a key piece of their coaching staff and gets credit from several players for helping them improve.

Shammgod is one of the best handlers of all-time. He invented a move that NBA players are still using today. His basketball career included a short stint in the league, but some fans are not familiar with his story.

God Shammgod joined the Cruz Control podcast to talk about it all. This is a cannot miss episode as Shammgod also discusses the Mavs and Luka Doncic. Let us take a closer look at some of the highlights.

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God Shammgod on his career, the Dallas Mavericks, and Luka Doncic

Shammgod gives the story of his entire basketball career from how he fell in love with the game to growing up in New York to Providence to playing the NBA to starring overseas. The story of leaving college early, getting drafted by the Wizards, and why his NBA career did not pan out is must listen. He is honest about the mistakes he made. It was unbelievable and uplifting for anyone looking to be great at what they do.

Shammgod talks about finding his love for the game again playing in China, and how he paved the way for other players to make the jump to the CBA.

He also discusses his love for helping others. Shammgod wants to share his knowledge and make the next generation better. The legend had this to say about coaching for the Dallas Mavericks.

"“I was blessed to be with Mark Cuban and an organization like the Dallas Mavericks where Mark Cuban and Rick Carlisle let me be myself. They did not have to do that. I am still Shammgod. It is not like I am just some coach on the Dallas Mavericks. I am part of the Dallas Mavericks. I’ve owned and embraced the Shammgod part, and am a coach on a staff that embraced the Shammgod part. I could be on a staff where people hate, but no, everybody embraces and the players just rock out.”"

Shammgod also talked about helping Trae Young on his journey. Then, he answered a question about Luka.

"“Luka ill with it. Luka is a person like if you are a painter and somebody gave you a blank canvas. This canvas has all the potential to be whatever you want it to be. Luka is that. He has all this talent that any little thing I give him, any big thing I give him, he takes it to the next level. It is like from one year to the next us changing his angles and telling him different angle points, all you got to do is tell him one time and next you thing you know he is doing it.”"

The host followed up with the question of if Doncic is a top-five player in the NBA right now. Shammgod answered with the following.

"“Yeah. You are talking about someone who averaged 30, ten, and ten in the last playoffs that just went by. The reason why I am saying is because forget the numbers, Luka can do all that in his sleep. People do not understand how much he loves basketball. He just loves hooping. The thing that is great about him is Luka is a humble kid, and he is a kid that wants everybody to be together.”"

The Mavericks are in a fantastic place with Luka Doncic leading the team and God Shammgod on the staff. Expect both to be key pieces as the team jumps into title contention soon. Fans should check out the podcast with Shammgod. He shares a ton of stories, and it is a fantastic listen.

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