The Dallas Mavericks are in a heated battle for sixth in the Western Conference. They will need every win down the stretch to avoid the play-in tournament. The Mavs must stay healthy, but they have the momentum and schedule advantage over the Blazers and Lakers. It should be a wild and exciting last 14 games.
During the Mavericks’ recent stretch of losing five of seven, fans dug deep into the relationship between the team’s two stars. They made note of Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis not embracing on the court and the body language of each player. There were plenty of rumblings on social media, but no definitive proof that the two stars were not getting along.
Mavs owner Mark Cuban did a guest appearance on 105.3 The Fan’s “K&C Masterpiece” on Thursday where he talked about the relationship between Luka and KP. Here is a closer look at his quotes and if they should worry the MFFL’s out there.
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban on the relationship between Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis
Cuban was asked point-blank about the relationship between his team’s two star players. See his response below.
"“On the court, they are fine. Coaches coach, and coach kind of runs the show, so everything gets worked out on the court. That is not to say there are not dust-ups because there are, but I’d compare it to Jet (Jason Terry) and Dirk. If you remember when we first got Jet, Dirk was not a fan. Dirk did not like him. We lost in a playoff series because Jet made a mistake against Nash, and that made it even worse. They weren’t best friends at the beginning, but they grew to like each other and grew to be great friends. That is just part of the process when you got young kids who are growing up as professionals. It just comes with the turf.”"
The Mavericks owner followed up with this quote about Doncic and Porzingis.
"“KP and Luka get along fine. Their different people. They like to do different things. If one guy plays 2k and the other guy plays Overwatch, they’re not going to play games together. That is just the way it works. If one guy likes one thing and somebody likes something different, every now and then, they’ll come together and be peanut and chocolate, but not always.”"
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban gave fans a lot of insight into the relationship between Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis. Should fans be worried following his comments?
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