Reasons for Mavericks fans to worry about Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis
The Mavs as currently constructed hinge on Doncic and Porzingis. Fans saw how dangerous the duo can be in the first round of the playoffs inside the bubble, but they also witnessed Dallas get eliminated after KP went down with an injury. The Mavericks are dangerous with both players healthy and performing their best.
Conspiracy theorists will suggest whatever “dust-ups” Doncic and Porzingis have had will cause them to crumble in the postseason. Both need to be on the same page and clicking to get the Mavs to upset a higher-seeded foe. The owner addressing the rumors, instead of shooting them down, does suggest that there is something here, even if it may not be a massive issue.
There are long-term implications too. Does the lack of friendship lead Dallas to trade Kristaps Porzingis before his max contract runs out? Can the Mavericks get the optimal return and build a title contender around Luka Doncic to keep him Dallas for his entire career like Dirk? There are millions of questions that supporters can come up with that may cause dread in their minds.
Those same fans did not want to hear Cuban confirm the duo was not best friends (at least not yet). Many had high hopes that they would form a European super duo that could rule the NBA for the next half-decade. There is still time, but knowing the two do not always get along could place a shelf life on their partnership.
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