The Dallas Mavericks had one of their best draft nights in franchise history in 2018. They moved up to select Luka Doncic third overall and grabbed the generational talent that virtually ended their rebuild. In the second round, the Mavs added Jalen Brunson. The former Villanova guard is having a breakout third season that has him in the conversation for Sixth Man of the Year.
Brunson has improved virtually every aspect of his game. He is a smart player that can make plays, finish inside, shoot 3-pointers, and score efficiently. The 24-year-old looks like a core piece of the Mavericks future moving forward.
Jalen Brunson made an appearance on the Lowe Post podcast that published on May 7. Zach Lowe asked him about Luka Doncic, Dirk Nowitzki, and so much more. Let us take a closer look.
Jalen Brunson on Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic’s playoff game-winner
Brunson did not go to the Orlando bubble. He injured his shoulder in late February and had surgery just days after the season shutdown. The organization decided JB should finish his rehab in Dallas.
Zach Lowe asked Brunson about his reaction to Luka’s Game 4 buzzer-beater to even the series against the Clippers. See his response below.
"“My dad and I were sitting right there watching the game. As soon as he shot it, I knew it was good. I stood up and ran around the house. It was a pretty cool moment that was pretty special.”"
Fans can relive the incredible shot again here.
Jalen Brunson on Dallas Mavericks GOAT Dirk Nowitzki
JB also answered about his one season playing with Dirk.
"“The coolest part about that was watching his work ethic in that year just to be able to get back and play. I can only imagine how it was when he was at the peak of his game. Watching that is pretty special.One of the coolest moments is every arena we went to on the road, he got a standing ovation. Every game. Even if we visited twice, he got a standing ovation. That was awesome to see.My favorite Dirk story is when we were playing in Denver and it was on TNT. He was mic’d up, and he was talking to me saying, ‘This ain’t no college killa. You never seen a frame, a body like this. You never seen a seven-foot mobile guy.’ I remember stopping him mid-sentence like ‘mobile’? If anything you don’t move now. There is no mobile to you anymore.”"
Dirk Nowitzki was known to talk a bit of trash, so it is funny to hear that the rookie was giving it right back to him.
Jalen Brunson on how they poke fun at Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic
Lowe also dropped the news that everyone on the Mavericks has a thing they get made fun of for, and Brunson’s is the size of his head. JB also reluctantly told Lowe that this story about how they poke fun at Luka.
"“Recently what I’ve been doing when we are on the road. You know how everyone has had to say their real height? Whenever he gets called out for the starting lineup, they also are like ‘6’7 guard from Slovenia’, and he always screams at the top of his lungs, ‘6,8’. So, I go no, no no, he’s 6’5, 250. There is one.The second thing I joke about him with is he recently got a haircut. It like had a fade to the sides, but there was barely any fade. I always got on him about his haircut. Then, I saw tweets about it and was like, ‘oh the world is starting to see it now.’ You know how Zion has the Z? Oh, it is the Jordan Brand haircut.”"
It was an outstanding podcast with plenty of insight from Brunson on a host of topics. Dallas Mavericks fans should check it out for more.
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