The Dallas Mavericks had a special day of practice on Thursday morning as the team invited active duty military in to watch and participate. It was head coach Jason Kidd’s idea, and there was plenty of fun to go around during the event.
The workout was special for both sides. Luka Doncic and company got a chance to meet a few of the men and women protecting this country, and the military personnel got a special experience working out with the Mavericks. There were plenty of shots put up, including some shooting drills with players teamed up with the military, and smiles all around during the session.
Coach Kidd shared his thoughts after the workout along with Dorian Finney-Smith, who got in a bit of charity work beforehand. Here is a closer look at the special day.
Dallas Mavericks hold open practice with military
Callie Caplan captured the moment of the day when one of the servicemen drilled a halfcourt shot, and the gym erupted. See the video below.
Coach Kidd had this to say after the workout.
"This is a Mavs group effort to get the military here. For the guys to participate, it is just a natural fit. You can see the guys had a good time. They probably wish practice was like this more often, but it is for a great cause, and we can’t be more thankful."
The Hall of Fame point guard mentioned he did this during his time in Milwaukee, and it was a fantastic event for everyone involved on Thursday.
Dorian Finney-Smith noted it was “amazing”, and he shared that he prepared some meals for the less fortunate before the workout. It was a day to give back for the Dallas Mavericks, and it was a special one for everybody involved.
Fans can hear the full press conference from coach Kidd and Doe-Doe below.
The Mavs are back in action on Friday night at the American Airlines Center as they host the Toronto Raptors. Will this open workout with the military give Dallas a bit of extra motivation heading into that clash? Stay tuned to find out, and do not miss it as Luka Doncic attempts to score 30-plus for the eighth straight game to open the season.