The Dallas Mavericks formed the best duo in franchise history back in February, as they traded multiple draft picks, Spencer Dinwiddie, and Dorian Finney-Smith to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for Kyrie Irving and Markieff Morris.
This was a risky move, as both players were free agents after last season, but Dallas re-signed them both to contracts this summer. Dallas' risk paid off, but now they have to hope that Luka Doncic and Irving can click better than they did last year.
The Kyrie and Luka duo was dynamic offensively, but the team around them couldn't get any stops on defense, and this caused Dallas to miss the playoffs.
No one expected Dallas to miss the playoffs after making this massive trade, but they now have a chance this year to prove that last year was a fluke.
One of Dallas' coaches has a close relationship with Irving, and he recently threw a fun jab towards him when he was a guest speaker on the "Knuckleheads Podcast."
God Shammgod is a player development coach with the Mavs, and he knew Irving's dad, so he knew Irving when he was super young. When Irving got to Dallas, Shammgod threw a playful joke his way, saying, "It's funny because when he first came, I was like, 'Oh yeah, cool, now we got the second-best dribbler in the NBA."
This joke was clearly Shammgod saying that he is the best dribbler in the NBA, and shows how comfortable he is with Irving. Shammgod is a street ball legend, and is best known for creating the dribble move "the Shammgod." This is a move that Kyrie pulls out sometimes, and hopefully, his handle continues to improve during his time in Dallas.
Fans' first chance to see Kyrie and Luka in action will be on October 5 for the Mavs' first preseason game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
We'll have you covered with all the latest news and rumors surrounding Kyrie Irving and the Dallas Mavericks this season, so stay tuned.