This offseason was all about improvement for the Dallas Mavericks. They missed out on the postseason this past year, even failing to qualify for the Play-In Tournament, meaning they had a lot of changes to make.
Dallas addressed a ton of its issues, adding Grant Williams, Richaun Holmes, Dereck Lively II, Olivier-Maxence Prosper, Seth Curry, and Dante Exum and re-signing Kyrie Irving. But none of that matters without Luka Doncic.
Doncic is the centerpiece of everything the Mavericks have done for the past five years and everything they will do for the next decade-plus. And recently, Mavericks fans dealt with a scare.
This summer, Doncic is competing with the Slovenian national team in the FIBA World Cup, and his squad is currently rolling through some exhibition matches ahead of the tournament.
Slovenia played a couple of games against Greece, giving Doncic and his teammates a chance to warm up and get used to playing with each other again.
However, Doncic got hurt in the second of the two games.
While on the defensive end, Doncic was navigating around a screen and knocked knees with Greek player Emmanouil Chatzidakis, leading to a terrifying sight for Mavs fans.
Doncic started limping immediately after hitting his knee, and it was clear that something wasn’t right. The Dallas star exited the contest and did not return.
Luckily for Mavericks fans and the city of Dallas, Doncic is fine.
Tim MacMahon of ESPN took to Twitter to reveal that there are “no concerns” in regard to Doncic’s injury, according to a source he spoke to. The image of Doncic limping around was a frightening one, but the 24-year-old is okay.
With the recent injury history at the FIBA World Cup, Doncic could have been a lot less lucky than he ended up being. Just this year, Denver Nuggets forward and Doncic’s Slovenian teammate Vlatko Cancar tore his ACL at FIBA, and last summer, Washington Wizards forward Danilo Gallinari did the same while competing for Italy.
If Doncic suffered a season-ending injury, or even a long-term injury, while playing with Slovenia, it would have completely changed the course of Dallas’ approach to this season.
But thankfully, that’s not something the Mavericks have to worry about. His recent injury scare was nothing more than just that - a scare.