Mavericks news: Goran Dragic on friendship with Luka Doncic, Offseason to do, more
By Tyler Watts
Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic was destined for greatness from a young age, but few know that his father played 17 years of professional basketball. Sash Doncic spent 12 years as a coach in Europe too, which allowed Luka to grow up in and around the game.
Doncic signed his first professional contract at 13 years old, but his friend and teammate Goran Dragic knew about Luka’s greatness from the beginning. The 36-year-old point guard talked about how he meant Luka on Thanasis Antetokounmpo’s podcast Thanalysis.
"I’m coming from Slovenia, such a small country. Only 2 million people. One of the craziest stories too, when I was 15 years old, I signed my first professional contract, and at that team, my mentor was Sasha Doncic, the father of Luka Doncic."
Dragic went on to talk about knowing Luka since he was a child and how awesome it was to play alongside him on the Slovenian National Team. Doncic was just a teenager when Slovenia won EuroBasket 2017 with both he and Dragic making the All-Tournament team.
Thanasis Antetokounmpo mentioned the rumors of Dragic teaming with Doncic in Dallas, and fans can hear the full episode here, including the All-Star guard talking about being mentored by Steve Nash and him being part of the vetoed Chris Paul trade back in 2011.
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The offseason rumors are just starting to heat, so get ready and stay tuned for all the latest.