The Dallas Mavericks held their annual media day on Sept. 26, and Luka Doncic was the man of the hour. The 23-year-old superstar did interviews on multiple platforms and took a ton of pictures and videos for the team to use this season. It was a busy day for Doncic and the Mavs as they get training camp rolling with their first practice on Tuesday.
Jalen Brunson was a central theme of Mavericks media day 2022. The 6’1 guard left the team in free agency to join the New York Knicks on a four-year deal worth $104 million. JB went from second-round draft pick to the second-leading scorer on a Western Conference finalist. The 26-year-old was a fan favorite too, but the money and connections in New York were just too good to pass up.
Luka did an interview with the Locked on Mavericks podcast where he was asked about facing Brunson and the Knicks, and the 23-year-old superstar could not hide his excitement. Here is a look at his quote about facing his former teammate and what fans should expect from the two meetings between the Mavs and Knicks this season.
Luka Doncic is eager to face former Dallas Mavericks teammate Jalen Brunson
When asked what he looked forward to about facing Brunson and the Knicks, Luka responded with the following.
"It’s going to be fun, man. That is a matchup, I’m looking forward to. It is going to be really fun."
Doncic was smiling the entire time. He and Brunson developed a close relationship after coming to Dallas in the same draft class, so fans can be certain that Luka wants to get one up on his friend and former teammate. Fans can listen to Luka’s full interview with Locked on Mavericks below.
The first meeting happens in Madison Square Garden on Dec. 3 with the Knicks traveling to Dallas on Dec. 27 to finish the season set. Expect Doncic to hunt mismatches on Brunson and look to score over his former teammate, especially early in the game. The Knicks will put R.J. Barrett on Doncic and hope to avoid switches, but number 77 is a master at manipulating the defense.
Fans should be excited about the season ahead, and both meetings against the New York Knicks. Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks will have a bit of extra fire to defeat Jalen Brunson, and that should make for exciting contests, so do not miss them.