The Dallas Mavericks employ one of the best players in the world in Luka Doncic. He puts up historic numbers and gives his team a chance to win every time out. Doncic led the Mavs to the conference finals, but they are not the only team the 23-year-old superstar is fully committed to leading.
Luka wants to play for the Slovenian National Team whenever he is healthy. The NBA had two condensed offseasons back-to-back, but that did not stop number 77 from playing for his country. He led them to their first Olympics last summer where they reached the semifinals before losing two straight. Doncic has already played in two World Cup qualifiers this summer, and that is just the beginning.
Slovenian National Team head coach Aleksander Sekulic recently talked about Luka’s impact on the countries basketball. Let us take a closer look at the 44-year-old’s comments.
Slovenian National Team coach on how Luka Doncic changed the culture in his home country
Sekulic pulled no punches about what makes Luka special, and fans can see one of his quotes below.
"The key feedback that I get from him is exceptional. He is respectful. A bit too formal at times, but this is Luka. I can say that I never once got the feeling that playing for the national team was unnecessary for him. On the contrary, his attitude is extraordinary."
Sekulic continued by saying that players were searching for reasons to not represent their country before Luka came along, but now things have changed. Everyone wants to play for Slovenia and get a chance to be teammates with Doncic.
The Slovenian National Team has two more World Cup qualifiers in August before looking to defend their EuroBasket championship in September. Luka Doncic has already committed to playing, and the team is hoping Goran Dragic will join him for the European championships. He played in the first two World Cup qualifiers this summer, which was his first national team action since 2017.
Luka will be ready as he looks to lead Slovenia into the World Cup and help them win their second straight EuroBasket title. Can Doncic accomplish all that before returning to Dallas for training camp? Stay tuned to find out.