The Dallas Mavericks have split the two games since Luka Doncic returned from injury, but the 22-year-old has gone off twice. He had 26-9-9 in an overtime win over the Clippers before dropping a 33-point double-double in a loss to the Wizards on Saturday night.
The 22-year-old played with a bit of extra motivation in both of those games as his father, Sasa, has been in attendance. He caught up with the team in Los Angeles to see them face the Clippers before coming to Dallas to watch his son again. It is not the first time Sasa has seen his play in the NBA, but it certainly gave Luka a bit of extra motivation.
Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News asked Sasa Doncic about his son playing for the Mavericks before Saturday’s tipoff. Here is a look at what he had to say, and how Dirk Nowitzki made the transition easier on Luka.
Luka Doncic’s father shares his feelings on his son playing for the Mavericks
Sasa Doncic said he was “more than happy” that his son plays in Dallas because Luka is happily leading the Mavericks. Fans can see the brief interview below.
Sasa Doncic played 17 seasons professionally in Europe and has been a head coach of five teams since his retirement in 2010. The 47-year-old knows a thing or two about basketball. He was a six-time Slovenian league All-Star, so it is outstanding to hear him talk about Dirk easing Luka’s transition, and how he is happy that the 22-year-old plays for the Mavericks.
Luka Doncic puts on a show every night, and it was fantastic to see his father in the building watching him play for the last two games. Sasa is currently the head coach of KD Ilirija in Slovenia, so it is not possible for him to always be in attendance, but when he is, fans can expect Luka to put on a show.
Luka Doncic signed a five-year extension that kicks in at the start of next season. Supporters should be excited about him leading the Dallas Mavericks for years to come. Doncic will annually be in the MVP race, but can the team make a deep playoff run? Stay tuned to find out.