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There are some prominent world-class sports stars who play an active role, not just on the field of play but also in the back room, where their name and status can be used to help entice individuals to the organization. It appears that Dallas Mavericks' favorite Luka Doncic is not built that way.
23-year-old Slovenian Doncic was an instant hit from the moment he left Real Madrid to move to the American Airlines Center back in 2018, and he has played a key role in helping the Dallas Mavericks to three successive play-off finishes, and Texas fans of the team might want to visit this page in order to size up a bet for the coming season.
Doncic is one of those players who lives and breathes the game, always smiling both on and off the court but ultra-determined to play his part for the team, but that doesn’t, seemingly, include helping with recruitment.
Though owner Mark Cuban and general manager Nico Harrison might be keen on using Doncic’s star power to help with recruitment, it’s apparently not really something the player is interested in, according to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon, who stated;
“They seek his input, but he’s not heavily involved in personnel decisions. He has not shown interest in being heavily involved. He spends much of his offseason in Europe. He’s not a guy who has shown the desire to be a recruiter.”
To be fair, if you are a player of Doncic’s caliber, then frankly, your off-court input seems less relevant; we are, after all, talking about a player who has secured three NBA All-Star picks over the course of his first four seasons in the league.
Doncic is obviously keen to secure a first NBA title in over a decade for the Mavericks, and in a recent interview, he expanded on those hopes and what he personally thinks he can achieve in the NBA, highlighting team success over individual awards;
“Well, I think they look more at rings and what you've won. Records are fine, but winning is the most important thing.”
On the subject of a possible move away from Dallas, Doncic was pretty clear about his intentions;
“I'm not thinking about moving; my goal is to stay and win it in Dallas. Of course, you never know in the future, but my idea is to win in Dallas, and I hope I achieve it.”
There have, of course, been many players who have moved to the NBA from Europe, but arguably, the instant success Doncic has achieved, albeit without securing an NBA Championship, is pretty special, to say the least, and it’s clear there is more to come.
The Mavericks have, however, suffered the loss of Jalen Brunson, who left for the New York Knicks but have brought in Christian Wood via a trade that saw JaVale McGee move to the Houston Rockets.
Head coach Jason Kidd led the Mavericks to a Conference Final loss to the unstoppable Golden State Warriors last season and will hope to go one better in 2022-23.