“You guess we’re friends” – Luka Doncic ‘HEARTBROKEN’ over Dirk Nowitzki comments on the NBA superstar

Despite boasting an exceptional resume, Luka Doncic failed to impress Dirk Nowitzky.

“You guess we’re friends” – Luka Doncic ‘HEARTBROKEN’ over Dirk Nowitzki comments on the NBA superstar

Dirk and Luka share a close friendship (AP)

Luka Doncic humorously responded to Dirk Nowitzki’s admission of initial doubts about his potential in the NBA. Doncic reposted Nowitzki’s interview from Showtime’s All the Smoke podcast on X. Nowitzki voiced his initial doubts about Luka Doncic’s potential in the NBA on the podcast. He pondered if Doncic, upon joining the Mavericks, had the speed and athleticism for the NBA.

Luka Doncic found out about Dirk’s comment via social media. He playfully questioned their friendship with a crying emoji, showcasing his characteristic wit. This is what he posted on social media:

@swish41 you guess we are friends?
Luka Doncic via X

Dirk Nowitzki had this to say about his first impression of and relationship with Dallas Mavericks’ star Luka Doncic:

We were thinking he's gonna be a really good player but I didn't think he was going to go to that level... I guess we're friends, we're cool?... when I'm in town we go to dinners or whatever
Dirk Nowtizki via All the Smoke podcast

Despite these initial doubts, Doncic quickly proved himself and swiftly adapted to the NBA’s demands. Nowitzki’s doubts reflected a broader trend in basketball scouting, often overvaluing traditional athleticism. However, players like Doncic, Nikola Jokic, and Stephen Curry have redefined success in the league, focusing on skill and strategic play over physical attributes.

Luka Doncic dominated the Euro League as a teenager

Luka Doncic’s journey from a European prodigy to an NBA superstar is a tale of extraordinary talent and determination. At just 16, Doncic was already turning heads in Europe, playing for Real Madrid and earning significant attention.

Luka made his debut for Real Madrid at age 16 (via EUROLEAGUE BASKETBALL)

However, Doncic’s early talent and role in Madrid’s elite team was remarkable. He became the youngest to play for Real Madrid, showing his extraordinary skills and basketball intelligence. Even at a young age, Luka was already being discussed in NBA circles.

From his early days in Europe to his current status as one of the NBA’s brightest stars, Luka Doncic’s evolution is a story of a young player’s journey to greatness, marked by skill, hard work, and a deep love for the game.

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