Despite a ton of promise coming into the season, the Sacramento Kings have been downright abysmal this year. The Kings are one of those franchises that never seem to prosper no matter how hard they try. Last night was yet another example of that as they fell to the Dallas Mavericks by a score of 130-111. Perhaps the worst moment of the night was in the third quarter when Kings head coach Luke Walton received a technical foul for blasting the officials. At one point, Walton looked over at Mavs star Luka Doncic and told him to give the ref his autograph since he's clearly a fan. Of course, Walton was implying the ref was giving him easy calls.
According to those who saw the exchange take place, Doncic went over to Walton and simply said "don't do that." After the game, Doncic spoke about the incident saying stuff like that happens all the time and that it was "nothing special." Walton also went on to comment about the whole ordeal where he said: “I have all the respect in the world for Luka. He got what he wanted tonight, wherever he wanted. I wasn’t saying anything to him. I don’t know if he thought I said something to him."
If there is one thing for sure here, it's that Doncic got the last laugh. The Mavericks look destined to make it all the way to the playoffs and Doncic has been downright MVP-worthy, when he's healthy.
Luka Doncic Achieves Impressive New Record During Mavs Win
Doncic continues to get more impressive.
Luka Doncic has been one of the most impressive young stars in the entire NBA over the past couple of years and every single night, his profile continues to rise. The Dallas Mavericks are looking like a serious playoff team thanks to Doncic and as we approach the postseason, Doncic seems to be a real threat to win the coveted Most Valuable Player award. Regardless of how you feel about Doncic, there is no denying he is a star who has the potential to achieve superstar status.
Last night, Doncic achieved another incredible feat as he became the youngest player in NBA history to achieve a statline above 20 points, 15 rebounds, and 15 assists. He finished the game with 25 points, 15 rebounds, and 17 assists as the Mavericks defeated the Sacramento Kings.
Doncic and his teammates have a real shot at doing some damage in the playoffs and if he continues to put up performances like this, he will be in a great position moving forward. Not to mention, his contract with Jordan Brand will certainly help raise his profile moving forward.
At this point, records such as this one might seem meaningless although they speak to just how much potential Doncic has. If he keeps this up, the NBA will be in a great place for years to come.
Snoop Dogg Roasts Luka Doncic During Lakers’ Blowout Win
Snoop wasn’t very impressed.
Snoop Dogg is one of the most passionate Los Angeles Lakers fans in the entire world and when he sees something he doesn’t like, he is quick to comment on it. The latest thing/person to get on Snoop’s nerves is none other than Dallas Mavericks superstar, Luka Doncic. Doncic has been one of the best young players in the league as of late and is already starting to get some lofty praise. Doncic has been compared to Michael Jordan and LeBron James while also being hailed the best 20-year-old to ever play the game.
On Friday night, the Lakers defeated the Mavericks in a blowout that saw Doncic struggle for much of the game. Snoop used this as an opportunity to take to Instagram where he roasted Doncic and said the league has gotten “soft.” Snoop says people are overreacting when it comes to Doncic and that his name shouldn’t be used in the same breath as LeBron’s.
Doncic certainly has a lot to prove so Snoop’s comments here shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. The Mavs sophomore has yet to make it to the playoffs and until he gets some experience, he won’t be able to make much of a case for himself when it comes to being included in GOAT conversations.
The Mavs star certainly has phenomenal potential but some of these takes have been a bit too premature.
Luka Doncic Reacts To Recent LeBron James Comparisons
Luka has been nothing short of dominant this season.
Luka Doncic has been one of the best young players in the NBA ever since he was drafted back in 2018. Coming from the European leagues, there was no guarantee that Doncic would be as good as he is now. Regardless, Doncic has surpassed all expectations and if he leads the Mavericks to the playoffs, there is a real chance he could win NBA MVP. At just 20 years old, Doncic is receiving some pretty lofty comparisons, particularly to guys like Michael Jordan and LeBron James.
Doncic has been fairly humble about his success and recently spoke about his feelings towards these comparisons. The Mavericks superstar is fairly reserved about the LeBron comparison and believes he still has a long way to go before he can receive such an honor. After all, it’s only his second year in the league.
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“I’m nowhere near that,” Doncic said per Dwain Price of Mavs.com. “I’m 20 years old and this is my second year in the league. Anything can happen, so I’ve got to prove a lot.”
If you’re a Mavericks fan, the future is certainly bright in Dallas. Kristaps Porzingis and Luka Doncic are a great one-two punch and are in a great position to create a Western Conference contender for years to come.
Max Kellerman Makes Bold Claim About Luka Doncic: Watch
Kellerman seems to be a big fan of the Mavericks sophomore.
Luka Doncic has been a phenomenal young talent for the Dallas Mavericks. Last season, Doncic was named rookie of the year and this season, he continues to be one of the best players in the league. Doncic is an early candidate for the MVP trophy especially when you consider how the Mavericks have been overachieving in his presence. At 20 years old, Doncic has been nothing short of dominant and continues to impress fans with not just his shooting but his playmaking as well.
ESPN's Max Kellerman is a huge fan of Doncic's game and has been very complimentary on First Take. During Wednesday's episode of First Take, Kellerman said: "Luka Doncic is the best 20-year-old player in the history of the NBA." While this may seem like a bit of a reach, the stats seem to back it up quite a bit.
Doncic has been able to take down some of the league's best teams this season and fans are excited to see how we will develop over the next few years. In fact, some pundits believe he has the potential to be better than Dirk Nowitzki which would certainly be a huge accomplishment.
Only time will tell whether or not Doncic will be able to lead the Mavs to a second championship.
Andre Drummond Reacts To Kristaps Porzingis’ Disrespectful Stare-Down
Porzingis has no chill.
Kristaps Porzingis was one of the biggest enigmas in the entire NBA just a few years ago as he was drafted early on by the New York Knicks. Many thought that Porzingis was a horrible pick but he quickly turned into one of the best players from his draft class. Now, Porzingis is off of the Knicks and plays for the Dallas Mavericks. On Thursday night, the Mavericks were in Mexico to take on the Detroit Pistons. In the end, the Mavericks won the game and Porzingis came through with a monster poster dunk on Andre Drummond.
After performing the dunk, Porzingis stared down Drummond which depending on who you ask, is the ultimate form of disrespect. In the aftermath of all this, Drummond took to Twitter where he sent a friendly message to Porzingis, asking exactly what happened? As Drummond says, the two are supposed to be friends although it seems like the Pistons star is simply laughing it off as opposed to actually being mad.
The Mavericks and Pistons are two teams heading in completely different directions. It seems like the Mavs are turning into a legitimate playoff team as the Pistons battle to even hit the eighth seed. Now that Porzingis is finally on a good team, it shouldn't be surprising that he is acting in such a way.
Scottie Pippen Delivers His Take On MJ-Luka Doncic Comparisons
Doncic has been getting high praise as of late.
Due to his status as a former player, there were a ton of questions surrounding Luka Doncic when he entered the league. Some were skeptical of his talent while others felt like he wouldn’t be able to match the pace of an NBA game. So far, Doncic has made his doubters look like morons as he continues to put up incredible stats while leading the Mavericks to big wins. Recently, Doncic broke Michael Jordan‘s record for most consecutive games with 20 points, five points, and five rebounds, with 19.
Ever since breaking this record, Doncic has been receiving comparison to Michael Jordan which has admittedly made him uncomfortable. Recently, TMZ Sports caught up with Jordan’s former teammate Scottie Pippen and asked him about the comparisons. As you can imagine, he was pretty dismissive and questioned the cameraman about Doncic’s championship pedigree.
“He got six titles yet?” Pippen asked with a smile on his face. Realistically, Pippen makes a great point as Doncic is only in his second season in the league. Doncic has a high talent ceiling although you can’t compare him to the greats so early on. His stats are impressive and what he’s done with this Mavs team is nothing short of miraculous. There are plenty of ways in which you can give Doncic his flowers without going crazy with the comparisons.
What do you think of these comparisons? Are they premature or can Doncic really achieve that status some day?
Trae Young Explains What Annoys Him About Luka Doncic Comparisons
Young and Doncic will forever be linked.
Trae Young and Luka Doncic are some of the most talented basketball players in the NBA right now. What’s interesting about these two players is that they were traded for one another on draft night. The Hawks had originally taken Doncic while the Mavericks had taken Young. So far, both of these players have been fantastic for their respective teams although if you were to ask who’s better, many would say Doncic. In an interview with ESPN, Young expressed how annoyed he is with the comparisons and what it will take for them to stop.
“Retirement,” Young joked. “I think that’s what it’s gonna take. We’re going to be compared throughout our whole careers. That’s fine, that’s what it’s going to be — it happened on draft night, and I don’t think it’ll stop until we’re both retired.”
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Young went on to say that he understands where these comparisons come from although it doesn’t stop them from being tiresome.
“Yeah. For me, it bothers me — I just love playing basketball, I know he does. So it bothers me because it’s annoying just getting asked about it all the time,” Young said. “But I know it comes with it. I didn’t ask for it to happen, but it happened… It’s two totally different situations, two totally different players. He’s playing well, I’m playing well. Just let it be.”
Who do you think is better, Doncic or Young? Make your case in the comments below.
Damian Lillard Reveals Which NBA Star Inspired Him To Stay In Portland
Lillard wants to cement his legacy in Portland.
Damian Lillard has made a name for himself in the NBA as a player who refuses to join a superteam. So many of the league’s stars have left the teams they were drafted by to create powerhouses teams while Lillard has maintained his allegiance to the city of Portland. He feels as though winning a championship with the Blazers would be much more impactful than a title with a superteam and in many ways, he’s right. It’s exactly why the Toronto Raptors championship this past year was so groundbreaking.
When asked about this philosophy, Lillard told Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated that one player, in particular, was his inspiration. Of course, the player in question is Dirk Nowitzki who played 20 seasons with the Dallas Mavericks and ended up winning a championship in the second half of his career.
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“He just stayed with it,” Lillard said. “I respect what Dirk did. Like, I see that and I’m like, ‘It’ll be worth it. I know it was worth it for him,’ you know what I’m saying? Like, he’ll be forever, ever, ever respected in Dallas and in the league. So that’s like what I see from myself.”
If Lillard were to win a championship with the Blazers, he would immediately become a legend of the game. It’s certainly a tall task but if he does it, you’d have to give him his props.
Rajon Rondo Roasted After Giving Luka Doncic A Lusty Look: Watch
Rondo got caught staring.
Luka Doncic is one of the best young players in basketball and some pundits are saying he has a real chance at becoming the NBA MVP this season. Every single game Doncic has made teams look silly with his shooting ability. Sunday afternoon was no different as he handed the Los Angeles Lakers their first loss in ten games. It was a spectacular outing and many of the Staples Center fans took notice of what he was able to do to a team that had been widely regarded as the best in the entire league.
One Lakers player got caught admiring Luka just a little too much yesterday and, of course, that player was none other than Rajon Rondo. As you can see in the clip below, Rondo was sitting on the bench with Luka right in front of him. In a moment of vulnerability, Rondo can be seen giving Luka the up and down look which was caught on camera.
In true Twitter fashion, Rondo was immediately roasted for the look he gave Luka and many took to social media to deliver some hilarious captions at Rondo's expense. It's impossible to tell whether the look was intentional or whether his head was in the clouds for a second but either way, Twitter came through with the jokes.
After this experience, Rondo might have to refrain from looking at his opponents in the future, which is certainly a tall task.