Luka Doncic performed no aspect in Donnie Nelson’s firing.
1 day following the Mavericks announced they parted means with the longtime GM, the franchise confront emotionally mirrored on their historical past collectively.
“It was sort of challenging to me,” Doncic claimed about Nelson’s firing throughout a press convention Thursday in Slovenia, wherever he’s with his countrywide group. “I truly like Donnie. I know him because I was a child and he was the just one that drafted me [in 2018]. It was challenging for me seeing that, but I’m not the just one generating conclusions there.”
Nelson’s firing arrived in the same week a report by The Athletic comprehensive drama in the Mavericks entrance place of work concerning Doncic and Haralabos Voulgaris over conclusions inside of the firm.
Voulgaris, the team’s director of quantitative research and progress, was employed by Dallas in Oct. 2018, a couple of months following Doncic joined the group in June.
The report claimed Doncic is vigilant about his long term in Dallas for the reason that of Voulgaris’ heavy hand in entrance place of work decision-generating, such as lineups and rotations.
Though Voulgaris declined to comment on the report, Mavericks operator Mark Cuban labeled it as “total bulls–t” on Twitter — just before telling Bleacher Report’s Taylor Rooks that the report is “insulting” to Mavs head mentor Rick Carlisle, who phone calls rotations in Dallas.
Following Dallas’ initial-round playoff elimination at the fingers of the Clippers, Doncic confirmed he’ll forgo his summer season vacation to sign up for the Slovenian men’s basketball group to assistance guide them to their initial-at any time Olympic Games in this summer’s postponed function in Tokyo.
Soon after getting named All-NBA on Tuesday, Doncic is qualified to sign a tremendous-max extension with Dallas on Aug. 6 worthy of more than $200 million over 5 seasons.