Mavs Owner Provides Positive Update on Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis’ Relationship

Published 09/24/2021, 10:10 AM EDT
May 28, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) and center Kristaps Porzingis (6) celebrate scoring against the LA Clippers during the first quarter in game three in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports


Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis haven’t had a great relationship at Dallas Mavericks. Doncic joined the Mavericks in 2018 after being drafted by them. New York Knicks traded Porzingis to Dallas Mavericks in 2019, six months after Doncic’s arrival. But, despite joining the Mavericks in the same season, the duo hasn’t gotten along, and much has been said about their awkward relationship.

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In fact, the Mavs management has done nothing to quash the notion that the two aren’t getting along. Instead, Mavs owner Mark Cuban earlier said that there have been ‘dust ups’ between the two. However, he also added that Nowitzki and Terry had a similar relationship in the beginning, and later went on to win a championship.

Feb 12, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) and center Kristaps Porzingis (6) celebrate during the second half against the New Orleans Pelicansat American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

26-year-old Latvian power forward, Porzingis, has previously expressed his displeasure with his new role in the half-court offense. However, Mavs owner Mark Cuban has given a positive update on the relationship between Doncic and Porzingis.

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Mark Cuban explains a sign of friendship between Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis

Mavs owner Mark Cuban recently appeared on ‘97.1 The Eagle‘ and talked about the relationship between Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis. Cuban explained the ‘telltale sign’ of a positive relationship between the duo.

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Cuban said that Mavs star duo Doncic and Porzingis have been interacting on each other’s posts on social media. He added that it is a sign that their relationship is ‘fine’. It is surely the update Mavericks’ fans would have been looking for. It can be a positive sign as the duo has had minimal interactions with each other for some time now. However, just social media interactions cannot act as a parameter for the improvement of the relationship between two NBA stars.

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However, it’s not necessary that players should be best friends in order to succeed in the court. It is possible for two stars, who aren’t friends off the court, to be successful. But a good relationship always helps. Porzingis was unhappy over his role at Dallas Mavericks. After game 7 vs Clippers, Porzingis admitted that he is not playing in the same role which he used to. Doncic’s sudden rise in the NBA has led to Porzingis being asked to play as a spot-up shooter.

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Abhishek Singh

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Abhishek is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports with over two years of journalistic experience with Chase Your Sport and Dribl. A Football Management graduate, he has previously interned in the Indian Super League, I-League and the AFC Champions League. In addition to being a Michael Jordan fan, Abhishek is an ardent Steph Curry and Warriors guy, and believes they have a few more championships in store before the former retires.

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