“Me & Luka (Doncic), We’re So Skilled..”: Kyrie Irving Reveals What’s Keeping Mavericks From Excelling While Bragging About His Own Prowess

Published 09/29/2023, 1:12 AM EDT

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The Dallas Mavericks missed the playoffs last year after making it to the Western Conference finals in the previous season. With Luka Doncic in his prime, fans had huge expectations for the Mavericks. Dallas even signed Former NBA Champion Kyrie Irving in February, adding another lethal offensive weapon to their squad. Unfortunately, the superstar duo could not even get the Mavericks a spot in the playoffs to compete for the title.

With the upcoming NBA season less than a month away, Kyrie Irving revealed the reason for the Dallas Mavericks’ continued failure while bragging about his own prowess.

Kyrie Irving Reveals Reason for Mavericks’ Failure


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Kyrie Irving was traded from Brooklyn to the Dallas Mavericks in the middle of last season. Contrary to the expectations, Uncle Drew could not help Dallas secure a playoff spot last season. Despite last season’s failure, Kyrie re-signed with the Mavericks on a 3-year $126,000,000 deal. Before heading on a road trip with his teammates to face Real Madrid, Kyrie addressed the media and revealed what is keeping the Mavericks from excelling. “I was looking towards the future, while also being aware that it takes time to build a great team.”


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Kyrie joined the Mavericks when more than half the season was already over. With only a few games left in the season, Kyrie did not get much time to build chemistry with Luka Doncic and Co. Now that the former Champion has re-signed with Dallas, Mark Cuban is trying to make the right moves to build around Kyrie and Luka. The process of building a championship roster takes some time and that is the reason the Dallas Mavericks have not been able to find success with Uncle Drew. Kyrie also tooted his own horn while talking about last season’s failure, “With me and Luka, we are so skilled, he makes the game so easy for everyone around him.”

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Kyrie Irving is looking for a fresh start with the 2023-24 season. Having almost 6 months to recover from last season’s failure and build chemistry with his new teammates, the 8-time All-Star is ready to start the NBA season. The Dallas Mavericks have also made significant moves this summer to improve their roster. Their biggest move this off-season was the signing of former Boston Celtics forward Grant Williams. Williams was a key contributor in the Celtics’ run to the NBA finals in 2022. And he can play an even bigger role in Dallas.

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Luka Doncic is also in elite form and showcased his prowess in this year’s FIBA World Cup. Even though his nation could not lift the World Cup, the Slovenian sensation averaged 27 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 6.1 assists in the tournament. Kyrie warned the entire league about the superstar duo’s abilities, “We are both killers on the court, everybody knows that.”


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It will be exciting to see what Kyrie Irving and Luka Doncic can accomplish with their improved roster and enough time to prepare for the NBA season.

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Written by:

Rohan Bhaunt


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Rohan is an NBA Content Writer at EssentiallySports. He is a state-level basketball player and has been a fan of the NBA for over a decade. This allows him to deep dive into the sport and provide a fresh outlook.
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Sameen Nawathe