Former NBA Champion Criticizes Mavericks’ Luka Doncic for His Unfit Body

Published 12/24/2020, 10:46 PM EST
Dec 17, 2020; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) and Minnesota Timberwolves forward Josh Okogie (20) in action during the game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Minnesota Timberwolves at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports


The Dallas Mavericks may have not gone too deep in the playoffs last season, but thanks to Luka Doncic, they established a reputation of being winners. Before this, the franchise hadn’t made it to the playoffs for three consecutive years. So not only did Luka break that streak, but he also added his name to the MVP conversation.

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Luka is often compared to the legendary Larry Bird, but a new criticism for him has stemmed out of the blue. People have once again shifted their focus on how fit the players are, and the review on Luka isn’t great.

Robert Horry describes Luka Doncic in one word

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The pandemic has affected everyone in the world, and the NBA world is no exception. Staying at home and training isn’t the same as being with a trainer or consistently training with the team. Despite putting up impeccable numbers prior to this season, Luka Doncic has returned not in the best shape and he knows that.

However, former Seven-time champion, Robert Horry has opened up about how Luka has shown up for the 2020-21 campaign. According to Brad Townsend, Horry stated, “Right now, if you watch Luka play, is Luka really in shape right now? He doesn’t look like he’s in basketball shape. His wind is not there. His body’s a little fluffy.”

Do the Dallas Mavericks need to worry?

Luka isn’t the only player who has been on the receiving end of such harsh criticism about his body weight. When James Harden finally showed up for training camp, NBA fans went crazy trolling him and comparing him to former NBA champion, Kendrick Perkins.

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So is Luka’s not-so-fit body a cause for concern for the Mavericks? Highly unlikely. This is the player who was drafted hoping to carry the torch left behind by their franchise superstar Dirk Nowitzki. With his elite passing and step-back ability, he is destined to become one of the best players in the NBA.

Dec 23, 2020; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Luka Doncic (77) drives to the basket against Phoenix Suns center Deaandre Ayton (22) in the second half at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

It is safe to say that his dominance won’t change a bit. The Mavericks are still one of the favorites running for the title this season, and so far, everyone can see them landing a spot in the playoffs with ease.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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