Jason Kidd Reveals Why Luka Doncic and Slovenia Failed to Win an Olympic Medal

Published 09/17/2021, 10:20 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Basketball – Men – Group C – Argentina v Slovenia – Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan – July 26, 2021. Luka Doncic of Slovenia REUTERS/Brian Snyder


Luka Doncic has evolved into one of the most sought after stars in the league. With the Dallas Mavericks, Luka has become an all-round player with immense abilities. This year, he impressed one and all when he carried his Slovenian team to greater Olympic heights. Recently, his coach at the Mavericks setup lauded him for a phenomenal season.

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Doncic’s growth in the league has been astounding

At the age of 22, Luka Doncic has already taken the world by storm. The forward-guard has the maturity of someone well beyond his years, and shoulders responsibility even with his franchise. In just three seasons in the NBA, Luka has already amassed an average of close to 28 points per game. In addition, he has 8 rebounds and 8.6 assists as well. According to his coach, he is a key player who has thrived in different conditions.

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Jason Kidd, the coach of the Dallas Mavericks, sat down in an interview with ESPN to discuss Doncic’s valuable contributions for his nation. He has already praised him enough for his performances with the franchise; but this time, he applauded his international season. “On the world stage, I think Luka [Doncic] has thrived,” Kidd told Richard Jefferson on ‘The Jump’.

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Jason Kidd feels Luka Doncic ran out of gas at the Olympics

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48-year-old Kidd, who has spent over a year at Dallas now, admired Luka’s abilities to rise to the occasion when needed. The coach has made Luka a key part of his tactical setup, and he is the crux of the Mavericks attack. “I mean he’s not scared of the moment,” continued Kidd. “This summer it was incredible leading his country to the Olympics, to qualify first where people didn’t think that was gonna take place. And then to have the opportunity to [win a] medal was unbelievable.”

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“Unfortunately, I think he just ran out of a little gas at the end, but he did everything. And I thought his team rose to the occasion too, where he made those guys look incredibly good. But I thought again, he wasn’t scared of the moment. He steps up every time there’s something new that he faces and again this summer I thought he had an incredible trip to the Olympics.”

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DENVER, CO – JANUARY 8: Luka Doncic (77) of the Dallas Mavericks prepares to play defense against the Denver Nuggets during the third quarter at Ball Arena on Thursday, January 7, 2021.(Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Luka Doncic is surely a phenomenal asset wherever he plays. His ability to turn the match on its head single-handedly is something that very few players can boast of. Can he lead the Dallas Mavericks to an NBA crown next year?

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Sankalp Harikrishnan

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is a tennis and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, football, and table tennis. Apart from his professional desires, Sankalp does voluntary service with his friends to feed hungry animals on a regular basis.

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