Luka Doncic Shows His Appreciation to LeBron James for Considering Him for a Shoe Deal

Published 12/25/2020, 12:10 AM EST
Dec 17, 2020; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) 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


If the Dallas Mavericks are anywhere in the talks involving possible title contenders, that’s all thanks to Luka Doncic. And if LeBron James, the greatest of all time, also thinks that Luka Doncic is one of the best and amongst his favorites in the league, how can anyone argue with that? However, it’s another kind of honor for James to actually want the young star as his business partner.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Luka Doncic behind ‘Team LeBron’

In LeBron’s most recent appearance on the show ‘Road Trippin’, he revealed that he wanted to pursue the Mavericks superstar for a shoe line that he wanted to start a few years ago. This is something even Luka was never aware of.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

LeBron stated, “I wanted to begin ‘Team LeBron’ and have Luka (Doncic) as my first signing with Nike… I don’t believe that my guys at Nike was ready for that. Obviously, they were not, because he ended up going to [Michael] Jordan. I don’t know if Luka knows this.”

When asked about it in a press conference, Luka showed how much he appreciated LeBron for thinking of him. He said, “I felt special. It’s something you feel special about. Obviously, I didn’t know it before. Somebody sent it to me. That’s how I got to know it. It’s something special. Something I can’t explain.”

Why did Bron have the Mavericks star in mind?

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

At just 21, Luka has made a big name for himself in the league. This is going to be his third season, and he is already in conversation about being the MVP this coming year.

Doncic averaged 28.8 points, 9.4 rebounds, and 8.8 assists last season. He is that ray of hope who is expected to take the franchise forward and make them one of the feared teams in the Western Conference.’

DENVER, CO – OCTOBER 29: Luka Doncic (77) of the Dallas Mavericks yells, “and one,” after making a shot, but not getting call from contact by Paul Millsap (4) of the Denver Nuggets during the second half of Dallas’ 106-109 win on Tuesday, October 29, 2019. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

However, there have been some concerns about Doncic’s fitness this season. But it doesn’t look like it’s going to hamper the way he plays much. He is still going to remain one of the most dominant players in the NBA. Luka is currently under contract with Nike for their Michael Jordan sneakers, which is probably why Nike can’t sign him for LeBron’s shoes.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

Yashima Bhatia

1122 articles

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.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT