Luka Doncic Told To Leave Refs Alone

Jake Cooper - 06 Oct 2021

Luka Doncic just cannot leave the referees be, not even in practice games.

Undoubtedly the best young defender in the league right now, Doncic is sheer pleasure to watch in action when defending. A top scorer on the defense while steering on average 25 points clear of some of the best defenders in the NBA – think Pat Beverley and Marcus Smart – Doncic has earned the name of “league’s best” on the defense.

But there’s a problem with Mavericks star also, in that even during practice games he just cannot seem to catch a break with the refs. Even at times when he should be out there defending, he’s been seen up in the faces of game officials instead, whining about jersey grabs and an assortment of other issues.

Primed Fouls And All

A huge problem with the two-time All Star has been his array of technical fouls ever since his debut season. So much so, that last year he led the league in technical fouls.

While this isn’t the sort of stat Doncic would want to be remembered for, he apparently recognises his want of becoming frustrated too easily. The Mavericks star at the start of last season admitted to complaining too much, saying he realises that this is something he’ll have to work on.

Even so, the 22-year-old impressed during Sunday’s Fan Jam at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. With Doncic clearly in tip-top shape after two training camp practice sessions under Jason Kidd, he appears primed for a stunning regular season.

He scored 18 points, 6 rebounds, and 7 assists while high tailing it around those trying to contain him without falling short on the foul. While last season saw him kicking it off not quite in top conditioning, a summer of playing in the Olympics for home country Slovenia may just see him on his way to a much smoother start this year.

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New Season – New Rules

The Mavericks announced prior to Sunday’s scrimmage that they will this season require fans attending games at the American Airlines Center to either come armed with proof of full vaccination, or a negative test result not older than 48 hours.

The team announced their health and safety protocols to fans in an email to season ticket holders on Wednesday last week.

What’s more, all fans will be required to wear masks for complying with the Dallas County mask mandate. Wednesday’s email announcement makes the Dallas Mavericks the first major Dallas sports squad to enact strict health and safety requirements for fans.

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