It looks like Luka Doncic is a fan of the popular video game Fortnite.
The Dallas Mavericks’ rookie sensation, Luka Doncic, a 6’8” wonder boy of sorts, has been nothing short of entertaining on the floor and off. He is a player that possesses skills and creativity that is innate – there’s savvy with him, a flare for the surreal that sometimes causes him to attempt an alley-oop to himself in traffic. Oh, and let’s not forget the Hello Kitty backpack.
Recently, Mark Cuban said, “He was on a boat every day playing Fornite, I think.”
The levity of Mark Cuban’s statement must be understood within the context that it was given. For all the talent and skill the rookie possesses, and the resume that includes at 18 years of age being the Euroleague’s MVP while leading Real Madrid title, he is a person that embodies fun and living within the experience of everything, including and especially basketball. While these attributes are endearing and may even seem a breath of fresh air, it can also be a problem — on the court.
According to some, what the Dallas Mavericks have is someone similar to Manu Ginobli, that thing in him makes him so creative and great but also causes the potential problems – the turnovers, the pressing of a play, the things that you have to live with because somewhere in there something spectacular and good is going to come out of it.
And so, just like the Hello Kitty backpack is understood, teammates and ownership, who sometimes calls him the Matador because of his showmanship, understands that Luka Doncic is a person and player that has to be who he is – that’s how the team and anyone is going to get the best from him. And for the most part, the young man has played very well – 18.4 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 4.9 assists per game. As reported, this is what Don Nelson saw in him where others didn’t. And the thought is found in consensus that the charismatic young man, who “probably played Fortnite every day” according to owner Mark Cuban, will only get better.