‣ Dirk Nowitzki mentored Luka Doncic during his rookie season with the Mavericks.
‣ Luka Doncic had a natural understanding of the sport and was described as an “artist” with the ball.
‣ Luka Doncic’s love for the game and joy to play basketball were contagious for the rest of the team.
Orlando Magic coach Jamahl Mosley shared behind the scenes stories with Carmelo Anthony, Allen Iverson, Kyrie Irving, Dirk Nowitzki, Luka Doncic, Jalen Brunson, and what’s next for Paolo Banchero, Franz Wagner and Markelle Fultz on the @hoopshype podcast.
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In a recent interview on the “HoopsHype” podcast, former Dallas Mavericks assistant coach Jamahl Mosley discussed his experience coaching Luka Doncic during his rookie season. Mosley highlighted the mentorship role played by Dirk Nowitzki, who took Doncic under his wing and showed him the ropes both on and off the court. Mosley was impressed by Doncic’s natural understanding of the game at such a young age, describing him as an “artist” with the ball.
Doncic’s love for the game and his contagious joy to play basketball every day were also emphasized by Mosley. He spoke highly of Doncic’s ability to see the game in a unique way and create opportunities for himself and his teammates. Mosley stated, “He’s always creating the game. He’s an artist in that way. He helps other guys be better.”
It is clear that the bond between Doncic and Nowitzki extends beyond their time with the Mavericks. Nowitzki expressed his excitement to see Doncic during the recent FIBA World Cup in Japan, describing him as one of his favorite players. The admiration between the two players is mutual, with Doncic showing great respect and support for Mosley when he accepted the head coaching job with the Orlando Magic two years ago.
Overall, Mosley’s insights offer a deeper understanding of Doncic’s development and the impact that key figures like Nowitzki have had on his growth as a player. It is evident that Doncic’s talent and passion for the game make him a truly exceptional player, and his future in the NBA looks incredibly promising.