Mavs coach Jason Kidd reacts to Luka Doncic’s epic 48-point debut in Tokyo Olympics
Doncic led his native Slovenia to a 118-110 win in their Olympic opener against Argentina. The Mavs star was unstoppable throughout the contest, finishing with a game-high 48 points on top of 11 rebounds, five assists and three blocks.
He also made six triples, four of which were his patented stepback 3-pointer.
Four step-back 3s for Luka Doncic during his 48-point outburst in a win over Argentina. Owned the paint and shot 12-for-15 from 2. Just too big to keep out of the lane when you combine his size & strength with his shooting. Also delivered his patented behind-the-back pocket pass. pic.twitter.com/w5msONEHc0
— Mike Schmitz (@Mike_Schmitz) July 26, 2021
Of course, Luka Doncic’s Mavs coach in Jason Kidd was glued to the TV watching the contest. And for the former NBA champion and star point guard, it was “special” watching his superstar play.
Luka is yet to formally meet Kidd after the former Mavs point guard was officially hired to replace Rick Carlisle. However, it is pretty clear Kidd is excited to see Doncic in action when he returns to Dallas after the Olympics.
For now, though, it sure looks like Kidd will be in full support of his star as he tries to lead Slovenia to the Olympic basketball gold–something that the nation has never won before and one that Doncic deems more important than an NBA championship.