Mavs’ Luka Doncic and young fan with epilepsy have touching moment
Dallas Mavericks point guard Luka Doncic had a nice moment with a young fan who has epilepsy prior to Thursday night’s game against the Brooklyn Nets. Mavs assistant coach Darrell Armstrong brought the fan to the Slovenian native after seeing a sign describing his condition and amazing recovery.
Mavs assistant coach Darrell Armstrong saw a boy holding a sign saying he'd been seizure-free for 9 months. Armstrong brought him on to the court to meet Luka 🙏
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 3, 2020
A Mavs assistant coach spotted a young fan with a sign saying he’s been seizure free for 9 months, and that watching Luka helps with his epilepsy.
Coach brought the kid down to meet Luka 🙏
— ESPN (@espn) January 3, 2020
Pretty cool gesture from Luka Doncic, Armstrong, and the Mavs.
Earlier this season, Doncic had the opportunity to meet a 22-month-old Slovenian boy who received treatment for a rare muscular atrophy condition in part because the Mavs sophomore helped fund gene therapy (via Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News):
Zudich and his parents are from the Slovenian port city of Koper, population 25,000. When Zudich was diagnosed, doctors informed Mateo and Anna that Zudich was in need of the world’s most expensive drug, Zolgensma gene therapy, which as of 2018 cost $2.125 million.
Zudich’ parents started a crowdfunding campaign, and when Doncic, the Slovenian national volleyball team and prominent Slovenian musicians got involved via social media, the fundraising dollars poured in, nearly $5 million in all — enough to cover the drug and three months of living expenses for the family in Los Angeles.
The Mavs seemingly are blessed with the fortune of rostering humble European stars with former franchise star Dirk Nowitzki having a reputation as one of the “good guys” in the NBA, and he seems to be following in those footsteps. The 20-year-old has not allowed his stardom to boost his ego one bit, as he routinely brushes off any comparisons to the likes of Stephen Curry, and he also has shown a kind heart throughout the course of the year.
Of course, the 20-year-old has been just as spectacular on the floor. He entered Thursday night’s game averaging 29.0 points, 9.5 rebounds and 8.9 assists while also ranking in the top three in the NBA in both player efficiency rating and value over replacement player.