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Luka Doncic reacts to living in NBA bubble

Luka Doncic, Mavs

Some NBA players participating in the restart might feel out of their element in Orlando, but not Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic.

The Mavs’ second-year phenom compared the “bubble” atmosphere to playing in the European championship, with teams sharing hotels and constantly in close proximity.

Luka Doncic, of course, became one of the top NBA prospects in recent memory during his days with Real Madrid in the Euroleague.

The bubble seems to provide the Mavs point-forward with some fond memories of his days in Europe. Other players do not necessarily share his sentiment, however.

Numerous players have taken to social media to broadcast the accommodations in the bubble, with some complaining about food and lodging. Former NBA guard and ESPN analyst Jay Williams lambasted critiques of the bubble on Sunday, urging players not to be “tone deaf.”

Of course, this is still the first weekend for teams to get fully settled in their new digs. Eventually, the focus should (hopefully) shift to the hardwood.

Doncic has looked very comfortable this past week, even breaking out some of his soccer skills and trick shots during Mavs practices.

The Mavs hope a relaxed Luka can help guide them through the final eight-game stretch before advancing to the standard playoff format.

Dallas will begin its slate just 1.5 games back of the Oklahoma City Thunder for the No. 5 seed in the Western Conference. The Mavs are also just 2.5 games back of the Utah Jazz for the No. 4 seed.

Doncic has been superb in his sophomore campaign, averaging 28.7 points, 9.3 rebounds and 8.7 assists. The Mavs are likely to go as far as Luka can carry them, and it seems the Slovenian sensation is raring to go.