Mavs’ Luka Doncic speaks on meeting Barack Obama
Basketball stars and world leaders don’t usually cross paths, but something special always happens whenever they do. The moment Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic met Barack Obama has already become one of the great moments of the All-Star Weekend.
Washington Post’s Ben Golliver and the rest of the media asked the Mavs superstar about his meeting with Obama after catching him talking with the Chicagoan and former US president. The Slovenian shared what the former leader of the free world told him earlier as well as his reaction to the momentous face-to-face.
Mavericks’ Luka Doncic on his visit with President Barack Obama: “He said I did a fantastic job, which inspired me, and he said, ‘Don’t shoot like [Jason] Kidd.’” pic.twitter.com/0gUfEMtIXS
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) February 15, 2020
Obama is a known hoops fan and has strong feelings about his Chicago Bulls. However, he also appreciates the game and sees what the Mavs All-Star has been doing to completely turn the game on its head. The fact that he went up and talked to him is the recognition that Doncic will eventually be one of the league’s pillars through the ’20s.
Doncic had a great game while helping Team World on a 131-151 loss to Team USA. He finished with 16 points, two rebounds, five assists, and a steal to his name. Throughout the Rising Stars game, fans could see Doncic smiling a very toothy grin as he was playing relaxed basketball with his fellow young players.
However, everyone knows that the Rising Stars game isn’t the main event for the basketball savant. The Mavs point forward, alongside Trae Young, will be playing at Sunday’s All-Star Game with the league’s best. He will be sharing the floor with the best basketball players in the world, and there’s no question that he will shine bright among this gathering of stars.