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Mark Cuban annihilates ESPN reporter after Luka Doncic criticism

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ESPN reporter Zach Lowe recently took a shot at Luka Doncic on his podcast “The Lowe Post” and called Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic “one of the biggest whiners in the league.” Mavs owner Mark Cuban didn’t particularly like the NBA writer’s eye-raising claim. Asked to give his thoughts while appearing on VICE TV’s “Cari & Jemele Won’t Stick to Sports,” the billionaire business did not hold back in delivering his NSFW-filled response to Lowe.

Via Josh Bowe of Mavs Money Ball:

“I’ll tell you exactly what I think. F— you, Zach Lowe. You don’t know s—, you know? I know Luka, right? And he’s not a big whiner. He’s passionate. He cares, he wants to win. He’s got some s— to him. He’s one of those European players where you’ll see him do like this all the time,” Mavs owner Mark Cuban said, while demonstrating a gesture “and talking in one of five different languages. But no, he’s not a whiner. He’s a baller.”

ESPN writer Zach Lowe made his assertions based on what he is seeing from Luka Doncic so far this season. The 2018-19 NBA Rookie of the Year has been very expressive to referees when he doesn’t get the benefit of their whistles, especially when defenses play him more physically.

Nevertheless, whether Lowe’s claims are true or not, it’s hard to fault Cuban here for defending his franchise superstar. Doncic takes the game very seriously and is very competitive. As Cuban alluded to, perhaps all of that is coming from his passion in playing the game of basketball.

Doncic has been playing at a high level in his 3rd NBA season, putting up averages of 27.2 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 9.4 assists. However, the former EuroLeague MVP has also gotten his fair share of criticism for his sub-par 3-point shooting through the start of the 2020-21 season. Through 22 games, Doncic is shooting just 29.6 percent from beyond the arc on nearly 7 attempts per night.

The Mavs haven’t been able to carry the momentum from a strong 2019-20 campaign, where they made the playoffs and gave the powerhouse Los Angeles Clippers a good fight in the first round of the playoffs. They are currently no. 14 in the Western Conference standings with a 9-14 record. Their most recent defeat came in the form of a 31-point drubbing at the hands of the Golden State Warriors.