Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban raised some eyebrows with recent comments about “dust-ups” between Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis. With all the speculation about an icy relationship between the two Mavs stars, it was only natural to wonder just what was really going on.
Porzingis responded soon after by saying he had no idea what Cuban was talking about while claiming he has no issues with Doncic or other teammates. Cuban then felt the need to clarify the comment.
In an email to The Athletic, Cuban clarified that his “dust-ups” comment referred to “a guy thinks a pass should come his way and it doesn’t (or) coach runs a play for the guy.” He added, “No more dust-up.”
Cato reports no “incident” that could have really hurt the relationship between the two star players, but he notes that Cuban addressing this would seem to suggest there’s something happening there. Cuban tried to compare the relationship to Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry’s (Dirk apparently wasn’t a fan of Terry at the start), and they ultimately did work together well enough to win a championship together.
One has to wonder if the Porzingis trade rumors are playing into this. Doncic is the unquestioned star of the Mavs, while Porzingis is seeing his name on the shopping block. There have also been times where Porzingis isn’t involved all that much in crunch time as Doncic dominates the ball.
Perhaps this would all be cured by a deep postseason run. Dallas lost to the Los Angeles Clippers in six games last season after Porzingis got hurt. The Mavs will now get another shot at the Clippers this season. If KP can stay healthy and play his best alongside Doncic, Dallas at least has a shot to pull off the upset.