Barely two months into his NBA career and it appears that Dallas Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic is already feeling a bit homesick. So much so, that he has already set his mind on a return to his former team, Real Madrid, once he concludes his time in the NBA.
In a recent interview, Doncic shared how he has missed life in Spain and what he intends to do once he's done in the NBA.
“I always say I really miss the people from Madrid because it’s true,” said the 19-year-old, via Alex Madrid of EUROHOOPS.NET. “All the players, physios, the staff, coaches… They’ve been really nice me. So when this is over, I’ll probably go back to Madrid.”
As it turns out, Doncic's transition to the NBA has not been as smooth sailing as everyone might have assumed. Well, this is purely on a personal level, as his game has shown absolutely no signs of melancholy.
Doncic is currently averaging 18.5 points (on 44.3 percent shooting), 2.4 three-pointers, 6.5 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and 1.1 steals in 33.2 minutes of action. The sample size is admittedly small (just 20 games played thus far), but the Slovenian has firmly established himself as the current runaway leader in the Rookie of the Year race. In fact, he's been so good that one could easily mistake him for a crafty veteran, as opposed to a rookie from overseas.
Nostalgia is definitely part of life in the NBA, and this is something a majority of players — foreigners in particular — go through. There's no need to worry for Mavs supporters, as Luka Doncic certainly has a good group of people around him, and he should have no problem adjusting to life in the U.S. sooner rather than later.