A day after images of his new haircut caused a brief internet meltdown, Luka Doncic was trending for a different reason Friday.
It’s no secret that throughout his five seasons in the NBA, Doncic has been criticized for being out of shape. Former and current players such as Reggie Miller and former teammate Spencer Dinwiddie have admitted he could be in better shape. Doncic acknowledged Miller’s criticism in December 2021, saying “I know I’ve got to do better.”
Maček has worked with the Slovenian national team since 2018 — the year after teenage Doncic’s debut for EuroBasket gold — and the two became close during the squad’s 2021 Olympic summer.
After being criticized for a sluggish start to the 2021-22 season, Doncic called Maček a year ago after Dallas’ playoff run ended in the Western Conference finals.
“Hey,” Doncic said. “I want to stay in shape.”
While Doncic started the 2022-23 season in shape, some criticized his level of fitness as the Mavericks faltered down the stretch and missed the playoffs for the first time since his rookie year.
Just over a month after the Mavericks’ season officially ended, Doncic appears to be taking figurative, and literal, steps in the right direction to prepare for a bounce-back season.