Luka Doncic is one of the best superstars in the league, and there's no doubt that he's dominant in the NBA. He routinely puts up insane stat lines in the league, and Doncic recently helped the Dallas Mavericks make it to the Western Conference Finals.
Currently, Luka Doncic is competing in the EuroBasket tournament with Slovenia. He has previously claimed that the goal for the team is to win the gold medal in the tournament.
“Who’s talking about what kind of pressure?” Doncic joked when asked about the Slovenia national team’s goal and explain that he is aiming for the top again: “We are going to Germany to win gold. In every competition where we compete, the goal must always be the first place. We will do everything for it, but we will see if we make it. In 2017, no one took us seriously when we announced our attack on the gold medal, today is different. It’s nice when you see that everyone will make an extra effort against us to win”.
It remains to be seen if Luka Doncic manages to achieve his goal. The team has most recently lost their match against Bosnia and Herzegovina, but hopefully, they are able to bounce back.
Luka Doncic Isn't Happy With EuroBasket Schedule
The EuroBasket has been hectic this year, with a lot of teams barely having any rest in between games. It seems as though Luka Doncic is the latest player to take issue with this situation.
Luka Doncic has recently pointed out that the Slovenian national team will play "four games in five days", adding that "this should change for everybody". Doncic noted that with the current arrangement, "everybody has less rest" and this heightens the risk of injuries. Antonis Stroggylakis of EuroHoops relayed the news.
“We’re going to play four games in five days,” Doncic said after Slovenia’s practice Monday (5/9) when Eurohoops asked him about Fournier’s comments. “Yesterday, basically we had two games in 24 hours. Yes this should change for everybody. Everybody is doing the same. Everybody has less rest. It’s a problem because of injuries you know. More injuries can happen. Especially the clubs wouldn’t be very glad.”
“I agree [with Fournier],” Luka added. “More rest is always better.”
It remains to be seen if anything gets done by FIBA in the future. If not, then there should certainly be some sort of schedule change going forward, as playing this many games in such a short amount of time seems excessive.
Hopefully, we do see Luka Doncic lead Slovenia to more EuroBasket victories going forward. Of course, he will be up against some good teams, but it is quite possible we see Luka Doncic carry his team all the way to the gold this year.