Mark Cuban and the Dallas Mavericks fans expected Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis to become a great duo in Dallas but things haven't clicked for them yet. They are two very good players and their association appeared to be a very interesting one but so far, they've struggled to get things going at the American Airlines Center.
The owner has tried to shed some light on what is going on with these two players, who are currently going through their second season together. The Mavs are 7th in the West, which wouldn't be enough for them to avoid the play-in tournament to define the teams that will go to the playoffs. Recently, the colorful owner tried to explain how he sees this situation between his two stars.
"On the court they are fine," Cuban said in a 105.3 The Fan visit on "K&C Masterpiece", via Sports Illustrated. "That's not to say there aren't dust-ups, because there are. I'd compare it to Jet and Dirk."
“(Nowitzki and Terry) weren’t best friends at the beginning, but they grew to like each other and grew to be great friends and that’s just part of the process when you’ve got young kids who are growing up," Cuban said. “It took forever before Dirk and Jet did anything off the court together. A long time."
Mark dismissed any rumor of any issue between the players but did admit that their different personalities are something to have in mind when talking about why they haven't worked as well as people originally expected.
Cuban is not denying a conflict at some level, but believes it's not an on-court issue.
"Coaches coach, and coach (Rick Carlisle) kind of runs the show,'' he said, "so everything gets worked out on the court. ... (But) KP and Luka get along fine. It’s just that they’re different people. They like to do different things.”
This is something that needs to improve if the Mavs want to compete in the West for the next couple of years. This season, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons decided to spend more time together to try to improve their chemistry and the Philadelphia 76ers are the best team in the East right now, with the big man being an MVP candidate and the point guard one of the favorites to win the DPOY award.
The relationship between Doncic and Porzingis can still be saved but the players need to put some effort if they want to reach the next level and win with a franchise that has good pieces on the roster and need their two best players to lead them to the promised land.