Watch: Mavs’ Luka Doncic Mad They Lost, But Ecstatic He Got a LeBron Signed Jersey

Dallas Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic is off to a pretty solid start, but what he was looking forward to most was taking on his idol, LeBron James. “It’s very special. I was waiting for this game, and it was very special to me.”

“I always wanted his jersey,” Doncic said afterward, with James’ jersey sitting in his locker. “It was something special to me.” 

James said he isn’t surprised that Doncic has been able to thrive in the NBA at such a young age.

“I think European players are developed faster than NBA guys, meaning American players,” James said. “I think he’s been in a pro development stage now for how many years? Since he’s 15? So I don’t think this is intimidating to him. I don’t think this game is something he hasn’t seen before.

“I think that’s the best thing about European basketball, pro basketball over there. They develop their players so early.”

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