Brian Windhorst appeared on ESPN this week and insinuated that there was some drama brewing between Luka Doncic and Jason Kidd.
Over the weekend Dallas squandered a 27-point lead over an injured Los Angeles Lakers group and lost again in disappointing fashion.
One of the things that really stuck out to fans after the Lakers loss was what Kidd said.
“I’m not the savior here,” he told the media.
“I’m not playing. I’m watching, just like you guys. As a team, we’ve got to mature. We’ve got to grow up.”
While appearing on ESPN this past week, NBA insider Brian Windhorst translated that message for the broader basketball-watching community.
“He’s calling out Luka Doncic,” Windhorst said.
“When he says they’re immature and have to grow up, Luka is the only one of five starters in his 20s. He was talking about Luka. Specifically, I think he was talking about how Luka got distracted in this game, complaining to the officials as the Lakers were making this big comeback.
“In the second and third quarters combined, Jason Kidd called one timeout. I think because he kind of wanted the Mavericks to try and figure it out on their own.”
Since that Lakers loss, the Mavs have subsequently fallen to the Indiana Pacers as well. They are now losers of two straight and six out of their last 10.
Doncic’s comments after the Pacers defeat were telling.
This week Doncic and his girlfriend celebrated his 24th birthday. He is still young, but not so young that he can afford to have years of his career wasted.
— Game 7 (@game7__) March 2, 2023
The Mavericks need to get it together. Quickly.
Will Doncic and Kidd be able to get on the same page before the end of the NBA regular season? Time will tell.
A graduate from the University of Texas, Anthony Amador has been credentialed to cover the Houston Texans, Dallas Cowboys, San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks and high school games all over the Lone Star State. Currently, his primary beats are the NBA, MLB, NFL and UFC.