Luka Doncic’s haircut photos went viral this week amid nonstop trade rumors surrounding him and the Dallas Mavericks.
Last season, fresh off an impressive Western Conference Finals run, expectations were sky-high for Doncic and the Mavs. He was viewed as the preseason MVP frontrunner in many circles and his squad was expected to finish top-four in the West.
Neither ended up happening.
Doncic wasn’t even in the running for MVP and Dallas failed to make the playoffs altogether.
This week, it seemed like Doncic’s unlucky streak was on the verge of continuing when photos of what looked to be a botched haircut began circulating online.
Folks were genuinely outraged. The reactions to Doncic’s presumed new look poured in immediately.
Barber must have been coached by Jason Kidd..
— ThePiyush (@ThePiyush7) May 26, 2023
That is a disgusting haircut.
— Tyler Roye (@TylerRoye) May 25, 2023
Look how they massacred my boy
— Alan Woke (@simp_182) May 25, 2023
Chilli Bowl Luka is about to be a menace
— Branden (@ThatBrandenGuy) May 25, 2023
He lost a bet.
— Alfred Primozic (@alfred_primozic) May 26, 2023
Fortunately, it turned out that the photo that went viral was simply one of Doncic mid-cut. The final product looked much better.
So that’s one Doncic-related crisis averted, but not the more pressing issue of where his team goes from here.
As a result of how bad things got at the end of the Mavs’ 2022-23 campaign, trade rumors intensified. Specifically, two teams were dubbed as ones to watch for a potential Doncic deal if he demands out.
The big question surrounding Dallas at the moment is whether Kyrie Irving will return. Obviously the front office acquired him at the NBA Trade Deadline last season with the intention of keeping him long-term.
But it genuinely seems like Irving’s eye is wandering elsewhere at the moment.
No wonder the Yankees looked so distracted last night. https://t.co/RdaGjTkw3W
— Game 7 (@game7__) May 26, 2023
Without Irving, the Mavericks’ roster is going to look bare around Doncic.
And if he suffers another campaign like this most recent one, the trade rumors will only further intensify.
Will Doncic and the Mavs ultimately be able to right this ship in 2023-24? An answer one way or the other will emerge soon enough.
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.