Luka Doncic: “I want to be MVP and NBA champion this season”


I have a painful question. Are you still thinking about Batum’s counter in the semi-finals of the Olympics? Could this last action have happened differently? (The French winger countered the last shot of the Slovenians at the buzzer to send the French team to the final, editor’s note)
(Annoyed) Next question. I don’t want to talk about it.

During matches, you love “trash talker” (winnow, provoke, editor’s note), is it a key to your game, to your personality?
In fact, I respond when provoked. I never start talking trash, I only counterattack when a player fires first. But it’s true that I like trash talking, and that puts no pressure on me.

Zion Williamson and Luka Doncic were in Paris in July for Quai 54.© Nike

The modern NBA demands impeccable styles and outfits from players off the court. Is style something that is close to your heart?
Yes, totally. We have to be irreproachable on the road, when arriving at the matches too… Everything is scrutinized. But often, I just want to put on a hoodie. My indulgence is sneakers. Since I was little, I’ve been obsessed, I have quite a few pairs, I’m starting to have a nice collection. Sneakers, for me as a basketball player, are fundamental. If I play badly with a model during a match, I change the pair directly, that’s it!

And now you have your own shoe at Jordan, the Luka 1, it’s rare for a European player, are you proud of it?
It’s a very special feeling, it’s my sneaker! We are few players to be able to boast about it, it’s really special. I tried to get involved as much as possible in the construction of this Luka 1: the design, the materials… I made a lot of proposals and feedback to the Jordan designers, we worked together for the final result that I adore. The pair is very beautiful, I feel super comfortable in it, like in a slipper. I even think it is wearable not only for playing basketball, but also on the street, with shorts or jeans! We are even already working on the Luka 2 with Jordan…

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