The Los Angeles Lakers inched by the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night 114-113 to grab their third win of the season.
It was also the first time that Mavericks rookie forward Luka Doncic got the opportunity to play star forward LeBron James. Following the game, Doncic spoke quite fondly of the signed jersey that James had given him, according to Ryan Ward of ClutchPoints.
— Ryan Ward (@RyanWardLA) November 1, 2018
This was the first chance for Doncic to play arguably the best player in the league and one of the all-time greats in NBA history. The rookie forward put up a respectable performance with 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting from the floor and 3-of-6 from beyond the arc with seven assists and five rebounds in the loss. Meanwhile, James put up a game-high 29 points with six assists, five rebounds, and three steals.
For many of the younger players in the league, James is held in high esteem as one that many of the incoming talent look up to as the standard bearer for their generation. This was simply a special moment for Doncic that he had been looking forward since joining the NBA. The fact that James signed it shows how highly he views the 19-year-old’s potential on the court.
In his brief time in the league, he has shown some great promise with his all-around play on the floor as he’s averaging 19.6 points on 45.8 percent shooting from the floor and 40 percent from beyond the arc along with 6.3 rebounds, and 4.4 assists in eight games played. Doncic has notched double-digit scoring in each contest along with four 20-point outings including a career-best 31 points against the San Antonio Spurs.
The was simply a special moment for Doncic that he greatly cherishes the opportunity to get a personally signed jersey from one of the players that he has looked up to.
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