Luka’s sloppy start
Last summer’s MVP favorite has been a turnover machine
BY DAVID THORPE
Legendary Madrid coach Pablo Laso cursed through most of the timeout. “One fucking play!” he yelled in Spanish. Twice. His team trailed CSKA Moscow, on the road, in the EuroLeague second round.
The direct challenge did something to his 16-year-old, 3-point-a-game scoring guard, Luka Doncic. They were down seven with under four minutes to play in the second quarter. Luka—not seen as a shooter at the time—had been open all career. With his coach’s words ringing in his ears “make a play!” he drained a 3. A minute-and-a-half later, he was open all alone on the right wing, and fired again. Bang!