SLOVENIAN basketball player Luka Doncic is a rising star in the NBA and is attracting the attention of some of the league’s biggest players.
After being drafted by the Dallas Mavericks in 2018, he made his debut in the No. 77 jersey, which holds special significance.
Why does Luka Doncic wear number 77?
In July 2021, the 23-year-old Doncic revealed his decision to wear the No.77 shirt during a press conference.
At the time, he revealed he wore the number in honor of one of his idols, Greek professional basketball player Vassilis Spanoulis, who wore the No.7 jersey before his retirement.
“Obviously Felipe Reyes was my teammate, and he taught me well. He was the veteran there, and he won almost everything,” Doncic said, via EuroHoops.
“It was a really big moment for my career,” Doncic continued. “Spanoulis was my idol since I was little. I used to watch him. It was kind of sad to see him retire. That’s why I’m wearing number 7. I mean, I couldn’t wear number 7. 7, because he was already taken, so I took 77. It was a really, really big moment for me.”
Doncic also wears the No.77 jersey when playing for the Slovenian national team.
What did LeBron James say about Luka Doncic?
Following Dallas’ 123-90 victory over the Phoenix Suns in Game 7 of the 2022 NBA Playoffs, several industry stars took notice of Doncic’s dominating performance.
Among the stars to notice was Los Angeles Lakers legend LeBron James.
During a Q&A on Twitter, a fan asked who James’ favorite under-25 player was, to which he replied, “LUKA. He’s my favorite player!!”
Doncic’s performance in the game also caught the eye of Magic Johnson himself who wrote: “Congratulations Luka Doncic, all Dallas Mavericks players, Coach Jason Kidd, all staff coaches and owner Mark Cuban for a dominating performance over the Phoenix Suns to advance to the Western Conference Finals!”
In the first 30 minutes alone, Doncic had 35 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and two steals.
“You can’t take that smile off my face right now,” Doncic said after the game, via ESPN.
“…Honestly, I think we deserve it,” he continued. “We played hard the whole series. Maybe a few games here we weren’t ourselves, but we came here with a statement in Game 7. We believed. Our dressing room believed. Everyone world believed. So I’m just happy.”
Dallas will now face the Golden State Warriors.
What is Luka Doncic’s net worth?
Doncic may still be at the start of his career, but the star has already earned a pretty penny.
As of May 2022, he had an estimated net worth of $25 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
This number comes from contract negotiations as well as sponsorship deals.
In August 2021, Doncic signed a record supermax extension with Dallas worth $207 million.
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