Luka's Legacy, Doncic Desire: Win for Dallas Mavs or Slovenia? (2022)

WHITT'S END 9.9.22:

Whether you’re at the end of your coffee, your day, your week or even your rope, welcome to Whitt’s End …

*Serious question: If he had to choose one, would Luka pick winning an NBA championship with the Mavs or a gold medal with Slovenia?

I'm not picking a side here, and I'm not finger-pointing or finger-wagging about whether Luka Doncic or any other athlete's choice is "right or wrong.''

He has a $215 million contract with an NBA team in a city that loves him urging him to choose the first option, but my gut says his heart would chose the second option.

*Apparently the Dallas Mavericks’ run to the NBA Western Conference Finals last Spring didn’t leave a lasting impression. Oddsmakers are establishing way-premature rankings on how this year’s West will be won and the Mavs come in … sixth! If that is a nod to the value of dearly departed Jalen Brunson, then USA Today misspelling Luka Doncic’s name is unabashed disrespect.

*RIP, England’s Queen. Long live, America’s Team. Sure, the Dallas Cowboys haven’t won a Super Bowl since Elizabeth II was a spry 70-year-old (she died Thursday at 96). But that hasn’t stopped the marketing magician/boffo businessman known as Jerry Jones from making them the most popular, profitable sports franchise on the planet.

Notice I didn’t say “one of the most”. THE most.

First team worth $8 billion. And this week, re-confirmed as the country’s favorite team. Yes, literally.

We can debate Jerry’s confounding 1+1 = 3 math and harpoon his team’s unprecedented lack of on-field success, but there’s no denying that his “no news is bad news” philosophy body slams everyone else in the industry.

Website researchers analyzed Google data for all 152 major U.S. league sports teams over the last 12 months to determine the most popular team in all 50 states. To no one’s surprise, the Cowboys own Texas. But, um, how about also Arkansas, New Mexico, Mississippi, Virginia, New Jersey and even Idaho?

Seven states. No other professional sports team owns more than three.

While neither the Mavs, Texas Rangers or Dallas Stars sniffed a state, the Cowboys – powered by their almost 17 million social media followers – are searched on Google in Texas 2.2 million times per month. That’s the equivalent of almost eight percent of the state’s population Googling the Cowboys once a month.

A-m-e-r-i-c-a-’-s-T-e-a-m-!

*As Rangers owner Ray Davis so eloquently reminded us upon firing manager Chris Woodward and general manager Jon Daniels last month, “We’re not good.” But just how bad are they? On May 31 they beat the Tamp Bay Rays to improve to 24-24. That remains the one and only day this season they didn’t have a losing record. Worse? Same for 2021, when they again spent only one day at .500 (18-18). The last time the Rangers had a winning record: Aug. 15, 2020 when they were 10-9 in the COVID-shortened season. They haven’t been two games over .500 in three years, since being 58-56 on Aug. 7, 2019. Add it all up and over the last 3.5 seasons the Rangers have been above .500 for a total of five days. Spot on, Ray. Spot on.

*There was a time when getting 20 points at home with the Texas Longhorns was unheard of and – if it ever happened – a slam-dunk gambling winner. That time is not Saturday.

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Since at least 1975 – I admit, I got tired of researching – Texas has never been bigger than a two-touchdown underdog at home. That was in 2014 when they lost to Baylor, 28-7, as a 14-point dog. But now comes Alabama, rolling into Austin with more talent, a better coach and a distinctly superior quarterback (Bryce Young over Quinn Ewers, anybody?)

If Texas somehow wins, it will be its biggest point-spread upset since beating Baylor as a 20.5-underdog in 2015. The Longhorns also shocked No. 3-ranked Nebraska as a 20.5-point dog in the 1996 Big 12 Championship Game. But, let’s be honest, considering where the Crimson Tide has been recently and where most experts believe they are headed again come January, this would be THE biggest upset in Texas’ history.

For what it’s worth, Nick Saban’s teams are 10-5 against the spread as 20+-plus road favorites.

*Sign some of us – ahem – are getting old. The iPhone 14 was unveiled by Apple this week. Question to myself: “Which iPhone do we have, again?” Answer to myself: “One that works perfectly fine. Don’t even think about it.”

*A year ago Dak Prescott passed for 403 yards and three touchdowns and it wasn’t enough to beat Tom Brady. Will Sunday night’s game crack my list of the 10 Most Memorable Openers in Cowboys history?

*Queen Elizabeth II met 14 American Presidents, outlived eight of them, transcended the reigns of five Popes, witnessed the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall and yet, sadly, never saw the Rangers win a World Series.

*Hot.

*Not.

*If you’ve followed my mentoring journey with Ja over the last two years, you know he’s a fantastic kid that just needs a little, well, mentoring. There are lots in DFW just like him. Ahead of North Texas Giving Day on Sept. 22, please consider a donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters. $50,000 and counting …

*Not surprisingly, Sunday night’s Cowboys-Buccaneers ticket is one of the hottest in the NFL all season. According to this website, the median price for a seat at AT&T Stadium is a cool $420. Only Cowboys game more expensive this season in their visit to Lambeau Field in November ($491, No. 3 on the list). Priciest? 49ers at Raiders in Las Vegas: $680.

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*Talk about leg room! A DFW passenger – who just happens to be one of the few genuinely great guys in DFW radio – last week was treated to a private jet the size of 737. Question: If you had the whole plane to yourself, where would you sit?

*Rangers’ No. 1 prospect will share something with one of the team’s Hall of Famers when he makes his hyped debut Friday night in Arlington: No. 6. Much fuss has been made about Cowboys’ speedster KaVontae Turpin taking Tony Romo’s No. 9, but now Josh Jung has snagged the same number of Texas’ former outfielder and GM and current broadcaster Tom Grieve. The Rangers need Jung to be Grieve much more than the Cowboys need Turpin to be Romo.

*Wait, no way this parking job deserved a ticket. Did it?

*Can’t wait until Sunday night for your Cowboys’ fix? Simple. Just turn on your TV. Almost every network boasts a prominent analyst with strong Cowboys ties. Your blue-and-silver roster:

CBS: Tony Romo, Steve Beuerlein (college)

NBC: Jason Garrett

Fox: Jimmy Johnson, Daryl Johnston, Mark Sanchez, Marcellus Wiley, Micah Parsons, DeMarco Murray (college)

ESPN: Troy Aikman, Marcus Spears, Chris Canty, Joey Galloway (college)

NFL Network: Michael Irvin, Brian Baldinger

*Sad: Deep Ellum has become, in part, so dangerous that – after 28 years – the Deep Ellum Arts Festival is kaput. Seriously, what is Deep Ellum without art?

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*Takes some mental gymnastics so I hope you’ve stretched, but hear me out. The last time the Cowboys won the Super Bowl: Their quarterback was in Year 7, LSU lost in their new head coach’s debut and the Super Bowl was in Arizona. This year: Dak Prescott is in Year 7, LSU lost in Brian Kelly’s first game and Super Bowl LVII is February 12, 2023 in … Arizona.

Destiny or just dumb?

*Brady is 6-0 against the Cowboys. Only two quarterbacks had longer winning streak against them: Randall Cunningham (eight straight with Eagles 1987-92) and Frank Ryan (seven with Browns 1963-66). Brady’s six wins are the most against the Cowboys without a loss. Second on that list: 5-0 Joe Montana.

*When Brady was drafted by the Patriots (4.15.00), Cowboys’ rookie offensive lineman Tyler Smith was … a year from being born (4.3.01).

*Former Cowboys quarterback and current radio analyst Babe Laufenberg – who’s in the know as much as anyone in DFW about the team – says he’ll give $1,000 to charity if receiver Michael Gallup plays Sunday night. I’m pretty sure Babe can leave his checkbook at home. But not $1,000 sure.

*Former Mavericks’ shooting guard Jason Terry has himself a coaching career. The Jet has landed on the runway in … Salt Lake City, as an assistant on new coach Will Hardy’s bench.

*Emmitt Smith, football commissioner? Well, yeah. Sorta. Not sure what the Hall of Fantasy League is, but he’s the king of it.

*Labor Day: The holiday that marks when we stop doing and merely start watching. Rank the holidays? Sure, okay:

1. Memorial Day

2. New Year’s Eve

3. Fourth of July

4. Christmas

5. Thanksgiving

6. Halloween

42. Labor Day

111. Valentine’s

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*This Weekend? Friday let’s sneak in some tennis. Saturday let’s cover our eyes and watch Texas-Alabama. Sunday let’s visit the parents before Cowboys-Buccaneers. As always, don’t be a stranger.

FAQs

What did Luka doncic win? ›

Doncic tallied a national team-EuroBasket record 47 points, seven rebounds and five assists in the victory to help Slovenia finish the tournament's group stage with a 4-1 record and clinch the top seed out of the uber-competitive Group B.

Why did Luka doncic pick 77? ›

In July 2021, Doncic, 23, opened up about his decision to wear the No. 77 jersey during a press conference. At the time, he revealed that he wears the number in honor of one of his idols, Greek professional basketball player Vassilis Spanoulis, who wore the No. 7 jersey prior to his retirement.

Is Luka doncic Croatian? ›

Danilo Dončić (born 1969), Serbian football manager. Luka Dončić (born 1999), Slovenian basketball player. Saša Dončić (born 1974), Slovenian basketball coach and former player.

Is Luka doncic efficient? ›

Luka Doncic has a PER of 24.3 in his career.

Where does Luka doncic rank in the NBA? ›

ESPN releases an annual ranking of the top 100 players in the NBA ahead of the upcoming season. For the 2022-23 season, Doncic ranked No. 3 overall on the list, an improvement by one from his placement on last year's edition. He ranked behind only Nikola Jokic and Giannis Antetokounmpo.

How do you pronounce Luka? ›

How to Pronounce Luka Dončić? (CORRECTLY) - YouTube

Can college basketball players wear number 8? ›

Because of the N.C.A.A.'s longstanding Rule 1, Section 22, Article 7, Clause b. 2 — the little-known statute that prohibits college basketball players from wearing any of the numerals 6, 7, 8 or 9. Those are the numbers you will not see on a college basketball court.

Who wears number 0 in the NBA? ›

123 Players
PlayerTeam(s)
Jared SullingerToronto Raptors (17)
Jayson TatumBoston Celtics (18, 19, 20, 21, 22)
Jeff TeagueAtlanta Hawks (10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16) Minnesota Timberwolves (18, 19, 20)
Isaiah ThomasDenver Nuggets (19)
119 more rows

Who wears #77 Dallas Mavericks? ›

77 Luka Dončić

F-G 6'7” 230 lbs.

How famous is Luka in Slovenia? ›

Slovenia has arguably never had a megastar in the making quite like Luka Dončić. The basketball phenomenon from Ljubljana has defied USA biased scepticism in his rookie campaign in the NBA and risen to global stardom in second and third season overseas.

Who is the youngest NBA player? ›

Who is the youngest current player in the NBA? Jalen Duren is entering the 2022-23 season as the youngest player in the NBA. Drafted by the Detroit Pistons with the 13th overall pick in the 2022 draft, Duren is currently 18 years old.

Does Luka doncic live in Slovenia? ›

Explore Slovenia

Ljubljana, the hometown of Luka Dončić, is an ideal base from which to explore the rest of Slovenia and its diversity.

Who has the best PER in the NBA? ›

Nikola Jokić

How many fouls does Luka Doncic have? ›

Luka Doncic technical foul history

Last season, he had 17 technical fouls and in the 2019-2020 season, Doncic had 13. Interestingly enough, in his rookie year (2018-2019), Doncic only had five technical fouls.

How many 3s does Luka Doncic have? ›

Luka Doncic has made 732 shots from downtown in his career.
NAMESEASON3PM
Luka Doncic2019-20171
Luka Doncic2020-21192
Luka Doncic2021-22201
Average183.0
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Who is the best Dallas Mavericks of all time? ›

Dirk Nowitzki, Steve Nash, and MIchael Finley were already some of the NBA's brightest young players before Cuban arrived. During the early 2000s, these three players became the best in the league and are considered some of the greatest in basketball history.

Is Jayson Tatum better than Luka doncic? ›

Overall winner – Doncic

Both are some of the best young players in the NBA, but the Luka vs Tatum debate was never fair. They have different mindsets, play different styles, and Doncic has already proven to be a unique kind of talent.

Is Kobe the most skilled player ever? ›

In fact, in an appearance on First Take, McGrady admitted that Bryant is the most skilled basketball player he's ever seen: “Kobe Bean Bryant. He's the greatest one-on-one player I've ever competed against, and not just because of his skillset. It's because of his mentality.

How do you pronounce Luka's last name? ›

Luka Doncic (Dallas Mavericks)

Luka was born in the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana, which is commonly said as "Lyoo-blyah-na."

How do you pronounce ja Morant? ›

How to Pronounce Ja Morant - YouTube

How does Nikola Jokic pronounce his name? ›

How to Pronounce Nikola Jokić? (CORRECTLY) - YouTube

Why can't you wear number 69 in the NBA? ›

No NBA player has ever worn the number 69, which is believed to be implicitly banned due to its sexual connotations; the NBA has never confirmed this. Rodman had allegedly requested the number 69 when he joined the Dallas Mavericks but was refused and instead wore 70.

Is 00 a legal football number? ›

The range of acceptable numbers listed in Rule 1-4-3 was expanded from 1-99 to 0-99. However, showing that it is not willing to go too far, NFHS says that any number preceded by the digit zero will still be illegal. This is one of seven total recommendations brought forth by the committee.

Do college basketball players keep their jerseys? ›

NCAA Rules Reminders:

Student-athlete may retain athletics apparel and equipment items at the end of their intercollegiate participation. Equipment may also be retained over vacation periods and returned. A student-athlete may retain apparel and equipment upon graduation/exhausting eligibility per NCAA rules.

Has any NBA player worn 69? ›

Then, there was Dennis Rodman. If you know one thing about Dennis Rodman, both as an NBA player and a human being, it's probably that he's not afraid to do things his own way. He tried to do just that when he joined the Dallas Mavericks by requesting jersey number 69.

Is 00 a legal basketball number? ›

Legal numbers are: 00, 0-5, 10-15, 20-25, 30-35, 40-45, 50-55. Team rosters may not include both 0, and 00. Members of the same team can not use the same number.

Can you choose your own number in NBA? ›

The NBA does a good job of allowing players to choose almost any number they want, barring certain exemptions—a player already wearing it, a team's retired numbers, the number 69.

Who is Dončić girlfriend? ›

Anamaria Goltes as Luka Doncic's Girlfriend. The world is in love with Luka Doncic, and well, Doncic is in love with the 24-year-old Slovenian Model, Anamaria Goltes.

How much is Lebron James Worth? ›

Why did Steph Curry choose number 30? ›

Though it might seem odd that Curry is so locked into the number 30, it's the same number his dad, Dell, wore while he played in highschool, College, and the NBA. As such, Curry wears it as an homage to the person that helped develop his love for the game. Dell played in the NBA for sixteen years.

Who is the most famous athlete in Slovenia? ›

Primož Kozmus (1979 - )

With an HPI of 38.06, Primož Kozmus is the most famous Athlete. His biography has been translated into 35 different languages on wikipedia. Primož Kozmus (born 30 September 1979 in Novo Mesto) is a Slovenian hammer thrower.

Why is Slovenia so good at sports? ›

Accessibility: Slovenia has a well-developed sporting infrastructure, most school gyms are used for recreational sport, too. Activities are mostly not free of charge, but are often subsidized by local communities. There are a lot of local sport clubs relying on volunteering.

Who is the most famous Slovenian? ›

Famous people from Slovenia
  • Slavoj Žižek. Philosopher. Slavoj Žižek is a Slovenian philosopher and cultural critic. ...
  • Grega Žemlja. Tennis Player. ...
  • Katarina Srebotnik. Tennis Player. ...
  • Željko Ražnatović Politician. ...
  • Tina Maze. Alpine skier. ...
  • Sasha Vujačić Basketball Shooting guard. ...
  • Samir Handanović Soccer. ...
  • Giuseppe Tartini. Composer.

Who is the longest playing NBA player? ›

Vince Carter, who began his career with the Raptors, is the only player in NBA history to have played in 22 seasons.

What current NBA player has the most rings? ›

Active players with most NBA championship rings
  • LeBron. James. (4)
  • Stephen. Curry. (4)
  • Klay. Thompson. (4)
  • Draymond. Green. (4)
  • Danny. Green. (3)
  • JaVale. McGee. (3)

Has a rookie ever won MVP in the NBA? ›

1. Wilt Chamberlain, NBA Center, 1959-60. Rookie of the Year, first-team All-NBA, MVP.

What car does Luka drive? ›

Luka Doncic's car collection includes a Blue Porsche Electric Panamera, Porsche 911 S Custom Turbo, Audi A7, another Black Porsche Panamera, a Yugoslavian Made Zastava Kragujevac, and a Black Mansory Tuned Lamborghini Urus.

How many Luka Doncic rookie cards are there? ›

The massive population of Luka Doncic rookie cards

As it stands, the population count of Doncic's PSA 10 base 2018 Prizm rookie card has already reached 18,485, a figure that's already way too high. And with its current value of $445, there will certainly be a limit to its price ceiling in the market.

Was Slovenia part of the USSR? ›

Slovenia was never part of the former Soviet Union, nor the Soviet bloc. After the Second World War, Slovenia was a constituent part of the former Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia.

What records does Luka Doncic hold? ›

Luka Doncic shares NBA playoff history with Kobe Bryant

With his Game 1 performance, Doncic became the youngest player to have 45 points and 10 rebounds in a playoff game since Kobe Bryant. Doncic also now has the most 40-point playoff games by a player 23 or younger with six.

Who is the youngest player in the NBA? ›

Who is the youngest current player in the NBA? Jalen Duren is entering the 2022-23 season as the youngest player in the NBA. Drafted by the Detroit Pistons with the 13th overall pick in the 2022 draft, Duren is currently 18 years old.

How much did Luka Doncic score last night? ›

Player News

Doncic provided 30 points (10-26 FG, 3-11 3Pt, 7-10 FT), 14 rebounds, nine assists, two blocks and two steals across 38 minutes during Tuesday's 119-109 win over Golden State in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals.

How much does Luka Doncic make? ›

Luka Doncic signed a 5 year / $215,159,700 contract with the Dallas Mavericks, including $215,159,700 guaranteed, and an annual average salary of $43,031,940. In 2022-23, Doncic will earn a base salary of $37,096,500, while carrying a cap hit of $37,096,500 and a dead cap value of $37,096,500.

Who has the most triple-doubles in NBA history? ›

Russell Westbrook 1 triple-double from all-time record
RANKPLAYERTRIPLE-DOUBLES
1Russell Westbrook181
2LeBron James99
3James Harden58
4Nikola Jokić56
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21 Sept 2022

Who has the most 40 point playoff games? ›

#1.

Jerry West only won one title in his NBA playing career, but he scored more than 40 points in the NBA Finals 10 times. The Lakers guard first scored 40 points in a Game 2 win over the Boston Celtics in 1962.

Who has the most double doubles in NBA history? ›

NBA Finals: Who are the all-time leaders for career double-doubles?
RankPlayerCareer Double-doubles
1.Bill Russell56
2.Magic Johnson43
3.LeBron James35
4.Elgin Baylor32
7 more rows
5 Jul 2021

Who is the longest playing NBA player? ›

Vince Carter, who began his career with the Raptors, is the only player in NBA history to have played in 22 seasons.

Who is the best player in the NBA? ›

01 Giannis Antetokounmpo

Antetokounmpo reached the NBA mountaintop in 2021 by winning a championship and Finals MVP award. He wasn't able to repeat in 2022 with Milwaukee after Khris Middleton suffered a knee injury at the beginning of the playoffs.

Who was oldest NBA player ever? ›

Back in 1948, we meet Nat Hickey, the oldest NBA player of all time. Hickey worked as a coach for the Steamrollers during the 1947-48 season. Then he switched himself into a player position as the team warmed up at 4-25.

How many 3s did Reggie Bullock make last game? ›

Reggie Bullock has drained 3.4 threes per game in his last 5 games in his career.
NAMEGP+/-
Reggie Bullock5-35

How many 3s does Luka doncic make per game? ›

Luka Doncic has averaged 2.8 threes per game in his career.

How many 3s has Luka made? ›

Luka Doncic has made 732 three-pointers in his career.

Who has the biggest contract in the NBA? ›

1. Nuggets C Nikola Jokic: $270,000,000. NOTE: Jokic's extension is the largest contract in NBA history by both total value and average annual value. Click here to read Boardroom's deep dive into the Joker's record-setting supermax deal.

Who makes the most money in the NBA? ›

Who are the highest-paid NBA players? Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry is set to earn a highest base salary in 2022-23 at $48.07 million. Russell Westbrook, who opted into the final year of his contract for next season, is the highest-paid Laker over both LeBron James and Anthony Davis for next season.

What is Zion Williamson salary? ›

He's the 110th best-paid NBA player this year. He was the 119th best-paid NBA player last year.
...
Salary: $13,534,817.
SeasonTeamSalary
2021/22New Orleans Pelicans$10,733,400 ($11,705,820*)
2020/21New Orleans Pelicans$10,245,480 ($11,776,120*)
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