I’m on a diet and don’t grocery shop. So I went into my local pub to get a salad for dinner. My order is the house salad, but only romaine lettuce, swap out the vinaigrette for caeser dressing, bacon bits, and extra croutons. I’m gonna look great for Thanksgiving, but I digress.
While I was waiting for my order, I checked the TV to see what was on and realized it was the start of the Dallas Mavericks Golden State Warriors game. So I sat down to watch and was shocked at what unfolded in the first quarter.
I saw the first 24 points of the 35 before Doncic spent the 2nd quarter on the bench.
I was furious. And not because I wanted to keep watching his performance.
With the way Luka Doncic has been playing lately, some are calling him an MVP candidate. That he’s changing the NBA in his second year the way Lamar Jackson is changing the NFL in his sophomore campaign. Some have even gone as far to say that he’s better than Michael Jordan.
I call him disrespectful.
What I don’t think Luka understands is that he has a legacy to uphold. Not his own, which he seems very keen on making sure is a successful one. Rather the legacy of European lottery picks in the NBA.
As long as I’ve been an NBA fan (which was honestly between 1997-2001) there have been two constants I can rely on. James Dolan will ruin the New York Knicks
and highly touted European prospects will never live up to expectations.
Now, to be fair, nothing is absolute. There are anomolies. And I thought we got that out of the way with the most famous German I’ve known about since the 1940’s.
But a second one? This is too much.
Doesn’t matter the era. Recently, I can look at the Spanish passing wunderkind Ricky Rubio or Latvian unicorn Kristaps Porzingis as proof of this concept.
Or I can go back into the archives and find some real gems like Georgia’s Nikoloz Tskitishvili, who went 5th overall in 2002.
France’s Frederic Weis, the 15th pick in 1999, who’s most known for this moment in basketball history.
And, of course, the Godfather of European prospects, and likely Aaron Carter superfan, Darko Milicic.
As far as I’m concered, the only places Euro busts are permitted are the NBA and Amsterdam’s red light district.
So for Luka to blatently disrespect his elders like this is shameful. It is a microcasm of where society is going.
A young man has a path laid out for him by his predecesors that have been there before him. They do everything they can to help him follow in their foot steps. All this advice given simply for his benefit.
From what I see, here’s what he has to say to all their sacrifice.
Clearly no one on an opposing team will do anything about it, as they insist he gets a triple-double on a nightly basis. Maybe the league will step in, but considering how they embarressingly did nothing about Daryl Morey voicing his support for democracy, I won’t hold my breath.
So it’s on you, Luka. Don’t forget where you came from. The careers of your forefathers didn’t.