Mavericks' Luka Doncic, Kristaps Porzingis 'Don't Like Each Other'
Dallas' dysfunction continues to get worse for the Mavericks.
It all started when owner Mark Cuban tweeted that it's "total bullshit" that former professional gambler turned Mavericks front office executive Bob Voulgaris had frustrated Luka Doncic, Rick Carlisle and other members of the organization.
And now, with questions surrounding Doncic's future in Dallas, there might be an even bigger rift in the organization. This time on the court. On "The Lowe Post" podcast, ESPN's Tim MacMahon reported that Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis, the Mavericks' two biggest stars, "don't like each other."
The pair have reportedly had "dustups" before, according to Cuban, who compared the duo to Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry.
Porzingis denied any quarrels with teammates past or present in an interview with Radio Marca:
"I've never had any problems with teammates off the court. I've always gotten along very well with them. I don't know what [Mark] Cuban was talking about. I try to be as professional as possible, do what I have to do and be a soldier for the team."
However, there's too much smoke for there not to be a fire, including in the Mavericks' disappointing defeat to the L.A. Clippers after having a 2-0 lead.
The latest incident that caused concern for Doncic and the Mavericks was Porzingis' strip club excursion in the NBA playoffs. The Unicorn was fined $50,000 and didn't have to sit out a game due to COVID-19 protocol, but Doncic wasn't too thrilled, per Sports Illustrated.
Remember when Porzingis broke the rules and snuck off to an L.A. strip club during the playoffs? The Mavs pretended to laugh it off; privately, Doncic wasn’t chuckling.— fishsports (@fishsports) June 27, 2021
Of course, Porzingis struggled in the series, averaging just 13.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.3 dimes in the Mavs' playoff exit.
The Dallas dysfunction has already cost general manager Donnie Nelson and coach Rick Carlisle their jobs, but will the Mavericks be able to salvage the Doncic-Porzingis relationship?
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