A photo of Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic having a cold beer in The Bay Area has gone viral. Fans believe that the photo was taken on Wednesday, the morning of their Game 1 duel with the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals. The picture reached the Mavericks' quarters and had to clarify the details.
Doncic having a cold one
The photo features Doncic with teammate Boban Marjanovic and assistant coach Igor Kokoskov chilling in San Francisco at Sens restaurant. Fans went crazy with the image as it went with the narrative of Doncic’s alleged offseason filled with hookahs and partying. Per TMZ, a Mavs spokesperson cleared the air once and for all.
“I can tell you this wasn’t taken today,” a Mavericks spokesperson told TMZ on Wednesday.
The spokesperson also pointed out that on Wednesday morning, Doncic was in the gym, getting his mind and body ready for Game 1.
As it turns out, the photo was taken on Tuesday — more than 24 hours before their game with the Warriors. An investigation by SFGate confirmed that the duo was in Sens restaurant on Tuesday. The restaurant, as of writing, is making an effort to trace what Doncic and Marjanovic ordered.
Several Europeans also defended Doncic’s antics. According to them, it’s normal behavior for them to have a pint early in the morning. There’s nothing unusual about the Mavs star’s behavior.
Maybe Americans should even take notes. While they are still kings of the hardcourt, the Europeans are right under their grill. They know how to play ball. It’s a trivial matter that their bellies are filled with beer.
Despite the spokesperson’s clarification, the photo will go on to become an epic Doncic meme, just like the Hookah Doncic one. This is not some sort of dissing at the Slovenian but a form of a compliment.
Fans are amazed how Doncic seemingly lives the lifestyle of a normal human being and not an NBA player. In a league filled with the best athletes in the world, a beer-drinking and hookah-smoking Slovenian reigns supreme.