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"He contacted me and said that he wanted to start conditioning immediately” - Luka Doncic's trainer reveals the superstar has been working all summer

Luka Doncic is using his shortcomings as motivation to work extra hard on his game this summer.
Luka Doncic's trainer revealed the superstar's off season workout plans

Luka Doncic

Last summer, a photo of out-of-shape Luka Doncic surfaced online. Granted, that was when the NBA had a short offseason, and it made sense for the 23-year-old to lay back and take it easy during his time off. However, some NBA analysts and fans commented on Doncic's weight, saying that he should use his time off instead to get in shape and improve his game.

Luckily, the Dallas Mavericks superstar didn't let those comments get to him and instead let his game do all the talking. In response, Doncic concluded his best NBA season so far, averaging almost triple-double numbers -- 28.4 points, 8.7 assists, and 9.1 rebounds -- and leading his team to the Western Conference Finals for the first time in his career.

Doncic may have come up short last season, but unlike the previous summer, he's finally using his shortcomings as motivation to work extra hard on his game.

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Luka's summer training

According to Doncic's trainer, Anze Macek, Luka called him right after the NBA season ended in hopes of starting his summer training regimen early. The Slovenian trainer said that Doncic has been actively training all summer and is trying to be in the best shape (physically and mentally) entering this upcoming NBA season.

"Shortly after the end of the season, he contacted me and said that he wanted to start conditioning immediately," Anze Macek, trainer for the Slovenian national team, told Martin Pavčnik of SportKlub. "Together with Goran Dragić, they worked for three weeks. The national team action followed. When he went on vacation, he asked me for a work plan. He remains active. I am in contact with him almost on a daily basis. He keeps his shape. He will upgrade everything in the national team training, where he will prepare for maximum efforts."

A busy summer for Luka

Besides welcoming Shaquille O'Neal to Croatia, Doncic has had a busy offseason. He's reportedly been practicing with his country's national basketball team and is expected to compete in the 2022 FIBA World Cup European Qualifiers and the 2022 EuroBasket tournament before returning to Dallas for his team's training camp.

Doncic and Slovenia are in the Group B bracket for the 2022 EuroBasket tournament. They will go up against Lithuania, Hungary, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Germany, and France from September 1-7. If the team advances (which is likely given Doncic's performance for them as of late), they will face the remaining four national teams in the knockout stage that will be held in Berlin from September 10-18.

So yes, it's been a busy offseason for Doncic, who is also expected to carry the Mavericks again this upcoming season. At least the generational player in the making is in the best shape of his career, and who knows? Maybe his busy offseason will help him finally win MVP this season or, better yet, surprise the world and win his first NBA championship. 

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