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Dirk Nowitzki reveals Luka Doncic pranked him by taking selfies using his phone — ”Probably 150 Luka pictures”

According to Nowitzki, Luka is just like any other youngster who “loves having fun,” and he would pull off a prank on him now and then.
Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki and guard Luka Doncic

Dirk Nowitzki and Luka Doncic

Decades from now, we’ll look at Dirk Nowitzki and Luka Doncic as the two greatest players the Dallas Mavericks ever had. While, in some cases, greats from different eras that played on the same team don’t really have that strong bond, Nowitzki and Doncic are different.

Close pals on and off-the-court

Though Dirk and Luka only played for one season together, they have somehow developed a beautiful friendship. And after Nowitzki retired in 2019, he and Doncic never shied away from showing their closeness whenever they met or just crossed paths for some reason.

According to Nowitzki, Luka is just like any other youngster who “loves having fun,” and he would pull off a prank on him now and then. To cite one instance, Dirk said he sometimes comes to the Mavericks facility to shoot around and “get some treatment.” And there was this one time when he left his phone somewhere in there while being treated, and little did he know, Luka grabbed it and took about “150” selfies.

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So I go in every now and then, see the guys, get some treatment. And I left my phone laying somewhere,” Nowitzki said in 2020 via Dallas News. “So then when I got home like an hour later or something, I go through my phone and I went to my pictures and I had, not lying, probably 150 Luka pictures. I guess that’s the culture nowadays, the selfie stuff. But he must’ve just run around for 10 minutes and took selfies with everybody and an hour later I saw my phone. So he’s definitely a funny kid, he loves having fun.

Luka has exceeded Dirk

On a more serious note, Nowitzki has always been vocal in expressing his admiration for Luka’s game. In fact, “German Jesus” once said that Doncic has already surpassed him as a player.

I would say he is better than me now than I’ve ever been in my prime and that’s how good he is at 22 already,” Nowitzki admitted.

Though it’s hard to tell if Nowitzki was just being humble, as some fans still regard him as the greatest Maverick ever, and his accolades can back it up, Luka’s feats at 22 years old are also undeniable.

In a nutshell, Doncic has taken the NBA by storm. Delving into it, “The Matador” is already a three-time All-Star, three-time All-NBA, and is the record-holder for most triple-doubles in the history of the Mavericks franchise, with 46 to date.

Indeed, Doncic is on course to achieve more in the NBA. And surely, more pranks on Dirk as well.

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