Why Luka Doncic always will remember private workout with Steph Curry


Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic is having a sensational second NBA season.

The 20-year-old is averaging 28.8 points, 9.5 rebounds and 9.0 assists per game. And against the Warriors on Saturday night, he racked up 31 points, 12 rebounds and 15 assists.

After the Mavs' win at Chase Center, a reporter asked him about a potential comparison to Golden State superstar Steph Curry.

"He's shooting way better than me," Doncic said. "He's a better player. He's been in the league a long time, he's somebody that everybody looks up [to], everybody wants to play like him.

"I remember last year after the draft, I practiced once with him, and it was crazy. He couldn't miss. He can't miss. And that was like something I'll always remember -- practice with him."

That's some serious praise for the two-time NBA MVP.

Back in August 2018, Doncic flew to the Bay Area for a private workout with Curry and his personal trainer, Brandon Payne.

“For me, I just wanted him to be exposed to the excellence of Steph,” Bill Duffy, Doncic's agent, told NBC Sports' Tom Haberstroh at the time. “Not just Steph’s skill, but appreciating the work that goes into it.

“I wanted to show him that someone at that level can take instruction, too, be corrected. Brandon is up here telling Steph, do this, don’t do that, correcting him.

"I think someone like Luka, was like, ‘Woah -- Steph is top 2-3 players in basketball and he has someone pushing him to be the best he can be?’ To be exposed to that was special.”

[RELATED: Steph's personal trainer compares Doncic's skill to Curry's]

Mission accomplished because Curry clearly had a profound impact on the Slovenian sensation.

You're welcome Mavs fans.

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