NBA: Luka Doncic says leg injury ‘gets better’ as season approaches

Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic, left, smiles with fellow forward Grant Williams during an NBA basketball training camp in Dallas, Thursday, Sept. 28, 2023.

Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic said Wednesday that he is still seeking a proper diagnosis for the leg injury that has bothered him since March.

“It’s better, but we still have some appointments,” said Doncic to reporters at the first practice of the Mavericks’ training camp, adding that when he has a clear diagnosis he will share it.

The Slovenian star missed five games in March with what the team called a leg strain.

During the recently concluded Fiba World Cup, where Slovenia was knocked out in the quarter-finals by Canada, Doncic said it seemed like an old injury had flared up.

On Wednesday, the 24-year-old player or the veteran coach Jason Kidd seemed overly concerned, with the start of the regular season less than a month away.

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“He’s probably not 100%,” Kidd said. “Whenever you play, it’s hard to be 100%. I think he looks good. His first day was great.

“And so the topic of strengthening him, and getting him close to 100% before the first game is the goal.”

Kidd said he expects Doncic, who is entering his sixth NBA season, to participate in the two-day workouts he has scheduled for Thursday and Friday.

They will have single practices on Saturday and Sunday before embarking on a 12-day trip to Abu Dhabi – where they will play pre-season games against Minnesota on Thursday and Saturday – and Spain, where they will play in the former EuroLeague. Doncic’s team is Real Madrid.

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“Our schedule is a little bit different than a normal pre-season,” Kidd said. “We are gone for 12 days. So we’re going to try to get as much (training) in as we can before we leave on Sunday.


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