The Tokyo Olympics Games are officially here. Fans get to see the best athletes from all over the world display their talents on the biggest stage. The basketball tournament has kicked off, current and former NBA players pepper rosters all over the world, representing their respective countries as best they can. USA basketball has struggled to find their rhythm so far but if you are an MFFL from the U.S. you might catch yourself cheering on another country this year, Slovenia. Luka Dončić is showing up big on the grandest stage and showing NBA fans why he wants to be known as the best player in the world, not just the NBA
Luka Dončić made his Olympic debut Sunday, besting Argentina 118-110. Luka magic was displayed throughout the game as he put up 48 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. This is Slovenia’s first time ever in the Olympic basketball tournament and Luka is making the world pay attention as he leads this team to its first win. Dončić also tied the record for 2nd most points in Olympic basketball game. After the game, Argentina’s head coach called Dončić “the best player in the world”. If Luka keeps this up the world may see him holding up a gold medal at the end of the tournament.
Dirk’s debut in the Olympics was great as well, he played with former NBA player and Maverick Center Chris Kaman, Germany beat Angola 95-96 as Nowitzki had 23 points and six rebounds, while Kaman had 24 points. Nowitzki strived to lead his country but the team just didn’t have enough as they ended up losing the next three games, including one loss against Houston Rocket Center Yao Ming and China 55-59. Nowitzki finished with 24 points and 17 rebounds, Yao Ming also had a monster game with 25 points and 11 rebounds.
Nowitzki’s team had some struggles trying to qualify for the games however, as they failed twice, Sydney in 2000, and Athens in 2004. Nowitzki finally got over the qualification hump in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but still only ended up with a 1-4 record in Group B. Germany’s 1 win came from beating Puerto Rico.
Luka is looking to make history and put the world on notice. The Slovenian team should be feared and will not play like it’s their first time in the Olympics. Will Luka lead his county to a medal? Dončić and Slovenia face Japan Wednesday at 11:40 ct time, as he looks to keep the momentum going.
Editor’s Update: Slovenia beat Japan Wednesday night with a 116-81 win. Luka had another impressive outing, putting up 25 point, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists in 25 minutes on the court. Zoran Dragic was Slovenia’s second leading scorer with 24 points.
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