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The system vs. the individual: Luka Dončić’s Madrid coach gives a great example of how the European coaching style differs from the US

Pablo Laso’s explanation of how he taught Luka Dončić to lead is a great illustration of the differences between European and American basketball culture

A Dallas Mavericks Thanksgiving: 10 things to be thankful for this season

There’s a lot to be thankful for in Dallas this season.

The Dallas Mavericks are 9-3: Was chemistry the missing link?

Chemistry and connection are helping the Mavericks soar to new heights

Derrick Jones Jr. is doing it all for the Dallas Mavericks right now

Derrick Jones Jr. has made an impact on defense from the beginning, but his offensive spark has been a positive surprise

Clutch time is a different beast: Trust is the magic word for Luka Dončić and the Dallas Mavericks right now

In clutch, you don’t play your best players, you play the smartest. It’s not for the spontaneous, nervous, or streaky

After captain duty for Slovenia, will we see a new and improved leader in Luka Dončić on the Dallas Mavericks?

A preview of what to expect of Luka Dončić’s leadership this season

Is it even worth watching a preseason game when Luka Dončić and Kyrie Irving won’t share the floor?

Who you should keep an eye on in a preseason game with no Luka Dončić

No, it wasn’t embarrassing: The Dallas Mavericks actually had a good showing against Real Madrid 

Despite the loss, there’s a lot of things to be optimistic about after the game in Madrid

Tim Hardaway Jr. just gave us a lesson on confidence

Tim Hardaway Jr. can teach the young guys a thing or two about how to keep confidence up when things get rough

Luka Dončić is the real face of the next generation 

The way Luka Dončić inspires people all over the world is unique. That’s why he’s the real face of the league to come

The big picture: The aesthetics of Kyrie Irving’s game 

We see the artist at work every time Kyrie Irving plays. He masters the tiniest details to control the basketball, because the details are what creates the bigger picture

Nikola Jokić is the playoff hero we all deserve 

Jokić is the guy who separates the people who love the game of basketball from the casuals, and he’s changing the game in front of our eyes

Emotional discipline wins games, part 2

Luka Dončić and the Mavericks have had issues with emotional discipline this season. But being able to control your response to a situation you see as unfair may actually leave you with a better result

Why the Mavericks should keep Maxi Kleber 

Maxi Kleber is injury prone, 31 years old and shoots far too little to be a real threat on offense - here’s why I still think he should remain a Maverick

For the love of shooting the basketball

Shooting the basketball is an art, and it’s arguably the most important single skill in the game.

Luka Dončić’s NBA experience is unique - Jokić may be the only one who can really relate 

Nikola Jokić and Luka Dončić are very different players, but have so much in common. Jokić may be the only person who can really relate to Luka Dončić’s NBA experience

Luka Dončić can learn a lot from how LeBron James rests during games 

LeBron James has figured out how to manage his workload and has over the years perfected the art of resting while playing. Luka Dončić may benefit from taking a few notes from the superstar vet

Signs point to a more mature Luka Dončić after a tough season

To mature and develop, we need to face adversity. Luka Dončić’s exit interview may be a sign that he’s taken quite a few steps on that journey after a hard year

Why playing on national teams matter - especially when you live far from home

National teams are about so much more than a summer activity. Like who you wanted to be as a child, and how you want your country to feel about themselves

National media misrepresents him but Kyrie Irving has been all kinds of good in Dallas  

From leadership and mentorship to supporting local causes, Kyrie Irving has been a positive in Dallas. But you would have no way to know that if you only follow the national media

Luka Dončić struggles: Feelings come to the forefront 

Mental health issues took center stage when Luka Dončić opened up about his struggles. Luka has hit a wall - and who can really blame him

Jalen Brunson is the leader and vibes guy we took for granted 

During this Dallas season, the void Brunson left has become more and more evident, lost vibes and lack of leadership haunting the team.

Basketball is about feelings: Superstars all become villains eventually 

Luka Dončić is receiving criticism non stop these days. He’s gone from Superman to villain this season, just like the rest of them. But is it really that simple?

Basketball is about feelings: This is what Luka Dončić needs to do to reach the next level 

Luka Dončić’s got the hard stuff down, like skill and talent. Now he needs to take care of the easy stuff

Basketball is about feelings: 24 things we love about Luka Dončić on his 24th birthday

Today is Luka Dončić’s birthday and in honor of the guy who brings so many people so much joy, here is a list of 24 things we love about Luka

Basketball is about feelings: How Kyrie Irving’s seamless fit in Dallas shows that pickup helps players adapt

Pickup basketball helps you learn to adapt to many different styles and players. This is an ode to pickup, the purest form of the game

Basketball is about feelings: Can Luka Dončić adapt his game?

It’s time for Luka Dončić to adapt his game to fit this team. But can he?

Basketball is about feelings: Luka Dončić sees the spaces on the floor when the rest of us see players 

Luka Dončić’s vision is extraordinary. Like the best quarterbacks in the world, he seems to see the spaces between players rather than the individual parts

Basketball is about feelings: It’s the inconsistency that’s driving me crazy

What is there to say about a team that seems to only know how to underperform or overperform?

Basketball is about feelings: Is there a scenario where Luka Dončić finishes his career in Europe?

What’s the chance Luka Dončić will retire in Europe?

Basketball is about feelings: The Wood-Dončić chemistry is enough reason to keep Wood

Has Luka Dončić ever had better chemistry with a big man in this league?

Basketball is about feelings: The mental game of free throws is harder than you think

Free throws are a lot more than uncontested shots from the line. It’s pressure, overthinking and a flow-stopper. Free throws for elite athletes are a mental game