Mavericks’ Luka Doncic says he relaxed ‘maybe too much’

If there’s been a repeating concern in Luka Doncic’s currently embellished NBA profession, it is issues about his conditioning. It does not appear to be improving.

The Dallas Mavericks star’s weight and endurance turned up often throughout Tuesday’s video game versus the Brooklyn Internet, with TNT broadcaster Reggie Miller explaining his motion as “plodding” and stating it was most likely the heaviest he’s ever seen the 22-year-old on the court.

Doncic attended to those issues after the video game, a 102-99 Mavericks loss, and confessed to maybe unwinding excessive throughout the summer season.

Doncic’s remarks:

“People are going to talk about it, yes or no, but I know I’ve got to do better. I had a long summer. I think I relaxed a little bit, not taking care, but I’ve got to be better.

“I had the Olympics, took 3 weeks off, and I unwinded a bit, perhaps excessive. I have actually simply got to return on track.”

Just how bad could Doncic’s conditioning be? According to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon, Doncic reported to Mavericks training camp weighing in at around 260 pounds, 30 pounds higher than his listed playing weight. What’s more, it was apparently the second year in a row he had done so.

Obviously, that’s not what the Mavericks want to see from the player they’ve built their franchise around. The good news is that even when he’s heavier than he should be, Doncic is an absurd talent, as evidenced by the 28 points, six rebounds and nine assists he put up while Miller criticized his weight.

MacMahon also noted that Doncic’s attempts to improve his conditioning were interrupted by knee and ankle sprains during the season. Hopefully, the issue is fixable when he’s healthy.

DALLAS, TX - NOVEMBER 7: Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks reacts after being fouled against the Brooklyn Nets in the second half at American Airlines Center on November 7, 2021 in Dallas, Texas. The Nets won 102-99. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)

Is Luka Doncic’s weight an issue? (Picture by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.