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Kristaps Porzingis Opens Up About Why He And Luka Doncic Didn’t Work Out

DALLAS, TEXAS - JANUARY 29: Luka Doncic #77 and Kristaps Porzingis #6 of the Dallas Mavericks are seen on the court against the Indiana Pacers at American Airlines Center on January 29, 2022 in Dallas, Texas. 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 Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Kristaps Porzingis played with Luka Doncic during their younger years in the NBA. The two players were both vying for the limelight, preventing either from gelling together.

Kristaps Porzingis Explores His Relationship With Luka Doncic

Porzingis opens up about his relationship with Doncic on JJ Redick‘s podcast, The Old Man and The Three.

Redick asks him if there was a “pissing contest” between him and Doncic. For any who might be confused with the saying, it’s to show rivalry in demonstrating who’s superior.

The Boston Celtic admits there was some rivalry during his early years with the team. He even claims they tried to make it work despite them trying to one-up one another.

“Early on, for sure. I think we both tried to make it work.”

Kristaps Porzingis

The big man attributes the lack of synergy to immaturity and a lack of communication from both parties.

“I think communication, like maturity, communication on both of our parts should’ve been better.”

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His Time With The Mavericks Couldn’t Work

DALLAS, TEXAS - MAY 28: Luka Doncic #77 and Kristaps Porzingis #6 of the Dallas Mavericks react against the LA Clippers in the first quarter in game three of the Western Conference first round series at American Airlines Center on May 28, 2021 in Dallas, Texas. 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 Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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When asked by Redick why the one-time All-Star’s time with the Dallas Mavericks didn’t work out, he cites a few reasons.

Firstly, the 28-year-old thinks it was due to his immaturity. By that time, he only had four years in the league with the latest being a missed one due to his injury.

“It’s a big mix of things. Maturity, for sure. I’m talking about what I could have done better.”

Kristaps Porzingis

Furthermore, to add to his immaturity, he wouldn’t or couldn’t pay attention to analytics and numbers. This is an essential part of any sport or competition since you want to know the ins and outs of teams. Analyzing their numbers would help spot weaknesses and strengths you can exploit.

However, he does admit that it would’ve been better if somebody properly explained the statistics and numbers to him.

“I wasn’t that much into analytics and numbers. If somebody, at that stage of my career, presented it to me the right way and said, ‘This is what we need from you. You’re gonna be way more effective doing this.’ Like kind of explain to me better, I think that would have made a difference a little bit.”

Kristaps Porzingis

Meanwhile, the Latvian big man seems to be finding a good footing with his current team. He’s currently averaging 18.9 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per game, helping the Celtics stay first in the Eastern Conference with a whopping 15-5 record.