Ahead of the Western Conference Finals, we take a look at Luka Doncic’s dad Sasa and their relationship with each other.
Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks are into the Western Conference Finals after beating the No.1 seed Phoenix Suns in the previous round.
They now face the Golden State Warriors and a formidable lineup including Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. However, Luka has established himself as one of the best young players in the NBA and will fancy his chances of making this year’s Finals.
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Who is Luka Doncic’s dad, Sasa?
Luka’s father is Sasa Doncic, a former player and professional coach who last served with Sentjur in the Slovenian League.
The 47-year-old, who stands at 6ft 7in, played in Slovenia, Serbia and France as a youngster, playing a number of positions.
During his playing career, Sasa won two Slovenian Premier A League championships and three Slovenian Cups. Doncic also played in two games for the senior Slovenian national team at the FIBA Eurobasket 2005 qualification.
Sasa was married to Slovenian model and beauty salon owner Mirjam Poterbin, until they divorced in 2008. They are Luka’s parents.
Sasa is a vocal supporter of his son
Sasa Doncic isn’t shy when it comes to supporting his son.
Last year he hit back at ESPN reporter Brian Windhorst who claimed Luka might be a “difficult person”, which could hinder the Mavericks’ chances of pairing him with another star.
He said: “Everybody is questioning Luka’s leadership with the Dallas Mavericks.
“For example, famous ESPN journalist Brian Windhorst mentioned that he’s not sure how many people would be excited to play with Luka.
“He described him as a ‘maybe difficult person’. How do you feel about these comments as a dad and as a person who knows Luka very well?
“I don’t know. Maybe this journalist is probably the biggest basketball genius. So please don’t ask me about it (laughs).”
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