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The NBA star was effusive in his praise for Dereck Lively II, who notched a double-double in his league debut Wednesday night
Luka Dončić had some colorful language to describe the debut of a certain rookie during the Dallas Mavericks game against San Antonio Wednesday night — and he wasn’t referring to Spurs sensation Victor Wembanyama!
“He didn’t seem like he was nervous, he played f---ing amazing,” the Mavericks star, 24, said about his new teammate Dereck Lively II, before turning a slightly pinker hue when the f-bomb slipped out in the post-game interview on ESPN.
Lively, a Duke product who went No. 12 overall in the 2023 NBA Draft, grabbed headlines and the game ball with his assured performance.
His double-double — 16 points, 10 rebounds — bested the heavily anticipated league premiere of generational talent Wembanyama, who had a slow start and was mired in foul trouble before he scored nine points in the fourth quarter to finish with 15 points, five boards, two steals and two assists.
The Mavs went on to win the game 126-119 thanks to Lively’s contributions as well as those from Dončić.
Meanwhile, Lively’s play also made the record books.
According to NBA.com, he became the second player in NBA history to score 15-plus points and 10-plus rebounds on 85% or better shooting in a debut game.
Luka Doncic dropping an F bomb during his postgame interview on ESPN pic.twitter.com/fpuwfxKCAC
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The rookie only missed one shot on his way to notching 87.5% from the field, according to Si.com.
But another standout statistic from the historic night may have Spurs fans the most excited.
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The 19-year-old Wembanyama's stat line was amazingly virtually the same as another San Antonio No. 1 draft pick.
In Tim Duncan's first game with the team in 1997, he also scored 15 points, had 2 assists and shot 6/9 from the floor,
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