Mark Cuban attributes Luka Doncic’s recent increase to all-star comments about weight gain

Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic has entered the All-Star break with an average of 35.4 points, 9.8 assists and 10.3 rebounds in his last 10 games, including 51 points over the Los Angeles Clippers. He looked like the MVP of the caliber many would expect him to be, which Mavericks owner Mark Cuban attributes to two things.

During a radio appearance on The Morning Musers this week, Cuban said he believed Doncic’s motivation stemmed from criticism he received earlier in the season over his reported weight gain, as well as being overlooked as an all-star starter this season.

“I think he was a little humbled,” Cuban said. “He didn’t like being called up because of his weight and other things and eventually clicked that there was a level of discipline required. All of his athletes go through his level at some level where things are just easy and you always used to be the best. You always used to get All the awards, and then when things don’t go as you expected, it makes you reconsider.”

Doncic admitted earlier in the season that his conditioning was not in place, saying he relaxed “maybe too much” after participating in the Olympics. It was reported that he entered the season for the second year in a row at £260, despite being listed in the Mavericks game at £230.

He was a major topic of conversation when Doncic looked slow on the ground to start the season, as he was not able to get to the edge as easily as he had in the past, and appeared to be gassed at certain moments of the match. Doncic’s sluggish start to the season resulted in him not receiving any media start-up vote at the Western Conference, with the Memphis Grizzlies Ja Morant and Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors being named back-starters.

But in recent weeks, Doncic has been playing with a renewed sense of energy, and that’s led to a stunning attacking tear for his three All-Star. Doncic said he’s changed his eating habits, and he’s having more cardio and weight training in his workouts to build endurance and strength.

Chicken, rice and vegetables are the most popular [with me] Doncic said via Dallas Morning News. “Mostly just eating healthy food…that was the key to being here.”

This change in diet and routine has certainly helped Doncic and the Mavericks, who are currently fifth in the Western Conference and post the sixth best defense in the league this season. After the All-Star break is over, we’ll see if Doncic can maintain that success he has had, as he continues to carry the Dallas side who traded his co-star Kristaps Porzingis into the trade deadline.

“He knows what he has to do, and he finally acknowledged that if he’s going to be the best – and I know he wants to be the best – there are certain things he has to control,” Cuban said. “Once he came up with these things, Katie was just locking the door, he couldn’t be stopped.”