Luka Doncic versus. Porzingis: can this Dallas Mavs marriage be saved? (By Barea?)
DALLAS – The lack of interpersonal chemistry between Dallas Mavericks stars Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis – “lack of interpersonal chemistry” meaning they have developed an aversion to each other – is not the story.
The story is, what owner Mark Cuban and his new franchise executives Nico Harrison and Jadon Kidd… and maybe JJ Barea? … Will do about it.
KP wants to be a star on a level playing field and it rubs him the wrong way that in his mind the Mavs stopped him from doing it. Doncic thinks badly about some of KP’s off-court behavior.
Remember when Porzingis broke the rules and snuck into an LA strip club during the playoffs? The Mavs pretended to laugh about it; in private, Doncic wasn’t laughing.
Cuban acknowledged the conflicts, calling them “dust” and likening them to the clash between team members for the 2011 NBA title, Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry.
Can this Mavs marriage be saved in the same way? Can another member of this championship squad save it?
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We’ve broken down in detail the ways Porzingis can be treated and a 12-step system that would send him on the hunt for talent and some extra ceiling space. This may be the final answer. (And yes, hunt the “big fish” here, starting with rowdy and hapless Blazers star Damian Lillard.)
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Rather than throwing Porzingis away for less than his optimum value (when he’s healthy, happy, and productive), what if he could be salvaged? It should be part of Harrison’s job and Kidd’s job. But Barea, who told DallasBasketball.com last week that he wanted to join the Mavs and has now met Kidd about it, is uniquely qualified to potentially unite the two conflicting teammates.
Barea was the first Mav to befriend the Spanish Doncic when the child came to town. And guess who was the first Mav to befriend the Spanish Porzingis when he got here?
JJB’s understanding of the delicate chemistry of this team’s locker room has been missed this year, and perhaps his absence is the reason the chemistry has gone bad.
So how do the Mavericks seek to erase the animosity that exists between Doncic and Porzingis? They should start by asking Barea what to do. And maybe by hiring him to do it.