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Mina Kimes joins The Woj Pod to discuss her newly released and remarkable ESPN The Magazine story on European teenage basketball sensation Luka Doncic, who could be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. Mina talks about her time reporting the story on Doncic in Spain, including her conversations with NBA stars Goran Dragic and Kristaps Porzingis about him. Mina and Woj go in-depth on a teenage prodigy still largely shrouded in mystery to NBA fans.
1:17: Kimes’ story on potential No. 1 pick Luka Doncic.
3:08: Doncic dominating the EuroLeague at a very young age.
5:00: Doncic’s maturity on the court while simultaneously being a regular teenager.
6:37: Doncic being sheltered by Real Madrid’s culture.
9:25: His standout performance in Euro Basket and not deferring to Goran Dragic.
13:55: Doncic’s awareness of the stereotypes of European players.
17:38: The competition in the EuroLeague being higher than in the NCAA.
18:36: The similarities between Doncic coming to the NBA and Shohei Ohtani coming to MLB.
20:48: Doncic having star qualities in his game and personality.
23:47: Kimes’ career path helping her write profiles.
26:47: The questions that exist around Doncic’s game entering the NBA.
28:51: Doncic entering the NBA in what will likely be Dirk Nowitzki’s last season.