Luka Doncic’s dominance is emphasized by John Salley when he outlines the fear Doncic brings to court as much as Larry Bird’s fear.
John Salley says Luka Doncic is as scared of the tournament as Larry Bird was
John Salley, a four-time NBA champion in 11 seasons, compared Dallas Mavericks keeper Luka Doncic to legendary Boston Celtics forward Larry Bird:
“I was scared to fight Luka. Personally, I’m telling you, that’s how good he is. … He’s this much shorter than Larry Bird, or maybe a lot, but Larry Bird will scare me and everyone else just like Luka. ”
As the first player in history to win three championships with three separate franchises, Salley knows what it means to be a winner and plays among them. With his experience playing against Bird, Salley is well aware of the threat Bird poses to the league.
After dominating the Phoenix Suns in a 33-point win in Game 7 (123-90 on Sunday), Doncic has become a player in the public eye. The young Mavericks star rarely fails to show off a big spot; sometimes it just comes to his team not being there. But playing the way he did after everything Devin Booker and Chris Paul went through is admirable.
In particular, consider that Luka doesn’t have much help from the veterans on his team. The man is doing most of this entirely alone, and with the help of a trainer of course, but he is said to be running on the floor pretty much like Bird.
Salley on the Mavericks playoffs:
“I think they’ll make it to the Finals (NBA).”
Doncic pulls the defense out, pulls the formation on both sides and forces the opponent to make decisions they are not comfortable with. He can shoot from virtually anywhere at anyone in front of him and is consistently striding in every second of the clutch.
These attributes are thought to be close to that of the Great Bird. Hopefully for Doncic’s sake, Larry Bird’s attitude can make the same waves for him as it did for Bird himself. A three-time champion and two-time NBA Finals MVP, Bird’s career is well decorated. Luka is likely on his way to his first championship of the year and starts scoring like Larry did.
Hopefully for Dallas, Doncic can continue his clutch stride as the Mavs prepare to face a tough Golden State Warriors team. With the Warriors as a more complete and arguably more aggressive squad, Doncic will have to be the scariest version of himself.
Game 1 takes place Wednesday night in San Francisco.
https://www.sportskeeda.com/basketball/news-larry-bird-put-fear-everyone-else-john-salley-compares-3-time-all-star-larry-bird-says-scared-go?utm_source=feed&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=sportskeeda “Larry Bird would put fear in me and everyone else”