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Trainer: Luka Doncic ‘not in the best shape,’ but ‘improving every day’

Luke Doncic was presumably doing their very best to remain in game shape as the league languished for months in an indefinite hiatus caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The same can be said for most NBA players.

According to the Dallas Mavericks star’s trainer, however, Doncic is not currently in peak physical form despite his best efforts.

Jure Drakslar, Doncic’s trainer, recently revealed to Russian news outlet RIA Novosti that his client is “not in the best shape” amid the NBA’s plans to resume play on July 31 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla.

“We have been working together for the last three weeks. Luka was previously in quarantine and trained individually at home,” Drakslar said, via (by way of Bleacher Report). The last three weeks we have been working hard to prepare him for the resumption of the NBA season. … Most players struggled to stay in shape. Doncic is no exception. We understand his role in Dallas. Luka is improving every day. He puts in a lot of effort. He has completely dedicated himself to be ready.”

While there’s certainly no cause for alarm, the notion that Doncic isn’t quite where his trainer wants him to be is a slight cause for concern. That being said, plenty of time remains for Doncic to get into game shape.

Before the 22 teams eligible to resume play descend upon Orlando, those squads are expected to begin training at team facilities at some point in early July. Full training camps in Orlando will follow later in the month before the tentatively scheduled July 31 restart date.

The Mavericks — currently slotted as the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference — will obviously go as far in postseason play as Doncic can take them.

When play was halted in March, the triple-double machine was in the MVP mix, averaging 28.7 points, 9.3 rebounds and 8.7 assists per game. There’s no doubt that Doncic, like every other player, will need to knock off some rust when play resumes. There’s no reason to believe the reigning NBA Rookie of the Year won’t be ready for the challenge.