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Luka Doncic is ready to kill his darlings

Much was made of Luka Doncic’s admiration for LeBron James when he entered the league last season. Cameras were there to capture Luka, waiting outside the Lakers’ locker room after a wild Mavericks 4th quarter comeback fell just short (with LeBron himself hitting the deciding free throw in the 113-114 Lakers’ win). He was there to retrieve a signed LeBron jersey. Why go get a jersey from someone who just beat you in a close game? Surely a professional athlete must have the kind of competitive drive that wouldn’t allow them to-

“I always wanted his jersey,” Doncic would say when asked about it afterwards.