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“I don’t get really calls in the NBA”: Luka Doncic compares officiating at FIBA tournaments to how the Mavericks star is being reffed against NBA playoff defenses

Amulya Shekhar

"I don't get really calls in the NBA": Luka Doncic compares officiating at FIBA tournaments to how the Mavericks star is being reffed against NBA playoff defenses

Luka Doncic is one of the most tricky offensive players to officiate in the NBA. It’s understandable that he thinks he doesn’t get enough calls.

Luka has been one of the top 5 players in the NBA over the past 2 years. You can dispute that claim if you like, but All-NBA selections will prove you wrong. This man has been putting Dallas on his back with little playoff success to show for it.

In doing so, he’s already created a faction of basketball fans who’ll undermine everything he does. Luka’s foul-hunting style of play on certain occasions has definitely not helped matters.

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Many NBA superstars have complained incessantly about the quality of officiating. Some of them think that the league has become too soft. The others in that category lament how they get a rough deal from the referees.

Luka Doncic says NBA referees don’t give him the calls he deserves

The Slovenian is back in his national team colors ahead of the Olympics tournament at Tokyo. Slovenia are attempting to seal an automatic qualification berth, and they got off to a good start in their hunt.

The reigning FIBA EuroBasket champions put on a clinic at both ends of the floor. Luka Doncic was in his element as well, stuffing the stat sheet with 13 points, 9 assists, 6 rebounds, and 5 steals in just 17 minutes.

There’s a very obvious difference in the way FIBA referees officiate foul calls in international competition. Luka was asked about this, and he responded with a response that will have many NBA fans fuming.

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Those who’ve been watching the Mavs all season long will know for a fact that Luka’s correct. Does Doncic embellish the contact sometimes and bait his defenders into fouling him? Yes. But he’s also being fouled more than the number of calls he’s getting.

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Amulya Shekhar

Amulya Shekhar


Amulya Shekhar is a sports junkie who thrives on the thrills and frills of live sports action across basketball, football (the American variant works too), parkour, adventure sports. He believes sports connect us to our best selves, and he hopes to help people experience sports more holistically.

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