Luka Doncic on Edy Tavares Says He is Looking Forward to ‘Special’ Matchup

Luka Doncic on Edy Tavares Says He is Looking Forward to 'Special' Matchup

The star player of the Mavericks Luka Doncic on Edy Tavares eagerly anticipates a remarkable showdown against his former teammate Edy Tavares as they prepare to compete in the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

When Luka Doncic and the Slovenian team confront Cape Verde at the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup, it will mark the first instance of his facing his ex-comrade from Real Madrid, Edy Tavares. This presents a thrilling opportunity that the standout from the Dallas Mavericks is enthusiastic about.

Luka Doncic on Edy Tavares Describing Edy, Doncic remarked, “Above all, Edy is a wonderful guy, A really exceptional person. We spent a lot of time together. He has improved a lot as a player. He has become a really great basketball player, I think the one with the biggest impact on the game at the moment out of everyone in the EuroLeague.”

During the 2017-18 season, Tavares, who continues to represent Real Madrid, was Doncic’s teammate before the Slovenian phenom declared for the NBA Draft. Doncic playfully mentioned that Tavares has never blocked his shot so far, but the upcoming match between Slovenia and Cape Verde on Wednesday offers him the chance to attempt.

“I haven’t played against him yet,” noted Doncic. “He will be difficult, but I’m looking forward to it. I told him that he’s never blocked me before, but maybe now he’ll have a chance.”

For Tavares, the prospect of defending against Doncic requires no explanation. Among all players in the initial games of the World Cup, he boasts the highest average points per game (35.5). His stature has posed significant difficulties for guards, and he has managed to outmaneuver larger opponents while showcasing his exceptional scoring and passing abilities.

Having been on the receiving end of his former teammate’s incredible playmaking prowess, Tavares recognizes the importance of staying vigilant and prepared for any eventuality.

“I’m going to try to do my best to be ready, to be aggressive, to be aware for anything he does,” Tavares commented on his match against Doncic. “I’m going try to do my best to stop him. It’s not going to be easy, but we must be ready for everything because he has so much talent on offense that you don’t know where it’s going to come from, but we have to stay focused in general.”

Another opportunity for Doncic and Tavares to compete against each other is on the horizon. The Mavericks are scheduled to engage in an exhibition game against Real Madrid in Spain on October 10th.


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