Cuban: NBA would be better if American kids trained in Slovenia

Luka Doncic is making a huge impression on Warriors coach Steve Kerr

Slovenia, not the United States, would be a better place for American kids to cut their teeth on the game of basketball, at least according to Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.

In an interview with Eurohoops, the outspoken Cuban says youngsters in Europe are raised in the game learning and focusing on fundamentals, “while our guys learn how to taunt and put together mixtapes.”

The stellar play of Mavs rookie Luka Doncic has only served to deepen Cuban’s feelings on the subject. The Slovenian rookie put up a career-high 32 points in a 125-121 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night at Staples Center.

“He’s calm. He lets the game come to him,” Cuban told George Efkarpides of Eurohoops in regard to what has impressed him most about Doncic. “The moment’s never too big for him. You never see that in a rookie. Ever.”

The fact Doncic was raised playing the game in basketball-crazed Slovenia has been a big advantage for Doncic, according to Cuban.

“It is important because you’re used to people being older than you but I think he just learned how to play basketball and that’s the biggest gift,” he said. “When you’re gifted as he is and you actually learn to play the game. If you look at the basketball education of kids starting at 11-years old in Europe and particularly Slovenia which is basketball-oriented.

“If we took our best kids and seven years before they are McDonald’s All-American, we sent them over to Slovenia to get an education, the league would be a thousand times better. They just learn how to play basketball while our guys learn how to taunt and put together mixtapes.”