Luka Doncic is celebrating a new chapter in his life as he becomes a father. The Dallas Mavericks will miss him in the game against the Memphis Grizzlies, but fans understand the joyous reason for his absence.
Doncic and his fiancée, Anamaria Goltes, announced the arrival of their first child, a daughter named Gabriela.
The couple has a longstanding connection, dating back to when the Slovenian basketball star was just 12 years old. They got engaged on July 7, a date that holds special significance as it mirrors Doncic’s jersey number, 77.
Currently in his sixth NBA season, Doncic remains a leading contender for the MVP award. He is posting impressive averages of 31.1 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists this season.
This year, Doncic is playing a full season alongside fellow star guard Kyrie Irving. The Mavericks traded for Irving near the deadline last year, although they fell short of making the playoffs after the significant move.
While Doncic enjoys this momentous personal milestone, the Mavericks will strive to secure a victory against the Grizzlies, who will be without their star point guard, Ja Morant, due to suspension. Morant will be eligible to return on December 19 in a nationally televised game against the New Orleans Pelicans.
With the arrival of his daughter, some may anticipate Doncic to harness the legendary “dad strength” on the court, making his presence even more formidable.