Doncic: “Spanoulis was my idol that’s why I wear No. 7”

2021-07-01T01:23:10+00:00 2021-07-01T08:26:50+00:00.

Aris Barkas

01/Jul/21 01:23

The Slovenian phenomenon talked about his former captain from Real Madrid Felipe Reyes, and his idol Vassilis Spanoulis who recently retired

By Eurohoops team/

Luka Doncic had a spectacular return to action with his national team in the Olympic Qualifiers in Lithuania, however, his return to Europe was accompanied by a homage to two European legends that recently retired, his former captain from Real Madrid Felipe Reyes, and his idol Vassilis Spanoulis.

Doncic has already made his feelings known via social media, however, he elaborated further on both cases in the press conference after the game against Angola.

As he said: “Obviously, Felipe Reyes was my teammate, and he taught me well. He was the veteran over there, and he won almost everything. He was a really big time for my career. Spanoulis was my idol since I was little. I was watching him. It was kind of sad seeing him retiring. That’s why I wear No 7. I mean, I couldn’t wear No 7, cause it was already taken, so I took 77. He was really, really big time for me”.

And speaking about legends, Doncic also talked about former teammate and Eurobasket champion Goran Dragic who was present as a spectator in Lithuania:  “Obviously, I wish he was playing with us. He was the guy at EuroBasket 2017. It’s great that he came all the way here to support us. It means a lot, not just for me, but the whole federation.”

Doncic was also asked if he expected NBA star treatment from the referees and he replied with a smile:  “I don’t really get calls in the NBA. I don’t think so. Players have to be calm because officiating is a very hard job. We have to be more patient”.