"I mean there's a lot of feelings you know," Doncic said. "You represent your country, you basically give up your summer to play for your country, you know. I respect everybody that does that.
"It's really hard. At some point you have to go to practice but you want to be on a beach somewhere, but I always enjoy every moment playing for my national team."
The Slovenian team was knocked out in the quarterfinals of EuroBasket 2022 by Poland, losing the game 90-87. However, they finished first in their group, Group B, and won 4 matches during the group stage.
Predicting Dallas Mavericks lineups with Luka Doncic, Christian Wood
Dinwiddie's shooting in Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Phoenix Suns was essential to their win. He scored 30 points on 5-7 from 3-point range. He shot 51.6% from three-point range in that series, on 4.2 attempts a game.
The Mavs lost Jalen Brunson, their second-highest scorer in the playoffs, to the New York Knicks in free agency. However, the Mavericks are well-suited to make a deep playoff run again.
The starting lineup will likely include Luka Doncic and Spencer Dinwiddie in the backcourt. The frontcourt could consist of Reggie Bullock, Dorian Finney-Smith and JaVale McGee.
However, Christian Wood will likely start for this team. At six-foot-ten, Wood is traditionally a power forward but has played at the center position for the last two seasons.
The sheer amount of spacing on this roster opens up exciting opportunities for Luka Doncic. A potential small-ball lineup with Christian Wood at center would result in four extremely potent catch-and-shoot threats.