Former NBA star blames Luka Doncic-Kyrie Irving duos lack of leadership for Mavericks’ downfall saying “they’re missing a leader out there”

Tim Hardaway Sr., a Basketball Hall of Famer and father of Mavericks guard Tim Hardaway Jr., criticized Kyrie Irving and Luka Dončić for their lack of leadership skills during an appearance on The Carton Show.

Hardaway claimed that the Mavericks lacked a leader on the court and that Dončić and Irving were not leaders, but rather great scorers. He added that Jalen Brunson was a leader who showed by example, playing defense and following through on his words.

Hardaway’s opinion is noteworthy as he may have access to inside information about the team’s locker room dynamics through his son. The Mavericks traded Dorian Finney-Smith and Spencer Dinwiddie, along with an unprotected 2029 first-round pick and two future second-round picks, to the Brooklyn Nets for Irving during the deadline.

However, Dallas has struggled since the trade and is now out of the NBA’s play-in tournament.

Hardaway argued that the trade was unnecessary and that the Mavericks should have kept what they had, as they were in the fourth or fifth spot before the trade was made. Irving is an unrestricted free agent this summer and has not committed to staying in Dallas. He has left his previous three NBA organizations on bad terms.

While some have pointed to the offensive struggles of Dončić and Irving as reasons for the Mavericks’ struggles, Dončić believes that the team’s defensive issues have been the biggest problem. He said that the team’s lack of defensive cohesion has allowed anyone to score against them.

In summary, Tim Hardaway Sr. criticized Kyrie Irving and Luka Dončić for their lack of leadership skills and argued that the Mavericks’ trade for Irving was unnecessary. He also agreed with Dončić’s assessment that the team’s defensive struggles have been the main cause of their recent poor performance.

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Despite recent talks of chemistry issues between Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving since the latter’s trade to the Dallas Mavericks, Doncic refuted the idea, pointing out that the team’s problem lies on the defensive end. He explained that anyone can score against them, which was evident in their recent losses to the Charlotte Hornets despite Doncic and Irving’s combined 110 points.

The trade for Irving was meant to give Doncic some offensive help, which he needed as the team’s primary scorer, but it came at the cost of losing their best defensive player Dorian Finney-Smith. Unfortunately, the Mavericks haven’t been able to address their defensive struggles due to the lack of the right pieces.

Amir Khosru

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