Last season, Dennis Smith Jr. dragged a variety of his own kid-themed  backpacks around to every arena, a harmless rookie rite of passage the Mavs share with many NBA teams. But why the relaxed rules for Doncic, who now carries his only on the roadShooting Nike Air VaporMax Dames guard Wesley Matthews half-kiddingly accuses Barea of being "soft" Nike Air Max 270 Femme on Doncic, saying the Puerto Rican guard goes easy on the rookie who spent the previous six years in Spain because "they speak Spanish and listen to Bad Bunny together and all that stuff."But Barea figures Doncic has earned the special treatment due to his professional experience and production. "He's a different rookie," Barea says with a shrug. "He won't follow Nike Dunk Sky High Womens the rules to perfection, but he's cool about it."The 6-foot-8 Doncic possesses  a rare blend of size, skill and savvy, all essential elements in the Slovenian becoming the youngest Euroleague MVP ever while leading Real Madrid to a title as an 18-year-old last season. But it's the kid's combination of joy and Nike Internationalist Femme confidence that Nike Air Presto Herren awes his veteran teammates, who embrace the notion that Doncic has quickly become the (baby) face of the franchise.

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