The Slovenian basketball star Luka Dončić recovered from his ankle injury and managed to debut at the All-Star weekend in Chicago, the second youngest player to appear in an such a game, after LeBron James’ debut in 2005
Dončić first appeared in the Friday Rising Star game as the captain of Team World against Team USA, led by Trae Young. The game ended with a score 151:131 for Team USA. Since Young and Dončić were traded between Atlanta and Dallas in the 2018 draft, the two have been a subject of constant comparisons assessing which team gained more from the swap.
This is perhaps why one of the most memorable and widely shared moments from the match on social media comes from the reaction the two had on Dončić’s successful throw from mid-field in the last seconds of the first half.
Despite the fact that in 2018 neither Dončić and Young were actually the first and second picks, but rather the third and fifth, they are both doing very well and played as All-Star starters in Sunday's final match between Team LeBron and Team Giannis.
The fourth quarter of the game was very intense but unfortunately Luka didn't play in it. This year's rules, in memory of a recently diseased Kobe Bryant, stipulated that the last quarter be played when either of the teams reached the sum of the leading team's score by the end of third quarter plus 24 points, with 24 being the number on Bryant's jersey. The final result was 157:155 for Team LeBron; of these Dončić scored 8 points and contributed four passes.
Over the weekend Dončić also met President Obama and Michael Jordan. Of the latter he said: "I was too nervous. I forgot to ask for a picture."