This magnificent woman is Mirjam Poterbin; she is the beautiful and proud mother of Slovenian basketball player Luka Doncic. While we previously told you about Anamaria Goltes, who might or might not still be dating Luka, Mirjam is, without a doubt, his #1 Girl!
Luka Doncic was born on February 28, 1999, in Ljubljana, Slovenia, where he started playing basketball and football; however, after growing too tall decided to quit football and stuck to basketball. His mother once talked about that time.
“I think that Luka was born with it. Ever since he started walking, he played with a ball in his hands when he was one year old. He was doing all types of sports. He liked soccer a lot but was too tall to play. As I said, I think that Luka was born to play basketball.”
Lua started training in primary school, and not always the kids on the opposite team were his age; Luka liked a challenge, so he played against bigger kids.
“I was always training and playing with older kids who had much more experience than me. Many of them were bigger and faster than me too, so I had to beat them with my brain.”
By the time he was eight, Luke was invited to practice with the children of his age at his father’s basketball club Union Olimpija, at first he trained with boys his age, but after a few minutes later into training, they put him with the older kids. Eventually, they assigned him to Olimpija’s under-14 team.
Luka was 12 when he signed a five-year contract with Real Madrid in September 2012. In his rookie season with Real Madrid, Luke averaged 1.6 points and 1.2 rebounds in 4.8 minutes per game. Averaged 4.5 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 1.7 assists the following season. The moved to Spain wasn’t easy for his mom Mirjam.
“Of course it was difficult. It was the toughest decision I had to make in my life and Luka’s life. It was not easy, as he (Luka) left home at 13 years of age, alone, without family, without friends, to go to a city where he didn’t know anyone. Almost nobody was speaking English and so it was really tough on him. Sometimes I realize this and I say, ‘Oh my God, thank God he got past this period. It’s over.”
She moved to Madrid a couple of years later.
I moved to Madrid two years ago because he needed the support, the help, so I would say that my life changed a little bit because of this, but not too much. I’m here with my son and this is what’s most important to me. I can help him in any way, and that’s what matters.”
In the seasons that followed, Doncic averaged 7.5 points, 4.4 rebounds in 19.8 minutes per game, and 3.0 assists in 42 games during the 2016-2017 season and 12.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 4.7 assists per game during his final season with Real Madrid.
Luka Doncic Height & Position
Luka Doncic’s height is 6’7 or 2.01 m; his weight is 104 kg./ 230 lbs. The position he plays is mostly a guard, but he has also excelled as a small forward.
“We call him wunderkind,” former Slovenian and current Phoenix Suns head coach Igor Kokoskov said. “He’s an upcoming, rising star. Luka is a very talented player. His ability to pass, that’s the hardest part of the game, the most difficult part to teach. To be a good passer you have to understand the game. It’s basketball IQ. He’s really unique and special at that age to understand the game well and to be a team player. He’s not necessarily playing point guard but he’s a playmaker who makes everybody else better on the court.”
Luka Doncic Stats
Drafted in the first draft during the 2018 NBA draft, Luka was first selected by the Atlanta Hawks in the first round (3rd overall) in the 2018 NBA draft in exchange for Trae Young‘s rights.
“At one point, we thought there might be a slight chance Dončić could fall to us, but a couple of days ago it was pretty clear that there was no way that was going to happen. He’s just too good. We get a guy we think is franchise foundation piece.” Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle said.
In his first season with the Dallas Mavericks, Doncic averaged 21.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 6.0 assists per game. During the 2019-2020 season, 28.8 points, 9.4 rebounds, and 8.8 assists per game.
Luka Doncic Salary & Net Worth
Luka Doncic’s net worth has been estimated at $5 million. He has an annual salary of $$7,431,120 million; he also has a lucrative endorsement with Air Jordan, which he signed in December 2019. Luka initially signed a contract with the Dallas Mavericks on July 9, 2018, after getting him from the Atlanta Hawks.
Luka Doncic Parents
Mirjam Poterbin, a former dancer, model, and hurdler, welcomed her son Luka on February 28, 1999, with her former partner Sasa Doncic, a former Slovenian basketball player coach for the Slovenian basketball league Ilirija.
Luka Doncic father Sasa Doncic
Luka Doncic’s 6’7 father, Sasa Doncic, was born on June 14, 1974, in Sempeter pri Gorici, Slovenia. Sasa, a former small guard and shooting guard started his career with Ilirija in 1993; he later played for Postojna from 1994 to 1995, and from 1995 to 1996, he played with Idrija. From 1996 to 1996, Sasa played with Pivovarna Lasko and with Loka Kava a year later.
He subsequently played with Krka before returning to Loka Kava in 2001. He also played with Sloga Telekom Srbija, Alm Evreux, and Slovan between 2001 and 2006; he retired in 2010 after spending a season with Avantguard Radovljica, the same team he started coaching late in 2010.
In 2012, he coached Skofja Loka snd was an assistant for the Slovenia B team in 2015; He spent his first coaching sting with Ilirija in 2015, coached Sentjur in 2019, before returning to coach Ilirija in 2020.
Sasa Doncic and his ex-wife Mirjam Poterbin divorced in 2008.
Luka Doncic Mother Mirjam Pobertin
Mirjam, the daughter of Ljubljana hairdresser Milena & Anton Poterbin, was born on April 7, 1976, in Slovenia; she studied at the University of Ljubljana. Mirjam also competed in several beauty pageants in Slovenia, like Miss Slovenian Konjic in 1993 (runner-up), crowned Miss Skala in 1993, and Miss Slovenia in 1993.
She relocated to Madrid, Spain when he joined Real Madrid at the age of 13.
“It was the toughest decision I had to make in my life and Luka’s life. It was not easy, as he left home at 13 years of age, alone, without family, without friends, to go to a city where he didn’t know anyone. Almost nobody was speaking English and so it was really tough on him. Sometimes I realize this and I say, ‘Oh my God, thank God he got past this period. It’s over.”
In Madrid, she operated her beauty salon, Salon lepote las in kože ” MIRJAM,” which opened its doors in 2008 and where her lovely momma also works. She also owns LD7.
Mirjam is possibly dating ice cream business owner Boris Pozeg.
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