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Mavs star Doncic says thigh injury ‘better’

DALLAS Mavericks star Luka Doncic is close to getting 100 percent healthy as the NBA season nears. | TIM HEITMAN/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

LOS ANGELES (AFP) — Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic said Wednesday he’s still seeking a precise diagnosis for the thigh injury that has troubled him since March.

“It’s better, but we still have some appointments,” Doncic told reporters at the Mavs’ first practice of training camp, adding that as soon as he had a clear diagnosis he would share it.

The Slovenian star missed five games in March with what the team called a thigh strain.

During the recently concluded FIBA World Cup, where Slovenia was ousted in the quarter-finals by Canada, Doncic said it appeared to be an old injury that had flared up.

On Wednesday, neither the 24-year-old player nor veteran coach Jason Kidd seemed overly concerned, with the start of the regular season less than a month away.

“He’s probably not 100 percent,” Kidd said. “Anytime you play, it’s hard to be 100 percent. I think he looks great. His first day was great.

“And so the topic of getting him stronger, and getting him close to 100 percent before the first game is the goal.”

Kidd said he expected Doncic, entering his sixth NBA season, to participate in the two-a-day workouts he has scheduled for Thursday and Friday.

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