In a recent postgame interview, Luka Doncic, the Dallas Mavericks’ star, inadvertently dropped an expletive while praising his rookie teammate, Dereck Lively II, for his outstanding performance in the season opener against the Spurs.

Doncic, known for his charismatic demeanor, quickly apologized for the slip, attributing it to cultural differences.

Impressed by Lively’s contribution of 16 points and 10 rebounds in just 31 minutes, Doncic couldn’t contain his enthusiasm, stating, “He played f*cking amazing… sorry, sorry,” followed by a sheepish grin. “I’m tired.”

In a playful attempt to downplay the incident, Doncic highlighted the linguistic nuances of his home country, sharing, “I didn’t say that,” he smiled during postgame press conference. “In Slovenia, it’s not cussing, really. We say these words for good morning.”