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Mavs part ways with controversial analytics director

Mavs part ways with controversial analytics director

CHANGES. Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks look to adjust to the many off-season team movements.

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Mavericks megastar Luka Doncic reportedly dislikes Bob Voulgaris, the analytics director who has a reputation for criticizing coaches' strategies

The Dallas Mavericks parted ways with their controversial analytics director and former professional gambler Haralabos “Bob” Voulgaris on Thursday, September 23.

Voulgaris’ contract had expired and was not renewed by new general manager Nico Harrison.

Voulgaris, hired in 2018 to be the team’s director of quantitative research and development, confirmed the move on Twitter, adding that he wanted out of his contract before Thursday but was denied.

Voulgaris became a lightning rod of controversy over the summer when head coach Rick Carlisle resigned one day after the Mavs fired longtime general manager Donnie Nelson. Reports surfaced that Nelson was rankled by the ever-growing influence of Voulgaris.

Further, megastar Luka Doncic also reportedly disliked Voulgaris.

Voulgaris built a reputation for his expertise on – and criticisms of – coaches’ strategies and referees’ individual tendencies. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban wanted Voulgaris to bring a new big-picture analysis to court strategy. –