Luka with her mother
Mirjam Poterbin is the mother and supporter of Dallas Marvericks superstar Luka Doncic. But the woman not only attracts attention for the unconditional support that she gives her son to shine in the sport, but also for his beauty and “eternal youth”.
In fact, on the night of Draft 2018 (in which the Slovenian athlete managed to be one of the first three chosen) many confused Poterbin thinking that he was his girlfriend or perhaps his sister.
The woman who is currently 46 years old and left everything to accompany her son in his beginnings as a professional player, has been a model and a dancer, and that explains her slender figure.
Mirjam grew up in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Dancing lover since she was little, she studied in an academy and became world champion of her modality together with her youth team. But since she knew it would be difficult to live from that, she also studied hairdressing and aesthetics, following in her mother’s footsteps.
As a model she reached the final of Miss Slovenia in 1993, at just 19 years old. While doing a few odd jobs as a model she also studied business management and set up several beauty centers there. At that time she met basketball player Sasha Doncic, Luka’s father, whom she married in 1999 and divorced in 2008, taking custody of her little boy when he was 9 years old.
What makes the mother-child relationship so special is the independence she gives the young man and the encouragement to pursue his dreams. At age 13, Luka moved to Madrid, Spain, to play for the Real Madrid basketball club.
She had to stay in Slovenia to continue her business, but she traveled to Spain every other weekend to see her son. In an interview for EuroHoops, he recalled that time: “It was the hardest decision I have had to make in my life. It was not easy, that he left his home at age 13, alone, without family, without friends, to a city in that he didn’t know anybody. Almost nobody spoke English and it was very hard for him. “