But with the Mavs eager to retool this summer in order to build a championship contender, Nowitzki says he’s ready to work with team owner Mark Cuban and president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson to help with the reconstruction of the roster. “You know, if you go on with a team like I have for so long, if that’s what it takes, I guess that’s what it takes. I did that decision last summer when I decided to sign on,” Nowitzki explained after completing the first season of a reported two-year deal worth $50 million. “I obviously knew there was a possibility (of rebuilding), and at the end of the day I just can’t imagine myself in a different uniform, so that’s why I made that decision. Whatever comes, if we’re rebuilding, then I’m the face of that. If we’re (competing) for a championship, then I’m here for that.”
December 14, 2017 | 5:22 pm EST Update
Josh Robbins: The Magic have listed Arron Afflalo (back spasms), Aaron Gordon (concussion) and Jonathan Isaac (ankle) as questionable for Friday night’s game against the Trail Blazers. Evan Fournier (ankle) and Terrence Ross (knee) are listed as out.
Scott Agness: Glenn Robinson III (left ankle rehab) was cleared last week to shoot/run/jump, and says he had to learn how to walk again. No timetable to return. #overlydedicated
The kid, Andrew, asked LeBron if he could dunk on Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball for him. The Cavs star of course couldn’t say not to that. LeBron laughed and told Andrew, “I got you.”
Turner Sports says its “Inside the NBA” studio team will call a Christmas night game in Los Angeles along with its other usual duties. Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal, Kenny Smith and Ernie Johnson will be at Staples Center for the Lakers’ game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. They will call the nightcap of the league’s five-game holiday schedule in addition to their regular pregame, halftime and postgame coverage.
Per Liz Mullen of SBJ, the National Basketball Players Association has hired former NBA player, union president and ESPN broadcaster Antonio Davis to lead a program intended to help prepare players for life after basketball – “Off the Court.” So far, he is the only person working for the program and his title is to be determined. He will report directly to NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts.