HoopsHype Dirk Nowitzki rumors

November 21, 2014 Updates

Cuban tells Goldberg he talks to his players during games: "I've said things to rookies. I'm like, 'Get your ass in the game'" And: "What the (expletive) are you doin' talking about this (expletive) where we're playin'?" Says Dirk Nowitzki: "He'll say, 'Hey Dirk,' I think this guy, you know, he's goin' to the right on you. He's playing the left.' He gives us little tips." Nowitzki, by the way, has no tips for TV star Cuban. He says he has never watched Shark Tank. "He thinks he's a rock star and an entertainer, which he's not," Nowitzki says with a laugh. Dallas Morning News

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Olajuwon finished his illustrious 18-year career in 2002 with 26,946 points. Nowitzki, now in his 17th season, has 26,930 points. That’s a lot of baskets for a player who couldn’t find one that dreadful day in Seattle, and who was basically unheard of before he was chosen out of Germany with the ninth overall pick in the 1998 NBA Draft. “What I like about Dirk is he came in without a lot of expectations, besides [then-Mavs coach Don Nelson] putting the pressure on him to be the Rookie of the Year,” Finley said. “But he worked himself up to superstar status. “A lot of these guys come in from college and already are, quote unquote, put in a superstar category without doing anything. Dirk did it the hard way. He worked himself up and now he’s one of the best ever to play the game.” Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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Would Carlisle consider resting Dirk Nowitzki, Tyson Chandler or any of his other 30-something players? “It’s possible,” he said. “We did a strategic rest thing once or twice last year. We did it more frequently when [Jason] Kidd was here and he was 38, 39. We’re keeping an eye on all that. When it’s appropriate, we’ll certainly do it and we’ll certainly consider it.” Dallas Morning News

Nowitzki considers Stotts a close friend. That doesn’t mean he’s not above giving him a ribbing. “He knows our team well, and he basically stole all our plays,” Nowitzki said. “We were going through the scouting report and I was like, we’re going against our own plays. He took our whole playbook here to Portland. But I get along with him great and I wish him nothing but the best.” Dallas Morning News

Before the question was even asked in its entirety, Dirk Nowitzki was ready to tap the brakes. The subject was Portland star and Seagoville product LaMarcus Aldridge and the possibility that Nowitzki and other Maverick players might want to start their sales pitches to Aldridge as soon as possible. The 6-11 power forward will be one of the NBA’s most attractive free agents in the summer of 2015. “Ease up on that,” he said. Dallas Morning News

OK, admittedly, Game No. 5 is a little early to breaking out the speculation for free agents of next summer. Having said that, Nowitzki made it clear that teaming up with Aldridge would be something compelling to him, even though they play the same position. And yes, even though Aldridge has stated his desire to return to Portland and cement himself as the greatest Blazer of all time. “I think I’ve showed in my career that I can play with anybody in this league,” Nowitzki said, clearly warming up to the idea. “In some situations, he’s playing the five [center] when they go small, so …” Dallas Morning News

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The Mavericks have gotten great feedback on their Run DMC video that debuted Thursday at the home opener. “It’s viral,” Cuban said. “Even the original Run DMC tweeted about it. Chandler was good in it. It was fun. And we got more stuff coming, a lot more.” The video features Dirk Nowitzki, Chandler Parsons and Monta Ellis rapping about the Mavericks. Dallas Morning News

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The Los Angeles Lakers announced Thursday that Nash, whose chronic back issues date to his days playing with Nowitzki on the Dallas Mavericks more than a decade ago, would sit out what would have been the 19th season of his NBA career. "I texted him actually that I was proud of him and I was proud to be his teammate," Nowitzki told ESPNDallas.com on Sunday. "We had an unbelievable run. "I told him that if you would have told me a 6-foot white guy from Canada was going to be back-to-back MVPs, I would have said you're absolutely nuts. He had an unbelievable ride. ESPN.com

"I mean, if you consider where he came from and his lack of athleticism, he's got to be one of the greatest," said Nowitzki, who won a championship with Jason Kidd as his point guard seven seasons after Nash left. "If you look at Magic [Johnson] and J. Kidd, they were big, they were physical, they were athletic, and he did it all with quickness and smarts. He's going to go down as one of the greatest shooters -- even though, it was funny -- he never really looked to shoot that much. But when he did, he was deadly. We always told him, 'We want you to shoot more because you're so good at it.' ESPN.com

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The league's GMs voted Aldridge the best power forward in the league, along with the Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin. Aldridge and Griffin both got 25 percent of the vote in by far the tightest race among the five positions. Aldridge finished fourth in the category the last three seasons. Last year, Aldridge got 6.9 percent of the vote, with Tim Duncan finishing No. 1 at 31 percent. In 2012, he got 10 percent of the vote, which was topped by Love at 30 percent. In 2011, Aldridge got 10.7 percent, with Dirk Nowitzki finishing No. 1 at 41.1 percent. Oregonian

NBA stars LeBron James and Dirk Nowitzki reacted to the league's decision to schedule a 44-minute game saying it's the regular season, not the games, that should be shortened. Is that a widespread opinion among players? We asked 28 NBAers to find out. Result: They are split on the debate with 42.9 percent saying regular season should stay at its usual 82 games and 57.1 suggesting that's too much. HoopsHype

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