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May 11, 2015 Updates

Dirk Nowitzki tells KTCK-AM 1310 he wants to finish contract before retiring ... Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki joined KTCK-AM 1310 last Monday afternoon. Here are some highlights: On possibly retiring this offseason: Nowitzki: “No. I definitely want to fulfill my contract. I signed on for three years last summer and I’m not going to retire after the first year. If I commit to something, I commit to it fully. I’ve got two more years and hopefully make it count, make it good ones. Hopefully deep playoff runs, that’s what we wanted this year. We wanted homecourt advantage to set us up for a nice little run, we just weren’t consistent enough to really get there, so, we’ll see how the next few years play out.” Dallas Morning News

On if it’s crossed his mind at all: Nowitzki: “Some nights, it’s just not fun. Especially in an 82-game season, there’s just some nights where you just feel slow and things hurt a little bit. Still, I love to compete. I love the process of getting to the gym and working out and trying to get better. What’s harder sometimes is to motivate yourself in the summer. The summer workouts, and then go home with (shooting coach) Holger (Geschwindner) for four-five weeks of every day in the morning: lift, run, shoot. That sometimes is hard to get up with because when I’m here, there’s guys to work out with. Like just now, I’ve got Dwight Powell down there, we push each other, I talk a little crap to him and that’s fun. But in Germany, I work out by myself and then Holger comes at the end and we shoot. So that sometimes gets a little hard.” Dallas Morning News

May 7, 2015 Updates

Dirk Nowitzki on max contracts in the NBA: "In a way, I understand what the owners want to do. They want to keep it fair for everybody so the big-market teams...like in soccer. Every year it's the same big spenders spending hundreds of millions of Euros over there. It's the same teams always winning the league. I think it's a good approach to have the parity to let everybody have a chance, even though it still might be the same teams. You gotta work within some rules and I actually don't mind it. It's not like I think everyone made enough money, even the superstars. Now with the new CBA coming up in 2017 or whatever, they're already talking about the max money going up to over $30 million. I mean we make more than enough to start complaining...I can see both sides of it. But I don't want to get carried away here. I think the superstars make enough money in our league." Dallas Morning News

Dirk Nowitzki on the Shaun Livingston situation: "I'm not sure what he was doing. That's what I actually asked him after. What were you trying to go for there? Actually, I told him right after I might want one more kid, so ease up there. He was kind of like it was totally my fault. I'm not sure if he tried to reach through my legs to get the ball. That's a weird idea. He is smaller, and obviously I'm bigger, so I'm not sure if I had the ball low. I can't even remember how the whole play happened. But yeah, it was just an awkward play. Like I said, afterwards he doesn't have the reputation of that. He's a really good dude. Actually Devin [Harris] and some of the guys in our locker room know him and they right away said he didn't mean to do that. So that's what I rolled with." Dallas Morning News

May 6, 2015 Updates

Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki joined KTCK-AM 1310 on Monday afternoon. Here are some highlights: On if the team voted to not give Rajon Rondo a playoff share: "No, we actually didn't vote. It was just the guys who were there that day got a playoff share. What we usually do is give a lot of weight to the guys that work for you all season long; the locker room guys, the equipment guys, the trainers, the massage guys [or] whoever you feel helped you get through the season. We usually divide it up and then give them a lot of money. I think that got blown out of proportion. It's not like it was that much money. I don't think Rondo would have cared either way." Dallas Morning News

Dirk Nowitzki on if he ever played Connect Four with Rondo: "I did not, but I saw him get beat though. Before the game, one of his first games, one of the Mavs' employees brought a Connect Four over and it was just sitting there. I think Charlie V played him one time real quick. I walked by, it was before the game and everyone has their routines, and I walk by and Charlie put the last one in to beat him. So it was like a melee back there. They were yelling and screaming. And I was like, 'What's going on here? It's gameday. We have a game in less than an hour. That was huge for Charlie. He let Rondo hear that for the next couple of weeks for sure." Dallas Morning News

On the documentary about him: "I liked it. I wasn't quite sure where they were going with it at the beginning. I thought it was very Holger-strong just telling his story and how he came to basketball. Which he deserves. Without him, I probably wouldn't be here. But then it kind of caught the curve a little bit, then the fun thing with the free throws...I thought it was fun. It was a fun little flick and not as boring as you would think." Dallas Morning News

May 5, 2015 Updates

On keeping up with all of his milestones: Nowitzki: “Actually, (10K rebounds) was a big one for me because when I first got in the league, I wouldn’t say I was a very good rebounder, so over the years I think I developed into a decent rebounder. So the 10K meant a lot to me, to be in the 25K (points) and 10K (rebounds) club is pretty special for me. But all these milestones are unbelievable once I retire and look back at it, so I’m going to keep piling up a few more over the next couple years and then slowly fade away.” Dallas Morning News

On how much Nike gear he’s accumulated over the years: Nowitzki: “What I do is, you can order these days. When you represent Nike, you can’t always wear the older stuff. You can’t walk in and wear clothes from five-six years ago. So what I do is, some older stuff, once in a while I pack some bags and take it to Germany with me. I’ve got a bunch of guy friends that I grew up with that play basketball that are also 6-11, 6-10, 7-feet. And they usually clean me out. They can have everything, old shirts, old sweaters, sweatsuits and everything, shorts, shoes." Dallas Morning News

April 29, 2015 Updates

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