HoopsHype Dirk Nowitzki rumors

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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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Dirk Nowitzki said that Monta Ellis’ left knee sprain was scary to everybody who saw it happen last week. “When he went down, I think everybody was really depressed that whole day, thinking our season is kind of swimming away,” Nowitzki said. “It looked ugly. He was down for a while. He had to get carried off. That was bad news. I thought our season might take a hit. “And then in the afternoon, he texted me and said, ‘It’s all good.’ So that was a huge sigh of relief. I thought he’d still be out for a few weeks, then next thing you know, the other day he was going full-contact practice. He’s just a warrior.” Dallas Morning News

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The length of the season? Nowitzki and James would be all for shortening it significantly, although they realize that business realities make that extremely unlikely. "I think you don't need 82 games to determine the best eight in each conference," Nowitzki said Wednesday. "That could be done a lot quicker, but I always understand that it's about money, and every missed game means missed money for both parties, for the league, for the owners, for the players. I understand all that, and that's why I don't think it's going to change anytime soon." ESPN.com

"No. It's not the minutes, it's the games," James said. "The minutes doesn't mean anything. We can play 50-minute games if we had to. It's just the games. We all as players think it's too many games. In our season, 82 games is a lot. But it's not the minutes. Taking away minutes from the game is not going to shorten the game at all. "Once you go out and play on the floor, it don't matter if you play 22 minutes -- like I may be playing tonight -- or you're playing 40 minutes," James added. "Once you play, it takes a toll on your body. So it's not lessening the minutes, I think it's the games." ESPN.com

As far as Togashi goes, forward Dirk Nowitzki said: “I’ve never seen him play. I heard he was in the summer league and was really good, really fast. “Obviously, he’s really agile at that size. So we’ll see what he’s got.” Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki sees no need for the NBA to experiment with the length of games. The length of the season? Nowitzki would be all for shortening it significantly, although he realizes that business realities make that extremely unlikely. "I think you don't need 82 games to determine the best eight in each conference," Nowitzki said Wednesday. "That could be done a lot quicker, but I always understand that it's about money, and every missed game means missed money for both parties, for the league, for the owners, for the players. I understand all that and that's why I don't think it's going to change any time soon." ESPN.com

"Honestly, I never was a big fan of back-to-backs even when I was 20 years old," said Nowitzki, a 36-year-old entering his 17th NBA season. "I think that you should never have to play at the highest level there is two consecutive nights and flying in between. You obviously make it work. We have the best athletes in the world, we feel, but I think it hurts the product some. Last year, some teams get here for the fourth game in five nights and we've been sitting here on rest and just blow them out. ESPN.com

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Turning 36 years old this summer, however, Nowitzki says he looked for ways to add to his overall game this offseason. He will now attempt to unleash a new attack upon the league this season. “I want to expand a little bit on the block,” Nowitzki said last week while the Mavs kicked off the start of their training camp. “There might be some situations where I have to shoot it, but I don’t want to rely on the fadeaway all the time. Sometimes you have to go middle and make a strong move there or get fouled or swing a little hook, I think. You know, I’ve just got to mix it up a little more than just a right-shoulder fadeaway all the time.” Connecting on 49.7 percent from the field, 39.8 percent from three-point range and 89.9 percent at the free-throw line in ’13-14, Nowitzki finished just shy of another 50-40-90 season. Still, he feels like he can be even more efficient this season while playing alongside a retooled supporting cast thanks to the Mavs’ additions of 25-year-old budding star Chandler Parsons and defensive catalyst Tyson Chandler. mavs.com

But, after relying heavily on his patented one-legged fadeaway throughout his career, what can the 7-footer add to his game to help the Mavericks see more success following a first-round playoff exit last season? How about the signature move of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA’s all-time leading scorer? “Well, you know, the skyhook is still a work in progress,” Nowitzki chuckled while also tipping his cap to Abdul-Jabbar. “I might keep that for Year 18 and still work on it. But you always try to be a little more efficient, so we’re working on the release and stuff, but I’m not really sure if that makes such a big difference.” mavs.com

Utilizing the skyhook, which opposing defenses never seemed to have an answer for, Abdul-Jabbar finished his career totaling 38,387 points. Nowitzki has already amassed 26,710 points in 16 seasons, currently sitting 10th on the league’s all-time scoring list. Still, while looking to add to his game, don’t be surprised if Nowitzki slowly begins to integrate the skyhook into his repertoire. “You know, the skyhook is a tough shot, especially if you have no move, if you don’t come out in rhythm and just turn around and shoot it. That’s why nobody is shooting it like Kareem,” Nowitzki explained. “I don’t know how he did it, but that shot is unbelievable. But out of the move it’s OK. Once I got a little running start, I can actually shoot it OK. The problem is with 36, I don’t get a lot of running starts anymore.” mavs.com

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