HoopsHype Dirk Nowitzki rumors

February 16, 2014 Updates

Nowitzki adds, "It's part of the game changing. Now, every four has got to be able to move and shoot a little bit, put the ball on the deck. Back in the day it was a lot of back-downs, a lot of isolations, and I just think the game went away from that. It's a lot of pick-and-rolls now, you've got to be able to spread the floor, play full-court, up-and-down style." USA Today Sports

He’s averaging 21.7 points per game and shooting .492 from the field and .412 from 3-point range. He’s also is second in the league in free throw percentage at .910. He’s on the watch list for a possible 50-40-90 season — shooting 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from 3-point land and 90 percent from the free throw line, a rare accomplishment. One of Barkley’s sidekicks does acknowledge he wasn’t expecting this sort of season out of the best European player ever in the NBA. “I’m still surprised he has some of the explosive games that he has,” said TNT analyst Kenny Smith. “Even if he’s not getting 30 or 40 points as often, it’s those 12-point bursts that he gets that help win games. “He did surprise me with this level of play, for sure.” Dallas Morning News

February 15, 2014 Updates

Unlike most of his teammates, he doesn’t get to kick back on a beach or at the house to chill out for a few days. But he still doesn’t plan on putting in much of a workload in New Orleans. With his sprained left ankle still healing, plus a playoff race ahead of him, he values all the rest he can get. “A couple minutes,” was all Nowitzki said when asked what he expects to do in Sunday’s All-Star Game. “I got a couple days now, and I probably won’t do much, including the game.” Dallas Morning News

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The Nets understandably had high praise for Durant, the hottest player in the NBA averaging 37 points in January on 54 percent shooting. ““He’s George Gervin and Dirk all mixed into one,” Kidd said. “He’s 7-feet so he can put the ball on the floor. He’s shown that he can rebound and pass, so he’s the total package.” Williams said Durant is the best scorer in the league. “He’s a 6-11 shooting guard, quick and fast, good in transition. You contest his shot, it doesn’t really effect him. He can post up. He doesn’t have a weakness offensively.” New York Daily News

And don’t think for a second that the Mavericks are regretting their decisions to keep salary-cap flexibility above everything else. They still envision a day when Nowitzki is their second-best player. “That’s the hope and the plan,” president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said. “I think we’ve done it kind of by committee. Monta’s really provided us a really cool punch and someone who on any given night can win a game. “The hope is … we’ll be able to [make a marquee hire] sooner than later. I think we’ve made an attempt to do that the last two summers. So much for second place. But, yes, that would be the plan and the hope at some level to be able to do that. “Superstars win in this league. That’s not lost on us. At the same time, we’ve won a championship doing it more of a conventional, kind of old-fashioned way of getting depth and versatility and pieces in place.” Dallas Morning News

Nowitzki said he’s not sure what the plan is for the franchise moving forward. Nor is he particularly worried about it right now. “I have no idea,” he said. “I think we moved away from the concept of one-year deals. We signed Jose [Calderon], we signed Monta [Ellis]. We went in a different direction there. I think those two guys have been great, but saying all that, we’ll have a lot of cap space again this summer. “There’s usually three ways to get better — the draft, free agency and via trades. We’ll just wait and see what happens. But, as far as I’m concerned, I’m just trying to make the playoffs this year. Everything else is kind of secondary to me. We missed the playoffs last year, which was disappointing to watch it from home, so that’s really all where my focus is at. Everything else we’ll figure out this summer.” Dallas Morning News

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Dirk Nowitzki said in an interview with Sport1 that he will likely extend his deal with the Mavs in the summer for two or three years. “In the summer I will be free agent and likely extend the contract for two or three years” said Nowitzki. “As long as the body supports me, it is still fun to play basketball. After the new contract I will be 38 or 39 and I will probably stop. For a few years it will work out all right” added the German forward who spoke about his friendship with Mark Cuban. “It is clear that our relationship is amicable. We had so many ups and downs together. The championship was the best part. Mark has always supported me. Even when things were not going well, he has always told me: ‘You are and will remain my franchise player” ended Nowitzki. Sportando

January 14, 2014 Updates

There are few teams in the NBA that happen to have a very original social media presence like the Dallas Mavericks, who are making their campaign to get people to vote for their players into the All-Star game into an enjoyable series of photoshopped images that have adorable dogs in them. Dirk Nowtizki sitting next to a crazy eyed one; Monta Ellis posing next to a waving mutt; Shawn Marion showing some emotion along with a super cute puppy. Sportige

Dirk Nowitzki suffered a couple of bruises to his right shooting arm in the first half of Monday's 107-88 win over the Orlando Magic. But the Dallas Mavericks' 11-time All-Star forward said it's nothing serious and will not keep him out of Wednesday's road game against the Los Angeles Clippers. "I bruised my triceps first and then I hit my forearm, so it was a double bruise going on, so I couldn't really shoot in the second half,'' Nowitzki said. "But I was out there trying to help and it was enough to win. "But I'm just glad we didn't really need me there in the fourth quarter anymore. I'll get some rest tomorrow and be ready for Wednesday.'' Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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Dirk Nowitzki's one-legged, step-back jumper has become one of the most recognizable shots of the NBA's modern era. Most believe that Jerry West's likeness has served as the inspiration for the NBA's logo since 1969. If the league were to ever consider freshening things up it would be difficult to find a more appropriate silhouette than Nowitzki's signature move. Nowitzki's combination of size, shooting touch and high release point has made his version one of the game's unique weapons. And now stars like Miami's LeBron James, Kevin Durant of Oklahoma City and Minnesota's Kevin Love are trying to incorporate the shot into their games. "It's an honor to know that some of these guys are trying to shoot it," Nowitzki said. "LeBron shot it the last couple weeks. Kevin Durant's been shooting it a little bit, and that makes me proud that I actually did something in this league that's worth somebody's while." Associated Press

January 5, 2014 Updates

Opponents have apparently figured out a way to stop Dirk Nowitzki’s unblockable one-legged fadeaway: Hit him on the elbow. That, of course, should be a foul. “I don’t know how many times I’ve got to say it,” Nowitzki said after Friday’s loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. “The refs keep missing them tipping my elbow, but it is what it is.” ESPN.com

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