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March 24, 2015 Updates

Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki joined ESPN's NBA Lockdown podcast this week. Here are some highlights from the interview. On Steve Nash retiring: “I wasn’t really surprised. I kind of knew what was going on since October, that his body didn’t let him compete anymore at the highest level, so I was just surprised by the timing, that it came out now. I think it was a relief for him, that he’s happy it’s over with. I told him already in October that I was proud of him that he had an amazing career. He overcame a lot in his career with his health and being short and white and slow and unathletic and to be one of the greatest ever is an unbelievable achievement.” Dallas Morning News

March 23, 2015 Updates

The two quickly became fast friends, and honed their games while often practicing on Friday and Saturday nights while their teammates were off doing other things. But with Nash being saddled with one injury after another, it was no surprise to Nowitzki that the 19-year veteran point guard announced his retirement this past Saturday. "I knew at the beginning of the season where this was headed,’’ Nowitzki said. "This wasn’t news for me. "He wanted to retire, really, in October.’’ Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Nash was an eight-time All-Star, three-time first team all-NBA selection, and won the league’s Most Valuable Player award in 2005 and ’06. "Honestly for a whatever, 5-10, guy from a little town in Canada he had an amazing run,’’ Nowitzki said. "He was one of the fiercest competitors I’ve ever been around in my 17 years in the league. "He always worked on his game, always worked on his health and his body, on his core strength and legs. He was just constantly working at it – he was an animal.’’ Fort Worth Star-Telegram

March 20, 2015 Updates

But that famous rainbow jump shot is suddenly a thing of beauty again. Nowitzki's numbers during the Mavs' modest winning streak: 20.3 points per game on 52.4 percent shooting, including 11-of-16 from 3-point range. "He looks like Dirk again," center Tyson Chandler said. "Dirk looks like Holger's in town," guard Devin Harris said. ESPN.com

March 13, 2015 Updates

Dirk Nowitzki left the court bathed in humiliation and rage in that unimaginable moment as thunderous noise ricocheted all around him, stepped across the baseline and through the tunnel leading under the Oracle Arena stands, made a sharp right turn on a path to the visitor's locker room with the rest of the Mavericks, and ran into history. A trash can. The blue, thick-plastic, 4-foot-tall receptacle weighed about 60 pounds, depending how full it was by the end of the fateful night of May 3, 2007. Nowitzki grabbed it and launched it against the wall about 10 feet to his left with such ferocity that the bin crashed through the white sheetrock 12 or 13 feet above the ground. The fury it must have required. Among the long list of accomplishments that MVP season -- 50.2 percent from the field, 41.6 percent on threes, 90.4 percent from the line, 24.6 points a game -- throwing an object that heavy that high and that far without time to prepare or, likely, get an ideal grip must be included. NBA.com

Literally a display. The gash, five inches tall and six inches wide at the extremes, smaller in some parts of the jagged opening, is covered by plexiglass 20 inches tall and 19 inches wide. A gold "We Believe" T-shirt, still familiar at home games, is just above the hole, held up by thumb tacks at the top of the collar, the corners of the short sleeves and the squared-off bottom on each side. Nowitzki's signature in black ink is immediately below the hole. Seriously. A member of the arena crew asked, one of the good guys of the league agreed without hesitation. "It's amazing how many people ask to see it," said Steve Martin, the production manager for Oracle and adjacent O.co Coliseum, home of the A's and Raiders. "It's right outside my door, so I hear it all the time. At first, I thought it was just kind of a goof. But as time went on, it's become a bigger deal." NBA.com

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Dirk Nowitzki, as usual the last one out of the showers after a typically long postgame session in the trainer's room, overheard teammate Tyson Chandler talking to a couple of reporters about the trouble a sore hip is causing the big man. "I told him now he knows what it's like to play with no jumping and no lateral movement," Nowitzki interrupted with self-deprecating sarcasm, speaking a lot of truth in jest. "Welcome to my world. No lateral movement, no vertical, no nothing. He said, 'It's tough to play like that.' I said, 'I know. It ain't easy.'" ESPN.com

Nowitzki constantly talks trash to teammates and staffers during his off-court workouts, finding that to be the best way to motivate himself. But this part of the job isn't a lot of fun. "Sometimes you don't really feel like going to the weight room and getting a session in or even stretching," said Nowitzki, who has long adhered to a strict diet and sworn off alcohol during the season. "It's just sometimes annoying, but I know in the long run that it helps me, especially if I want to play out this contract at a decent level for the next three years." ESPN.com

March 7, 2015 Updates

The Mavericks? They look lost right now and it’s clear they need to regroup. “I’ve been in this league 17 years,” Nowitzki said. “Even in our great years, the championship year, it’s not all smiles. There were some times we went through some rough stretches. I remember we went 2-7 over one time in the championship year. You just got to stick with it. You never know what can happen in a month or month and a half. One thing for sure is if we want to make a run at this, we got to get healthy. That’s obvious.” Dallas Morning News

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Rajon Rondo, a basketball savant who has never figured out the art of shooting, quietly observed Holger Geschwindner working with his masterpiece on the Dallas Mavericks' practice court before the All-Star break. After his shooting session was done, Dirk Nowitzki made an offer to his point guard, if not a suggestion. “If you want to work with Holger, now is the time,” Nowitzki told Rondo, mentioning that Rondo would be sidelined another week to 10 days due to facial fractures. “You’re more than welcome.” As Nowitzki recalled the moment, he added: “And Holger obviously loves challenges in his life.” ESPN.com

To his credit, Rondo, who earned a reputation for being difficult to coach in his younger years, embraced the opportunity to work with Dirk’s longtime mentor and shot doctor. Rondo started shooting with Geschwindner immediately after Nowitzki made the suggestion – a partnership the media got a quick glimpse of after Thursday’s shootaround in Oklahoma City – and continued until Holger packed up his flannel shirts and blue jeans and headed back to Germany on Friday. Rondo plans to continue following the program that Geschwindner, who will return for the playoffs as is his custom, put in place. ESPN.com

“It’s a lot different,” said Rondo, a career 26.1 percent 3-point shooter and a 31.1 percent shooter from the free throw line this season. “Some things are not comfortable, but that’s part of it. It’s early in the process. Obviously, Dirk is one of the greatest scorers of all time. He’s worked with Dirk since he was 10, 11 years old. It’s going to take some time, but he’s very positive and I pretty much understand all of his methods.” ESPN.com

Yes, that really was 34-year-old Richard Jefferson rising from the dotted line and throwing down a vicious tomahawk slam over 21-year old Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. The dunk was so stunning and so sweet that players on the Charlotte Hornets’ bench were falling over each other in shocked awe. “It was sick!” said Dirk Nowitzki, whose All-Star alley-oop is no longer the most surprising dunk of the Dallas Mavericks season, although players swear the 14-year veteran Jefferson has dunked like that in practice. ESPN.com

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