HoopsHype Dirk Nowitzki rumors

May 5, 2014 Updates
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But given that Blair was coming off a 12-point, 11-rebound effort in Game 4 _ and that Dallas got dominated inside by Splitter and Tim Duncan (combined 33 points, 24 rebounds) _ it seemed that the Mavericks missed him. "He's a big body," Dirk Nowitzki said. "He definitely could have battled there with Duncan and Splitter. He had a fantastic last game. "We're going to need that energy out of him again, especially since he missed tonight, I think he's going to be fired up for Friday. And we're going to need him to play big again. We're going to need him to be big on the glass. We need every offensive rebound we can get." Dallas Morning News

April 25, 2014 Updates

Forward Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks and coach Frank Vogel of the Indiana Pacers have been selected as the 2014 winners of the Magic Johnson Award and the Rudy Tomjanovich Award, respectively, which recognize excellence on the court with cooperation with the media and fans, the Pro Basketball Writers Association announced today. In addition, the public relations staff of the Golden State Warriors becomes the second two-time winner of the Brian McIntyre Award, presented to an NBA PR staff that exemplifies the standards of professionalism and excellence worthy of acclaim. The Warriors also won in 2010. The Indiana Pacers staff won the award for the second time last season. Journal and Courier

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Dirk Nowitzki on staying with the same team his whole career: “I still think it’s really special. It says a lot about the team and their surroundings and their organization and the guys, so yeah, I think it’s really special.” Dallas Morning News

Dirk Nowitzki on his frequent issues with his teeth and oral surgery: “My whole front is fake now … I got hit a couple of times. Here was the dilemma. You know I had rabbit teeth when I first came over. The first two were a little bit longer than the rest, so here’s what happened: So then you get those two knocked in, right, am I going to say, ‘Ok, put those same rabbit teeth back in?’ No. Let’s make them better. So then, I had a bridge, which was the front four, and you just shave the four down and put a bridge over it, and then a couple years ago, that bridge got hit over and over and over again, so then the teeth under the bridge were cracked, so it didn’t hold them any more. It could have gone out at any time, so I didn’t have any front four, so then I had to opt for the implants. There was really a year—and it started that year in the playoffs in San Antonio—after every season I had to have oral surgery for like 3-4 years … Other people have like knees and stings, and I had mouth surgery for like five years for sure.” Dallas Morning News

Dirk Nowitzki on some of the sound-bytes Dirk has recorded over the years, specifically one occasion in 2003 when he yelled, “What is Wang [Zhizhi] doing?” “There were some communication problems back in the day. I remember we had had an interpreter for him, and sometimes would just say whatever. I mean, we had no ideas what he told him. But yeah, those were the good old times. We had so many foreign guys on the team.” Dallas Morning News

April 13, 2014 Updates

Turns out that, since November, Durant has been working with Adam Harrington as his personal trainer beyond his daily duties with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Which is the same Adam Harrington who briefly played alongside Nowitzki with the Dallas Mavericks more than a decade ago and has been studying the unorthodox coaching techniques hatched by Nowitzki's longtime mentor and shot doctor from back home, Holger Geschwindner, ever since. "It's a lot more than just trying to copy the one-legger," Durant said, explaining that he's not merely focused on trying to mimic Nowitzki's signature shot. "Dirk's got a lot of moves I'm trying to steal." ESPN.com

Dirk, you see, is Durant's favorite active player. "It's probably a tie between him and Kobe," Durant said after giving it some extra thought. Yet there's no disputing who's the more natural role model for KD. It's that 35-year-old, that 7-footer, who plays three hours away down Interstate 35 ... and who just shot his way into the top 10 on the league's all-time scoring charts in his 16th season. You figure Durant will get there even faster at his current pace, given the insane levels of efficiency he's hitting -- sporting a PER of 30.2 for the season -- and blessed with that extra dose of athleticism Dirk has always dreamed of. ESPN.com

April 9, 2014 Updates
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Dirk Nowitzki on if college was a serious option for him, and his path to the NBA: “Yeah, it was, and I had basically two options: It was either college or stay in Europe with a big club. I visited Barcelona, Real Madrid, some of those teams, two teams in Italy and practice there and get better and better and then maybe try to jump in the NBA, and then what happened was I had that huge Hoop Summit game, kind of out of nowhere I came over, when we played the best high school guys in the U.S., and I kind of had 34 or whatever, and that changed everything, I mean, all of a sudden, I had agents calling Holger, and it was nuts just from that one game, I had scouts calling Holger, and numerous colleges—I think I had like 36 college offers. Yeah, it was kind of all in the open, but that one game, that Hoop Summit kind of changed everything, and then I ended up deciding, ‘Hey, let me try the NBA, and if it doesn’t work, I can always come back to Europe and play at a high level for a long, long time. I was a little worried about in college, since I was a seven-footer, that they might just put me in the weight room and lift weights for years straight, not even see the court, and make me strong, make me a back-to-the-basket player … And then I said, ‘Ok, I’ll try the NBA,’ and I was always really to have Nellie my first couple of years. He was perfect for my skill-set with the stretch-four and mismatches and stuff like that, and even in the NBA, it worked out perfectly, because he was the coach in the beginning in Dallas.” Dallas Morning News

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Oakley has an interesting theory. He believes in order to globalize the league, ex-commissioner David Stern had to change the rules to make the NBA more inviting for European players. While the rule changes to increase scoring were effective, they made the league less physical. “When we played in the ’80s, it wasn’t OK [for European players to play in the NBA],” Oakley said. “They weren’t coming over here. They were scared. The game was tough and they weren’t tough. Back then it was 1 percent and now it’s 40 percent and it’s going to keep going up. The dollar is international now. I don’t like 7-footers shooting threes, it’s a disrespect to the game for me. Dirk [Nowitzki] is good, point blank. [Larry] Bird got away with it. A few guys can get away with it because they can flat-out shoot.” Boston Globe

April 5, 2014 Updates
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The referees’ explanation didn’t make any sense to Dirk Nowitzki. Before walking off the floor after the Dallas Mavericks’ 122-120 overtime loss Tuesday to the Golden State Warriors, Nowitzki asked the officiating crew of Danny Crawford, Sean Corbin and Eric Dalen why Warriors center Jermaine O'Neal wasn’t called for goaltending on his critical block of a Monta Ellis floater with 13 seconds remaining and the game tied. “I think his layup has a chance to get to the rim, and if that’s the case, you can’t just get it out of the air,” Nowitzki said. “To me, that’s a goaltend. I asked the referees what happened. The explanation was that the ball was two feet short. If that’s the case, then he can get it out of the air, but where I was from, I think it had a chance to at least hit the rim. That’s a goaltend to me.” ESPN.com

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