HoopsHype Dirk Nowitzki rumors

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But while he would still side with Bird above Nowitzki among the best of all time, Rivers does have the utmost respect for the Mavericks’ future hall of famer. “He changed the game,” Rivers said. “It’s like Magic ruined the league for 10 years because every 7-footer wanted to be a point guard. Dirk’s right up there.” Dallas Morning News

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Cuban also added in his own not-so-subtle way that he believes Monta Ellis is getting the short end of officiating calls when he goes to the basket. "He's been going to the hoop and hasn't been getting the calls," Cuban said. That said, Cuban doesn't want Ellis to change. He said he's been pleased with the way the newcomer has been getting his points, often playing off of Dirk Nowitzki. "That's what I was hoping," Cuban said. "And more importantly, I envisioned those buckets coming near the basket." Dallas Morning News

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Nowitzki suffered a bloody nose after a collision with Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio while they were chasing a long rebound in the fourth quarter. He returned to the game with a bandage on his nose, which wasn’t exactly a fashion statement for the 16-year veteran power forward. "I don’t think it’s broke, but since it wasn’t a foul, I might get another flopping call from my boy [NBA President of Basketball Operations] Rod Thorn on Monday," said Nowitzki, taking a playful jab at the NBA’s discipline czar. "But it’s actually a miracle my nose is so big [that] I don’t hit it more often. I try to dodge it every night that I’m out there. It’s a miracle I don’t hit it." ESPN.com

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Dirk Nowitzki, welcome to the club. That’s the club of star players who have gotten a warning from the league about flopping. Nowitzki earned his in the third quarter of the Mavericks’ loss to Denver Monday night, when Darrell Arthur closed out and contested the jumper and Nowitzki fell like he was reenacting the Kennedy assassination in honor of the 50th anniversary. NBCSports.com

As far as the details go, that's something for Nowitzki, owner Mark Cuban and Dirk's longtime mentor/de facto agent, Holger Geschwindner, to discuss in July. "I don’t really want to look forward too much," Nowitzki said after Monday's loss to the Denver Nuggets. "I'm not going to extend obviously. I want to play the season out and then we can talk about the summer. "I want to have a good season, I want to have an injury-free season, and then Holger’s going to take his leather coat and meet with [Cuban] in the bunker suite and we’ll go from there. "But, for me, I want to go back to the playoffs with this team. We have a real shot at it and that’s really what I’m focused on." ESPN.com

Nowitzki said he has no idea if he'll setttle on a new contract that's below fair market value. "My contract is coming off, (Marion's) is coming off, Vince's is coming off, so there's a lot of money under the cap,'' Nowitzki said. "We can make this team better. "Like I said, this is game 13 or 14 of this season, and I'm more worried about this season than July already. So that's really what I'm focused on.'' Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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