HoopsHype Dirk Nowitzki rumors


October 16, 2014 Updates

"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

October 15, 2014 Updates

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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Dirk Nowitzki has occasionally half-joked that his German blood makes him a pessimist by nature. But there’s nothing but positivity flowing through the big German’s veins as the Dallas Mavericks open training camp. “We got all the talent in the world,” Nowitzki said, not shying away at all when asked whether this roster compares favorably to the Mavs’ 2011 championship team. “We just got to make it work. The chemistry has got to be there.” ESPN.com

September 29, 2014 Updates

Morey has played a part in feeding the frenzy, too. "I think [Cuban's] pissed that we went after Dirk [Nowitzki] in free agency, however unsuccessful it was," Morey told Yahoo Sports. Yes, Morey respects the tactical purposes behind Cuban's crusade, but rejects his reasoning as flawed – even downright untrue. "We've been pretty good, and I think he's doing a smart thing to take on a rival," Morey told Yahoo Sports late Sunday. "He should want to beat up on San Antonio, too, but it's hard to paint the Spurs that way. So he's directed his bully pulpit onto us. Our owner stays above the fray, so I'm outgunned honestly. Yahoo! Sports

"But let's be clear: If the money's equal between the Rockets and Mavericks, I think players are picking Houston. Every time. For Dwight [Howard], I just don't think it was a hard choice between us and Dallas. If you want to win, you're going to want to join our organization. We have a first-team All-NBA player in his prime [James Harden]. They have an enormously talented superstar [Dirk Nowitzki] but he obviously isn't 24 years old. "The choice was pretty obvious between the two teams. Dwight is the smart guy in this." Yahoo! Sports

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When he wasn't on the promotional trail for his new documentary, Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki spent most of his time in Germany in recent weeks as he usually does, locked in an old gym working on his game with lifelong shot doctor Holger Geschwindner. Nowitzki's latest summer project: Speeding up his shot release. "I don't think, to the naked eye, you would see it," Nowitzki told ESPN.com. "I don't know if the [average] fan will see the difference. But I'm always trying to get better and this is just a little tool for me to shoot a little quicker. We'll see how it works during the season." ESPN.com

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