HoopsHype Dirk Nowitzki rumors

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Joakim Noah’s ‘Dream Team’ starting 5: Center: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; Power Forward: Dirk Nowitzki; Small Forward: Corey Brewer; Shooting Guard: Michael Jordan; Point Guard: Magic Johnson. beyondthebuzzer.com

March 26, 2014 Updates

Just 48 hours later, any creeping doubt about Dirk was crushed as he delivered one of the best all-around performances of his Hall of Fame career, carrying the Mavs to a much-needed, magnificently entertaining 128-119 overtime win Tuesday night over the Oklahoma City Thunder. "Dirk was Dirk," said Mavs owner Mark Cuban, who has seen Nowitzki respond to off nights with spectacular performances so many times. "He was fired up. That's what he does. It's no surprise. "He's done that his entire career. There's no reason to think it's going to change now. This is his time, right? This is where he gets to show everybody what he can do, and it started tonight, right when we needed it." ESPN.com

March 18, 2014 Updates

Asked why he was publicly challenging Nowitzki, Cuban said: “That’s only because I did it already personally.” “Dirk always goes through a little slump during the year where he needs to remotivate. And I think we’ve seen that for a couple of games, and I think he’s going to come back stronger, particularly after three days and those naps he’s gotten through the last couple of games.” Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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Mavericks owner Mark Cuban made a point to publicly challenge superstar Dirk Nowitzki to play with more effort and energy defensively. "I think we've got to get a little bit more out of Dirk defensively," Cuban said before Monday night's game against the Boston Celtics, responding to a general question about the Mavs' recent performance. "I think [the Mavs need] a little bit more energy out of Dirk, particularly when things don't start well." ESPN.com

Mark Cuban on if the Mavericks would ever trade Dirk Nowitzki: "Never going to happen. One reason is that culture is a critical component to any successful team. There are teams with less talent than us making the playoffs. There are teams with more talent than us who aren't making the playoffs." He explained Dirk's leadership, character, and ability set a tone for the franchise, and he's right on the money. And unlike some big-name aging stars, Nowitzki was willing to take a paycut to allow the Mavericks more chances at contention. CBSSports.com

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So, how did someone known in the basketball world as “Sweetchuck”—because, as a teenager, he resembled that character from the Police Academy movies—get this far? Or, as Nowitzki says following a verbal zinger from Procopio, “Where did we get you?” Suffolk Magazine

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In November, Cuban revealed that when it became obvious that Howard was going to sign with Houston, Morey sent Cuban a text, asking if Dirk Nowitzki was available in a trade. At the time, Cuban viewed it as taunting. “It was like 'na-na-na-na-na.' I don’t know if there were two nas in there or three. But they were in there," Cuban said in November. "I said, are you serious?” But on Friday during the MIT Sports Analytics Conference in Boston, Morey told attendees the reason he contacted the Mavericks was out of momentary “panic” that Howard would bypass the Rockets. Dallas Morning News

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Guarded tightly by Carmelo Anthony, Nowitzki lofted a desperation turnaround jumper that bounced off the glass, twice hit the rim, before bouncing high in the air and through the basket at the buzzer. Mavericks 110, Knicks 108. “Dirk hit a hell of a shot,” Woodson said. “What can you say?” Carlisle said: “It was only fitting; the two best players out there were man-on-man.” New York Post

Talk about Nowitzki’s miracle shot if you want. It’s the kind of shot great players make when you give them the chance. But this wasn’t all about Nowitzki. The Knicks hurt their cause by committing 19 turnovers, erasing the 41-34 edge they had in rebounding. They also allowed 34 points in the paint. If not for Anthony, who was 14 of 29 from the field, the Knicks wouldn’t have been close. “Melo has been our most consistent player all year,” Woodson said. “The way he has played it’s a shame we’re in the position we’re in because our team doesn’t deserve it and he doesn’t deserve it based on the way he has played.” New York Post

February 24, 2014 Updates

Although he’ll turn 36 on June 19, Dirk Nowitzki doesn’t see his career winding to a close any time soon. The Dallas Mavericks’ superstar forward admits he may still be playing in the NBA after he turns 40 years old. “I’m a free agent this summer, and I’ll probably sign on for two or three years,” Nowitzki said. “And then I can sign a bunch of one-year deals, I guess, after that, as long as I want and as long as it feels good.” Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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The 35-year-old Nowitzki has no firm timetable on how much longer he plans to play. He’s been on the record for months with his intention to sign a two- or three-year deal to stay with the Mavericks this summer, but he doesn’t know yet whether he’ll want to still be playing as he approaches his 40th birthday. “I’ll just see how long it’s still fun, to be quite honest,” Nowitzki said. “If I get up in the morning and say I’ve got to go to work, I’ll retire. I never looked at basketball as work. I always enjoyed it as my hobby. I loved it. Once that love is gone and I’m tired of working out every day and doing all the stuff to get me ready for games, and I’m tired of lifting and conditioning and doing all that other stuff around it and I’d rather stay in bed, then it’s time to go. “I think I can always shoot 3s. I think I can shoot 3s when I’m 60. But it’s all the other stuff to get you going that’s going to be the problem.” ESPN.com

Those were the perennial All-Stars when Wade and James first started showing up in the midseason event about a decade ago. "It's a little sad. When I first got in, it was always Kobe, Tim Duncan, Shaq was still every year and now I'm the old guy," said Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki, the oldest All-Star who will turn 36 at June. Boston Herald

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