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November 7, 2014 Updates

Would Carlisle consider resting Dirk Nowitzki, Tyson Chandler or any of his other 30-something players? “It’s possible,” he said. “We did a strategic rest thing once or twice last year. We did it more frequently when [Jason] Kidd was here and he was 38, 39. We’re keeping an eye on all that. When it’s appropriate, we’ll certainly do it and we’ll certainly consider it.” Dallas Morning News

Nowitzki considers Stotts a close friend. That doesn’t mean he’s not above giving him a ribbing. “He knows our team well, and he basically stole all our plays,” Nowitzki said. “We were going through the scouting report and I was like, we’re going against our own plays. He took our whole playbook here to Portland. But I get along with him great and I wish him nothing but the best.” Dallas Morning News

Before the question was even asked in its entirety, Dirk Nowitzki was ready to tap the brakes. The subject was Portland star and Seagoville product LaMarcus Aldridge and the possibility that Nowitzki and other Maverick players might want to start their sales pitches to Aldridge as soon as possible. The 6-11 power forward will be one of the NBA’s most attractive free agents in the summer of 2015. “Ease up on that,” he said. Dallas Morning News

OK, admittedly, Game No. 5 is a little early to breaking out the speculation for free agents of next summer. Having said that, Nowitzki made it clear that teaming up with Aldridge would be something compelling to him, even though they play the same position. And yes, even though Aldridge has stated his desire to return to Portland and cement himself as the greatest Blazer of all time. “I think I’ve showed in my career that I can play with anybody in this league,” Nowitzki said, clearly warming up to the idea. “In some situations, he’s playing the five [center] when they go small, so …” Dallas Morning News

November 2, 2014 Updates

The Mavericks have gotten great feedback on their Run DMC video that debuted Thursday at the home opener. “It’s viral,” Cuban said. “Even the original Run DMC tweeted about it. Chandler was good in it. It was fun. And we got more stuff coming, a lot more.” The video features Dirk Nowitzki, Chandler Parsons and Monta Ellis rapping about the Mavericks. Dallas Morning News

October 27, 2014 Updates

The Los Angeles Lakers announced Thursday that Nash, whose chronic back issues date to his days playing with Nowitzki on the Dallas Mavericks more than a decade ago, would sit out what would have been the 19th season of his NBA career. "I texted him actually that I was proud of him and I was proud to be his teammate," Nowitzki told ESPNDallas.com on Sunday. "We had an unbelievable run. "I told him that if you would have told me a 6-foot white guy from Canada was going to be back-to-back MVPs, I would have said you're absolutely nuts. He had an unbelievable ride. ESPN.com

"I mean, if you consider where he came from and his lack of athleticism, he's got to be one of the greatest," said Nowitzki, who won a championship with Jason Kidd as his point guard seven seasons after Nash left. "If you look at Magic [Johnson] and J. Kidd, they were big, they were physical, they were athletic, and he did it all with quickness and smarts. He's going to go down as one of the greatest shooters -- even though, it was funny -- he never really looked to shoot that much. But when he did, he was deadly. We always told him, 'We want you to shoot more because you're so good at it.' ESPN.com

October 26, 2014 Updates
October 22, 2014 Updates

The league's GMs voted Aldridge the best power forward in the league, along with the Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin. Aldridge and Griffin both got 25 percent of the vote in by far the tightest race among the five positions. Aldridge finished fourth in the category the last three seasons. Last year, Aldridge got 6.9 percent of the vote, with Tim Duncan finishing No. 1 at 31 percent. In 2012, he got 10 percent of the vote, which was topped by Love at 30 percent. In 2011, Aldridge got 10.7 percent, with Dirk Nowitzki finishing No. 1 at 41.1 percent. Oregonian

NBA stars LeBron James and Dirk Nowitzki reacted to the league's decision to schedule a 44-minute game saying it's the regular season, not the games, that should be shortened. Is that a widespread opinion among players? We asked 28 NBAers to find out. Result: They are split on the debate with 42.9 percent saying regular season should stay at its usual 82 games and 57.1 suggesting that's too much. HoopsHype

October 19, 2014 Updates
October 17, 2014 Updates

Dirk Nowitzki said that Monta Ellis’ left knee sprain was scary to everybody who saw it happen last week. “When he went down, I think everybody was really depressed that whole day, thinking our season is kind of swimming away,” Nowitzki said. “It looked ugly. He was down for a while. He had to get carried off. That was bad news. I thought our season might take a hit. “And then in the afternoon, he texted me and said, ‘It’s all good.’ So that was a huge sigh of relief. I thought he’d still be out for a few weeks, then next thing you know, the other day he was going full-contact practice. He’s just a warrior.” Dallas Morning News

October 16, 2014 Updates

The length of the season? Nowitzki and James would be all for shortening it significantly, although they realize 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 anytime soon." ESPN.com

"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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