Why wouldn't the Mavs be solid this season? Dirk, Monta, Chandler Parsons and Tyson Chandler with Jameer running point.
Chandler Parsons says the first thing he thought about was how to learn Dirk's one-legged fadeaway. "It's pretty impossible to learn."
Parsons says he thinks he'll guard one through four, bulking up this summer to backup Dirk at power forward.
Dirk, a big Cowboys fan, on the Cowboys: "Big win yesterday. I don't think anybody saw that coming."
Dirk on seeing Jason Terry in a Rockets' jersey: "That will be weird."
Dirk on the Cuban-Morey beef: "I'm going to try to stay out of that."
Dirk: "It can only be motivation for us to see the Spurs get their rings and get their banner up. We have to see that as motivation."
Dirk on if this team matches the 2011 title team: "Yeah, I think so."
Dirk: "I signed on for three more years. I'm obviously looking to complete that contract."
Dirk on if he feels old: "In my head? Probably not. I'm probably in my early 20's. Body-wise, probably."
Dirk: "We want to get better and compete like we did in 2011. I think we got better, but we all know how tough the West is."
Dirk said he texted Vince Carter and Shawn Marion. "I'm going to keep in contact with both. They're both great for the league."
Dirk on Parsons: "We want him to evolve his game. He's only 25, but we like what he brings to the table."
Dirk told NBA TV that he's going to get more athletic this year. He just retracted that comment. "I don't think that's going to happen."
Dirk: "Chandler Parsons is a great addition. ... I think we're going to use his versatility."
Dirk: "I thought we had a good run last year. It unfortunately ended in Game 7 ... but that's something to build on."
Dirk: "Just winning is all it's really about when you get old. ... Winning is the only thing that matters, and it's fun."
Carlisle: "I'd like to continue to work [Dirk's] minutes gradually down. I think we can find a way to get him from 32 minutes to 31 or 29."
Tyson Chandler: "Dirk means the world to me. Dirk is a leader."
L-R: Dirk, Van Exel, Finley, Nash, LaFrentz