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To say the least, it’s a team-friendly deal — chump change by today’s NBA standards. “Mark and I obviously have a close, close relationship,” Nowitzki said from Johannesburg, South Africa, where he is participating in the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders program and will play in NBA Africa Game 2017 on Saturday. “Last year, he really, really took care of me as we all know. That was well-documented.
He ended up with a $50 million deal after Mavs owner Mark Cuban insisted on paying the longtime face of the franchise more, although only $5 million is guaranteed in the second season. “He’s been incredibly loyal to me and I’ve shown obviously that I’ve wanted to be here last couple years,” said Nowitzki, who would join Kobe Bryant as the only players to NBA history to play 20 seasons with only one franchise if he completes the contract. “And I think he wanted to reward me in a way. It makes me obviously feel great and feel wanted. I’m happy that I can finish my career here in Dallas, where I always wanted to be, and hopefully finish strong the last couple of years.”
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November 17, 2017 | 10:03 pm EST Update
Noah chose his words carefully, admitting he’s attempting to make the best of a rotten situation and adding, “This is my reality.” On Friday against the Raptors, Noah was inactive for the third straight game since his return from a drug suspension, and coach Jeff Hornacek said he has no plans to change up.
“I’ll be all right. I’ll be all right,’’ Noah said in his first comments since being reinstated. “I understand the situation. I’m going to make the best of it.” When asked if he forsees a role, Noah said, “What can I bring? I don’t know.”
TJ McBride: Nikola Jokic and former #Nuggets assistant coach — now assistant coach for the #Pelicans — Chris Finch shared a quick minute together and a hug during warmups. Finch was one of the main architects that turned the Nuggets offense into an elite group last season.