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Has going from power forward to small forward been easier than the other way around? “For sure,” Barnes said. “My legs are a lot fresher, and I’m able to get up and down the floor. And usually, defensively when I’m guarding the three, there’s less banging. So it’s a lot easier.”
Me: If this is how your career ends, with the one championship and all the points, are you comfortable? Dirk Nowitzki: I came into this league when I was 20, and I didn’t know if I was going to make it. I wasn’t the most confident guy, like you see these young guys walking in here now, thinking the league owes them. I was not like that. I was worried. My first year, when things weren’t going well, I was even thinking about going back to Europe. You have doubts in your head.
Me: Are you satisified at this point in your career? Dirk Nowitzki: I still love to compete. That’s the main thing. It’s still fun out there. Some of the practices, some of the weight lifting sessions get a little old, especially in the summer. But as soon as the game starts, it’s thrilling. Even the other night, every time I touched the ball, there was this buzz in the gym. That’s still what I live for. It’s still fun to compete. It’ll be over sooner or later, so I’m just trying to enjoy it, help these guys get better and spread the floor for them, and answer every question.
Dirk Nowitzki: To be standing here 19 years later and be one of the six to ever score 30,000, it’s been bizarre. It’s been surreal. It’s been a crazy ride. I’ve been fortunate, with a great owner, with a great coach in the beginning who gave me a lot of confidence in Nellie (Don Nelson), great teammates, starting with Steve (Nash) and Mike (Finley), and J-Kidd obviously helping me get the ring. Am I comfortable? It’s been a crazy ride. And I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.