HoopsHype Dirk Nowitzki rumors

October 6, 2014 Updates

Turning 36 years old this summer, however, Nowitzki says he looked for ways to add to his overall game this offseason. He will now attempt to unleash a new attack upon the league this season. “I want to expand a little bit on the block,” Nowitzki said last week while the Mavs kicked off the start of their training camp. “There might be some situations where I have to shoot it, but I don’t want to rely on the fadeaway all the time. Sometimes you have to go middle and make a strong move there or get fouled or swing a little hook, I think. You know, I’ve just got to mix it up a little more than just a right-shoulder fadeaway all the time.” Connecting on 49.7 percent from the field, 39.8 percent from three-point range and 89.9 percent at the free-throw line in ’13-14, Nowitzki finished just shy of another 50-40-90 season. Still, he feels like he can be even more efficient this season while playing alongside a retooled supporting cast thanks to the Mavs’ additions of 25-year-old budding star Chandler Parsons and defensive catalyst Tyson Chandler. mavs.com

But, after relying heavily on his patented one-legged fadeaway throughout his career, what can the 7-footer add to his game to help the Mavericks see more success following a first-round playoff exit last season? How about the signature move of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA’s all-time leading scorer? “Well, you know, the skyhook is still a work in progress,” Nowitzki chuckled while also tipping his cap to Abdul-Jabbar. “I might keep that for Year 18 and still work on it. But you always try to be a little more efficient, so we’re working on the release and stuff, but I’m not really sure if that makes such a big difference.” mavs.com

Utilizing the skyhook, which opposing defenses never seemed to have an answer for, Abdul-Jabbar finished his career totaling 38,387 points. Nowitzki has already amassed 26,710 points in 16 seasons, currently sitting 10th on the league’s all-time scoring list. Still, while looking to add to his game, don’t be surprised if Nowitzki slowly begins to integrate the skyhook into his repertoire. “You know, the skyhook is a tough shot, especially if you have no move, if you don’t come out in rhythm and just turn around and shoot it. That’s why nobody is shooting it like Kareem,” Nowitzki explained. “I don’t know how he did it, but that shot is unbelievable. But out of the move it’s OK. Once I got a little running start, I can actually shoot it OK. The problem is with 36, I don’t get a lot of running starts anymore.” mavs.com

October 3, 2014 Updates
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Dirk Nowitzki has occasionally half-joked that his German blood makes him a pessimist by nature. But there’s nothing but positivity flowing through the big German’s veins as the Dallas Mavericks open training camp. “We got all the talent in the world,” Nowitzki said, not shying away at all when asked whether this roster compares favorably to the Mavs’ 2011 championship team. “We just got to make it work. The chemistry has got to be there.” ESPN.com

September 29, 2014 Updates

Morey has played a part in feeding the frenzy, too. "I think [Cuban's] pissed that we went after Dirk [Nowitzki] in free agency, however unsuccessful it was," Morey told Yahoo Sports. Yes, Morey respects the tactical purposes behind Cuban's crusade, but rejects his reasoning as flawed – even downright untrue. "We've been pretty good, and I think he's doing a smart thing to take on a rival," Morey told Yahoo Sports late Sunday. "He should want to beat up on San Antonio, too, but it's hard to paint the Spurs that way. So he's directed his bully pulpit onto us. Our owner stays above the fray, so I'm outgunned honestly. Yahoo! Sports

"But let's be clear: If the money's equal between the Rockets and Mavericks, I think players are picking Houston. Every time. For Dwight [Howard], I just don't think it was a hard choice between us and Dallas. If you want to win, you're going to want to join our organization. We have a first-team All-NBA player in his prime [James Harden]. They have an enormously talented superstar [Dirk Nowitzki] but he obviously isn't 24 years old. "The choice was pretty obvious between the two teams. Dwight is the smart guy in this." Yahoo! Sports

September 23, 2014 Updates
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When he wasn't on the promotional trail for his new documentary, Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki spent most of his time in Germany in recent weeks as he usually does, locked in an old gym working on his game with lifelong shot doctor Holger Geschwindner. Nowitzki's latest summer project: Speeding up his shot release. "I don't think, to the naked eye, you would see it," Nowitzki told ESPN.com. "I don't know if the [average] fan will see the difference. But I'm always trying to get better and this is just a little tool for me to shoot a little quicker. We'll see how it works during the season." ESPN.com

September 18, 2014 Updates
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According to reports from the German newspaper SportBild, Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, has given Germany's NBA superstar Dirk Nowitzki permission to take part in basketball's 2015 European Championships. After being asked whether he would be allowed to return to the national team, the 36-year-old Nowitzki answered with "Yes." The Würzburg-born star is the focus of the team, but his most recent international outing is a while back: He last played for Germany in the 2011 European Championships in Lithuania. At the EuroBasket two years ago, Cuban put his foot down and said no. dw.de

September 13, 2014 Updates

A large contingent of Dallas Mavericks players and front office staff will fly to Germany next week for the premiere of a movie featuring power forward Dirk Nowitzki. The name of the documentary, which premieres Thursday, is Nowitzki: Der Perfekte Wurf. In English that translates into Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot. The documentary chronicles how Nowitzki rose to become a 12-time NBA All-Star while leading the Mavericks to the 2011 NBA title. It also features the role of Holger Geschwindner, Nowitzki’s longtime mentor and coach who helped developed him into a superstar. Fort Worth Star-Telegram

September 9, 2014 Updates
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Mark Cuban on if Dirk Nowitzki taking a pay cut was contingent on signing a particular player: “Dirk is the man. It wasn’t that type of conversation at all. Dirk and I sit and talk about all of this stuff. He knows the strategy, what we’re trying to do, why we’re doing it. He realizes that if he didn’t do it the chances of him being in a championship position weren’t nearly as good. Dirk is very, very good at saving his money and Holger [Geschwindner], his agent quote unquote, wears the same three pairs of pants and three shirts. He carries all of them in a gym bag so he’s good at saving a lot of his money. There wasn’t a lot of tension there. Dirk and I laid it on the line. There’s no question he could have gotten paid more money, but he wants to win.” Dallas Morning News

August 23, 2014 Updates

On the Rockets making inquiries on Dirk in the trade market: “I was like, ‘Are you kidding me?’ He asked if we’d trade Dirk. At first I thought it was taunting, but now knowing more about Daryl I don’t think it was in hindsight. That’s just not his style. It says a lot about their approach more than anything else. They just have a different understanding and approach to chemistry than we do. Some teams, and that’s not just the Rockets, just put together talent and the talent takes care of itself. We think chemistry matters. When Carmelo came to visit us, there was no chance that we were going to put him in someone else’s jersey number and put it on the outside of the arena. That’s not our style.” Dallas Morning News

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Four players – three of them future Hall of Famers – took pay cuts of a staggering eight figures this offseason. Dirk Nowitzki, Pau Gasol and Paul Pierce all took salary slashes of more than $10 million to extend their careers with contending teams. They head the list of the top 10 individual pay cuts this summer. Our list uses exact salary figures from last season. In some cases, this season’s figures are averages of multi-year deals received by players. For example, Ben Gordon signed a two-year, $9 million contract with the Orlando Magic. But until we receive exact figures sometime next month, we are assigning Gordon an annual average salary. SheridanHoops

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