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Old man Dirk says he won’t retire from Dallas Mavericks

Posted by Betonline team on 5/5/2016 5:53:37 AM
Old man Dirk says he won’t retire from Dallas Mavericks

The greatest European basketball player in the history of the NBA is not retiring and that is great news for the league and the Dallas Mavericks.

German born Dirk Nowitzki squashed Internet rumors that he was hanging up the sneakers by saying that he plans to return for a 19th season. Nowitzki turns 38 in June and is expected to opt out of the final year of a three-year, $25 million contract.

There is a chance he could sign elsewhere but Nowitzki said he wants to retire a Maverick.

“I never said I was going to leave this franchise,” Nowitzki told the Dallas media. “The only way I would ever leave is when we do a rebuilding and start with five rookies, and then obviously that’s not something I want to be part of. But as long as we go for it and compete, then I’ll be a Mav.”

Nowitzki does not sound like a guy awaiting the rocking chair. He averaged 18.3 points and 6.5 rebounds this season and is considering playing for the German National team during the Olympic Games this summer. Mavs coach Rick Carlisle wants him back and said he’d fly to Germany to recruit him if necessary.

“He loves the game,” Carlisle said. “I expect him to just continue on and when it becomes time to stop, he’ll know it. And my guess is there won’t be a lot of fanfare with it.”

The Mavs must retool this roster because they are in no position to compete for a title. The Mavs (42-20) won seven of their last eight games to slip into the playoffs this season and have not advanced past the first round since winning the franchise’s only NBA title in 2011.

Injuries crippled this team this season and you wonder where the Mavs would have been if Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan kept his original promise to sign with the team. Instead, he went back to the Clippers.

“This year even though we didn’t get out of the first round I thought the guys that we had available competed like champions,” Mavs Coach Rick Carlisle said. “I didn’t think that there was anything more that they could do competitively than they did.

“To see those guys hitting the floor though the entire (last playoff game against OKC) just playing their guts out was a proud thing for me to see. Nobody likes losing, but when you do your best that’s all you can do.”

Here is a downfall. Forward Chandler Parsons is also a free agent but said he wants to return to Dallas. If he does, then he wants to recruit free agent Dwight Howard who played this season with the Houston Rockets.

However, Howard is considered one of the stars of the NBA but his game is in decline and he is not a championship caliber player. The Mavs appear interested, which shows some desperation for having a center. Howard is a star in name only.

“I think he can still dominate the game,” Parsons said. “I think he still can be a great player in this league and I think he’s going to leave Houston, so why not come here?”


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