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Dirk Nowitzki to delay decision on next season

Posted on: August 4, 2011 5:13 pm
 
Posted by Ben Golliver

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World champions get to set their own schedules.

Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki, fresh off his first NBA title, is in no hurry to set his plans should the ongoing NBA lockout result in a work stoppage.

ESPNDallas.com reports that Nowitzki, who carried the Mavericks past the Miami Heat in the 2011 NBA Finals, is taking his time to make his plans for next season despite the fact that he's drawing interest from around the world.
Spending the week in Berlin to combine a commercial shoot with private training sessions with longtime mentor Holger Geschwindner, Nowitzki said: "I'm going to play the Euros and then see where the lockout is after that. Until then, I'm not going to look at playing anywhere else."

"I've always said I'm too old to sit around for a whole year," Nowitzki said. He turned 33 a week after the Mavs' title-clinching Game 6 win in Miami. "I still can't see this being a long lockout, but if it is I'm going to find somewhere to play."

The report also notes that German club Bayern Munich has "been chasing Nowitzki for months" and that a Chinese club has offered "more than $1 million per month" to obtain his services.

The Euros that Nowitzki is referring to is the EuroBasket tournament that runs later this month and into September. Nowitzki has committed to representing his native Germany. 

Nowitzki's stance about playing overseas is an interesting one. He's the Mavericks' clear franchise player and has more than $60 million coming to him over the next three seasons. With that said, he's banked more than $140 million over the course of his career according to Basketball-Reference.com so, assuming he was able to protect most of that from his ex-fiancee, he is in a position where he can put basketball first. Nowitzki has always played with a free-flowing love of the game that's unusual for a player of his size. Perhaps we shouldn't be surprised that he so adamently opposes losing a season's worth of games. Retirement is approaching, sure, but it sounds like he's at the point where he wants to squeeze every last ounce of joy out of playing the game.

In this way, Nowitzki sounds like a less commercialized version of Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, who has also made it clear he doesn't want to sit around and that his talents are available to the highest bidder.

Nowitzki dealt with a finger injury and a knee injury last season so the idea of him playing overseas surely doesn't sit easy with Mavericks ower Mark Cuban or the team's fanbase. But imagine the fanfare if Nowitzki did return to Europe, even for a brief run, so soon after his NBA Finals win. It would be the stuff of legend. 

Now we just sit and wait to see if it will happen.
Comments

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: August 7, 2011 4:21 pm
 

Dirk Nowitzki to delay decision on next season

Dirk!!! Do what you want. You earned it. Dirk will always be a legend in Dallas even if we left right now and played the rest of his days in Turkey, Japan, or anywhere else. I think he has done enough for our team and if he wants to go play then go. I do hope you come back after the owners stop being retards. Don't want to pay you players? Then stop signing idiot deals to keep them. If you are not making money then why are you making this guys SUPER RICH.




Since: Jan 10, 2008
Posted on: August 6, 2011 9:49 pm
 

Dirk Nowitzki to delay decision on next season

Nowitski may be adamently opposed to losing a season's worth of games, but what NBA player is adamently opposed to losing at least some of the NBA regular season?  That league has always had way too many regular season games.




Since: Oct 29, 2010
Posted on: August 6, 2011 9:42 pm
 

Dirk Nowitzki to delay decision on next season

If there is a lockout, the Mavs will be screwed anyway. The story makes it sound like he has plenty of financial security, so he should do what he loves. The Mavs are one of the teams doing the locking out aren't they? The guy just acomplishedd one of his highest goals and in style too, so if he wants to play pick-up basketball that should be his choice too.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: August 6, 2011 5:59 pm
 

Dirk Nowitzki to delay decision on next season

You guys have no problem with Dirk playing somewhere during the lockout because you are naive people that support the players.  The problem with that is if Dirk gets hurt overseas, not only does he lose the remaining 60 million dollars left on his contract but the Dallas Mavericks will be screwed. 



Since: Mar 22, 2011
Posted on: August 5, 2011 6:11 pm
 

Dirk Nowitzki to delay decision on next season

We in Dallas appreciate everything you do Dirk!

Go do what you have to do while these overpaid NBA execs figure out how to lose more money..

Go Mavs Go!



Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: August 5, 2011 10:05 am
 

Dirk Nowitzki to delay decision on next season

Love the Mavs, love Dirk!  Go play.  I got no problem with it. 


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