Mavs savor title, put reloading talk on hold

CBSSports.com wire reports
  •  

DALLAS -- Dirk Nowitzki was talking about the NBA championship capping his career wish list and how much it meant after all the heartbreaks along the way.

He wondered aloud about trying to find something else that could push him so hard. Then he stopped, laughed and said: "I'm not going to retire or anything if that's what you think."

The Mavericks are back in Dallas after wrapping up the franchise's first title.

While the Mavericks know they'll have the finals MVP back next season, it remains to be seen who will be part of Nowitzki's supporting cast. Starting center Tyson Chandler, valuable guard J.J. Barea, injured scorer Caron Butler, DeShawn Stevenson, Brian Cardinal and Peja Stojakovic are all free agents.

The NBA's uncertain labor status complicates things.

So, for now, the Mavs are focused on savoring the first title in franchise history.

Terry delighted in wearing a new white robe with the finals logo on one side of the chest, gold leafs in front of the NBA logo on the other; it was a gift from coach Rick Carlisle, who two years ago took away his favorite robe during a losing streak.

Barea already has plans to take the championship trophy to Puerto Rico. Nowitzki hadn't asked yet to take it to Germany, but upon hearing about Barea's plan said he liked the idea.

The big celebration will come Thursday, with a parade through downtown. Team owner Mark Cuban has offered to pick up the tab, so it should be a doozy of a party, especially after the way he celebrated Sunday night in Miami.

Cuban also has thrown out the idea of doing something other than championship rings. Carlisle said he'd be OK with Cuban giving everyone a piece of jewelry in addition to a ring, but when "you win an NBA championship, you've got to have a ring."

"I don't know what he's thinking," Carlisle said, laughing.

Nowitzki spoke for the locker room when he said, "We've got to talk to him about that. I don't think the last word has been spoken yet. We know he always wants to do something different, something bigger. But the ring is just so classic. ... I mean, I'm a man. I don't know how I'd feel about a bracelet. I'd rather go with a ring."

Copyright 2014 by STATS LLC and The Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and The Associated Press is strictly prohibited.
  •  
 
 

Biggest Stories

CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
COMMENTS
Conversation powered by Livefyre
 

Latest

Most Popular

CBSSports.com Shop

LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers adidas Replica Jersey

LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers Gear
Get yours today
Shop Now