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Dirk Nowitzki: "I want Shaq"

Jul 13, 2010, 11:29 AM EDT

NBA_nowitzki2_250.jpgThe Dallas Mavericks are trying to decide if they want to take on Shquille O’Neal and all that comes with him. But their star player has weighed in on that:

“I want Shaq.”

That’s what Dirk Nowitzki told a German publication (via the fantastic

The question is, do the Mavericks really need him? They just signed Brendan Haywood to a five-year deal, and at this point he is a better center than Shaq. Haywood starts, which mean’s Shaq off the bench. Would that happen quietly? How big a distraction are we talking? Shaq sized?

The Mavericks also are still in the running to get Al Jefferson out of Minnesota, although they slipped behind the Jazz in that race.

There are rumors that Shaq is being considered in Miami, but our own Ira Winderman tweets that any noise of interest there is coming from the Shaq side, not the Heat side.

Shaq wants to play two more years and is still a useful backup center. He shot 56 percent last year and can still rebound well. He’s a big body in the paint, and Dallas could use that trying to match up with the Lakers (Miami could use it to, trying to match up with Boston and Orlando).

But with Shaq comes some media attention and his large personality, which may not blend well some places. He’s going to make headlines and noise, he likes the limelight. Is the tradeoff worth it?

Dirk thinks so.

  1. Sguy2130 - Jul 13, 2010 at 12:00 PM

    Dirk: “I want Shaq”
    That explains a lot.

  2. Raining Three - Jul 13, 2010 at 12:10 PM

    As a fan of the Cavs, I can say that Shaq was a model teammate last year. If anything, he should have had more of a voice in reigning in LeBron and his occasional apathy. Whoever gets him will get 20 effective minutes per night.

  3. Toxicity - Jul 13, 2010 at 12:47 PM

    Shaq is a good team player.

  4. RC - Jul 13, 2010 at 12:49 PM

    Brendan Haywood may be a better defensive center (only because of his age), but that is about it. Shaq even though he can’t move like he used to in his prime can still make a variety of moves to the basket. I have not seen anyone feed the ball to Haywood on a regular basis to get the offense going. Plus, Shaq is a good passer in the post. The Mavs have been always been missing a low-post scorer. Dirk is tall but lives on the perimeter. It would not be a bad move for Dallas. Whether it will get them over the hump for the playoffs is a different question. And I agree with Raining Three, Shaq is just about helping his team win. At least he was that way with the Cavs.

  5. Jerry W - Jul 13, 2010 at 1:26 PM

    Does anyone realize that Shaq did nothing but improve in the Final games Vs the Celtics, and King James played less that Medi-Oker if that even. Shaq = NBA title with the RIGHT players around him.

  6. steved - Jul 13, 2010 at 2:15 PM

    atleast jerryw was watching and knows a little something about bball.shaq is one of the greatest players of all time. sure NOW hes older he has limits…but he played very well against celts..i hope he goes to miami or dallas.a chance to win a title is the only reason to keep playing.i dream of a laker reunion, but i also dream a being uber rich

  7. Andrew Bartolomei - Jul 13, 2010 at 2:19 PM

    Shaq hurts team with his ego almost as much as with his play now. Now his play is starting to be a detriment more than help. The Suns didn’t make the playoffs with him, and then the year later without him went almost to the finals. And then the Cavaliers went further without Shaq the year before, and had a better record the year before. Shaq does not help teams much. His ego is the worst thing. He ends up getting jealous and ruining team chemistry.

  8. bballfan - Jul 13, 2010 at 2:44 PM

    actually andrew i will say honestly i cant stand shaq and his ego, and your right he was a detriment to the run and gun suns, but he was an asset to cleveland and for once he didnt let his ego ruin things there, too bad lebrick james gave up in the boston series, this is one time where i will say shaq can still play ball and he would be good for 20 minutes a night, and maybe now that hes the old man on the block he realed in his shaq ego, and continue to play team ball

  9. mick the ripper - Jul 13, 2010 at 2:55 PM

    If Shaq did not make the Suns or Cav’s better what makes you think he’d improve the Mav’s. A minimum salary offer is the only way I’d pull the trigger on this deal. He is to much of a liability to have on the floor. Defensively he cannot handler pick and rolls and offensively he needs to get touches and he is no longer an effective team player in this league.

  10. Mike D. - Jul 13, 2010 at 3:32 PM

    “The BIG Pain in the Ass” needs to realize his place in the NBA and just retire. By switching from team to team every year – his legacy keeps taking a hit! He’s becomed nothing but a joke in this league these past three years.

  11. Mike D. - Jul 13, 2010 at 3:37 PM

    “The BIG Pain in the Ass” needs to realize his place in the NBA and just retire. By switching from team to team every year – his legacy keeps taking a hit! He’s becomed nothing but a joke in this league these past three years.

  12. Come on!!! - Jul 13, 2010 at 5:44 PM

    The Mavs is the perfect team for Shaq… He needs a need a team where everyone is on the same page… The sentiments that Shaq ruined the suns is crazy… Anyone who knows bball knows that the suns refusal to play defense ruined there season last year… Its so funny because everyone is trying to get smaller and out run their opposition but the teams that have been winning the past championships are big and incorporate a half court game… What Shaq tried to do was implement a half court game where Amare would be the star instead he listened to Nash B.S. Yeah they got far this year, but they were fortunate to play a beat up Blazers squad and an aging Spurs squad who also tried to run…
    And everyone who saw the Celtics series knows that Shaq wasnt the reason they lost… LBJ gave up, Rondo killed them, and Mike Brown was outcoached… For the past 3 years the Cavs havebeen losing to the same teams in the playoffs, the Magic and the Celts… Last year they were just fortunate not to play either of those teams until the East Finals…
    If the Mavs get Shaq he is way better than Haywood… Yea he only scored 12 points and put up 7 boards but that was in 23 minutes… I think he’s very capable to help the Mavs, if he comes I will say Dirk will average career highs in rebounds… You just have to have a team on the same page… Every team Shaq has been on had egos such as Kobe, Amare/Nash, Wade, and LBJ to blame the teams misfortune on him is crazy… Even when he was with the Suns to only one to complain was Nash…

  13. Jumba - Jul 13, 2010 at 9:52 PM

    Man, does anyone know where Richard Jefferson is signing. I want Miami to pick him up as a back up for Lebron. Sign Kurt Thomas as a back up for Chris Bosh. This could be the Miami Roster:
    C- Dexter Pittman/ Kurt Thomas
    PF- Bosh/ Udonis
    SF- James/ Richard Jefferson
    SG- Wade/Mike Miller
    PG- Chalmers/ Jason Willaims

  14. pt - Jul 13, 2010 at 11:46 PM

    the lakers need another big man . . .
    shaq would be a perfect a fit.
    i think he played their once . . .

  15. Anonymous - Jul 14, 2010 at 10:20 AM

    shaq to LA would be totally awesome…isnt that where he wants to have his jersey retired anyway??
    i would start him in LA over that piece of crap Bynum. what a joke he is

  16. GREG - Jul 14, 2010 at 10:33 AM


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