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Why Dirk stayed in Dallas: The owner gets it

Sep 17, 2010, 12:11 PM EDT

NBA_nowitzki2_250.jpgLeBron James had questions about Cleveland, its ownership and the grand plan. He didn’t have those questions (or far fewer ones) about Miami.

Dirk Nowitzki was a free agent this summer too, although nobody expected him to move. He told Mavs Moneyball it was owner Mark Cuban’s commitment to winning that made sure he did not leave.

“I would say the key point is that our owner Marc Cuban immediately came to me and said: ‘Hey, Dirk, we both sit in the same boat. ” The same boat, that was it. He wants to be champion, I want to be champion, he dreams of it, I dream of it. If I would’ve left, I would have thought, I give up, I did not make it. It would have seemed to me like running away.”

But he may have been more tempted than people thought.

“Granted, there was a moment, if the Miami Heat would’ve had reported exactly at that time [as Cuban], ‘they want to build a super team with me, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James’, it would have been very tempting and almost a guarantee for the title. When they got Chris Bosh it was clear, the best options do I have and keep in Dallas, because all the other clubs are not further than us in the fight to the ring for the NBA Champ. Not Chicago, not New York, and neither the New Jersey Nets can guarantee me a better result and not to drop off again in April to end the season prematurely.”

With Dirk in the fold, the Mavericks remain very good. On that second tier in the West, hoping the Lakers come back to them a little.

LeBron James in another jersey is not that jarring (unless you live in Cleveland). Nowitzki in another jersey… can’t picture it.

  1. DOH - Sep 17, 2010 at 4:17 PM

    Correction: Dirk told that to a german newspaper [mainpost.de] MMB just got a translation.

  2. Jacko - Sep 17, 2010 at 10:42 PM

    One of the most consistent and classy players. Doesn’t get his due cause he’s white though. Too bad it takes a shoot-happy ballhog who dunks to be deemed a great player.

  3. The Hessian - Sep 18, 2010 at 3:40 AM

    Hi, Jacko. You’re an awesome, prime example of a super-huge douche bag of the highest order. Seriously, “cause he’s white”? Is your mom also your aunt? Do you hail from white trash town?
    The Hessian

  4. SpankMonkey - Sep 18, 2010 at 8:43 AM

    Actually probably gets more attention because he is white. Probably less because he is German. White, non gangsta, no tats, no law trouble, no whores, stays out of spotlight, actuall knows who his father is. He is “the great white hope” type that white people root for. Every team need a token white boy.

  5. Larry - Sep 18, 2010 at 4:51 PM

    He’s a slow PF who isn’t a good rebouder for a 7 footer, 8.5 per game lifetime, who has no low post game. He a great shooter/ scorer but at 7 feet plays like a small forward. He gets his due for sure as a 2nd team all -nBA player with several weaknesses.
    The real question will be can Hedo Turkolu or Dirk register a 20 inch vertical leap as a PF.

  6. Hugo - Sep 21, 2010 at 12:03 PM

    Oh Larry, please. Try to watch some Dallas games this next season. Dirk grabs boards when it matters. Look at his playoffs numbers. He is one of the few players that averages a 25 / 10 on the playoffs. His rebounding gradually diminished when the mavs brought other players to do that. Look at the mavs from last year, for example: Kidd, Butler, Marion, Dirk, Dampier / Haywood. Kidd is one of the best rebounding guards ever, Butler grabs a lot of boards playing the 2, because of his size and all that, Marion has always been a good rebounder, and Damp / Wood were the centers and averaged together 12+ boards a game. For Dirk to grab 8 boards a game for the season with the way the team is structured is good enough.
    If you tried to watch some Dirk games since 2004 or 2005 you would know how idiot was the statement: “A slow PF … who has no low post game”. He can beat you on offense in every way. He can post up most PF and Centers, being quicker than them. If he can’t post, he will use what we call: “the one-legged Euro fadeaway” who is basically unguardable. Also, he can shoot from midrange or the 3 point line.
    If you want the guy to jump and dunk like Lebron you won’t find it on him. But if you don’t know, having a great vertical leap has nothing to do with a guy being good or not.

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