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Dirk Nowitzki: “We need some guys that can make plays”

May 7, 2012, 9:37 AM EDT

Dallas Mavericks' Nowitzki walks off the court during a timeout against the Oklahoma City Thunder during their NBA Western Conference quarter-final playoff basketball game in Dallas Reuters

We already talked about this over the weekend — Oklahoma City sweeping Dallas out of the playoffs was the end result of moves owner Mark Cuban made last summer. (Well, that and Oklahoma City is a very good team.)

They didn’t have enough support for Dirk Nowitzki anymore (and the big German didn’t play to his level of the year either). But that was the risk when Tyson Chandler, J.J. Barea, Caron Butler and DeShawn Stevenson were let go, then Lamar Odom didn’t pan out. Jason Terry and Jason Kidd come off the books and now the Mavs have flexibility to go with Dirk.

Nowitzki, for his part, wants some stars, he said after Game 4, via the Dallas Morning News (hat tip to SLAM).

“We need some guys that can make plays for themselves,” Nowitzki said. “That’s pretty obvious. If you look at all the top teams now, they have at least two-three guys they can throw the ball to and they do their thing.”

Nowitzki then specifically mentioned how Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden each carried a Thunder team on different nights in the four-game sweep of the Mavericks.

“If you want to be an elite team in the league right now, you have to have 2-3 guys that can go off at any time,” Nowitzki added.

The Mavericks will make a run at Deron Williams, the Dallas native. But if D-Will decides on Brooklyn, and with Orlando trying to keep Dwight Howard, would the Mavericks consider trying to reunite Steve Nash with Dirk? Just a thought

  1. thomaskouns - May 7, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    I respect Dirk’s game but his comments reflect a lack of leadership on his part.

    • starks3 - May 7, 2012 at 10:37 AM

      He said that immediately after the game, without time to calm down after getting swept. He also knows most of the guys he offended a: wont be on the team next year. b:he won those guys a ring last year, what are they going to say?

      • b7p19 - May 7, 2012 at 10:42 AM

        He’s the star. He’s the one making the max money and getting the pub for being one of the best in the world. He needs to be the guy to win a game or two for his team. He got the glory last year for the title, so putting the blame on his teamates after this sweep is not right. His glory, his fault.

    • b7p19 - May 7, 2012 at 10:37 AM

      Agreed. No matter how true it is (and it’s very true), he shouldn’t being saying it to the media. Behind closed doors to management is fine, but don’t call out your teamates just because you got swept.

      • londonaiooo - May 7, 2012 at 11:09 AM

        He does need to be able to win a game or two certainly, but you need to win four games to advance. So he’s right that they need more guys who can create. The reality is this team was a 7th seed, not just in the standings but talentwise as well. At best they could’ve gotten two games but this team wasn’t beating OKC. I thought Dirk played pretty well too, without much help in the offensive end.

    • wlubake - May 7, 2012 at 1:35 PM

      He didn’t say anything that should come as a surprise to his teammates. Kidd is no longer a scorer. Jet’s a spot up shooter, not a shot creator. Marion is a role player who can put up 15, but has no threat of the jumper anymore. Carter stepped up on occassion this year, but was on a 1 year deal and can’t be asked to create regularly anymore.

      Caron Butler was actually the best shot creator, aside from Dirk, on the team last year. You need someone who can penetrate to create ball movement for your spot shooters. Dallas had no penetrating players this year.

      Williams will be great, if they can get him.

  2. noname728 - May 7, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Funny how Dirk says he needs 2-3 other guys to be sucessful and literally throws his teammates under the bus and not much is said. THE OTHER GUY says he wants to play with other good players and he is labeled heartless, gutless and all other lesses. hmmm?

    • nolanwiffle - May 8, 2012 at 10:38 AM

      I think he probably figuratively threw his teammates under the bus……otherwise he’d be facing assault charges.

  3. reddolfan66 - May 7, 2012 at 12:44 PM


  4. cantonbound13 - May 7, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    Welcome to Dallas Deron.

  5. lakerluver - May 7, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    Hey, noname728, Dirk never acted like he was the greatest thing since sliced bread, the “other guy” did, and still does. I have no problem with what Dirk said. Yeah, he was a little insensitive but he sole the truth. Dallas NEEDS D. Will. They may not get Howard but Dirk needs help.

    • noname728 - May 7, 2012 at 9:43 PM

      laker, honestly i have no problem with dirk saying it if he admitted he need more help more power to him. but if lebron had said the same words most would have so much more to say. As far thinking he is the greatest think since sliced bread..I really wonder what information you going by to say this.Do you know him on a personal level?. Did he say he was the greatest? I guess wanting to play with other stars is the trend. He just did it first! Anyway D WILL and DIRK.. that is a scary combo lets hope it happens.

  6. sunlightpianist - May 7, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    Look at the questions Nowitzki answered. He was asked about missing players like Tyson Chandler and Caron Butler and asked about Deron Williams for next season. So he described it in the correct way. Kidds plays from game 4 would have secured game 1 and 2 for the Mavs. Just one more player to contribute in each game. And don’t forget, Nowitzki reduced his contract significantly a year before, to make the trade of Chandler possible.

  7. rosesacl - May 7, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    Kobe said the same kind of things… pao gasol magically appeared soon after… then 2 rings…whatyea

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