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Dirk Nowitzki tweets he will play two more seasons, at least

Aug 27, 2012, 1:45 AM EST

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At age 34 after 14 years in the league, Dirk Nowitzki hasn’t lost a step yet. If you thought he did last year, think about who was around him. He is still the guy who led the Mavericks to the title in 2011, and even last season he averaged 21.6 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.

And he’s going to be around a couple more years. This is what Nowitzki himself tweeted Sunday:

“@DribblePasShoot: @swish41 Your game looks like it will age really well, how many more yrs you playing?” 2 for sure and then see how I feel

Not coincidentally, that is when his next contract is up. Dirk, with his conditioning and shooting skill, most likely will still be able to play at a high level beyond those two years.

Whether he returns may have a lot to do with Mark Cuban’s rebuilding plan — he has a lot of cap space next year, and if they don’t land a start he will find a way to roll it over to the next year. He wants to get another star or two to pair with Dirk.

If he lands that other superstar you can bet Dirk will find a few more years in those legs. If not… it will be a sad day whenever the best international player ever leaves the NBA.

  1. rydiesel - Aug 27, 2012 at 3:32 AM

    he’s no sabonis

  2. money2long - Aug 27, 2012 at 3:48 AM

    Dirk is in the class of great players with unique gifts. I’m happy he got a ring before his career ended. Not only did he validate his career, but he changed peoples’ image about him.

    While he was recognized as a phenomenal player, Dirk still had his share of detractors who saw him as a choker, or someone who couldn’t get it done when it mattered. But he went on to change all that, defeating a heavy favorite in the Heat and displaying some of the best offensive moves the game has ever seen out of a seven footer.

    It was to the point he scared the opposition with just his pump fakes. It seemed all his shots were finding the net, almost had a radar guided feel to them. Remember that one shot Dirk had in those finals, a 3 pointer, that clearly left the frame of view ? It was the definition of RAINBOW. (for emphasis, since I like yall, I found the link here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lf-JuviSUng&feature=fvwrel) .

    Dirk became a beast that postseason. I was actually on an inner city New York basketball court and I heard a kid yell “DIRK” as he was shooting a jumper. Never have I heard someone yell his name in that area while playing ball…usually it’s “Kobe!” Dirk won a lot of fans after his brilliant display.

  3. jcrileyesq - Aug 27, 2012 at 8:08 AM

    Drazen, Manu, and maybe Sabonois were better players even though Dirk had the best NBA career; I will give Kurt a pass on claiming Dirk the best “international player” since he must not have included Hakeem the Dream

  4. rjlink1 - Aug 27, 2012 at 9:06 AM

    My guess is that “how he feels” in two years will be good enough to sign another 5-year deal for pretty good money. Like you said, his game hasn’t even started to decline yet.

  5. eventhorizon04 - Aug 27, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Dirk’s game is based on his tremendous jump shooting ability, which as that Tweet notes ages very well.

    Health permitting, guys like Dirk and Ray Allen can probably play at a reasonably high level even into their late 30’s.

  6. jordanismyidol - Aug 28, 2012 at 1:22 AM

    Top 10 best pf of all time

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