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Mark Cuban thinks Dirk Nowitzki can be in the MVP conversation next season

Jul 23, 2013, 10:10 PM EDT

Mark Cuban, Dirk Nowitizki AP

Mark Cuban loves Dirk Nowitzki like a son, and the two have built a relationship that goes beyond the professional level over the course of Nowitzki’s stellar 15-year career with the Dallas Mavericks.

It’s fine to have those feelings cloud Cuban’s sense of reality a bit where basketball is concerned; just don’t expect the rest of us to blindly follow those beliefs.

The latest comments from Cuban in trying to sell us on the wonders of Dirk at this late stage of his career center on the fact that he believes people have “dismissed” Nowitzki’s ability, and sees no reason why his All-World big man couldn’t come away with the MVP award, even at age 35.

From Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas:

“If there’s one missing piece between what everyone is saying and what we’re doing, everybody, I think, has dismissed Dirk — like Dirk is done and he’s on the downside and he can’t play anymore and he’s not the type of contributor that he was,” Cuban said during an appearance on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM’s Galloway and Company.

“Knock on wood, if we stay healthy, I think people are just missing Dirk in ways they shouldn’t,” Cuban said. “Like I’ve been telling him, Karl Malone won an MVP at 35 and there’s no reason why he can’t be considered in an MVP conversation at 35.”

Yeah, no.

To be fair, however, the “MVP conversation” can contain a whole host of players that never have any actual chance of taking home the trophy. Tony Parker was in it at times last season, as were Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul.

And honestly, as long as LeBron James is in his prime and plays the bulk of the regular season without injury, any player in the league would be hard-pressed to make a case that they are more deserving of the award than he is.

There may be some truth to the theory that people are discounting just how valuable Nowitzki might be at this point, but we won’t be fully sold until he returns to playing at an All-Star level — especially by someone as biased on the matter as the owner of the Mavericks.

  1. onlyavoice - Jul 23, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    Now We Have To Listen To Mav Fans All Season,
    All 7 Of Them.

    • money2long - Jul 24, 2013 at 12:22 AM

      7 fans….first off, there’s more than 7 players on the mavs team alone.

  2. savvybynature - Jul 23, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    And nobody expected Duncan to make all-NBA first-team last season either. This very site said the Spurs weren’t contenders anymore. No one expected Kobe to put up MVP numbers last season until his injury.
    Sports writers love to act like they know the future, but truth is they are as clueless as the rest of us. Dirk being in the MVP conversation isn’t likely, but nor is it impossible. Never underestimate the heart of a champion (or the fact that he will be the clear #1 offensive option on his team, and will be in a contract year). And this is from a Spurs fan.

    • batyrn - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:17 AM

      It was all good, until you brought up the contract year. Nowitzki is what he is. His value is as predictable as Popovich’s record next season. You know what you are getting out of him.

      • connormcwilliams - Jul 24, 2013 at 4:54 PM

        No. The contract year point is stupid because Dirk has said over and over that he’s going to take a massive pay cut after this season. Dirk doesn;t play for money. He plays for rings.

  3. southsidegroovin281 - Jul 23, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    (Jim Rome’s) BLOCK! BLOCK!

  4. jgreiner9 - Jul 23, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    Team MVP discussion right….?

  5. Jorge Lancerio - Jul 23, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    Man, the Cube has been saying some pretty silly stuff lately.

  6. waynegretsky77 - Jul 23, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    “Lebron is better.he has more points average in elimination games.this clown choked vs gs in 2007 while lebron never lost in first round.this clown didndidn’t make playoffs.lebeons team has more number one records than this clowns team.lebron is more clutch like his layup buzzer against Indy the 18 POINT 4TH quarter game six the 37 point game seven.lebron had a game scoring 30 on 90% shooting vs cCharlotte.
    Lebron can play and guard all five positions according to ESPN.he was more talked about as a free agent.lebron more loyal while this clown keeps ranting how he hates his team

    • emull22 - Jul 24, 2013 at 8:49 AM

      That clown has one of your boyfriend’s MVP awards and one of his NBA championship’s.

  7. waynegretsky77 - Jul 23, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    This clown never had a 27 game winning streak

    • mrwhiteshadez - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:30 AM

      I don’t think any player has had a “27 game winning streak”…. Since that’s not even possibile.

  8. bknowledge - Jul 23, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    5 Team Trade at trade deadline:
    GS gets: Nowitzki, Mahinmi, Wil Bynum
    Mavs get: Harrison Barnes, Greg Monroe, Amare
    Pacers get: Iman Shumpert, Jae Crowder, David Lee
    Pistons get: Granger, Calderon, Bargniarni
    Knicks get: expiring contracts (Villanueva, Stuckey, etc…)

    People probably gonna hate this comment but, here’s why each tam should do it…
    GS/Mavs…no explanation needed…
    Pacers: Granger wasn’t part of their run in last year’s playoffs, his contract is expiring and they will likely lose him…in exchange they get two guys on rookie deals to play next to Paul George who they’ll also have to pay next season…David Lee is an upgrade over Mahinmi at center…
    Pistons: After the trade, their starting lineup would be: Drummond, Josh Smith, Granger, Kantevarious, Calderon…not sure this is the best they can get for Greg Monroe but….
    Knicks…if the Knicks aren’t serious contenders, they need to dump salary…this deal would have them under the cap next summer….
    This is a huge trade and pretty useless to speculate about….but…it would be nice to see Nowitzki end his career on a contender…

    • lucasblack12 - Jul 24, 2013 at 12:38 AM

      5 team trade? Pretty far fetched.. Actually having dirk in the trade is comical, he ain’t going anywhere.

    • The BIG Yuup - Jul 24, 2013 at 8:14 AM

      Dude, there is no way in h*ll that that is happening.

    • mrwhiteshadez - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:31 AM

      You’re a moron.

  9. grantgoodman93 - Jul 23, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    I agree. It was only 2 years ago that he was the sole superstar on a championship team. After that, the lockout. Then the next offseason he hurt his knee. Anybody who watches the Mavericks knows that in the last month of last season, Dirk was again Dirk. Go Mavs

  10. rockyf98 - Jul 23, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    Cuban cracks me up!! Watch Dirk get the mvp, just kidding

  11. bringbacktheseattlesonics - Jul 23, 2013 at 11:58 PM


    • Kurt Helin - Jul 24, 2013 at 2:27 AM

      I posted this today on twitter. My quick hits in the West as of now would be:
      1. Thunder
      2. Clippers
      3. Spurs
      4. Rockets
      5. Warriors
      6. Grizzlies
      7. Timberwolves
      8. Nuggets

      I think the top six are locks and the Lakers, Mavericks, Trail Blazers and Pelicans in the mix for the bottom two as well.

      • The BIG Yuup - Jul 24, 2013 at 8:13 AM

        The Pelicans are serious contenders i think, and this is from a heat fan.

      • The BIG Yuup - Jul 24, 2013 at 8:18 AM

        West as follows
        1. Thunder
        2. Grizzles

      • batyrn - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:28 AM

        1. Spurs
        2. Warriors
        3. Thunder
        4. Clippers
        5. Rockets
        6. Memphis
        7. New Orleans
        8. Mavericks
        Just missing: Lakers, Utah

      • mrwhiteshadez - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:34 AM

        1. It
        2. Doesn’t
        3. Matter
        4. Because
        5. The
        6. Heat
        7. Are
        8. Winning

      • spursareold - Jul 24, 2013 at 3:00 PM

        What do the Showtime Lakers, The Jordan Bulls, The Shaq/Kobe Lakers, and the Kobe/Gasol Lakers all have in common, besides multiple titles?

        None of them ever made the Finals four years in a row. The Heat won’t either. The 100 game seasons, plus USA*Basketball obligations will catch up to them.

  12. philyeagles5 - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    Worst owner ever. Wins a title then gives up on the next year. Relies on free agents the next year. When he fails, he waits for the next year.

  13. jhop86 - Jul 24, 2013 at 2:37 AM

    Half the people that are talking are heat fans but to say LeBron is more clutch than nowitzki is not true watch near the end of game six in the nba finals he did not look great I think it almost cost them the title but ray Alan hit a 3 if he missed that shot a lot of blame goes on king James nowitzki is one of the best powerforwords in nba history LeBron is still the best nba player in the nba the man is a monster I’m not hating on LeBron he will be the MVP next year melo is one dimensional and cp3 is a great pg but lebron can do more than him defensively & offensively but what I can’t stand are heat fans I’m not talking about the bandwagoners or the I only watch my team when there in the playoffs heat fans I can understand praising your team but don’t say stuff without backing it up lebron did not do eny thing against dallas almost the whole series that’s the finals and the series was not fixed you want fixed look at some of the fouls against the thunder when they where in the finals I’m not saying the thunder deserved the ring because Miami man handled them the whole series you can’t blame it on fouls it’s about the momentum and the heat had it 1 stop hAting on nowitzki 2 there a lot more fans than 7 hell the team has more players than that liked the humer though

  14. jadaruler - Jul 24, 2013 at 2:37 AM

    Cuban has his faults, like never admitting when he’s wrong, but he’s a great owner. He said nothing wrong.

    He said consideration, not that he would win it. The funny thing is people on this site say the Mavs will be a 10th seed next year but forget they won 41 games with an out of shape Dirk, Mike James and Collison at point, the train wreck of “Mayo Late” and the matador defense of Chris Kaman. If Dirk is himself and the team gels he will get recognition.

  15. davidly - Jul 24, 2013 at 5:42 AM

    And thus he becomes “part of the conversation”.

    Tho’, if you’re gonna say that a healthy LBJ is the MVP by default, then MJ should’ve won just about every time in the nineties (perhaps, one could argue, even the season he didn’t play at all).

    But even the award makers know that Chuck meant to much more to Phoenix the year they lost in the finals.

    Yeah, but will Dirk be in the conversation next January? No way, José. Next year’s award is going to a certain player who goes by none other than the name o’ Skibby MaRue!

  16. jhop86 - Jul 24, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    The BIG Yuup no lakers on that list

  17. wlubake - Jul 24, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Folks have some short memories. This is the guy that carried a team to a championship in 2011. He isn’t done or over the hill. He was hurt last year. He’s still a match-up nightmare and arguably a top 10 offensive player in the league. He got it going toward the end of last year. With Calderon running the offense and Monta doing his best Jet impersonation, this team could look similar to the 2011 team.

    For all of you counting Cuban out, I expect him to be looking for an upgrade come the trade deadline, with a center (Gortat or Asik maybe?) being the primary target. The Mavs will be a playoff team.

  18. jhop86 - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    For all the people talking about the27 game win streak may I remind you that the win streak would have ment nothing in the playoffs would you rather win 27 games in a row then get knocked out the playoffs or have good season then win the ring it was impressive but if the had lost in game seven to Indiana then that would have ment nothing nowitzki doesn’t have two super stars around him so the CLOWN your talking about has a MVP a ring and loyalty to his team he stayed in dallas fifteen years + and only won 1 championship that’s loyalty in my books and lebron left Cleveland because he wanted a RING the management in Cleveland must have sucked because they couldn’t get pieces to build around LeBron so he took a easy way out and still lost to dallas in the finals when he lost to the spurs In the finals it was because they got in his head dallas did the same the thunder not so much now he has 2 rings and more MVPs so don’t call nowitzki a clown because he is a first valet hall of gamer so stop hating and get facts before you say something stupid about a hall of famer so please IGNORANT heat fans not regular heat fans who know what there talking about the one who hate on every team who pull the championship card every time there in a argument those fans are ignorant not all heat fans are band woganers know who your calling a clown

  19. ddarqwon - Jul 24, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    Just send him down the road to Houston already.
    Let him get action at a couple more championships before he comes home to Dallas to officially retire.
    Dirk gets a chance to win in his twilight.
    The Rockets get the ultimate stretch 4.
    The Mavs get a few good young pieces in the process (likely some combo of Asik, Jones, and Lin/picks).

    Some egos and attitudes would have to be put to the side to make it happen but I see it as a classic win/win/win situation.

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