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Sep 29, 2014
Mavs' coach Rick Carlisle stated during media day that he hopes to trim Dirk Nowitzki's minutes down from 32 minutes per game, to around 29 minutes per game.
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Player Preview: What more can be said about Dirk Nowitzki?

Player Preview: What more can be said about Dirk Nowitzki?

The greatest player to don a Maverick uniform is about to suit up for his 17th year. Our season preview sign up sheet is crowded. With a new season just around the corner, your Mavs Moneyball staff will be putting out amazing content over the next month as we work our way towards the season. The Dirk Nowitzki preview, though, remained open. As of yesterday, no one had signed up to preview the Big German. Why? I imagine it's because after 16 seasons of brilliant basketball, writing about the greatest basketball player to ever put on a Dallas Mavericks uniform is a daunting task. He's been...

Dirk Nowitzki: 'We got all the talent in the world'

DALLAS – Dirk Nowitzki has occasionally half-joked that his German blood makes him a pessimist by nature. But there’s nothing but positivity flowing through the big German’s veins as the Dallas Mavericks open training camp. “We got all the talent in the world,” Nowitzki said, not shying away at all when asked whether this roster compares favorably to the Mavs’ 2011 championship team. “We just got to make it work.

Dirk Nowitzki: “We got all the talent in the world”

So Dirk Nowitzki has put his blossoming movie career in the rear-view and wanted to talk basketball on Monday. He made it clear that even at age 36, there are a few things he still wants to accomplish with the …
Rotoworld Sep 29, 2014

Carlisle hopes to trim down Dirk's minutes - Dirk Nowitzki (F) Dallas Mavericks

Mavs' coach Rick Carlisle stated during media day that he hopes to trim Dirk Nowitzki's minutes down from 32 minutes per game, to around 29 minutes per game.
Mavs Moneyball Sep 25, 2014

The Mavs are only 14th in watchability, according to USA Today

But what is "watchability" really? Adi Joseph of USA Today Sports is doing yet another power ranking. (Because that's all any of us can do in the dead space between free agency and training camp, right?) Joseph is about midway through his "NBA Watchability Rankings." Here's what he had to say about why you can't miss the Mavs this season: German engineering: Nowitzki already will go down as one of the most efficient scorers in NBA history, but he spent this offseason tweaking his shot to make it even more difficult to block than a 7-footer with a high release already is. His "Iron Leg"...

Cuban: Mavs too deep for 20-point scorers

DALLAS – Dirk Nowitzki’s scoring average dipped under 20 points per game once in the last 14 seasons, and that was when he underwent knee surgery in October, missed two months and ended up looking like a mountain man as the Dallas Mavericks chased a .500 record. His boss anticipates that the dozen-time All-Star’s scoring numbers dip again this season, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. “I’m not expecting anyone on our team to be a 20-point scorer,” Mavs owner Mark Cuban said.

A 20-point scorer this year? Don’t expect one for the Mavericks, Cuban says

Mark Cuban said Tuesday he doesn’t expect anybody on the Dallas Mavericks to be a 20-point scorer this season. If that’s the case, it would be only the second time in the Dirk Nowitzki era that they haven’t had a …
Oklahoman Sep 14, 2014

NBA offseason: Grading the Western Conference Player movement

BY ANTHONY SLATERDALLAS Best move: Convincing Dirk Nowitzki to take a 3-year, $25 million deal, far below his market value. Worst move: Allowing Vince Carter to bolt for Memphis in free agency, despite what seemed like an affordable price. Comment: The sweetheart Nowitzki contract freed up Mark Cuban to make plenty of roster tweaks this offseason.Read more on NewsOK.com
Mavs Moneyball Sep 8, 2014
Dirk Nowitzki considering playing for Germany in 2015 Eurobasket

Dirk Nowitzki considering playing for Germany in 2015 Eurobasket

After taking several summers off from national team activity, Dirk looks like he may rejoin his German teammates next offseason. In a lengthy video interview over the weekend, Dirk Nowitzki said he is planning on playing for the German National Team in Eurobasket 2015 to help qualify for the 2016 Olympics. You can see the video here and these specific comments are at the 24-minute mark. They're in German, of course, so thanks to commenter No Joke for first alerting us to the interview. I also confirmed the comments with several German speakers. Dirk said he'll wait until the end of this...
Mavs Moneyball Sep 3, 2014

MMB Trial Post: It's time for Dirk Nowitzki to take a well-deserved break

The offseason has wound to a close. Sleep in a little, Dirk. Manager's note: This week, we will be publishing trial posts from our MMB finalists. With almost 100 applicants, thanks to those who sent an email. This piece is by Danny Webster; enjoy! It's time to put the Dallas Mavericks' offseason to rest and not relive it until we get closer to the regular season. It's also time for Dirk Nowitzki to take a break. Allow me to explain. The Mavs' offseason, as has been echoed since early July, has been fun. It's also been awesome, epic and breathtakingly exhilarating. But now that Chandler...
Mavs Moneyball Sep 2, 2014

The cultural impact of Dirk Nowitzki through his NBA career

How Dirk defies expectations and became a true Texan. Ever since Dirk hoisted the trophy in 2011, nothing but effusive praise has poured out from traditional media and bloggers alike. There seems to be an undeniable fact across the basketball Internet universe: everybody loves Dirk. However, there seems to be a deeper cause for Dirk's universal likability. Dirk is objectively the best European ever, but he's more than European. Dirk is both cosmopolitan and provincial: an adopted Texan, married to a Kenyan woman, who has been immersed in black culture for the entirety of his 16 years in...

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