After playing his 19th season with the Dallas Mavericks, Dirk Nowitzki has informed the team he will return for his 20th NBA season, according to Mavs.com. He will exercise his player option to opt into the final season of his two-year, $50 million contract.
Nowitzki joins just Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, Kareem Abdul-Jabaar, Kevin Willis, and Robert Parrish as the only players in NBA history to play 20 seasons. He and Bryant are the only players to spend two decades with one team.
There is also a chance he returns for his 21st season, a feat only Parrish and Willis have accomplished. – SB Nation
The Dallas Mavericks aren’t going to the playoffs after their 33-49 regular season, but they got some good news today as Dirk Nowitzki announced he’ll be returning next year for his 20th NBA season. Dirk will become only the second player in NBA history to play 20 seasons for the same team (Kobe Bryant) and if this season is any indication, Dirk can still perform. While his 14.2 points per game were the second lowest of his career, it was still good for second on the team. He also shot barely under 44% from the field and led the team in rebounds with 6.5 per game. Dirk is still an above average contributor, so hopefully the Mavs can make some offseason moves and make his 20th season count.
Yooo. That rim was 12 feet high… https://t.co/fr2SBPXvTl
— Dirk Nowitzki (@swish41) January 6, 2016
Dirk has never been known as the fastest guy, or the highest jumper. But what he does do well is score the basketball, which is why he’s 6th on the all time scoring list. It is nice to see when things don’t go his way, such as getting rejected by the rim at 7 feet tall, that he has a sense of humor about it. I hope he plays forever.
— Dirk Nowitzki (@swish41) October 25, 2015
I’m a little biased here, but Dirk Nowitzski just won Halloween and it’s not even Halloween yet. Not only does Dirk have the perfect look for a Lurch costume (lanky 7 footer) but he pulls off the makeup and dead eyed stare perfectly. The Mavericks might not win another title while he’s still playing, but that doesn’t mean Dirk is going to go less than 100% for a team Halloween party. Not now, not ever.
Loser – DeAndre Jordan, after verbally agreeing to a four-year max deal with the Dallas Mavericks last week, has made an about-face, re-signing with the Los Angeles Clippers in a deal ESPN sources say was completed Thursday morning shortly after midnight ET at his house in Houston.
The contract with the Clippers also is a four-year max deal that will be worth an estimated $88 million, sources told ESPN. Jordan can opt out after three year.
DeAndre Jordan might be the biggest dickbag in sports. This definitely stings a little because I’m a Mavs fan, but what kind of grown man needs other grown men to stay at his house just to make sure he signs a contract with your team? Is DeAndre that much of an asshole that grown ups literally needed to stay at his house and guide his hand across the contract to make sure he stayed a Clipper? I’ve honestly never seen anything like this in my life. First off, he verbally agreed to be a Maverick. They agreed on contract details, DeAndre even came out and said Chris Paul was too demeaning on the court, and that was that. So usually when you agree to a contract, that means you AGREE TO A CONTRACT. Since the Mavs now had the best defensive center in basketball, it wouldn’t make much sense for them to try and sign another center. So the rest of the centers on the free agent market came and went, and today was to be the day that all the free agents that verbally agreed to contracts. While every other player who verbally committed didn’t pussy out, DeAndre Jordan decided he might want to change his mind. Now, if he called Mark Cuban, told him he made a mistake and signed with the Clippers, this wouldn’t be a big deal. It would suck, yes, but he handled it like a man and changed his mind. End of story. Instead, he ignores the Mavs and Mark Cuban, refuses to answer their calls, and signs with the Clippers. I’m not going to be a psycho and hope the guy gets injured, but I hope anyone who watches sports lost all respect for this guy. Burn in hell, DeAndre Jordan.
P.S. How does this guy still have a job?
.@Chris_Broussard that’s is the dumbest shit Ive ever heard. If you had any ethics u would msg me and I will give u his address
— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) July 9, 2015
Well I’m officially off the JJ Watt bandwagon. After my poor Mavericks and my sweet Dirk Nowitzki lost game 2 last night, JJ Watt decided to literally dance on their graves and twerk or whatever on the court. I’m all for players who play in a certain city rooting for other sporting teams in that city, but this is too far. Nobody dances on Dirk’s grave. JJ is just lucky Dirk didn’t see this or he would’ve demolished him on live TV. What’s JJ, 6’5 275? Dirk takes bigger shits than that. Unfortunately for Watt, he’s now my sworn enemy and I’m going to put the wrath of the Ryan Stink all over him. The one thing JJ Watt doesn’t want is for all my bad luck juju to follow him around this season, but after his cowardly display, I have no choice. Best of luck in hell, JJ Watt.
RR – The Celtics traded point guard Rajon Rondo to Dallas on Thursday night, cutting ties with the last remnant of Boston’s last NBA championship while giving Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks a chance at another title.
Boston will also receive a conditional first-round pick in the 2015 draft and a second-rounder in 2016, as well as a $12.9 million trade exception.
Mark Cuban wants another NBA championship, and he wants it now. When Dirk Nowitzki took the hometown discount to stay with Dallas this offseason, Cuban promised he would build a championship contender around him. With the trade for Rajon Rondo now complete, that’s exactly what Mark Cuban has done. The Dallas Mavericks are 19-8 this season. They’re statistically the best offense in the league, and have one of the best starting fives in the league minus their point guard. One of those things is about change. Rajon Rondo is a great point guard. He leads the league in assists, and now he has guys like Monta Ellis, Dirk Nowitzki and Chandler Parsons at his disposable, as well as unlimited alley-oop opportunities with Tyson Chandler. The Mavs lose starting point guard Jameer Nelson and reserves Brandon Wright and Jae Crowder, as well as future draft picks. They basically traded their starting, incredibly ineffective point guard and a very good backup center for a top 5 point guard. I’d rather have to search for a backup center to eat minutes then a starting point guard, and it seems Cuban and the Mavs would agree. I don’t know how much of a difference Rondo will make in their half court defensive game, but having a true point guard who can control the tempo of the game and cut down on turnovers will help limit fast breaks and easy points for the other team. The starting five of Rondo, Ellis, Parsons, Nowitzki and Chandler now rival any starting five in the league, and their league best average of 110 points per game somehow just got better. Besides their defensive woes, the Mavs big challenge has been winning against the other top tier teams in the West. Adding an all-star point guard like Rondo can only help them in that department.
— Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) November 12, 2014
Dirk Nowitzki has scored more points than any other player born outside the United States. That is a beautiful thing. My opinion is supremely biased when it comes to Dirk, because he’s my favorite player, but he’s now 9th on the NBA’s All-Time Scoring List and he’ll be in 7th by the end of this season. He passed Hakeem Olajuwon last night, and will pass Elvin Hayes and Moses Malone by the end of the season. When you start steam rolling past hall of famers, it’s impressive no matter who you root for. Dirk is averaging 21 points a game this year, and with the additions of Monta Ellis last year and Chandler Parsons this year, his scoring load has been lightened and he’s getting a ton more open shots. If he stays healthy and the Mavs stay competitive, there’s no reason why he won’t pass Shaq (he needs 1600 points or so) and finish his career 6th on the All-Time Scoring List. Not bad for a lanky guy with bad ankles who can’t play defense.