Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki had some fun with kids at the T. Boone Pickens YMCA in Dallas, Texas yesterday. After getting all that out of the way, though, Nowitzki spoke with reporters about the Mavericks’ offseason plans.
One of the hot topics with Dallas, of course, is the decision of whether or not to bring back aging veterans Shawn Marion and Vince Carter. Both guys have been awesome sauce for the Mavericks, and Nowitzki pointed out not only their durability, but the love the two heroes have from both Mavericks players and fans. However, Nowitzki understands that the NBA is a business:
“We’d love to keep those guys, but we also saw in 2011 this always doesn’t work that way. Other teams swoop in and try and get your players and we’ll just have to wait and see what happens. But another big summer — we’d always love to get better, and Mark [Cuban] and Donnie [Nelson] I’m sure are going to find a way.”
The key words in Nowitzki’s comments are “we’d always love to get better.” While Nowitzki respects and loves both Marion and Carter, he also knows that winning a lot of games is fun. Marion and Carter, like Nowitzki, aren’t getting any better next season. So if the Mavericks happen to add a star like New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony at the expense of those guys, Nowitzki isn’t going to get all sentimental and play Boyz II Men songs on repeat.
‘It was nice knowing you guys. Have a nice life’ would probably be a more accurate, natural reaction to Nowitzki learning he just got some star help. And maybe he’ll throw a keg party afterwards to celebrate — not like that’s something Nowitzki does, anyway.