Dirk Nowitzki to re-evaluate his future with Mavs, in NBA after this season
Dallas Maverics legend Dirk Nowitzki continues to defy Father Time.
Even at age 39, Nowitzki is still putting up numbers and leading the Mavericks in other ways. He has scored at least 19 points in three of the last four games.
After a recent win against the Charlotte Hornets, Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle suggested that it may have been Nowitzki’s last time in Charlotte, but that he did not know for certain, of course. That moment led to questions directed at Nowitzki about whether or not this could be his last season.
Nowitzki’s response was that he will have to see where things stand at the end of the season, per Eddie Sefko of DallasNews.com.
“I don’t really want to get too far ahead of myself,” he said. “I want to finish this season strong. I’ve played every game, which is a miracle. Hopefully I can keep that up until the All-Star break. We’ll re-evaluate after the season. But I’s love to stick around (to get through) the tougher times. We’ve been used to winning for, I don’t know, 15 years. Now we’re in a tougher spot. I want to be there and push the franchise through.”
With Nowitzki being the age he is, and his role being diminished to essentially a glorified role player because of his age, it stands to reason why his coach is musing about his retirement. It’s also incredibly loyal of Nowitzki to want to stick with the Mavericks through the rough times.
There’s no telling what Nowitzki will do. Mavericks fans would surely love to see him back next season. With the way technology and diet culture is nowadays, it’s certainly a possibility.
But Nowitzki may realize he’s tired of playing basketball and call it quits after this season, and that’d be OK too. Only time will tell.