Rick Carlisle says Dirk Nowitzki playing 2018-19 NBA season ‘looks very promising’
For the Dallas Mavericks, Dirk Nowitzki has been the greatest player in franchise history. The 7’0 foot center has built a reputation throughout the NBA as a premier shooter and prime time player. After failing to deliver a championship to his team in 2006, Nowitzki helped the Mavericks defeat the Miami Heat in 2011, in an upset victory.
Even now at 39 years of age, Nowitzki is still balling for the Mavericks as their best player. It remains to be seen if Nowitzki will slow down and retire for the Mavericks any time soon, but as it stands now, the German center is staying with the Mavericks for the long run. Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle was asked if he believes that Nowitzki will return for the 2018-2019, and he responded back with his definite answer from the 2011 Finals MVP himself, per ESPN’s Tim MacMahon.
Rick Carlisle on Dirk: “At this point, it looks very promising that he’s going to play another year.” Dirk has consistently said he wants to play next season, health willing.
The Mavericks are currently in a rebuilding phase, which is odd considering that Nowitzki wants to stay. It’s safe to assume that Nowitzki loves Dallas and wants to spend more time playing in the NBA. Nowitzki’s play style prevents him from sustaining any debilitating injuries. Nowitzki’s primary offensive role is to shoot and score. Therefore, he could be a vital member of the Mavericks even in his old age.
Nowitzki is set to turn 40 in June. It’s surprising that he is well on his way to becoming one of the most efficient NBA players at his age.