Terry Stotts takes hilarious jab at Mavs’ Dirk Nowitzki for sitting out Blazers game in December
Blazers head coach Terry Stotts is aware that the 40-year-old legend could very well retire at the end of this season, so he decided to poke fun at Nowitzki prior to Wednesday’s game.
Dwain Price of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram caught wind of Stotts’ clever joke and shared a tweet on the matter.
Terry Stotts on Dirk sitting out the Dec. 23 game in Portland: "Well, he needed rest. He had played almost 10 minutes the night before. I didn’t expect him to play after a grueling night before." Nowitzki played 12 minutes on Dec. 22 at the Warriors. @swish41 @dallasmavs #Mavs
— Dwain Price (@DwainPrice) March 21, 2019
Given Price’s correction on exaclty how many minutes Nowitzki played the day before the December 23 game in Portland, Dirk’s probably saying to himself: “Haha! Joke’s on you, Terry; I played 12 minutes the other night, not 10!”
In defense of the 14-time All-Star, it’s actually common for some of the more prolific NBA players to sit out the second game of a back-to-back for the sake of keeping themselves healthy. And in Nowitzki’s case, his age does indeed play more of a factor in the Mavs’ decision to give him the night off.
What made Nowitzki’s absence from that December 23rd meeting a bit more disappointing for Blazers fans is that they got a bah humbug of sorts when the German superstar turned into the actual Ghost of Christmas Present two days before December 25th.
Making amends this Wednesday, Dirk Nowitzki suited up and played in front of the crowd in Moda Center.