Nowitzki: I may play another year

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

According to Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki, he may play another season. Right now, he seems like he may not retire after this season. 

At this moment, he said he’s undecided on retirement. But added, ‘it depends on how the body feels.’ 

Dallas Mavericks living legend Dirk Nowitzki playing in the 2019 NBA All-Star Game
Dirk Nowitzki playing in the 2019 NBA All-Star Game (Getty Images)

“I think I’m going to make that decision later on, but I think the future’s bright,” The 40-year-old Nowitzki said, according to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon. “I think Luka and KP, if they stay healthy, stay together, they should be a great combo. “they should play great off each other. But have an incredible skill set for their size, incredible playmaking ability for their size.”

Nowitzki was referring to Luka Dončić and Kristaps Porziņģis, who the Mavericks acquired via trades since June 2018. Porziņģis came to the team in a blockbuster deal prior to the trade deadline in February.

“I’d love to be there for the young guys one more year, but I think it depends on how the body feels,” he added. “I’ve had more issues, obviously, this year. I had some knee swelling here the last few weeks, actually before the All-Star break, so it’s not all great.”

Nowitzki has not made it clear that this may be his final season, like Dwyane Wade. He made the announcement before the season.

Both Wade and the German had their careers celebrated at the All-Star game recently.

Nowitzki made his season debut in Dec. 13 against the Phoenix Suns. He had two points in six minutes against the Suns. 

His season-high is 15 points against the Utah Jazz on Feb. 23. He has scored double-digits in his last three games. 

“I feel like I have a little more pep in my step,” he said. “My legs and my wind are a lot better than [earlier in the season]. I just feel better overall. I feel like I can actually contribute, whereas earlier I was struggling just to get up and down.”

This season, he has made 30 appearances with three starts. He is averaging 5.5 points, 2.1 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.2 steals, and 0.3 blocks per game in 12.6 minutes. 

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