DALLAS – Dirk Nowitzki, who has received farewell ceremonies in the Arenas around the NBA this season, has never ruled out his return for a 22nd campaign with the Dallas Mavericks.
He claims to reach no final decision until this summer, Nowitzki's retirement is now seeming more realistic than at any time this season. That's because he feels physically better than he has since undergoing an ankle operation last spring, and the future of the Mavs appears brilliant thanks to the rise of rookie star Luka Doncic and trading with the youngest all-star Kristaps Porzingis.
"I would love it" I'm convinced there will be another year for the boys, but I think it depends on how the body feels, "Nowitzki said after spending 22 minutes 1
Luka Doncic scored 26 points and 10 rebounds in his last teenage game, his junior colleague Jalen Brunson scored a seasonal high of 24 points and the Dallas Mavericks finished a five-stage defeat with a 110-101 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday. .
With 9.4 seconds to go before the end of the assembly game and his clippers at nine, coach Doc Rivers announced the time-out, picked up the microphone of the PA announcer and gave Mav's legend Dirk a spontaneous tribute to Nowitzki, who "really humbled the moment." "called.
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"I think I'll make that decision later, but I think the future is bright. I think Luka and KP, if they stay healthy, stay together, they should be a great combination They should have a good game, both have incredible skills for their size, incredible skill for their size, they should roll well, but we need to see how things go next year. "
Nowitzki, 40, has an NBA record Having spent the seasons with a franchise, the first 26 games of the season missed a bone tendon in his ankle due to an inflamed tendon in his left foot, which related to the surgery, and was a grenade of himself weeks after his return. He scored a double-digit number just three times before the All-Star break.
Nowitzki has scored double-digit in the last three games, the first three seasons of the season, at this time averaged 12.7 points and 4.0 rebounds after beating no more than 18 minutes in one game this season.
"I feel like I have a bit more pep in my step," said Nowitzki, who hit a pair of 3-pointers at the beginning of the fourth quarter to help the Mavs build their advantage over the Pacers. "My legs and my wind are a lot better than [earlier in the season] .I just feel better, I feel like I can actually contribute, whereas in the past I was just struggling to get up and down."
Nowitzki spent most of the season getting out of the bank for the first time since he was a beginner. This decision was initially made in large part due to the signing of DeAndre Jordan, who was traded to New York in the Porzingis Deal to start in the middle. Nowitzki was until recently unable to play significant minutes.
"He worked for it," said Mavs coach Rick Carlisle Start. It's great to see him in a rhythm.
Nowitzki often says "the sky is the limit" for Doncic, who spent his teenage's last night and set up 26 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists against the Pacers., Similarly, Nowitzki's The Potential of Porzingis, who will miss the whole season while working on a corpse damaged by a tattered ACL last February
Porzingis, who considered Nowitzki an idol as a child, calmly used 14-fold All-Star is due to come back next season so they can play together, it's a consideration for Nowitzki, but his focus is now on the daily grind needed to give himself the chance to finish this season with a high score.
"I was hoping to feel that way, usually in November and December, when the first month of the season is over, but that eight weeks, seven weeks I lit with one Sehne [in his foot] missed the whole season, "said Nowitzki. "But you can not cry, I have to keep working and hopefully feel better, I'll keep working on my days off, get in and make my lifts, do extra cardio and shoot to finish the season even harder."