Nowitzki: Kidd picking Knicks was 'frustrating'
SEP 28, 2012 7:26p ET
Dirk Nowitzki admitted Friday that losing Jason Terry and Jason Kidd as teammates via free agency was tough for him. The Mavericks superstar said the two players were like brothers to him.
In regards to Kidd, Nowitzki said the day before he left for his wedding in Africa, he spoke to Kidd. The veteran point guard said he was returning to the Mavericks. However, that didn't happen. Kidd changed his mind and chose the New York Knicks.
"He didn't call me," Nowitzki said. "I had no reception in Africa where I was. So I only checked my phone once a day. On the day before, he said he was coming, and I think that's what Mark (Cuban) was a little upset about. He basically said he's coming back and a day later said he wasn't coming. It was frustrating. I told him we'd love to have him back and love to have him retire here, but he made a decision he felt was best for his family. I respected that and we move forward. I wish him luck."
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