Nowitzki: I can't be the first option if we want to play for a championship
Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki will turn 37 years old this season. With 17 NBA seasons under his belt, plus international play, it's unclear how many quality years he has left in the tank.
From the sound of it, Nowitzki isn't fighting his age or reality. The Mavericks have had successful regular seasons the last few years, but have struggled to make much noise in the postseason. Nowitzki is one of the greatest power forwards to ever play, but he knows something needs to change.
Here's what Nowitzki told Earl K. Sneed of Mavs.com:
"Well, you know, we want to get better. That’s no question,” Nowitzki said. “We want to go further in the playoffs again. We’ve been ousted twice in basically the first round the last two years. And whatever I’ve got to do, I’m ready to help. I know that at 37 I can’t be the No. 1 option if we want to play for the championship. That’s just normal. That’s how the cycle goes.
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