Dirk Nowitzki: “I have blue blood”

No, Dirk Nowitzki did not give in to the desire to be (also) naturalized in order to join the French team. The blue blood he says runs in his veins is that of the color of the Mavericks, the formation whose colors he defended for twenty years, back in the upper echelons of the Western Conference at the end of the season.

The « Wunderkid » spoke of the exciting end of the Mavericks, who were able to change after the adjustments made during the « trade deadline » to reach the conference final in the playoffs and fall to the future champion. For Dirk Nowitzki, it’s now that everything is decided and at the same time the most difficult stage, to move to the next level in order to hope to hang on to the finals in the years to come.

“We are always thinking about the future. We want to improve during the off-season, take the next step. When you get this far and find yourself in the Top 4, it’s sometimes hard to take that extra step. We’ll just have to wait and see how the next season goes. » did he declare.

With Jason Kidd and his staff, the presence of a superstar like Luka Doncic and rather reliable complementary players, reinforced this summer by the arrival of Christian Wood, all the elements seem to be in place for Dallas to continue its progress, even if the Jalen Brunson’s departure to the Knicks leaves a void.

More present with the club

“We have everything in place. They showed it last year. Now we have to be patient and see how the season goes. I think losing Jalen Brunson was, of course, difficult. He had a lot to do with what we have done in recent years. But hopefully adding Timmy Hardaway and a few other guys we can make up for it.”he added.

We don’t know if it’s the call of the field that is starting to miss him or the return of the « hype » around the Texas franchise, but Dirk Nowitzki has also expressed his desire to invest a little more for the Mavs. in the future, whether on a global level or to help his worthy successor, Luka Doncic, to manage the « star system ».

“Of course, I have blue blood. I’ve been with the Mavs since what, 1998? They are in my heart. And I always thought that after enjoying my retirement a bit, I would want to get involved. I want to help. The race for the playoffs is probably the one where I have been the most present. I saw almost every game. It was such a pleasure to see these guys working so hard and breaking through to the Top 4. It was an incredible run. I hope that in the near future I will be more present and try to help the organization even more. »

Ready to be Luka Doncic’s big brother?

Finally, he has a word about his successor, Luka Doncic, who is well on his way to being a formidable “franchise player” and already one of the best players in the world.

“He is exactly like me twenty years ago. When you’re insecure and English isn’t your first language, you’re always a little shy in front of the cameras. I didn’t mean anything bad, I was like that too. Once the camera is off, this kid is very funny (…). He likes to have fun with his teammates and with people around whom he feels good. I think with me he feels quite comfortable. He says what he thinks and we enjoy being together (…). Whether on or off the pitch, he knows I’m always on his side. He’s a terrific kid. He has a big heart. He means well, so if I can do anything for him, I’ll be happy to do it. »

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