Monday, May 7th, 2012 at 9:00 am  |  45 responses

Dirk Nowitzki Wants Other Superstars to Join Him in Dallas

by Marcel Mutoni @marcel_mutoni

The OKC Thunder put an end to the Dallas Mavericks’ season in emphatic fashion on Saturday night, sweeping the defending NBA champions. And despite the inevitable sadness, there was a sense around the Mavs that this season was always about the future for them.

No matter what team owner Mark Cuban may claim, the Mavericks never really put their best foot forward — on the court, or in the front office — and the feeling was that they were setting themselves up for a roster upgrade, beginning next season.

More than anyone else, Dirk Nowitzki realizes that he needs other top-notch talent alongside him. Per the Dallas Morning News:

It is believed that Mavericks owner Mark Cuban didn’t re-sign Tyson Chandler , J.J. Barea and DeShawn Stevenson because he wanted the salary cap space to make a run at a couple of stars to pair with Dirk Nowitzki. However, Cuban has said he isn’t necessarily trying to acquire both Williams and Howard, claiming he could spread the cap room around among several star players instead of two superstars.

But listening to Nowitzki’s comments following Saturday’s season-ending loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, the franchise’s greatest player is hoping for superstars. “We need some guys that can make plays for themselves,” Nowitzki said. “That’s pretty obvious. If you look at all the top teams now, they have at least two-three guys they can throw the ball to and they do their thing.” Nowitzki then specifically mentioned how Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden each carried a Thunder team on different nights in the four-game sweep of the Mavericks. “If you want to be an elite team in the league right now, you have to have 2-3 guys that can go off at any time,” Nowitzki added.

Mark Cuban has been pretty consistent with his claims that he’s not obsessed with the idea of signing a superstar (or two) this summer, preaching smart use of the new CBA rules instead. It remains to be seen if Dirk Nowitzki will buy into this philosophy going forward.

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  • lakernation

    They are going at Deron Williams full speed this off season!

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    Let’s see if Dirk gets flamed the same way other players did when they demanded more talent/help. I doubt it, though . . .

  • http://kb24.com x-DrEw_MaiN-x

    now the Mavs knows how it feels to get swept in the playoffs :P

  • FnF

    Need to get away Dirk? There are PF positions available in Phoenix, Brooklyn, Orlando, Washington, Charlotte, Atlanta, Detroit, and anywhere else southwest flies. You are now free the roam.

  • Björn Atli

    I don’t see Dirk leaving Dallas. He’s oldschool like that.

  • http://www.google.com/news BETCATS

    Don’t turn the media’s reaction to this into a race thing. Dirk asked for help when everyone else and their mother asks for help; in a press conference after a 1st round exit. He didn’t throw any of his teammates under the bus and his season had just ended. It was a legit criticism. Timing is everything.

  • Mike Mihalow

    He should want people who know how to play defense to join him.

  • jake

    Honestly, I don’t see why they would go after either player. They both have shown poor attitudes this season, and Williams weanted out of Utah too. I can see Odomgate happening all over again.

  • dev0

    But the Mavs won it all last season with basically the same team and proved that good team basketball can trump a team with 2-3 stars

  • nails

    I find it funny that Dirk says this because last years Dallas Team is exactly the type of team that Cuban wants to build, and they got a ring! Everyone keeps saying the new way to win is to have a BIG 3, but Dallas just proved last year that you need a BIG 1 and a bunch of pretty good guys (Jason Kidd is not what he used to be). I dont get the whole create their own shot arguement. Don’t you have Vince Carter on your team, and who was the the guy doing that job on the team last year? I love Dirk, but let’s be honest he didn’t have his best playoffs. Last year he was the best player in the playoffs, how can you expect to repeat when your best player is not playing his best. When a team wins a championship it usually means that their Superstar is a Superstar, their roleplayers do their job and some of those roleplayers have breakout years. Miami is the exception to this rule, but there is basically no way to recreate the duo of LBJ and Wade. Unless KD decided to got LAL or something.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Alf

    Co-sign with Nails on this but could we also throw Mark Cubes into the mix of this conversation? There seems to be this “Cubes” effect (i’ll dubb it that) where he lets go of those type-a and type-b guys thinking he’s better off without them and yet, they do better elsewhere. See (1) Nash getting MVPs in PHX after his stint with Dallas and (2) Now Chandler with a defensive player of the year award in NY. My point here is that Dirk has that second superstar guy already but through some risky decision-making on Cubes part, Dallas lets them go. And now, dis-assembling that championship roster may not payoff as reports are coming that Deron is still 50/50 and Dwight already re-upped for last year.

  • D-Funk

    Dirk had Steve Nash…I dont see that much of a different with Dwill…

  • Lloyd

    Cubes can say he doesn’t want to chase superstars all he wants, but everyone knows what’s good. Dude’s crazy. If you won a championship that season, why would you let that go in hopes of landing two superstars who will need time to adjust to a new team? That formula doesn’t necessarily translate to championship, looking at the Heat’s first go around, and the Mavs could have made some noise with last year’s roster this season. Dirk and JKidd can’t afford a chemistry building season either…they’re not getting any younger. Looking to the future is all good and everything, but if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it Markie.

  • LP

    ATTN: Chicago Bulls.

  • AsadSaleh3

    Deron Williams showed a poor attitude? When?

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    nobody else will call dirk on this tho of course smh

  • bike

    This is all LO’s fault.

  • ado

    cmon.. jason kidd, shawn marion, and vince carter… allstars, superstars, and stars..

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I don’t at all understand why there is even criticism for Dirk after these comments. Nothing very controversial about what he said….well other than, that Dallas won the title last season without “2 or 3 guys that can go-off at any time”

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-Ray

    Cosign nbk

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    Nothing’s controversial about what Dirk said. The same way nothing Deron Williams said was all that controversial. I didn’t see anything that controversial with what Dwight was saying 2 years ago either (this season is a different story). Dirk is just speaking the truth, I’m just suggesting that other players get flamed for doing the same.

  • AiRsMiTh

    This series was close, well it was competitive for a sweep I guess, and I don’t see anything wrong with Dirk’s comments. Especially since they are NOT the same team as last year. Barea’s gone, which hurt because they lost a guy who was able to penetrate the defense all throughout the playoffs last year. Mavs weren’t able to get much penetration at all against the Thunder. Not to mention the lack of an anchor for their defense took a dimension away from their team. If Tyson Chandler, the Defensive POY, was still in Dallas, I would have liked to see how the Mavs fared against OKC in a 7 game series. This year’s team was missing someone who could penetrate the defense and a big man who could hold it all together. Then again the Thunder are just really good.

  • Ill Smith

    So we still consider Vince Carter & JKidd stars? You can tell who ain’t watched a NBA game in the last 3 years.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Is Howard + Dirk + Williams the best team in the West?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    idk, but there just is no way Howard is going to Dallas. Considering he is still signed through next season with Orlando, and Dallas has nothing too offer.

  • LA Huey

    No problem with this. Dream Olajuwon won a chip being his team’s lone All-Star and then reupped with Glide Drexler the next year. Nobody takes anything away from him.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    I think it’s fair to ask the question, which team wrecked their Finals team worse just one year removed, the Magic or the Mavericks?

  • http://nba.com 19821982

    I’d say the Mav’s because they’re older. Their window of opportunity was closing even as they won game 6 – and they got rid of young guys and kept their seniors. I think Dirk doesn’t get any heat for this because their team is older. If he was in his physical prime – say mid to late 20′s and he had a lot left in his tank, then the hate would be coming.

  • http://nba.com 19821982

    And Howard, Dirk, and Williams would be a stunner of a team – but the real question is who’d be gone. The Heat are proof that if your bench is the opposite of the Bulls then you need your stars to be bigger, faster and stronger all 4 quarters. And a head to head match up with the Spurs would still be a toss-up IMO.

  • LA Huey

    Good question, Caboose. The Magic was worse in that they not only changed their parts, they changed their entire approach to winning games.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Haha yeah, I could sense that after that team was broken up, we weren’t going anywhere any time soon. Otis didn’t realize Dwight wasn’t winning the games for them, it was the activity of Rafer, Hedo, and Jameer running multiple picks. Not drop downs in the post followed by kick outs. Dwight cannot be the primary offensive creator on ANY team that wants to win.

  • phamie

    It’s better to get NASH than DWill. We miss the NASHTY in Dallas. NASH is still a superstar.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed


  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    And he wonders why no one takes him seriously.

  • Trilla

    hahaha check his career playoff averages brah

  • Clydesays

    Dirk, Chandler and Dwill would have been a great core to build on. You blew it Cubes.

  • paul

    Another blamer. Pathetic. He came into the season out of shape, and never really got going. But it’s all because he doesn’t have a big three. That’s everyone’s excuse now.

  • Y.C.Chen

    How would you feel if you are on Dirk’s team? Obviously, he is saying that no one on his team can do their own thing besides himself. since his slacking off has loss my respect for him, and now this? he should feel a shame of himself because he couldn’t defend his title. and i dun see mavericks can win anything within these few years even if they acquire any stars (not saying that the star they acquire can’t play, but it’s more like they can’t manage themselves more than anything else).

  • Lin4President

    cosign Y.C. Chen. It’s a slap in the face to all his team mates. I’m sorry Dirk, just ain’t that good. He played great last year, but he’ll never win a championship again.


    A true champion would shoulder at least some blame himself right ? Serious. Dirk = N.B.A. Chumpion!

  • Smh

    Dirk can ask for help all he wants, but the fact of the matter is he and a few of the other MAvs key players took the summer and most of the lockout off. They got lazy and were just happy to even make the playoffs. I cant respect that, Dirk won his ring and lost his hunger for basketball.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Dirk got his look in at a run to the finals (again…. that first run against the Heat I would of thought was going to be his only shot) and capitalised finally…. He really should look at becoming the 2nd best player on his team next season. If they can get DWIll to come over and BECOME the Mavs they might get a few more shots for Dirk to win again.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    As an aside…. Whats Allen Iverson doing next season…. surely he can still create for himself???

  • smoove

    Dirk: ” but i want some superfriends tooooo”

  • http://None Michaela

    Man up you Piefke Nowitzki !!