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Dirk Nowitzki: "I want to enjoy spending time with the future stars of this league."


In his 21st and maybe last season in the NBA, Dirk Nowitzki was appointed to the All-Star Game again. Even though he has a hard comeback behind him, the German wants to enjoy his last All-Star weekend.

For Dirk Nowitzki is a busy weekend on the program. The German will not only be the Coach of Team World in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday but he will also participate in the three-point shootout contest on Saturday and finally in the actual All-Star Game on Sunday.

"I'm going to absorb everything. No matter what happens to the Mavericks next year, this will surely be my last appearance on this stage and I'll enjoy spending time with the future stars of this league."

After the Würzburger was re-nominated for the All-Star Game together with Dwyane Wade as so-called "Special Roster Additions", Nowitzki will be playing already in the 14th All-Star Game of his career.

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"Honestly, I do not want to play that much, it's about the players who were elected and who carry the league and the franchises. If I can get out for a minute or two and take a three-point shot, it will be a great experience."

On average, Nowitzki only plays a bit more than 10 minutes in 2018/19, putting up 4.4 points and 1.7 rebounds per game. With a record of 26 wins and 30 losses, the Mavs are currently in eleventh place in the Western Conference.

With hopes to get back into the playoffs as soon as possible, especially because of rookie Luka Doncic.

"I've been saying it all season: when you're a 19-year-old you rarely see so much cleverness and court vision, everyone is waiting for him to crash into the rookie wall, but it just does not happen."

"We have traded a few players, now the responsibility is even more on his shoulders, he is doing even more than before," Nowitzki praises the Slovene. The German looks positive on the Mavs future with the addition of Kristaps Porzingis shortly before the trade deadline: "I think they are going to be great, they fit in nicely in the new NBA style and we hope that we have this combo for a very, very long time in Dallas."


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