Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki said there’s a good shot he’ll give the NBA one more year.
“I’m not going to say 100 percent I’ll be back — but it’s looking like it,” Nowitzki told the Dallas Morning News. “I feel fine so far. I’ve played every game. I’d love to play all 82. That would be amazing at [age] 39. We’ll see how the body feels. But so far, it’s been fine.”
Nowitzki, 40, has clearly lost a step or two (or eight), as the 7-footer is averaging 11.1 points through 28 games — his lowest output since his rookie season of 1998-99.
Still, he is an invaluable leader, always plays hard is still more than capable of big nights.
“We drafted an unbelievable prospect this summer [Dennis Smith Jr.],” he told the Morning News. “I figured we’re going to be a team that’s rebuilding a little bit and trying to get better and trying to get back to winning ways.
“I signed up for, obviously, two years to help the franchise push through that and get better. I didn’t think we would be sitting here 10 [games] over .500. I mean, I wasn’t delusional. We felt like we might have a shot at sneaking into the playoffs. And we still do. We’ve played the toughest schedule in basketball to this point.”