Q&A: Dirk Nowitzki

Posted by Unknown on Saturday, June 14, 2014 with No comments
Courtesy of KRLD-FM 105.3

On if the Maverick’s strong first-round series against the Spurs might help sway players to come to sign with Dallas in the off-season:
Nowitzki: “I’m not sure. I’m not sure. We’re just going to have to wait and see. Cap space, obviously, hasn’t treated us nicely since the lockout year when we decided to go for cap space and didn’t really get the guys that we wanted but that’s the risk you take if you have cap space. The free agent might decide to go elsewhere and that’s what happened so far. But we’re going to keep getting after it. Myself, Matrix (Shawn Marion) and Vince (Carter) were all off. There’s a lot of money free under the cap. Donnie (Nelson) and Mark (Cuban) are always trying to make this organization better and we had a better year this year than we did the year before. I think playoffs were big again and we competed and it was great. But we want to get better so we’ll just have to wait and see what happens this summer.”
On if he identifies with guys who came into the NBA at the same time as him, especially those who have stayed with the same team:
Nowitzki: “It does mean a lot staying with one team because you’re kind of part of the city. You identify yourself with the city and vice versa. When I came over and I was 20, I didn’t really know what to except and 16 years later it’s been an unbelievable ride and how this city kind of embraced me from Day 1, that was really special to me. It’s been great. Yeah but being with one team for such a long time like Timmy (Duncan) or Kobe (Bryant) or myself, that’s something special for both the franchise sticking with that guy and being loyal to that guy and the other way around for sure.”
On potentially playing with Carmelo Anthony:
Nowitzki: “Listen I think I’e showed over my 16 years that I can play with anybody. The only tough season I think we’ve had is when we had (Antawn) Jamison and Antoine Walker and myself who are all three kind of the same four-men, but other than that  I think I’ve shown over my career that I can play with anybody. I’ll adjust, whether I have to get out of the way or go to the corner more, post up, pass — I’ll do whatever, really, that needs to be done out there to win or for this franchise to be a winner. If Carmelo would really love to come here, we’d love to have him, and if not, then we’re looking at some other options to make this franchise better and be a winner and be in the playoffs every year again. So whoever comes, whoever does decide to play with us, we’re more excited to have them.”