Although he has won an NBA MVP award and has led his team to an NBA championship, many critics are wondering if Dallas Mavericks‘ forward Dirk Nowitzki is “done.”
Afterall, Nowitzki averaged just 17.3 points per game last season, the lowest number since his rookie season. The Mavericks also missed the postseason, something Nowitzki can’t be used to.
After the personal struggles of Nowitzki and the teams’ lack of success since winning the NBA title during the 2010-11 seaon, hebelieves he has something to prove.
“I feel like you can always find something to prove,” Nowitzki told Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas. “Us athletes will always find stuff that motivates you. You get here and you’re trying to make it, then you’re trying to prove yourself. Then you’re trying to prove every year you can be an All-Star. Then you’re trying to prove you can win a championship.”
Nowitzki is finally healthy and with the additions of guards Jose Calderon, Monta Ellis and Devin Harris and big man Samuel Dalembert, the Mavericks believe they can get back into the postseason.
“So there’s always something to get you going and you can motivate yourself,” Nowitzki explained. “I’d still love to show I can play consistent basketball and help the team night in and night out. It’s been a long summer of workouts. Hopefully it’s going to pay off for me.”
The Mavericks will kickoff the season when they host the Atlanta Hawks Wednesday at 8:30 pm EST.