Jan 29, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) celebrates making a basket against the Houston Rockets during the first half at the American Airlines Center. Nowitzki finishes with 38 points. The Rockets defeated the Mavericks 117-115. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Dirk Nowtizki says he can play at a high level for a few more years

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The Dallas Mavericks are hoping that they can rebound this season form a heartbreaking opening round playoff loss to the eventual NBA Finals champion San Antonio Spurs, and part of that will rely on how well Dirk Nowitzki can lead the team.

It’s been a long and storied career for the Mavericks greatest franchise player ever, but it’s a career that isn’t going to end anytime soon.

Dirk told the Mavs official team site that he was worried about his body last year but now that he has confidence in how well he can hold up, he feels like his level of play will remain high for the next few years.

You know, it’s crazy that 16 years are in the books,” a reflective Nowitzki said before heading into the offseason and re-signing with the Mavericks. “It’s actually a little sad but also exciting. It’s been a crazy ride, and I was excited this year that I played 80 games, which nobody really saw coming after last season. So, I’m happy about that, that I could compete every night and try to be out there for the team every night. So, yeah, if I feel like that, I still think I can play a couple more years at a high level. And we’ve just got to wait and see. … The year before I was a little worried with the knee injury and not getting going for a long, long time. But this year I felt a lot better about my body and my health, so I still think that I can play at a high level for a couple of years.”

The Mavericks will be happy to have Dirk as long as he can play, and that sounds like it’s going to be for a long time. He may not be around for another decade, but the career of Dirk Nowitzki isn’t going to end anytime soon and that’s what Mavs fans all over want to hear.

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