Dirk Nowitzki is approaching his 20th season with the Mavericks the same way he's approached all the others. He's just hoping for a little more good fortune than he had last season. Nowitzki, who hosted his annual pro-celebrity tennis classic Saturday at SMU, said he wouldn't be so fast to call this coming season a victory lap for him. He knows the end is near for his career. But all those people who are paying an average of over $1,300 for tickets to that last game of the season against Phoenix thinking it will be his farewell -- they might want to reconsider. Nowitzki said he's made no decision about his future, which is completely dependent on his health. "If I miss another 30 to 40 games in a row, then obviously, it's not meant to be," he said. "But if I can stay sort of healthy like I did at the end of the season, when I thought I moved OK and had some good games, then maybe we'll do two more [seasons]. But we'll see how it goes." In talking to Nowitzki, there is little doubt that his excitement meter about the upcoming season is flickering toward the red. After a summer of extensive traveling, he's been back in town for a month and has been doing everything he can to make sure he's as healthy as possible headed into the season.
With 20th season looming, Dirk Nowitzki not ready to say it will be his last
Sporting News | Sep 17