Dirk Nowitzki Singing His Own Praises
It’s something (Dirk) Nowitzki can laugh about now that he’s got his game back.
“I’m just getting warmed up,” the 33-year-old Nowitzki said, flashing a grin. “No, I knew eventually once the swelling in my knee went down and I started feeling better that I can still play on a high level. I was just struggling physically the first month or so with the short camp, but I had confidence that eventually, once my leg strength came back, I can still compete at a high level. I think I’ve still got that in my tank for hopefully the next two years and then we can go from there.”
His immediate focus, of course, is on finishing this season strong. He has reason to believe that the Mavs, who are 21-12 at the midway point despite a slow start, are a legitimate threat to repeat.
There’s no question in Nowitzki’s mind that he’s back to being the kind of player that can put a team on his back during a playoff run.
“Once I get my game back, I can attack off the dribble, post, do all those things,” Nowitzki said, recapping what’s happened over the last few weeks, “I think there’s not a lot of power forwards in this league who are better than me.”