Dirk Sees Ending Career with Mavericks
Dirk Nowitzki never wants to play for another NBA franchise, but he also doesn’t want to finish his career just fighting for the West’s final playoff spot.
“Ultimately, my goal was always to finish my career in Dallas,” Nowitzki told ESPN in an interview taped before Wednesday’s Mavs-Clippers game. “The only way if I was going to leave was if we won a championship and I would have been chasing my last two years or whatever like (Gary) Payton and (Karl) Malone did when they went (to the Lakers) with Kobe and Shaq. Something like that, maybe I could have seen myself doing at the end.
“But since I got that ring now, I think I’m going to finish my career in Dallas, but I obviously do want to be competitive my last couple of years and I do want to play not for the eight seed. Saying all that, I’ve got this year left and next year (on his contract), so hopefully we can still make a push here this season and get something going this summer and be competitive again.”