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Cuban won’t deal Nowitzki or quit on Mavs
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On January 12, 2013 @ 11:00 pm In All,Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Adi Joseph, USA TODAY Sports
Mark Cuban does not like to lose. But he doesn’t like to quit, either.
The Dallas Mavericks owner took a stand for the future of his slumping team before Saturday night’s home game against the Memphis Grizzlies. He said he refuses to give up on the season despite a 14-23 record that includes a 3-13 stretch entering Saturday.
And he said star forward Dirk Nowitzki isn’t going anywhere.
“I told Dirk we’re not trading him,” Cuban told news reporters, via The Dallas Morning News. “He was happy. I made it clear to him that if I have to go through this, he has to go through it with me.”
But Cuban acknowledges a lot is wrong with the Mavericks. Injuries, particularly Nowitzki’s missing 27 games, have crippled the Mavericks’ playoff hopes two years after winning the franchise’s lone championship.
“There’s a 100% chance that we’re going to look to do something,” Cuban said.
Newcomer shooting guard O.J. Mayo carried the Mavericks with hot scoring early in the season, but his play has tailed off. Another newcomer, point guard Darren Collison, has been off and on since being pegged to replace Jason Kidd after a failed run at Deron Williams.
Nowitzki still is getting his feet back under him after the extended time off because of a knee injury. His playing time is back up to previous standards, though, and he has averaged 17.0 points a game in his past five.
Forward Shawn Marion, who joins Nowitzki as the lone holdovers from the 2011 postseason roster, also has played better lately after dealing with early-season injuries.
“We are making progress and getting better,” Cuban said. “No one in the locker room has given up, that I can tell. And if I find anybody that’s given up on this season, I’ll kick them to the curb faster than I can lift a boot. Because that’s just not the way we do it.”
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