Sport Nowitzki says he will decide on retirement once he sees how 2018-19 season goes

08:55  10 august  2018
08:55  10 august  2018 Source:   hoopsrumors.com

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Dirk Nowitzki is set to play in his 21st season in the league after deciding to ink a one-year, million deal with the Dallas Mavericks. This has once again brought into question his commitment after that campaign with retirement now lingering as he winds down from what has been an illustrious NBA

Nowitzki said he considered retiring over the summer but wanted to each 20 years with the only team he has ever played for. Dirk Nowitzki will be back for the 2018 -2019 season . (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez).

Dirk Nowitzki wearing a blue shirt© Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Dirk Nowitzki will set a new NBA record this fall when he officially enters his 21st season with a single franchise. But even after making history as a Maverick, Nowitzki isn’t ready to assume he’ll call it a career after the 2018-19 campaign. Speaking at a kids’ summer camp event on Wednesday, Nowitzki said he remains unsure whether next season will be his last, as Dwain Price of Mavs.com details.

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“I’m going to make that decision (about retirement), I guess, once obviously I see how the season goes,” Nowitzki said.

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Dirk Nowitzki is hopeful he can fulfill the final year of his contract in 2018 - 19 . In terms of team success and individual success, this season has been difficult for Nowitzki .

Nowitzki said he 's made no decision about his future, which is completely dependent on his health. 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.

As the veteran big man points out, he had a very healthy year in 2017-18: appearing in 77 games and remaining productive for the Mavericks. As he enters his age-40 season, there’s no guarantee he’ll continue to be able to stay on the court that often going forward, but if he stays injury-free again, he’ll want to consider all his options in the summer of 2019.

“If next year is going to go sort of the same (in terms of health), then hey, maybe, and we’ll leave the door open and I’m going to play another (season),” Nowitzki said, per Price. “But I want to approach this as if there is no tomorrow and then just hopefully have a great year. I’m going to try to be efficient again as I’ve often tried my entire career. We’ll just go from there, but hopefully it’s going to be a lot more fun than last year.”

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Filling the void, Nowitzki averaged 19 .4 points per game and led DJK again to second place after the regular season , but could not help his team gain promotion.[14] In the following ^ "Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki announces on Twitter that he plans to play two more seasons , then ' see how I feel'".

The big man has stated that " he will just wait and see how my body feels and how my mind feels. We’re a long way from now”. Despite needing ankle surgery, Nowitzki said he plans on returning for a 21st season with the Mavs.

The Mavericks’ win totals have slipped from 50 to 42 to 33 to 24 over the last four seasons respectively, but Nowitzki is confident that this year’s roster has the talent necessary to reverse that trend. The longtime Mav called DeAndre Jordan one of the NBA’s most effective two-way centers and said that No. 3 overall pick Luka Doncic has “all the tools” to succeed in the NBA.

“I think we should be a lot better than last year,” Nowitzki said. “That’s not a secret.”

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