HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Nothing makes the weekend more interesting than a surprise Twitter session from one of the NBA’s biggest stars.
Dallas Mavericks superstar Dirk Nowitzki provided exactly that over the weekend, covering an array of topics that will no doubt have folks in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex talking this morning. He covered just about every base in his Twitter Q&A — from his favorite movie (“Braveheart”) and television show (“Eastbound and Down”), his preference for “red wine over beer” to his love of Mavericks’ blue and green to his hate for cockroaches.
What Nowitzki had to say about his basketball future, though, trumps everything else he shared. Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News provides the details:
The 34-year-old Mavericks forward responded to one question asking how many more years he wanted to play with: “2 for sure and then see how I feel.” Nowitzki has two years remaining on the four-year, $80 million deal he signed in 2010.
When asked why he doesn’t just jump to a “Super Team” and try to win a championship elsewhere, Nowitzki replied: “I bleed blue.”
Those are positive signs for Mavericks fans after a tough summer of pursuing Deron Williams and losing out on the Brooklyn point guard. When asked if he feels the team the Mavericks have put together can win a championship this season, Nowitzki replied: “I always feel that way.”
The Q&A was interesting in that Nowitzki offered that he had 20 minutes if anyone wanted to ask him a question. He stayed on Twitter for about an hour and covered a long list of topics.
Asked if he was still friends with Jason Terry, who left in the summer to sign as a free agent with the Celtics, Nowitzki replied: “yep. Fam for life. We won chip together. Wish him well in Boston.”
He also listed Steve Nash and Michael Finley as his “homeboys.”
It’s hard to think of Nowitzki as an “aging” superstar after seeing him play at such a high level the past two seasons. But he’s of the age and generation of stars (guys like Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant and an even older Nash) who are crafting their exit strategies already.
He’ll play this season with a brand new cast (Chris Kaman, Elton Brand, O.J. Mayo and others) in Dallas, awaiting whatever the Mavericks’ free-agent play might be next summer.
The Lakers probably extended Kobe’s timeline with their summer haul of Nash and Dwight Howard. The Mavericks could probably do the same for Nowitzki with some serious moves of their own next summer. We are talking about stars with transcendent talent, guys who will be able to adapt their games in the twilight of their careers to whatever changes are made if it means chasing another championship.
So that “2 for sure” might not be as important as “see how I feel.”
We have a feeling he’ll feel much better this time next year if he has some superstar help on his side in Dallas.