Friday Roundup

Rejected, not dejected: Dirk Nowitzki OK with All-Star snub | DMN
"I think it's an honor either way, whether you're voted in by the fans or the coaches," Nowitzki said Thursday, when the starters for the Eastern and Western conferences were announced. "It really never made a difference to me, starting or not. To be there and be part of the weekend, especially in my new hometown, is an honor." Nowitzki finished third among West forwards in fan voting. Denver's Carmelo Anthony and San Antonio's Tim Duncan are the starters.

Mavs Donuts: Dirk Won't Start -- But He Might Star | DB.com
The point guard for the West is Steve Nash. Nash is not only one of Dirk�s closest friends, but also possessor of a great understanding of basketball�s big picture. Don�t you think Nash will attempt to put Dirk in position to bask in some spotlight? "He's one of the top players in the game, so he'll be there," Nash said. "It will be fun to play with him again back in Dallas on the same team. It will be strange, but also a lot of fun."

Jason Kidd dishes out direction for Mavericks | DMN
"He's leading the team as well as he ever has," coach Rick Carlisle said. "He's got a real pulse on the team and a good hand on the controls. He does a lot of directing and gives the guys a lot of confidence." Which happens when you give them easy baskets, too. Kidd has put on a point-guard clinic the last two games, dishing out 17 assists against Boston and 15 against Washington.

Mavs interested in deal for Kings' Martin | Marc Stein - ESPNDallas
Sources close to the situation told ESPN.com that Dallas -- reluctant until recently to make Josh Howard available in trade discussions -- is prepared to part with the struggling former All-Star swingman in a deal for Martin. The Kings, though, have been telling teams that they are not ready to field offers for Martin, determined to give his fledging backcourt partnership with hot-shot rookie Tyreke Evans an extended period of evaluation

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