Well, our beloved German made some news on Twitter the other day, so EVERYONE decided to write about it. Forgive me if the linkage is a bit spare.
- Dirk Nowitzki went on Twitter on Sunday and dropped a somewhat bomb (maybe like a harmless cherry bomb) about his future. Dirk said after the remaining two years on his contract are up, that's when he'll think about hanging up the laces for good. Dirk will be 35 next year and while his skill set can certainly carry over into the twilight years, we all saw how fragile Dirk really is nowadays in the 11-12 season. Dirk had his worst season since his rookie year (which is still better than 80 percent of the league) all because of conditioning issues. What happens if Dirk re-injures that knee? Or shows up not in shape again? While these are unlikely because of Dirk's fairly pristine health record and his tireless work ethic, it just makes you think about how little it takes for an aging star to tumble.
- Not a link, but another thought: Dirk is usually his biggest critic and an honest, if sometimes overly harsh one. Dirk's never been one to use hyperbole about the state of his game: if he stinks, he'll say he stinks. When he's good, he says he only grabbed, like, four rebounds, which, come on, right? Basically, when Dirk feels he isn't helping a team out, he's going to retire. No lingering or second-ring chasing here.
- If for some reason you're worried Dirk could be another superstar that looks really weird trying to play one more year in a different jersey, don't. Dirk's relationship and loyalty with Dallas is about as strong as any other professional athlete-franchise relationship in the modern area. And Dirk said he "bleeds blue" yesterday, so there.
- Zach Lowe from SI.com and The Point Forward uses the Dirk news to look at other current and potential superstars that could play their entire career with one team. Personally, I don't see Kevin Love sticking with Minnesota forever, but boy, the league would be fun if the Rubio-Love core stays together as long as possible.
- The Dallas Morning News puts some pretty nice quotes from Jason Terry about his Maverick jersey being retired. Terry's jersey retirement should be not "if" but "when." Simply put, other than Dirk Nowitzki, there hasn't been a more prominent, important and successful long-time Maverick in the Cuban era other than JET. Also, some nice quotes about how his time in Dallas allowed Terry to mature. Spurs, Thunder and Heat fans are probably rolling their eyes to that, but really, Terry completely grew as a player and person from his time in Atlanta. Terry came to Dallas as a shoot-first, me-first persona and left as a team-player and community contributor.