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During a timeout, Dirk had some instructions for his teammates

NBA: Dallas Mavericks at Memphis Grizzlies Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

In the Dallas Mavericks win over the Milwaukee Bucks, Dirk’s night ended a little early because of some Achilles soreness. It was just a precautionary rest; with the team out of the playoff chase, there was no reason for him to play out the rest of the game.

Before he sat for the night, he had one last thing he wanted to do: draw up a play on the coach’s whiteboard.

Dirk is hilariously animated and obviously pretty eager to get his point across to his teammates. It must have worked though, as the Mavs were able to escape Milwaukee with the win after a late surge from the Bucks.

Rick Carlisle has this subtle smirk on his face while Dirk is drawing up the play and appears to shrug it off and just agree with whatever Nowitzki had in mind.

Perhaps this is a taste of what’s to come after Dirk retires in eight years or so.

h/t to @aryaahmadi for the video.