Many thought that having finally led the Dallas Mavericks to the top of the mountain in 2011 that he could leave Dallas to pursue another title with another organization. Dirk Nowitzki however views it differently.
“When my [current] contract’s up, I’m 36 and I’ll definitely sign a couple more years,” Nowitzki said after Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers, via ESPN Dallas. “It’s still fun, but I don’t know if I’ll play until 40. But when I’m 36, definitely sign one more deal, maybe two or three years.”
At that point Dallas will have needed to found the next star to carry the Mavericks forward. Dirk at 36 couldn’t shoulder the load as the lead star and would really need to be in a more supportive role. While he looked rocky recovering from surgery he seems to have found his stroke and is getting comfortable again.
“Honestly, I had some doubts here when I came back,” Nowitzki said. “It took so long. Is it ever going to come back? It was a tough stretch for me coming back from the surgery, but the way I feel now, I still think I can play a couple of years.”
But history might be on Dirk’s side when it comes to tall players. And he even comments about how he can’t be the man at that point in his career.
“Obviously, if you’re tall and you can shoot like Sam Perkins and those guys, they can play until the end of their 30s if you’re out there and you’re spreading the floor,” Nowitzki said. “Obviously, in five, six years, if I make it that long, I’m not going to like take every shot in the fourth quarter, but I’m going to be out there spacing the floor and be smart if I make it that long.
“But I always say it’s got to be fun. If it gets to the point that the fun is gone and I’ve got to go to work, I’d rather just retire. I’ve got this year and next year under contract, so I’ll be 36 and for sure play a couple of more years.”