The Dallas Mavericks appeared to be the model of stability until this week. General manager and president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson parted ways with the franchise after 24 years. The next day, head coach Rick Carlisle resigned after 13 seasons in Dallas. The two men helped architect the team’s 2011 championship team, but now, the Mavs are searching for two key pieces heading into an important offseason.
Owner Mark Cuban is focused on signing a president of basketball operations before searching for a head coach. There are currently seven head coaching openings in the NBA, so the Mavericks will have to act fast if they want a shot at some of the top candidates. Rick Carlisle is one of the best in the NBA. He is a championship coach that is known for his in-game adjustments. It will be interesting to see who Dallas can get to replace Carlisle.
Can they convince Dirk Nowitzki to come out of retirement to coach the team? The Mavericks GOAT would not be the first superstar to try his hand in coaching. Can owner Mark Cuban convince Dirk to patrol the sidelines next season?
Any chance Dirk Nowitzki considers coaching the Dallas Mavericks?
Nowitzki retired from the NBA after 21 years in 2019. The 14-time All-Star and future Hall of Famer would be a no-brainer choice if was interested in the gig.
Steven Nash attempted to convince Dirk to join his staff in Brooklyn back in September. Nowitzki declined the opportunity. Marc Stein reported it was because Nowitzki did not want to return to the game full-time yet.
In October 2020, Eddie Sefko caught up with Dirk where he offered the following quote.
"“I think it’s only natural to work with the Mavs. This is where my heart is and where I’ve always been- even if coaching is in the future, which I don’t really see in my future.”"
Nowitzki remains committed to the Mavericks just like he was for his entire playing career. Now, could be the perfect time for Dirk to enter the organization. He appears more interested in a front office or ownership role over coaching, though.
There is a small chance Nowitzki joins the Mavs as a coach. Tim Duncan did it for one season in San Antonio, but do not expect to see Nowitzki as head coach next season.
Dirk will take a role with the franchise whenever he is ready to have one. Fans saw the GOAT at multiple playoff games this season. Does that mean Nowitzki is getting the basketball itch back? Time will tell. One thing fans know for certain is Dirk Nowitzki only wants to work for the Dallas Mavericks. Expect owner Mark Cuban to welcome him back whenever The Tall Baller from the G is ready.