DALLAS — In between serenading Dallas Mavericks staffers with birthdays in August and showing off his acting skills in the recent Mavs.com “What day is it?” spot, in addition to a cameo in Kevin Durant’s newest sneaker commercial, 11-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki also took the time to interact with his faithful fans.
Using the Mavericks’ official team app, Nowitzki opened up to fans Friday in the first of many Q&A sessions that players will participate in during the upcoming season. The 7-footer also gave insight into his new life, as the first-time father prepares to lead the Mavericks back to the playoffs while returning to an elite level at age 35.
“I always wanted two or three. We will see,” he added when asked (by @mavsman173) how many more children he hopes to have running around the Nowitzki household one day.
Opening up about his pregame routine, Nowitzki would go on to reveal that his traditional meal before taking the court is pasta. He also added that when he’s not draining jump shots in the gym, he’s typically reading or watching movies.
The talk then switched to basketball, when Nowitzki wished former teammate Jason Kidd well as he attempts to go from retired player to head coach of the Brooklyn Nets in a summer of transition.
Paying homage to his teammates of the past like Michael Finley, Steve Nash and Jason Terry, Nowitzki additionally credited long-time mentor Holger Geschwindner as the brains behind his signature one-legged fadeaway. He also couldn’t contain his excitement to have combo guard Devin Harris, who was traded away for Kidd in 2008, back in the fold after the cat-quick guard signed with the team as a free agent this offseason before requiring toe surgery that is expected to keep him sidelined until training camp.
“Always liked DH,” Nowitzki said when posed a question by fan Andrea Ramirez. “He is fast and smart. Hopefully he can get healthy and have a good year for us.”
But, when questioned (by @markosmffl) about expectations for the new-look Mavs this season, even Nowitzki had to admit that he doesn’t know what to expect, eagerly waiting to see if the team will come together quickly in order to rebound from missing the playoffs for the first time since 2000 a season ago.
“We have a good team, but a lot of new guys, so we have to get use to playing with each other,” he confessed, “and get better as the season goes on and see how far we can take it.”
I am so happy that Devin Harris is back. I hope his recovery goes well, and he plays like he did before.
Congrats to Dirk and his wife on the new baby!
I hope Dirk is working on the double team at the foul line that cost us so many turnovers last couple of years. Better guards and better communication are a must, but he has to get better too. Teach an old dog new tricks? Being Dirk, it has to be possible. Go Mavs!!!