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Dirk doesn't think he should be an All-Star

Posted on: February 6, 2012 6:21 pm
Dirk doesn't think he's been All-Star worthy so far this season. (Getty Images)
Posted by Royce Young

After his demolition of the NBA last season and postseason, it's kind of hard to picture an All-Star Game without Dirk Nowitzki. He was clutch, incredible, terrific and dominant as he carried the Dallas Mavericks to a championship and had people wondering if maybe the big German was one of the NBA's three best players.

But after a slow start that had him missing some games, Dirk doesn't even think he should be on this season's Western All-Star team. Via ESPN Dallas:
“Averaging whatever, 15, 16 points, I don’t think you should be an All-Star,” Nowitzki said. “But we’ll just have to wait and see. I think there is a lot of great young talent in this league that deserves to go. I think LaMarcus Aldridge has been stiff the last couple of years. He’s a great young player, fun to watch. You know Blake and Love are playing great. There is a lot of talent at my position.”
The only reason Dirk would make it would be to salute his work during the playoffs. Because he's right. White out his name and a guy carrying around those numbers wouldn't be deserving of making it, especially when there are guys like LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Love and Paul Millsap on the fringes. Dirk taking one of those coveted roster spots probably wouldn't be right. At least if we're determining it based on this season's merit.

That's the distinction though: Dirk not making the All-Star team isn't an indictment on him as an overall player, just one on the first month and half of his season. Not only did he start slowly, but he was battling some knee issues along with having to shut it down because of condition. He hasn't been All-Star worthy this season, if we're not just going by who he is and what he's done in the past.

Dirk would obviously appreciate the honor, but he's made 10 All-Star teams and might enjoy having that weekend off to rest up and get ready for a tough stretch run.


Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: February 7, 2012 2:49 pm

Dirk doesn't think he should be an All-Star

 agree. most fans vote on a players past history too much. just based on this year dirk not one of the top players in the league.

Since: Jan 15, 2012
Posted on: February 7, 2012 1:11 pm

Dirk doesn't think he should be an All-Star

This shows how he is a really honest, modest guy. 
But more importantly, he is probably trying to lobby for not going.
He has missed time with injury, and played a heck of a lot of games in his career. So with the short season with so many games in so few nights Dirk would much rather have a weekend off to rest up and prepare for the second half than go and play in the All-star game. 
Usually you want your favourite player at the game, but it would be better for him and the Mavs if he got to stay home and rest up for the stretch run.  

Since: Jan 6, 2009
Posted on: February 6, 2012 10:33 pm

Dirk doesn't think he should be an All-Star

In an era of overpaid,self indulgent,narsocistic players this comes as a welcomed relief.Dirk is a great player,but he acknoledges that others at his position habe played better this year.Take notice Melo,Pay attention Lebron, grow up Westbrook.Players like Dirk,Nash,Rose are the true stars of this league,no just because of their stellar play but also from how they behave as men

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: February 6, 2012 7:36 pm

Dirk doesn't think he should be an All-Star

An honest assessment from a modest superstar.

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