There are some NBA groups that suppose one of the simplest ways to go a few season that received’t finish with a playoff look is to tank. Regardless of public feedback by Mavericks proprietor Mark Cuban that seemingly endorsed the follow, Dirk Nowitzki doesn’t need Dallas to be a group that actively pursues having the worst document within the league.
The Mavs took down the Knicks in New York on Tuesday night time, 110-97. With the win, the group moved to 22-46 on the yr, three.5 video games again of the worst document within the league. It was additionally a win over a New York squad that, with out Kristaps Porzingis, has misplaced 9 of its final 10 video games.
Nowitzki is a proud veteran, so he was joyful that the group picked up a win. That’s particularly as a result of he claims that he sees “fairly apparent” tanking league-wide, and doesn’t wish to have the Mavericks cease “enjoying laborious” in an try to lose video games.
“We preserve enjoying laborious,” he stated. “There clearly are some groups which might be going for some losses now. We’re one of many groups that also needs to win and see the place we find yourself within the draft.
“We wish to have a successful tradition for our younger guys and present them find out how to play and the work ethic and find out how to play to win. In order that’s crucial to us.”
Requested if he might inform which groups are diving for lottery place, he stated: “Yeah, it’s fairly apparent.”
With how the league is combating again towards tanking earlier than new draft lottery guidelines go in impact subsequent yr, nobody is clearly going to say “we should always lose as incessantly as potential to extend our probabilities of taking Luka Doncic or Deandre Ayton.” Even when that was the case, Nowitzki made it clear that he actually takes satisfaction in ensuring the Mavericks are competing each night time, so it’s laborious to see Dallas punting on video games any time over the rest of the season.
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