Dirk Nowitzki says he does not deserve to be an All-Star
Dirk Nowitzki has been one of the NBA’s best players for the last decade. As you know, his career reached its peak last season when the Mavericks won the NBA Finals and Dirk took home Finals MVP honors. However, Nowitzki has been battling a knee injury this year and has not been himself. Although he’s turned it on lately with 24 points against the Cavs and 30 against the Pacers, Dirk does not feel as though he has done enough to deserve an All-Star spot this season.
“Not really,” he said according the Dallas Morning News. “I mean, averaging whatever, 15, 16 points, I don’t think you should be an All-Star. But we’ll just have to wait and see. I think there’s a lot of great young talent in this league that deserves to go. I think LaMarcus Aldridge has been stiffed the last couple of years. He’s a great young player, fun to watch. You know Blake (Griffin); and (Kevin) Love is playing great, so there’s a lot of talent at my position. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens.”
Nowitzki was not named a Western Conference All-Star starter last week, but the coaches have yet to vote on reserves. He is right about his position being fairly stacked this season, so coaches would merely be showing a veteran some respect if they selected Dirk as a reserve. The man is honest if nothing else. Well, we know he’s plenty else.