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Mark Cuban calls out Dirk Nowitzki for poor effort

Mark CubanMark Cuban absolutely loves Dirk Nowitzki, so it’s not often that you hear the Dallas Mavericks owner call out his star player. But that did happen on Monday.

Cuban talked with Dirk about the forward’s lackluster performance against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday and then told the media about the issues.

“I think sometimes he loses concentration, and I think we’ve got to get past that,” Cuban said per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I mentioned it to him today. I asked him how his nap was during the game [Sunday at Oklahoma City]. He laughed. At least that’s while I was facing him. When I turned my back and walked away, I don’t know.”

The Mavs won that game easily, so I’m not sure what Cuban was looking for. He was also unhappy with Dirk’s game last Tuesday in a loss to the Golden State Warriors where Dirk had 12 and 6 and went 4-of-11 from the field.

Cuban said Dirk tends to go through stretches like this during the season, so Cuban is trying to get him to snap out of it.

“Dirk always goes through a little slump during the year where he needs to remotivate. And I think we’ve seen that for a couple of games, and I think he’s going to come back stronger, particularly after three days and those naps he’s gotten through the last couple of games,” said Cuban.

Cuban particularly wants to see Dirk crash the boards harder in an effort to rack up around 10 rebounds, because he thinks the teammates respond to that kind of effort and energy. It’s certainly a good thought, but Cuban needs to remember that Dirk is 35 and that his rebounds have been declining for a few years. He’s down to six rebounds per game this season compared to 9.7 at his peak in ’04-’05.

I’m dying over this Dirk Nowitzki Arnold Schwarzenegger impression (Video)

More and more Dirk Nowitzki is starting to become one of my favorite personalities in the NBA. He’s always been somewhat overlooked because he plays in Dallas and not LA, Chicago, Boston or New York, and because his teams used to choke in the playoffs. But he’s mustard as a player. And, man, he is easily one of the coolest, chillest dudes in the league. Take for instance that great Arnold Schwarzenegger impression he did on “The Dan Patrick Show.” How can you not love that?

Below is the real Arnold clip for comparison:

Dirk, man, that guy is so cool. Fun personality, great to follow on Twitter, and the guy is a baller. Love him.

H/T Yahoo! Sports via Hot Clicks

Knicks fan has tremendous reaction to Dirk Nowitzki game-winner (Video)

Knicks fan reactionNew York Knicks fans were hopeful that the team would beat the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night. Perhaps nobody expressed that emotion better than the fan seen above.

Have you ever seen someone switch from optimism to sadness so quickly and perfectly? That was incredible.

Below is a full video of Dirk’s game-winner to beat the Knicks 110-108:

Tip via David B

Dirk Nowitzki thought the Christmas sleeved jerseys were ‘awful’

NBA christmas sleeved jersey

Not too many people were fans of the sleeved jerseys the NBA had teams wear on Christmas. Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki, whose team had the day off, was one of those people.

Careful, Dirk, comments like those are grounds for a fine from David Stern.

But who disagrees with him? Not only are they non-traditional and ugly looking, one player even complained that the sleeves adversely affected his performance.

LeBron James also complained about the sleeved jersey prior to Christmas, and he didn’t seem to like wearing it during his game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

I didn’t think the jerseys were that bad, you know, if teams were trying to compete with Globo-Gym’s Purple Cobras for league dominance.

Mavericks fan hopes his wife is pregnant with Dirk Nowitzki’s baby

Dirk Nowitzki MavericksI’ve always found it somewhat creepy when grown men get tattoos of their favorite athletes’ faces on their bodies. That type of worship just weirds me out. But the dude who was holding the sign on Monday night about Dirk Nowitzki getting his wife pregnant helped give me some serious perspective.

Getting a soccer player’s face tattooed on your neck or a tattoo of an NBA player covering your arm is one thing — joking that you hope a player had sex with your wife takes creepiness to an entirely new level. And that’s assuming this guy is joking. We can only hope.

As SB Nation pointed out, the fan holding the sign is the one who tweeted it. He even included Nowitzki’s handle, so he really, really wanted Dirk to see it. I don’t know if it’s weirder that the guy is cool with it or that his wife thinks it’s funny. Either way, I’d be avoiding them if I was Dirk.

H/T Jimmy Traina’s The Big Buzz

Dirk Nowitzki’s bag got lost in Miami and he had some hilarious tweets about it

Dirk-Nowitzki-MavericksThe Dallas Mavericks traveled to Miami on Thursday for a Friday night game against the Heat, and Dirk Nowitzki experienced a classic airline issue in the process. His bag was either lost or stolen.

Many of us know what it’s like to have your luggage misplaced during a trip, and it is not a great feeling. But Dirk — being the jokester that he is — seemed to take it in stride. He initially sent this funny tweet on Friday, presumably when he realized that his bag was nowhere to be found.

Fortunately, Dirk’s luggage was recovered and delivered to his room the day after it was lost. He later revealed what “sweet clothes” he was referring to in his first tweet.

As if the misplaced bag wasn’t enough, the Mavericks later lost to the Heat when LeBron James stole Nowitzki’s signature move to put the game away. At least Dirk got his lederhosen back. Since it’s still very early in the season, the lederhosen takes priority over everything else.

LeBron James does Dirk Nowitzki shot to beat Mavericks (Video)

LeBron James Dirk shotLeBron James used Dirk Nowitzki’s signature move to perfection to beat the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night.

The Miami Heat were leading the Mavs 100-97 with under three minutes left in the game when Dirk Nowitzki made a jumper to make it a 1-point game. LeBron answered by making a shot using Dirk’s one-legged fadeaway jumper to put the Heat back up 102-99. That was the backbreaker, as the Heat extended the lead to 108-99 before eventually winning 110-104.

You can see LeBron do the Dirk move at the 1:05 mark in this highlight video:

LeBron finished with 39 points on 14-for-18 shooting. He went 10-for-11 at the line to seal the game. Dirk had a solid game as well, going for 28 points on 8-for-12 shooting.

LeBron explained his Dirk shot.

“It was a show of respect. I have a lot of respect for Dirk,” LeBron said after the game, per Bleacher Report’s Ethan J. Skolnick.

I don’t know if that means LeBron did it intentionally because of Dirk, or just because the move fit at the time, but that was awesome.