The veteran star is going through his 18th NBA season. Dirk Nowitzki still feels he isn’t above the hills. The 37-year-old wants to complete his current contract as a thorough professional.
Currently, he is in the second year of a three-year deal with Dallas Mavericks. Nowitzki clarified he is in no mood of retirement until his present contract expires.
“I always said that when the body is hurting every day, and when you’ve got to do all this extra stuff to just play, I think that’s when it’s time to go,” said Nowitzki.
His form has declined over the past years compared to his best, but the 13-time All Star class remains undiminished. This was reflected in the 31-point and 11-rebound performance he dished out against the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday.
Nowitzki also added, “But I feel good. I feel good right now and I felt good this summer. I mean, we had a five-games-in-six-days for the (Eurobasket), and I got through that just fine. I felt good. I don’t need to pop a thousand pills to play or practice. So as long as that’s still good, and it’s still fun to go. I’m going to definitely ride this contract out. I don’t know. We’ll see what happens after that.”
The former MVP feels training is more tougher than the game itself.
“But the summers, man. The summers are a beast sometimes. I’m usually in Germany (training), so if I was (in Dallas) working out with four or five guys all summer, that’d probably be easier, but I’m by myself basically, so I’ve got to push myself every day,” he also pointed out.