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07:54 AM ET 09.22 | Dallas has always hoped to ease the workload for Dirk Nowitzki. And every season, Nowitzki remains the beast of burden for them, ridden hard for 82 games, and then asked to be even better in the playoffs. Rick Carlisle is certain the notion of a more sensible workload for Nowitzki is more than lip service, as the Mavericks get ready for next week's training camp, which will be Nowitzki's 13th. Where that help comes from is yet to be determined. But it will happen, the coach firmly believes. It has to.

The Dallas Morning News

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September 22, 2010  08:15 AM ET

"Where that help comes from is yet to be determined. But it will happen, the coach firmly believes. It has to."

Marion?

Get ready for 40+ minutes again, Dirk...

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September 22, 2010  08:34 AM ET

Already planning to go fishing, Bro?

September 22, 2010  08:47 AM ET
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Butler,Kidd,Terry and Marion are way past their prime....Haywood and Chandler give you size and some shot blocking but you can forget about any offensive production as for their bench...they have to very good backup guards in Roddy and Barea but that is not going to get it done.....Why would anyone think this team outside of Cuban is better built than LAL,Spurs or Thunder?

Butler...already past his prime? time really flies

September 22, 2010  08:51 AM ET

Poor Mavs, they have no idea which direction they are heading... they have dirk and thats about it to contribute on offense.

September 22, 2010  08:54 AM ET
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Butler,Kidd,Terry and Marion are way past their prime....Haywood and Chandler give you size and some shot blocking but you can forget about any offensive production as for their bench...they have to very good backup guards in Roddy and Barea but that is not going to get it done.....Why would anyone think this team outside of Cuban is better built than LAL,Spurs or Thunder?

I see your believing in the Thunders since your including them more and more in your comments. The Thunders can be a serious legit team if they can add or develop a solid pf or center. Their down low game is weak and teams such as the Lakers, Spurs and even Portland can expose them of that.

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September 22, 2010  09:14 AM ET

I appreciate Dirk's game and his loyalty to the Dallas fans, but Dirk's chances of a championship went down the toilet when he inked that new contract this year.

September 22, 2010  09:26 AM ET

Dallas and OKC will likely fight for the second seed in the West. The Mavericks may soon be on their way down and the Thunder on their way up. Although I don't care much for Dirk as a player, he does deserve more than to be stuck on the Mavericks.

September 22, 2010  09:37 AM ET

Any way for OKC to swing a deal for Melo? That might put them in the same arena as the lakers.

September 22, 2010  10:07 AM ET
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Poor Mavs, they have no idea which direction they are heading... they have dirk and thats about it to contribute on offense.

Don't feel too bad for the Mavs. Yeah, it sucks that we can't win a title but there are a lot of teams who envy the success that the Mavs have had.

We have enough talent that it should relieve Dirk a little. On the other hand we pretty much have the same as we had before so there is little reason to see why it would be different this year. If it can be different then that means the coaching sucked last year and didn't use people right, which I actually believe. Marion and especially Butler were not used properly last year, especially in the playoffs.

September 22, 2010  10:22 AM ET
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Dallas and OKC will likely fight for the second seed in the West. The Mavericks may soon be on their way down and the Thunder on their way up. Although I don't care much for Dirk as a player, he does deserve more than to be stuck on the Mavericks.

I agree on your assessment of OKC and Mavs. As far as Dirk being stuck, he could do far worse. Tons of great players don't win championships. Look at LeBron for example, he knew this and was willing to ride Wade's wave to see if he could get one. This is supposedly the best player in the NBA according to many. There's a very long list of great players who will never get close to a title.

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September 22, 2010  11:02 AM ET

Dallas has some other good pieces (Kidd, Marion, Butler, Haywood, Terry), but they didn't gel last season for some reason. Butler is their best shot at consistently taking up some of the load offensively. As much as I hate to admit it, Marion hasn't been the same without Nash. Kidd is winding down, and Terry isn't consistent. Perhaps Chandler is the missing link?

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September 22, 2010  11:37 AM ET
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"ridden hard for 82 games, and then asked to be even better in the playoffs." I thought that what would be expected of a former NBA MVP? Dirk is an all-star but not a superstar and the Mavs will not win a title with him as the centerpiece. I feel the same way about Dwight Howard (free throws/ no low poast game), Gilbert Arenas (never saw a shot he didn't like / selfish), and Yao Ming (injury prone/ too passive). Some guys can put up great stats, but come crunch time they can't take their team to the promise land.

youre wrong...dirk has been to the Finals, advanced deep into the olympics, world championships, and euro championships...at least the guy competes every season...arenas never sniffed the 2nd round of the playoffs and no USA team wants him...ben wallace won the nba title for the pistons and he makes dwight howard look good on offense

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September 22, 2010  11:54 AM ET
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If 50+ wins last season and push the champions Lakers to a brink of elimination then you haven't been watching or understanding what they can do... They're legit w/ their young guys. Durant and Westbrook can do damage...

OKC is very real threat to the Lakers dominance. If they can pick up a good low post player as well as develop their youngsters, they have a chance to rule the West in the not too distant future.

Of all the playoff series, the first round battle with the Thunder had me on edge. I could just feel the OKC team growing each game... It was a scary time in Laker land.

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