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Nowitzki ready to 'hand over the keys'

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08:05 AM ET 05.08 | Dirk Nowitzki isn't quite ready to call it quits. The face of the Dallas hoops franchise said Sunday that as long as he's still able to drive and post, he'll stay in the game for, "a couple more years." Nowitzki, who turns 34 next month, has two more years on his current contract. Perhaps adding a superstar could make things easier on one of the game's greatest players. But would Nowitzki be comfortable having another player be the focus of a team that has been built around him for the past 14 seasons? "If that's the case I'd love to hand over the keys," Nowitzki said. "I guess we'll have to wait and see what happens. I still think I can play some great basketball and I can still contribute to a good team."

The Dallas Morning News

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May 8, 2012  08:54 AM ET

Dirk you've set an great example for Lebron........perhaps by his 13th year he may earn a title as you did. Lebron has ideas otherwise (this year, and rightly so), but it just ain't going to happen for either him or his two other superstars in Miami.

May 8, 2012  09:11 AM ET
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Whos he handing the keys over to?Brendan haywood?Lol

He should join Odom after his pathetic playoff performance.

May 8, 2012  09:25 AM ET

It's Tough Growing Old, Bro.

May 8, 2012  09:42 AM ET
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It's Tough Growing Old, Bro.

Are you trying to say German's don't age well?

Dirk is old.

Mavs are done.

May 8, 2012  10:14 AM ET

I hear that when Dirk does finally hang it up, he and Mark Madsen are forming their own boys band... Dirk doing the lead song and Mad Dog doing the lead dance....

May 8, 2012  10:18 AM ET
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Whos he handing the keys over to?Brendan haywood?Lol

I think he is talking about passing the torch if another superstar is added to the team that way he wont have to bare the grunt of the workload and some of the accolades and blame can go on someone other than himself. But that will never happen because he is the face of the franchise.

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May 8, 2012  10:58 AM ET
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I hear that when Dirk does finally hang it up, he and Mark Madsen are forming their own boys band... Dirk doing the lead song and Mad Dog doing the lead dance....

That's just wrong...

On more than one level!

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May 8, 2012  11:28 AM ET
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This whole year was wasted by so many level and by many players and teams because if the compact schedule! DRose, DWill, Howard, Aldridge, Nash, etc all wasted this year because of the stupid schedule and some other crap!

I just hope no one else gets injured. Kobe, Duncan, KG, Ray, too many old guys that have worked hard over such a short period could be dangerous!

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May 8, 2012  02:29 PM ET

duncan would welcome you to the Spurs as PF while he "shaqs" it in the paint.

 
May 8, 2012  02:48 PM ET

it's sad that a champion will be chosen upon who has the least amount of injuries

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