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08:10 AM ET 12.28 | As the Mavs' losing streak hit four, O.J. Mayo submitted his worst performance in a Dallas uniform in Thursday's OT loss to Oklahoma City -- four points on 1-of-7 shooting, two missed free throws in the final minute and six turnovers. The media-friendly Mayo didn't attempt to explain his struggles after Thursday night's loss, slipping out of the locker room while coach Rick Carlisle was talking to reporters. However, Dirk Nowitzki had plenty to say about the man who had been filling his shoes as the Mavs' go-to guy until recently. "Juice gotta go back to playing the way he was when I was out," Nowitzki said. "I don't know what's been going on lately. It looks like he doesn't have the confidence. But we depend on him. He's got the ability."

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December 28, 2012  08:36 AM ET

Dirk seems kinda lost out there last night.. He was trying to direct traffic but no one was listening to him.. That Colson dude was on fire though.. Dirk should let up on OJ since he carried the Mavs in his absense.

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December 28, 2012  09:03 AM ET
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Clearly the griz knew what they were doing with mayo-mayo thinks he's a #1 type player- but he isn't and he doesn't understand that he can be almost as important as a role guy, that can come in and score....not saying he doesn't have talent- but he needs to be that bench guy, where he has less responsibility and more freedom to chuck...ala jr smith

For someone coming back from a major injury Dirk is talking too much. First he calls out his team for a low basketball IQ, then calls out Mayo for not having confidence.

That's disruptive behavior.

If anything he needs to know that him being back means the whole team needs to readjust hence the struggle. I hope he'll understand that, be patient and try to help the process by being positive instead of the constant rah rah...

Dirk has been in the league for a long time. He should know better.

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December 28, 2012  10:41 AM ET

Go See The Wizard, Bros.

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December 28, 2012  11:12 AM ET
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For someone coming back from a major injury Dirk is talking too much. First he calls out his team for a low basketball IQ, then calls out Mayo for not having confidence. That's disruptive behavior. If anything he needs to know that him being back means the whole team needs to readjust hence the struggle. I hope he'll understand that, be patient and try to help the process by being positive instead of the constant rah rah...Dirk has been in the league for a long time. He should know better.

Dirk's earned his right to mouth off, if he feels it's necessary. That's that.

December 28, 2012  11:32 AM ET

Dirk, nobody really cares what you think. Why not save some time, RETIRE! I find it hard to believe that people have the audacity to compare this guy to Larry Legend! What are they smoking? Pass it around for old time sake!

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December 28, 2012  01:56 PM ET
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Dirk, nobody really cares what you think. Why not save some time, RETIRE! I find it hard to believe that people have the audacity to compare this guy to Larry Legend! What are they smoking? Pass it around for old time sake!

I care. So does everyone else in Dallas. I get you need to keep a death grip on your era gone by. But to not give a player the props he's earned is sad bro.

December 28, 2012  01:58 PM ET
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For someone coming back from a major injury Dirk is talking too much. First he calls out his team for a low basketball IQ, then calls out Mayo for not having confidence. That's disruptive behavior. If anything he needs to know that him being back means the whole team needs to readjust hence the struggle. I hope he'll understand that, be patient and try to help the process by being positive instead of the constant rah rah...Dirk has been in the league for a long time. He should know better.

I don't see Dirk talking anywhere as much as lets say Kobe. Disruptive behavior? This isn't Latrell Sprewell guy. Now if he was telling players to put on their big boy pants...

December 28, 2012  04:59 PM ET
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I don't see Dirk talking anywhere as much as lets say Kobe. Disruptive behavior? This isn't Latrell Sprewell guy. Now if he was telling players to put on their big boy pants...

Becareful with the pants thing. If y're a 10year old boy and your priest tells you he loves you... RUN, forest... RUN!

December 28, 2012  11:41 PM ET

It wasn't too long ago there were people on T&R saying dirk needs to be more of a leader. Now, you want him to shut up because he's being disruptive? !!!?

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