“He plays a lot more defense than I ever have, I’ll tell you that,’’ Nowitzki said of Porzingis, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post.
“He’s amazing because he’s got great timing with the long arms on the shot blocks coming out of nowhere. Offensively, he shoots it so easily from deep. He’s scary. He’s added more off-the-dribble now, more turnarounds in the post. He’s going to be a walking mismatch for a long time.”
Nowitzki also marveled about the development of the young player.
“He’s way ahead of the curve. My first year I was struggling straight out of Germany and he had that great rookie year. If he stays injury-free, working like that — and I know he will — the sky’s going to be the limit.’’
Nowitzki, who faces Porzingis in Dallas in one week, had worse scoring averages than Porzingis in each of his first three years. In his third season, Porzingis is now averaging 24.5 while Nowitzki averaged 21.8 points
Nowitzki and Porzingis met for the first time up in Africa during the NBA’s promotional game in August of 2017.
“It was the first time I met him — I’ve met him but I didn’t have time to talk,’’ Nowitzki said. “But we had some drill stations together. He had a few questions about what I see. … He’s a good kid, hard worker — 7-3 with that wingspan and the shot. The sky’s the limit for the kid. He’s going to be great for a long, long time.’
Mavericks Exploring Trade Market
The Dallas Mavericks appear to be scouring the trade market to provide a boost to their roster, according to the New York Times’ Marc Stein during an appearance on The Ringer’s Bill Simmons’ podcast.
The Mavericks are reportedly looking to the trade market and could be eyeing a potential deal with the New York Knicks, as Simmons proposed a deal that would send Wesley Matthews from Dallas to New York in exchange for Tim Hardaway Jr. and Frank Ntilikina.
“They are looking, and they want to do something” Stein said. “There is no question about that. [Mavericks general manager] Donnie Nelson is always active, and so they’ve got chips. I don’t think it has materialized [in terms of] what is out there yet. We’re not even at December 15, but they’re always on the lookout to do something.”
Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki Talks Setback in his Recovery
Dallas Mavericks superstar Dirk Nowtizki admitted that he suffered a setback in his recovery from the ankle surgery he underwent late last season, as head coach Rick Carlisle announced earlier during the week.
“I’ve had some foot problems. I had surgery in April and it healed okay,” Nowitzki said, according to Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype. “Told I was working out in Aug. and I think I did too much. I had a little setback. Right now it’s not great. I haven’t practiced with the team. I’m [limited] to light shooting, cardio work and lifting weights.”
Carlisle indicated that it would only a matter of weeks until the legendary German player makes his season debut, a milestone that will break former Los Angeles Lakers’ superstar Kobe Bryant’s record for most seasons with one franchise.
“Yeah. I always said, ‘Whatever is best for the team,’” Nowitzki said. “We had two tough seasons. [I’ll do] whatever helps us win. We’ll see how our team shapes up; Coach will figure out what’s best. It’s about the team, about the franchise. It’s not so much about one guy.”
Kings’ Yogi Ferrell Discusses Decision to Leave Dallas, Sign With Sacramento
Sacramento Kings point guard Yogi Ferrell recently joined the team on a two-year, $6.2 million contract, abruptly backing out of a prior agreement with his former team, the Dallas Mavericks, who offered him a two-year $5.3 million pact.
Ferrell explained his decision during an appearance on The Jim Rome Show on Monday.
“The main thing is that I like their youth and I like their style of play,” Ferrell explained. “It’s faster, they get up and down and I feel that’s the same game I play my entire life. I feel like I can go in there and kind of mold the identity of the Kings and just give them another spark that they need.”
Ferrell averaged 10.2 ppg last season after working hard to earn a contract with the Mavericks, coming from the NBA’s D-League.
“Time has gone by fast, that’s for sure,” Ferrell said. “I’m taking every moment of it. I’m very blessed to even be in the position to allow myself to excel in this league.”
“I was undrafted, played a couple games with Brooklyn, didn’t work out. I just wanted to make sure I was ready for my next opportunity. I knew it was gonna come just because of how hard I work.”
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