Found May 15, 2013 on Fox Sports Southwest:
DALLAS - 'We got to be able to make some moves,' Dirk Nowitzki says. 'We want to get back to the playoffs and be a factor. We owe it to these fans.'' Dallas Mavericks legend Nowitzki goes 1-on-1 with Ben & Skin of 105.3 The Fan ... On Paul, on Dwight, on eating habits, on baseball on DFW fans ... the entire transcript here! Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki goes 1-on-1 with Ben & Skin on 105.3 The Fan: DIRK 1: On late-night watching ... "I get back from the gym around 11'ish and I haven't eaten yet so I make a big plate of some turkey meat loaf or something. I just sit there and watch the last quarter or quarter and a half. I like watching West Coast games, to me it's more fun to watch than the East Coast games. So it's perfect timing for me when I get home. DIRK 2: On having a full-time chef ... "I do. Ever since I changed my diet when I was 27 or 28. I don't eat red meat anymore. At home I go gluten free. On the road that's hard to do. By myself I'd be pretty miserable. I can't even fix a pair of eggs.'' DIRK 3: More on food ... "My pregame meal has always been pasta. Always. If not I'm rattled. If the hotels on the road don't have pasta it messes with my mind a little bit. Back in the day if I had to make pasta I could do that, with hot water. But I didn't know how to make sauce. I just put butter in it. "I hated grocery shopping. So I never had anything in the house. I had a tough time with it. In Germany the stores close at like 5 PM, but they're open late here so my first two or three years I would go after games sometimes at like 11 or 11:30. DIRK 4: On getting away ... "I actually got away. I went to the beach for a little bit. I went to the Caribbean for like 10 days. It was good to get some beach time and relax. I did watch some. It's not like I was watching the playoffs every night, but I did catch some of the West Coast games. I caught Game 7 when Chicago beat Brooklyn in Brooklyn. I thought that was an outstanding game. "Some of the other games were epic. I thought San Antonio coming back in Game 1 against Golden State was an unbelievable game. There were a couple epic games that I watched. I'm still a fan of the game so I try to catch the games.'' DIRK 5: On Steph Curry ... "I'm a huge fan. When he's on in most of these third quarters I'm just yelling "Shoot! Don't even pass." As soon as he passes half court I want him to pull up. The great thing about him is, there's a lot of great spot up shooters in this league, but he can spot up, take one dribble, two dribbles. To me he is one of the best shooters we have in this league, but also off the dribble. That's what makes him tough to guard. Not a lot of people can shoot threes off the dribble. "When I watched Curry in college when he would have scoring nights of 40 and 50, I figured he'd have a chance. If you can shoot like that you have a spot in the league. I didn't know he'd be this good, but he's been on a tear. I think his ankles are finally holding up even though he had a little issues the other day, but I just hope he stays healthy for a long time because he's fun to watch.'' DIRK 6: On campaigning for Paul and Dwight ... We'd obviously like to get one of those two. We'd love to get a player in here that can create his own shot and be a superstar-type player. It's still a long way to go until July. Those guys I'm sure need to clear their minds a little bit and get away and figure out what they want to do with their future. Hopefully that's where we come in and make a great pitch and see what it happens this summer. DIRK 7: On his summer involvement ... "Yeah, I'll definitely be a little involved. I'll be going home for a bit in June, but I told the guys I'd be back for the draft. I'll be in the draft War Room for the first time this year. That should be exciting. Order some pizza, talk some basketball. After that is free agency and I told Cubes and Donnie if they want me to go anywhere or fly around for a couple days and visit some people I'm more than happy to help. We'd like to quickly turn this thing around and get this franchise back to where it belongs.'' DIRK 8: On his contract as a recruiting point ... "Yeah, I have one year on my deal then I'm coming off the books. Obviously if that helps us to be better I'm going to take a pay cut. At that point I'm going to be 36. That's part of the pitch. Cubes and Donnie have to be part of the pitch who have proven over the years what they can do. I think Dallas and the fans here and the sellout streak and the city to live in has to be in the top five in the league. And if not, then we have to have a Plan B.'' DIRK 9: On Cuban and a Mavs 'bounce-back' ... "It's a little disappointing that we're only two years removed from the championship and the first year we barely make the playoffs and the next we're not even in the playoffs. It's been a disappointing two years for the Mavs. "The good thing is that what we always said is it's easier to turn a team around if you have cap space. There's a lot of things you can do, you can go for free agents. You can go with the big sign and trade. We could be a lot worse off and be locked into a bunch of contracts. We have the draft and a decent pick with a guy that can step in and help right away.'' "Cuban's fired up. I've been to the gym a couple times working out and I see him in his little box suite going to work already. I think we all know this is a big summer for our team.'' DIRK 10: A look at "Hero'' Dirk ... DIRK 11: On his "Heroes'' game ... "I'm very excited. This year's is taking place on a Saturday. It's June 29th. On the Friday before we have batting practice in the morning. At night we'll have a little party, a little fundraiser maybe even a live band. Pimp it out a little bit.'' "Last year we had a great time. A bunch of fans. Some of these fans were sitting out in the sun, it must have been over 100 degrees, but they were out and cheering. Charles (Barkley) played. I was so thankful for everyone that came out. "It was a lot of fun last year so we obviously said we'd love to do it again this year. I might even let Ben and Skin come out and play again.'' DIRK 12: The Final Word ... "We got to be able to make some moves. We want to get back to the playoffs and be a factor. We owe it to these fans.''
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Mark Cuban Invites People to Help Design New Mavericks Uniforms, Isn’t Interested in Paying (Video)

There’s nothing more democratic than appealing to the common man — or capitalizing on the common man, sometimes without leaving him much in return for his work. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, entrepreneur extraordinaire, appears to know that well. Cuban is looking to redesign his team’s jerseys for the 2015-2016 season, and he is turning to the masses for some help. Cuban put...

Mark Cuban crowdsourcing new Mavericks logo, jersey

Mark Cuban has always been at the head of the class in engaging fans and transforming his franchise. When he bought the Mavericks in 2000, he changed the team's look, perked up the amenities in Dallas and completely changed the franchise. The Mavericks went from also-ran bottom feeder to perennial Playoff team and, eventually, NBA champion. For the first time in 12 years...

Dirk to Take Pay Cut

Dirk Nowitzki, in the last year of his contract, is set to take a “significant pay cut” to make room for the impending free agent market next summer. “At this point of my career, it’s all about competing and winning,” he told reporters today. The goal, obviously, is to entice Chris Paul and/or Dwight Howard to sign with the Mavs. Though with Dwight, they probably won...

Dirk Nowitzki willing to take pay cut to help Mavs

Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki says he’s willing to take a “significant pay cut” next summer if the team goes after Chris Paul and/or Dwight Howard. “At this point of my career, it’s all about competing and winning,” Nowitzki said Thursday, via ESPNDallas.com. 

Dirk Nowitzki Gets An Awesome NBA Finals Forever Ad

The lasting image of one of the more surprising (if not improbable) NBA Finals runs in recent memory is that of Dirk Nowitzki launching his patented one-legged fadeaway jumper over Chris Bosh, en route to the 2011 title. As the conference finals approach, the NBA has rolled out a new “Forever” spot to commemorate Dirk’s crowning achievement. [YouTube] Article found on: Next Impulse Sports

Mark Cuban Wants You to Help Design His Team’s Uniforms, Is His Hairstyle Next?

There was a time when Mark Cuban’s Dallas Mavericks were practically guaranteed a spot in every season’s… [[ Read More ]]

VIDEO: Brittney Griner gets skyhook lessons from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

There has been a ton of discussion the last couple of months about now Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner, and whether she would be able to play in the NBA. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban even went as far as saying he is highly considering taking her in the 2nd round of the NBA draft this June. Griner certainly didn’t hurt her cause by working out with legendary center Kareem...

Help the Dallas Mavericks redesign their uniforms!

The Dallas Mavericks colloquially known as the Mavs are looking to redesign their uniforms. The Dallas Mavericks have won one NBA championship, three division titles, and two conference championships. Now they need your help in creating their next unis. The Dallas Mavericks are owned by serial entrepreneur Mark Cuban (who also owns numerous other businesses, including the HD cable...

Video: New NBA commercial uses Dirk Nowitizki's iconic jumper to promote finals

The NBA wants you to get hyped about the 2013 Finals.And they are using Dirk Nowitzki's signature one-legged fadeaway jumper to do it.Seen here is the Dallas Maverick being idolized for his iconic shot from everything to cakes, clocks, and action figures in this riveting promotional commercial.The Finals begin June 6. Are you ready?Via Eye on Basketball

Hey Everyone, Let’s Help The Dallas Mavericks Design Their New Uniforms!

Earlier this week, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban – “The Cube” to us bros – announced on his blog that the Mavs were going to get a makeover. But because Cubes is a new man for a new era, always thinking and scheming, there’s a catch – he’ll only re-do the uniforms if someone presents him with a good enough design.So he’s putting it on Mavs and NBA fans to present...

Mavs Exclusive: Dirk Donuts On 105.3 The Fan

'We got to be able to make some moves,' The UberMan says. 'We want to get back to the playoffs and be a factor. We owe it to these fans.' Mavs legend Dirk Nowitzki goes 1-on-1 with Ben & Skin of 105.3 The Fan ... On Paul, on Dwight, on eating habits, on baseball on DFW fans ... the entire transcript here in DB.com's Mavs Donuts!

Video: Bertans displays improved inside-outside game in recent game

We didn’t know too much about Davis Bertans when he was drafted by the San Antonio Spurs in 2011. He was widely considered to be a steal, considered the best shooter in the draft, and was likely a draft and stash since he was still very raw and young. Early on Bertans drew comparisons to Dirk Nowitzki, but was also thought to be a little one-dimensional as a tall player who...

Dirk Nowitzki Wants Dwight Howard or Chris Paul

I don’t think Dwight Howard would help the Mavericks that much. They would make the playoffs, but if they are talking about making another run to the Finals, I think Chris Paul is the player they want to focus on. Dirk just wants any type of help he can get, here is what he had to say about CP3 and Dwight courtesy of Pro Basketball Talk. We’d love to get one of those two. We’d...
All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.