DALLAS -- This weekend it's time to watch Dirk Nowitzki in the All-Star Game or time to watch the Oscars or, why not combine the two with my Evaluation of the Mavs' 10 Issues at the Break -- Oscars-Style?
All 2012 Mavs issues. All 2012 Academy-Award-nominated films. Somebody pop the popcorn
1: The Artist
Nowitzki is now No. 20 on the all-time scoring list. But I completely agree with him that milestones are for later, when he and his sweetheart are in rocking chairs and looking back fondly on his playing days. (Congratulations, by the way, future Mr. and Mrs. UberMan!)
What matters for Dirk is right now. And right now, he remains -- after some early struggles that in retrospect were all about that balky knee -- one of the 10 finest basketball players on the planet.
In the 11 games since Barkley's maddening "Dirk is Done'' proclamation, The UberMan is at 25.4 points, 48.5 FG percentage, 37.8 3-point percentage, 8.4 rebounds, .8 blocks, .8 steals, 2.4 assists, 1.9 TOs and...