Former Dallas Mavericks player Dirk Nowitzki Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Dirk Nowitzki shares why he declined Nets offer

Steve Nash could've partnered up Dirk Nowitzki in Brooklyn, but the former Dallas Mavericks star revealed he turned down an offer to help coach the Nets. 

Speaking with Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News, Nowitzki said he wasn't sure if he could coach anywhere but in Dallas, where he played his entire 21-season career and won an NBA title.

"First of all, I don't know if I could do it anywhere but here," Nowitzki told the Townsend. "Second, I just think the timing is not right. I love being with the family. I'm so over basketball at this point that it wasn't even a thought for me."

Nowitzki and Nash played together in Dallas from 1998-2004. The 42-year-old thinks Nash will be a great bench boss despite not having any previous coaching experience. 

According to Townsend, Nowitzki also probably turned down the Nets job because he has a standing offer from Mavs owner Mark Cuban to rejoin the team in almost any capacity he wants. 

Nowitzki returning to coach the likes of Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis would be pretty cool, but there's no telling if he'll ever accept Cuban's offer.

Erin Walsh is a Boston sports fan through and through. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bridgewater State University and currently is in pursuit of her Master's Degree in Journalism from Northeastern University. Follow her on Twitter @ewalsh90.

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