Dallas Mavericks owner, Mark Cuban has called out Dirk Nowitzki over recent performances and blamed his star player over a loss of focus.
Nowitzki has averaged over 21 points per game this season for the Mavericks, leading the team into contention for a playoff berth. However Cuban is not happy with Nowitzki's concentration saying this week:
“I think sometimes he loses concentration, and I think we’ve got to get past that,” Cuban told the Star-Telegram.
“I mentioned it to him today. I asked him how his nap was during the game [Sunday at Oklahoma City]. He laughed."
“Dirk always goes through a little slump during the year where he needs to remotivate. And I think we’ve seen that for a couple of games, and I think he’s going to come back stronger, particularly after three days and those naps he’s gotten through the last couple of games.” Cuban finished."
Although Nowitzki has once again been the leader of the Mavericks team this year, he has managed to record just 10 rebounds in his last two outings and Cuban is obviously concerned.
March is a difficult month in the NBA as teams and players struggle with a little fatigue and lethargy ahead of the big playoff push. However, the Mavericks are only sitting in seventh place in the Western Conference. Both the Phoenix Suns and Minnesota Timberwolves could realistically catch them, meaning that their playoff hopes balance on a knife-edge.
It is unusual for Cuban to blast a star player like this during what has been a fairly successful season for the Mavericks, but maybe the shrewd businessman is hoping to inject some new life into his ageing investment ahead of the postseason.