Dirk Nowitzki is a sure fire future Hall of Famer, of that there is no doubt.
But the Dallas Mavericks power forward wants a better team around to win more championships. The 2011 NBA championship winner has tasted that success and wants a swan song in the dying embers of his career.
The 35-year old is committed to the team he enjoyed in 1998, but he wants just one great player around him (or a group of good ones) to drive the Mavs on from the mediocrity they find themselves in this season.
“Well, I think we still have to prove it. That’s the question,” Nowitzki told NBA.com's David Alridge. “ It’s another big summer for us."
Nowitzki admitted that since they won the title the experiments they tried didn't work out and the side suffered for it.
"We won the ‘ship in ’11, and then the lockout came, and we had to make some business decisions. We couldn’t keep some of our warriors we won the championship with, and we had to make some tough decisions for our team, and for our fans.
"We moved on, and we tried to get some big free agents. Didn’t work out, and that’s part of the business. What you try to do is steady the ship and keep getting better. If it’s not going to be another superstar this summer, then another couple of good players, like we did last year."
Nowitzki is hoping to be lining up next to a star player in the 2014/15 season, but knows it's easier said then done.
"So if you can’t get a superstar player, you try to get a bunch of good players, and they like playing with each other, and you go from there.”
The Mavericks hold a 44-30 record in the Western Conference this season and find themselves in that final playoff spot with only a handful of games to go before the post-season. Their record would be good enough for third in the East but for geography.
Nowitzki himself is averaging 21.4 points per game for the season to go along with 6.1 rebounds and 2.7 assists per contest.